Caritas Calling! February – March 2022 Bulletin

A Monthly Bulletin for our local parishes, charities and Catholic Agencies

  1. World Day for Consecrated Life: Invitation to the synodal spirit of participation
  2. Campaign News from CAFOD: It’s time to tackle corporate abuse of human and environmental rights
  3. Pope invites Catholics to join Caritas ‘Together We‘ campaign
  4. The Pope’s Prayer intentions:

February – For religious sisters and consecrated women

March – For a Christian response to bioethical challenges

  1. The Cycle of Prayer
  2. Learning and Training Events – Archdiocese of Cardiff – Meet the Development Team
  3. Stop Press! Learning and Training Events
  4. For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission – Objectives of the Synodal Process (1.3)

1.World Day for Consecrated Life: Invitation to the synodal spirit of participationConsecrated Life

On the occasion of the World Day for Consecrated Life, 2 February, the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has addressed a letter to the world’s consecrated men and women.

29 January 2022, By Vatican News staff reporter

Pope Francis will mark the World Day for Consecrated Life on Wednesday with a Eucharistic celebration in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Saint John Paul II instituted the annual observance of the Catholic Church, marking it for the first time in 1997.  He designated its celebration on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. For the 26th edition of the celebration this year, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has addressed a letter to the world’s consecrated men and women inviting them to walk together as a community in the synodal spirit of participation, where members exercise responsibility for one another through mutual listening, excluding no one.

The joy of ‘we’ The Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Secretary, Archbishop Jose Rogriguez Carballo, who signed the letter, explain that this year’s message focuses on ‘participation”, the second word of the theme of the 2023 Synod: Communion, Participation and Mission. Recalling the exhortation of Pope Francis, the message says, “no one, no one, should be excluded or feel excluded from this journey; no one, no one, should think ‘it doesn’t concern me’.” The message recalls that, by going back to their vocational call, consecrated persons will rediscover the enthusiasm, amazement and joy of feeling and being part of a project of love, for which others like them have also made their lives available for the good of humanity.  The Vatican Congregation thus invites consecrated persons to revive this memory, warning that “over time it risks losing its strength, especially when we replace the attractiveness of ‘we’ with the strength of ‘I’”.

Participation of all The first proof of participation is belonging, the message says, adding, “I cannot participate if I conceive of myself as the whole and do not recognize myself as part of a shared project.”  Hence the importance of asking ourselves what this listening in the community consists of: “Who are  the brothers and sisters we listen to and, before that, why do we listen to them?” “We cannot call ourselves a vocational community, and even less a community of life, if the participation of some or others is missing.” The Congregation invites consecrated men and women to the synodal journey of participation “strong in the conviction that we can only receive and give Good” because, as Pope Francis says, consecrated life is born, grows and can give evangelical fruits only in the Church, the living communion of the faithful People of God.

Responsibility Participation thus becomes responsibility, whereby “we cannot but be among others and with others”. And even before that, synodality begins within us from a “change of mentality, from a personal conversion, in the community or fraternity, in our homes, workplaces and structures to expand into ministries and mission”. Thus, nourishing the synodal journey together that begins with listening, means making room for the other in our lives, taking seriously what is important to him or her. Participation also means co-responsibility, especially in the missionary dream of reaching out to all, of caring for all, of feeling that we are all brothers and sisters, together in life and in history, which is the history of salvation.

  1. Campaign News from CAFOD: It’s time to tackle corporate abuse of human and environmental rights

https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Human-rights

We’re calling on the UK government to introduce a new Business, Human Rights and Environment Act to hold business to account when it fails to prevent human rights abuses and environmental harm. If we are to tackle the climate crisis and global poverty around the world, we must address the destruction linked to UK companies. Ask your MP to back a Business, Human Rights and Environment Act

Join our campaign to protect people and our common home:

Communities we work with around the world are experiencing inequalities and exploitation, and this is linked to the activities of UK companies. This includes:

  • worker exploitation
  • water pollution from industrial activity
  • large-scale deforestation
  • removing people from their land
  • the abuse and killing of human rights and environmental defenders who show resistance.

We believe this abuse has to stop.

Why current laws aren’t enough:

While the UK has made some progress in introducing legislation, such as the Modern Slavery Act which was passed in 2015 to ensure more transparency in supply chains, it’s clear that just requiring companies to be transparent isn’t enough to prevent abuse. The Modern Slavery Act also doesn’t cover many of the impacts business activities have on the communities CAFOD works with, such as mass pollution and attacks on human rights defenders.

