Buying Christmas Presents? Then, Help Raise Funds for St Helen’s

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Christmas is fast approaching and you may already be buying Christmas presents. This is not an advert, nor encouragement to spend extravagantly nor buy more than you need and can afford. However, if you intend to buy from Amazon this year, could you please ensure that click on the Amazon link to the side of this page (or below) and then start buying. This ensures that the church receives around 5.5% for each purchase.

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Here’s some more information:

As a member of the Amazon Associates program, St Helen’s Church now earns referral pounds for any purchases made by YOU through the Amazon link below. We can earn money from any purchase that you make through Amazon: books, CDs, Kindle books, electronics, games, toys and more – at NO additional cost to you!

So, whether it’s a purchase for yourself or your family, a birthday present, Christmas presents or even something for work, a referral fee will be added to our account.

How does it work?

  1. You click on the link below.
  2. You are directed to the Amazon store and can start browsing for books, games, toys or whatever you wish.
  3. You add the goods to your basket and proceed to checkout.
  4. Once you purchase your goods, Amazon credits our account with a referral fee (between 5-7% per sale).
  5. At the end of the quarter Amazon sends us a gift certificate or deposits money in our account.

Do we know who buys what?

  • No, we only know what items were bought but not who bought them.

Make sure that you bookmark and return to this page before you purchase any items or click on the link on the side. This is so Amazon knows who to pay referral fees to.

Safeguard the future of Catholic Education

As the end of 2017 approaches we look back on an eventful year within the life of the Church and the State as a whole.  One of the major events to take place was the General Election that resulted in another hung parliament.

During the 2017 election campaign the Conservative party made a promise to remove the 50% cap on Catholic admissions to Free Schools.  The cap has hindered the opening of new schools in areas that need them.  It now looks that the Government may be preparing to backtrack on its manifesto promise.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents some schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. By her own admission, the Secretary of State has said the rule has been ineffective and adversely affects Catholic families.  There will be no legislative debate as this is a decision purely for the Government itself.  Whilst the Catholic Bishops’ Conference are lobbying the Government on the issue, the lobbying does not appear to making any inroads.

Are you a Catholic who wants to send your child to a Catholic school? Do you support the right of Catholic parents/guardians to choose a Catholic education for their child or children? Do you want to safeguard the future of Catholic education in England? If the answer’s yes to any of these questions, we urgently need your help.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have set up a petition for ‘Safeguarding the future of Catholic Education’.  To sign the petition click the button below and complete your details.  When you have done this the next screen will show your letter to the Secretary of State for you to ‘sign’ and send.

Also please share the link to the petition as widely as possible, to as many Catholics as possible, let your voice be heard.

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St Helen’s Secret Santa Appeal  

christmasAs it is the time of year where we think about others, the Evangelisation team at St. Helen’s church would like your help in supporting disadvantaged children throughout the Caerphilly Borough this Christmas.

Could you donate a small (or large) gift? Stocking fillers? Suitable for a boy or a girl of any age from babies to 16 year olds.

All of the gifts donated (we ask that all items are new and unused) will be delivered to Caerphilly Council who will allocate them to the appropriate child.

Please could the gifts be unwrapped and placed in the box in the entrance of the church or handed in to the office at St. Helen’s school.

Last day for the gifts to be handed in:

School – Friday 24th November

Church – Sunday 26th November

We would like to thank you for your generosity

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wish you all a very Holy and Happy Christmas. ✝️ 🎄

 

Journey To Justice – a CAFOD Retreat

Romero-retreat_opt_fullstory_largeListening 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.

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November 18th is Curry Night

Curry Night-2On Saturday 18th November we will be holding another Curry night. This is a great chance to prepare your favourite curry dish and share it with friends and family in the parish hall. We’re thinking of Rogan Josh, Madras, Vindaloo, Jalfreze, Korma, Tikka Masala. Or how about brining some poppadoms, chutneys, bhajis, koftas or whatever takes your fancy? And don’t worry if you’re unable to bring anything, as there will be plenty to share. Last year when we held this evening we had a great turnout and had an excellent evening. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 18th November at 7.30 pm (after Mass). Please let others know and share this on Facebook

The week ahead at St Helen’s

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Yes, Tuesday is All Hallows Eve, the day we gather up all we know or love who have died, and work to pop them out of purgatory by persistent prayer: Then we can remember most of them the next day, All Hallows, and continue to pray for the rest the following day, All Souls.

Wednesday is the lovely Feast of All Saints, celebrating all the famous ones, and also the holy people we have been privileged to know, people like our parents or our teachers, or fellow – parishioners who have shared God’s love with us, “All Hallows’’. We are called to celebrate the feast with Mass at 10am or 7pm, and with family celebrations of our own between. Happy Feast Day!

Then on Thursday we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, a chance to pray for all who have died, and the start of a month of prayer for all our loved ones who have gone to God. Mass through the month will be offered for the Holy Souls, except where there is a pre – booked intention: – Please place th e names of the members of your family and friends whom you would like prayed for in the basket on the corner of the altar.

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.