Listening to the poor, reflecting on the Scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the Church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth.
At this CAFOD ‘Journey to Justice’ retreat, you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation, and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today.
All are welcome to join us on Saturday 18 November, 10am-4pm, at the peaceful surroundings of the Tŷ Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 3YJ. You don’t have to be a CAFOD campaigner or volunteer already to take part.
The retreat is free of charge, but donations accepted. A simple lunch will be provided. Advance booking needed.
Book your place on this retreat
There are similar retreats taking place across England and Wales in November. All retreats are open to people from any diocese. See the full list of retreats.
We also have an opportunity to learn more about Romero closer to home this Friday, November 10th at 7.00 pm when the film of his life and ministry will be shown in St Helen’s Community Hall.
This week sees the launch of our new St Helen’s Twitter account. Our Twitter username is @StHelensTweets and you can follow us at: twitter.com/sthelenstweets. We plan to regularly update it with the latest news about what’s going on in the Parish, news from the Parish groups, updates from the Parish Mission, thoughts from Father John and ‘retweets’ (or updates!) from other Catholic Twitter accounts. If there’s anything you’d like us to tweet about, please get in touch.
And help us reach our target of a 100 followers by the Mission (16th-20th October)!
Last week we had a wonderful service to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Helen’s Church, followed by a lovely drinks reception in the hall. Thank you to all who helped out and to all who attended. We look forward to the next 50 years! Cliff Bray took some excellent photos which captured the evening well and we thought we would share them with you. And please feel free to leave a comment below.
All Family Group members and their families are welcome. More details will follow prior to each event.
Transport can be arranged if necessary. Please contact leaders for more information.
|Date & Time
|Jun 29th 12.00 pm
||Picnic and Walk
||Tredegar House, Newport
|Aug 16th 12.00pm
||Picnic and Paddler
||Caswell Beach, Swansea
|Sep 20th 10.00 am
||Margam Park, Neath
|Oct 17th 6.00 pm
||Friday Night BBQ
||Hoy Family Home, Caerphilly
|Nov 8th 6.00 pm
||St Helen’s, Caerphilly
|Dec 5th TBA
||Christmas Night Out
|Dec 19th 6.00 pm
||St Helen’s, Caerphilly
Adults who wish to explore becoming a Catholic, or who simply wish to find out more about the Catholic faith, are welcome to ‘come and see’, as Jesus invited his first followers. The Looking Into The Faith group is aimed at those who would like to become Catholics or who would just like to know more about the faith. We should hasten to add that the group is also made up of people from the parish who come along to learn and to support those who may enter into the church. Our meetings are very informal and take place every Thursday – we’ll even make you a cup of tea and offer you some biscuits! Father John is always there (except when he attends meetings) as we explore the faith through a course called Evangelium, which offers an excellent grounding in the full panorama of Catholic beliefs. This course is delivered through a PowerPoint presentation and covers many of the questions you have about the Catholic faith.
If you’d like to know more, visit our Looking Into the Faith page on this website. And please let your friends and family know about this group.
In the wake of the devastatng storm that hit the Phillipines, leaving thousands dead and which brought devastation for up to 10 million, CAFOD has this week launched an Emergency Appeal. Here’s some information from the CAFOD website:
What has happened?
Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest ever to make landfall – swept across the Philippines on Friday 8 November, leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but an estimated 9.8 million people have had their lives torn apart. Power, transport and water systems have been severely disrupted.
What are the needs?
We need to provide food, shelter and safety for people whose homes have been destroyed, as well as blankets, clothes and other essentials. Please give today to help us reach the most vulnerable people.
What is CAFOD doing?
Our trusted local partners are on the ground in the worst hit areas, responding to the most immediate needs. We’re also still providing food and shelter to people who lost their homes in the earthquake on the island of Bohol last month. The typhoon has added to the destruction and made it more difficult to deliver aid, but we’re doing everything we can to reach the most isolated and vulnerable people.
We’re currently moving tarpaulins to Cebu City so that we can provide 8,000 families with shelter needs. Our response teams are travelling to the areas hardest hit to determine exactly what people need and how we can help them.
Donate now and help save lives >>
Appeal resources for parishes
- Typhoon Haiyan prayers (34 kB)
- Typhoon Haiyan appeal: parish Gift Aid Declaration slips (45 kB)