Proclaim ’17

Archdiocese of Cardiff Evangelisation Conference

Come and be equipped to share the Gospel! Practical steps forward in pursuing the Church’s mission – to make disciples of all nations. After a keynote address from Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, we will be split into the five tracks that are designed to meet the needs of all parishes at different stages; Evangelising as an Individual, Teams for Mission – What can we do first?, The Unchurched, Non-Churchgoing Catholics, and Growing Parishioners into Disciples. Each track consists of a seminar and workshop which will inspire you but also give you practical help and resources as you take up the Church’s mission. With wonderful speakers from across the UK it really is an event not to miss! For further information and to book, head over to the Proclaim ’17 page.

Click here to see more information about the different speakers.

To book and for further information please go to www.tinyurl.com/cardiffproclaim

Date: Saturday 21st October

Venue: St David’s College, Cardiff.

Great Three Days of Easter – Holy Saturday

Victory over the Grave by Bernard PlockhorstWe continue our fasting in exited anticipation until … The Easter Vigil, waiting and watching, starts after nightfall. This is the time, above all others, for us to recommit and dedicate ourselves again in faith. An Easter fire is lit, and lights up every thing around. From it, we light the Easter Candle. The Candle is solemnly carried into church as the sign of the Light of Christ which overcomes the darkness of sin and death. In that light we read the story of what God has done for us from the dawn of creation until today, in the scriptures. We all renew our faith, and our Baptism into the Risen Christ. And so we go forward together to share in the food and drink of Life. As we make our prayers and sing our praises, our hope is that the Holy Spirit will free in our lives the full power of Christ’s Rising from the Dead.

Our Services
10.00 am – The Office of Readings and Morning Prayer of the Church
11.00 am – Blessing of Easter Baskets
8.30 pmThe Solemn Vigil and Mass of the Resurrection of Our Lord

Great Three Days of Easter – Good Friday

Christ Carrying the Cross, El Greco (1580)On Good Friday Jesus Christ gave his life for us. Though innocent, by allowing himself to be a scapegoat he showed the depth of his love. His example of loving service shows us how we are to live too. A day of fasting and abstinence, in eager anticipation of Easter.

But if we just felt sad that our sin put him on the cross, then we would be missing the point. Good Friday is not meant to make us feel bad. On ‘Good’Friday we remember that we are sinners, but we also glory in the victory that Christ won over sin and death, to set us free. This is not a passion play, and we gather knowing that Christ rose from the dead. So even on Good Friday we rejoice in the triumph of good over evil.

Our Services
10.00 am – The Office of Readings and Morning Prayer of the Church
12 noon – ‘Pop-up’ Stations, starting outside Morisons
3.00 pmThe Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion
7.00 pm – The Way of the Cross

Pope Francis: ‘Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace’

pope-francis-in-prayer_mediumPope Francis is calling on political and religious leaders, on the heads of international institutions, on business and media executives and on all men and women of goodwill to become instruments of reconciliation and adopt nonviolence as a style of politics for peace.

The Pope’s appeal comes in the fiftieth Papal Message for the World Day of Peace, marked on 1 January.

In his message, Pope Francis remarks on the fact that we find ourselves “engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal”, and that “violence is not the cure for our broken world.”

To read the full text, click here.

Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love

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Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love’, is the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”. It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. Below you can read the full document and a helpful summary.

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world.

Use the links below to download or those to the right of this article.

Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love 1.12 MB

Summary: Amoris Laetitia 229.87 kB

Q & A: Amoris Laetitia 441.83 kB

Cardinal Vincent Nichols On Religious Freedom Ahead of the May 2015 General Election

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, speaks about religious freedom ahead of the May 2015 General Election.
Listen to the Cardinal talk about this fundamental human right. One of the Catholic Church of England and Wales’ General Election 2015 short films.

Election '15: Cardinal Vincent Nichols "Religious Freedom" from Catholic Church (England/Wales) on Vimeo.

General Election 2015 – Bishops’ letter to all Catholics in England and Wales
The Bishops have released a letter addressed to Catholics across England and Wales about this year’s General Election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter have been sent to the parishes. The letter can be read in full here. It’s also available as a PDF download in English and Welsh.

Film Reviews From A Catholic Perspective

Looking to watch or rent films over the coming months? Then why not listen to what film expert Fr Peter Malone MSC has to say on movies that include: Calvary, Exodus: Gods and Men, Noah, Stations of the Cross. As he says, these are films “that have either an overt or covert faith-based narrative.” This podcast lasts around 25 minutes.

You may also be interested as a viewer, or as a parent, in what he has says about the following films: ‘Gone Girl’, ‘The Judge’ and ‘The Maze Runner’ – all currently on general release in our cinemas.