It’s a Busy Week at St Helens

893a1cab-ae3b-4838-a1b4-ce13f17ee017It’s certainly going to be a busy week at St Helen’s and we have lots of events taking place in the church and the Community Hall. Not to mention that Tuesday is St David’s day!

On Wednesday we have Lent Study: The Psalms. It starts at  10.30am, in the Church and this week we’ll be looking at Psalm 12 (13).

On Wednesday evening we’ll be continuing with The Gift. this will start at 7.00 pm.

Thursday will see Lent to Pentecost, The Pilgrim Journey: A Celebration and Preparation along the road, with Scripture readings, music, and song to help us all get in step along the Lenten way: 7pm this Thursday in the church. An eggsellent Easter preparation.

On Friday there will be a Lent Lunch this in Wesley Methodist Church (12.00 – 1.00pm).

On Friday  there is also Women’s World Day of Prayer – a quiet service at 11am in Wesley Methodist Church, and main Service at 7pm in Mount Carmel.

Friday  will also see

The Way of the Cross at 7pm will mark the start of Pope Francis’s request for

24 Hours for the Lord

 Following stations we will show ‘Of Gods and Men’, more suitable than ‘The Way’ for in church, then have Exposition + Worship of the Blessed Sacrament till midnight: Please sign in to ‘watch’.

On Saturday the Church opens at 7am. From 9.30am the Blessed Sacrament Exposed for Adoration till 6.15pm: Please sign in to ‘watch’.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated from 10.15 – 11.15am by a visiting confessor, and then as normal from 5.15 – 6.15. The 24 hours will conclude with the Saturday evening Mass.

This Saturday Night is Curry Night!

EXHIBITION-2The next event for the Parish Family Group will be the Indian Curry Night in the church hall on Saturday 27th Feb, 7:30 pm (after Mass). It should be a great night. If you can, please bring along your own dishes. Otherwise, come along anyway as we are sure to have plenty to go around. If you have any questions, please let Steve, Tracey, Simon, Debbie or Alun and Olga know.

We looking forward to seeing as many there for what should be a great night.

Web Visitors To St Helens Church Website 2015

We thought it might interesting to share with you the stats for visitors to our website in 2015. Our website mainly receives visitors from the UK and most are probably local searches. However,  in 2015 we had visits to the site from 93 countries! Here is a map of the world showing where visitors came from. We’ve cracked Europe but now need to work on Africa!

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In terms of visitors we received 10% more visitors last year and 20% more pages were viewed. Surprisingly, we had virtually no comments left on the site – so, you know what you need to do!

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In terms of pages, our most popular pages were the following with no real surprises, except the Parents and Toddlers’ page which wasn’t on this list last year.

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The top sites which referred traffic to St Helen’s were the following. What’s interesting to note here is that Twitter clicks (from our account mainly) have halved but Facebook clicks have increased by 40-fold. This is largely due to far more activity on Facebook and less on Twitter!

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Letter From Citizens Cymru Wales


Dear Friends in Christ,

In just over a month’s time, 700 people from communities right across Wales will gather with the leaders of the four main political parties for the first ever Governance of Wales Accountability Assembly.

It will all take place from 18:30-21:00 on March 17th at Eglwys y Tabernacl on the Hayes in Cardiff. We would very much like you to join us – so please register for your free ticket here and encourage members from your Parish, School, organisation or community to come by registering too.

We will be asking Carwyn Jones AM (Labour), Andrew RT Davies AM (Conservative), Leanne Wood AM (Plaid Cymru) and Kirsty Williams AM (Liberal Democrats) to work with us on a series of social justice issues, should the election result in them leading, or forming part of, the next Welsh Government. We will also ask them to share with us (briefly) their vision for the nation and why we should vote for their party.

This forms one part of Citizens Cymru Wales’ work in the run-up to the elections in May.  We will also be registering people to vote, persuading them to turnout on polling day, and training people to build accountable relationships with aspiring politicians on the issues that matter, such as the Living Wage, welcoming refugees, and job opportunities for young people.

If you would like more information please click here for opportunities to get involved.

Hope to see you on March 17th!  Once again, here is the link to reserve your seats.

Mgr. Robert Reardon and Jim Barnaville
Community Organising Leaders Archdiocese of Cardiff

Jonathan Cox
Lead Organiser
Citizens Cymru Wales