St Helen’s Tweets

Twitter_logo_blue2This week sees the launch of our new St Helen’s Twitter account. Our Twitter username is @StHelensTweets and you can follow us at: 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)!

50th Anniversary Photos

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.

St Helen’s Family Groups Calendar 2014

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 Event Name Location
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 Day Out Margam Park, Neath
Oct 17th 6.00 pm Friday Night BBQ Hoy Family Home, Caerphilly
Nov 8th 6.00 pm Bonfire Night St Helen’s, Caerphilly
Dec 5th
Christmas Night Out Adults Only
Dec 19th 6.00 pm Christmas Party St Helen’s, Caerphilly

Would You Like To Know More About The Faith?

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.

Cafod’s Dig Deep Lent Appeal


He was born in the middle of a brutal civil war and as a baby, his mother fed him rice pap to keep him alive. Even in peace time he is facing hunger and hardship on a daily basis.

His family cannot afford to send him to school with his younger brother and sister, and so Mohammed must work in the fields, growing food to eat and sell. Yet he still doesn’t know if they will eat tomorrow.

Mohammed and his family face many challenges. The family often go hungry. They are at the mercy of an unpredictable climate. Things are particularly bad during the hungry season – between the planting and harvesting of crops.

But Mohammed never gives up hope that one day he will be able to go back to school.

CAFOD is working on innovative projects to reclaim fertile land. With your support, these projects can help families like Mohammed’s improve the amount of food that they grow. The little extra they sell, they are able to save the money and put it towards helping Mohammed fulfil his dream of finishing school.

During Lent, as we think about the ways in which we can change our own lives, we can also make an amazing difference to the world’s poorest people.

Dig deep this Lent. Donate now and change the lives of children like Mohammed >>

Save lives this Lent

£20 can buy a wheelbarrow for a farmer to transport food from their land to home

£50 can provide tools for 10 farmers to clear their land

£76 can pay for a trainer to teach a farmer how to cultivate swampland

£160 can pay a mother-child health worker’s salary for one month

CAFOD Appeal For The Phillipines


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

  1. Typhoon Haiyan prayers (34 kB) word
  2. Typhoon Haiyan appeal: parish Gift Aid Declaration slips (45 kB) word

Parish Family Groups

PFG LOGOAs you may or may not know, we have established a Parish Family Groups register and currently have over 70 names on it. Recently we placed families/people into three ‘groups’ , though there are places left in the groups, if you’d like to join. Why not check out our Parish Family Groups page on this site and please get in touch if you’d ike more information or to join us?

God wants us to make a difference in our communities.
First, we must make a difference in our church,
then…together we can make miracles.

Parish Family Groups

The Year of Faith calls us to action in our lives and in our parishes, The beginning of an exciting new time for Catholics: “Parish Family Groups” are one way we can do something.

So far, we have a list of over seventy names on our Parish Family Groups register, and recently we placed families/people into three ‘groups’. There are places left in the groups, if you’d like to join. We’d like to thank you for taking the time at Mass to listen to the experiences of Parish Family Groups and reading the information and flyers posted
around the Parish, to help you to understand the great joys of belonging to them.

Those placed in groups will be contacted, and there will be more information regarding the next step shortly. Meanwhile please feel free to contact Steve and Tracey ( or Father John with any questions or queries you may have. We hope you will really enjoy your experiences in your Parish Family Group.

God wants us to make a difference in our communities.
First, we must make a difference in our church,
then…together we can make miracles.

Cafod Ecumenical Walk of Witness

CAFOD South Wales is organising a 6 mile ecumenical walk around Cardiff churches as part of the Enough food for everyone…IF campaign. It will take place on June 1st, 2013. We’re walking to raise awareness of the campaign which seeks to help bring an end to global hunger.

Join us for the full walk, part of the walk, or for the shared picnic at Bute Park at 12.00 on the day.

09.30: Start, Cardiff Bay

12.15: Shared picnic

14.00: Finish, Cardiff city centre


CAFOD South Wales (

Map: CF10 5AL

Telephone: 029 2045 3360



09.30: Start, Cardiff Bay

12.15: Shared picnic

14.00: Finish, Cardiff city centre

For further details or to register your place please

CAFOD Spring 2013 Newsletter

The CAFOD Spring Newsletter is now available and it covers all the news and updates for CAFOD in the Dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia.

Here are some highlights:

As you may already be aware, the G8 summit will be taking place in mid-June in Northern Ireland. This meeting offers a great opportunity for us to make sure that our world leaders take action on the global food crisis. All around the world, even in the UK, people are struggling to feed their families. We need to take action on the scandal where 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry each night even though there is enough food for everyone.

Pope Francis "A Church Which Is Poor And For The Poor"On the 8th June we will be gathering in London with thousands of supporters from across the UK to make sure our world leaders take action on this important issue. We are therefore asking as many of our supporters to be there on the day to join in on this once-in-a-decade opportunity to call on world leaders to act ahead of the G8 (see page 7 in the newsletter). We are organising transport for the day, details to follow on our blog.

We are also asking our supporters to take part in local community actions called ‘The Big IF’. These can be anything from parish-based campaign card signings, to talks, workshops, market stalls, Emmaus meals, in fact anything that will get your local community talking and thinking about the global food crisis and the IF campaign. We need as many ‘Big IF’ displays (see page 3 in the newsletter) as possible to bring to the London gathering, including representations from schools and parishes in our local area.

Can you help make IF happen? Please do read through our newsletter to find out more and what you can do to help stop the global food crisis.