Our faith calls us to act:

“Indigenous communities must be protected from companies, particularly multinational companies, that operate in less developed countries in ways they could never do at home, through the destructive extraction of fossil fuels, minerals, timber and agro-industrial products.”

Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Prayer for Creation 2020

Pope Francis calls on us to strengthen national and international legislation to regulate the activities of companies and provide justice for the people they affect. More than 100 bishops worldwide have called for an end to corporate abuse. That’s why we’re urging the UK government to introduce a new Business, Human Rights and Environment Act to hold business to account when it fails to prevent human rights abuses and environmental harm. This new law would make sure that companies act to prevent human rights and environmental abuses happening in the first place – by identifying and taking steps to address the risks to human rights and the environment that their activities pose. It doesn’t matter where in the world they operate – businesses based in the UK need to make absolutely sure that they are not putting people’s lives and our common home at risk, and they must be held accountable when they are.

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  1. Pope invites Catholics to join Caritas ‘Together We‘ campaign

Pope Francis has encouraged people to take part in a new global campaign ‘Together We launched by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based umbrella organisation for national Catholic charities. The three-year campaign aims to bring people together, especially on the grassroots level, to combat poverty, restore dignity to the marginalised and protect nature, as part of putting Pope Francis’ encyclicals Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti into practice and responding to his call for integral ecology and a new kind of solidarity.

The new Global Campaign 2021 – 2024 https://www.caritas.org/togetherwe/

The degradation of our Common Home, aggravated by the current global pandemic, has had a disproportionate impact on everyone, especially on those who already face disadvantage, marginalisation and multiple forms of vulnerability. If we don’t care for our Common Home together, most of humanity will be without a home! https://youtu.be/RKIPeHGNkQI

As Caritas, we realise that we are in close interdependence with all of Creation; what happens in one part of our world has an impact on the rest of the planet and on the poorest peoples of our human family.

Our new campaign is our way to play our own part in caring for our Common Home and for the poor today to make our Common Home a better, healthier place to live for present and future generations.

  1. The Pope’s Prayer intentions: [Visit: https://thepopevideo.org/ each month for the latest video]

February – For religious sisters and consecrated women

“We pray for religious sisters and consecrated women; thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times.”

March – For a Christian response to bioethical challenges

“We pray for Christians facing new bioethical challenges; may they continue to defend the dignity of all human life with prayer and action.”

  1. The Cycle of Prayerhttps://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Calendar/Cycle/Index.shtml

See also: https://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Calendar/2022/Ordo-2022.pdf

Throughout Ordinary Time: Winter we are asked to pray for the following intentions:

Peace on EarthRacial Justice Sunday 13 February https://www.carj.org.uk/racial-justice-sunday-2022/

Victims of Human Trafficking – especially on feast of St Josephine Bakhita — 8 February

The Sick and those who care for them – especially on World Day of Prayer for the Sick — 11 February

The Unemployed – especially on the Sunday before 1st Sunday of Lent.

Throughout Lent we are asked to pray for the following intentions:

Candidates for the Sacraments – especially on the Sundays of Lent

The Needy and Hungry of the World – especially on Lenten Fast Day – 11 March CAFOD

Women’s World day of Prayer – especially on 1st Friday – 4 March

Penitent and Wanderers

  1. Learning and Training Events – Archdiocese of Cardiff – Meet the Development Team

The role of the Development Department is to support the mission and work of the Archdiocese, its parishes and entities. The team raises funds through an active, comprehensive and professional programme of fundraising and support activities including contactless giving, promoting legacies, writing trust and grant applications and supporting parish giving activities. The team are now also running a monthly online ‘Funding Surgery’. To learn how Development can help your parish why not drop into one of these online events by visiting the events page of the diocesan website at www.rcadc.org/events.

Alternatively, you can contact Owen Collins by email on owen.collins@rcadc.org and arrange a meeting in your parish.

Owen Collins, Development Manager

Owen has been working for the diocese since the start of 2019 fundraising for a range of parish and diocese wide projects. Coming from a heritage background, with extensive experience in the voluntary sector, Owen leads the team which offers a range of fundraising and support functions.

Gareth Simpson, Volunteer and Project Manager

Gareth’s role is to support the recruitment and training of new and existing volunteers. He is developing a training programme and additional routes to volunteer recruitment. Gareth also brings experience across the third sector at a community level and in the world of education. gareth.simpson@rcadc.org

Nadine Salter, Food Programme Manager

Nadine joined the Development Team in 2020. She has coordinated food projects within the Archdiocese, including the Archbishop’s Food Voucher Scheme. Nadine can assist with bid writing for grant applications and provide support scoping funding for small projects. nadine.salter@rcadc.org

Online donations could not be easier!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has continued to donate to the Archdiocese of Cardiff during the pandemic. Whether you have donated to your parish, or a specific diocesan fund such as the Sick and Retired Clergy appeal, made a single donation, or regular contribution, we thank you.

Thanks to your generosity we have been able to continue to support our clergy, parishes and charitable functions at this difficult time. It may interest you to know that the online giving facility has recently been improved and it is now possible to donate to ever parish and church in the Archdiocese by visiting www.rcadc.org/donations/

  1. Stop Press! Learning and Training Events

Did you know that the Archdiocese of Cardiff runs regular online and in-person training sessions? If you would like to ‘brush up’ on your skills or learn something new why not take a look at the events page on the diocesan website: www.rcadc.org/events. Selected upcoming events below with new sessions regularly added so do check back. If you have people waiting to learn, please do ask to see if a tailor-made session can be created for you.

The Diminishing Use of Cash – Securing Donations Digitally with InvestMyCommunity This workshop will be of interest for those who have recently embraced or are considering how to secure donations digitally, whether that is securing the weekly offering plate or to fund specific projects, initiatives or causes: February 1 @ 10.00am – 11.30am

Online Safety This webinar will discuss ways to stay safe online, including web browser safety tips, awareness of online scams and password security: February 9 @ 10.00am – 11.00am

Faith in the Future: Building Connections and Engaging Communities In this seminar, speakers will offer advice and practical examples to help you engage with new people, encourage your local community to get involved and how to support volunteers: February 15 @ 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Six Ways to help your Parish: Development Team Funding Surgery Meet the diocesan Development Team, learn of recent and current projects, review the support and resources provided. Explore funding case studies: February 23 @ 1.00pm – 3.00pm; March 21 @ 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Faith in the Future: Innovative ways to raise funds and income In this seminar, our speakers will offer advice and practical examples to help you refine your ask for donations, learn how other places of worship are making the most of giving technology and to identify ways and means to raise income from activities: March 8 @ 1.30pm – 3.30pm

All Things Volunteering: Development Team Volunteering Support – (contact gareth.simpson@rcadc.org)

Informal support sessions with the diocesan Volunteering Manager. Covering instantly accessible ways to finding new volunteers, recognising existing volunteers, and being a ready ‘welcome host’ for volunteers:

March 9 @ 1.30pm – 2.30pm; April 5 @ 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Faith in the Future: Rising to the climate change challenge Responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility in caring for churches. But, it goes beyond buildings, and should also be considered when planning events and activities: March 29 @ 1:30pm – 3:30pm

  1. For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission1.3 Objectives of the Synodal Process

The Church recognizes that synodality is an integral part of her very nature. Being a synodal Church finds expression in ecumenical councils, Synods of Bishops, diocesan Synods, and diocesan and parish councils.

There are many ways by which we experience forms of “synodality” already across the Church. Yet being a synodal Church is not limited to these existing institutions. Indeed, synodality is not so much an event or a slogan as a style and a way of being by which the Church lives out her mission in the world. The mission of the Church requires the entire People of God to be on a journey together, with each member playing his or her crucial role, united with each other. A synodal Church walks forward in communion to pursue a common mission through the participation of each and every one of her members. The objective of this Synodal Process is not to provide a temporary or one-time experience of synodality, but rather to provide an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together how to move forward on the path towards being a more synodal Church in the long-term…

…The current Synodal Process we are undertaking is guided by a fundamental question: How does this “journeying together” take place today on different levels (from the local level to the universal one), allowing the Church to proclaim the Gospeland what steps is the Spirit inviting us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church? (PD, 2)

In this light, the objective of the current Synod is to listen, as the entire People of God, to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church. We do so by listening together to the Word of God in Scripture and the living Tradition of the Church, and then by listening to one another, and especially to those at the margins, discerning the signs of the times. In fact, the whole Synodal Process aims at fostering a lived experience of discernment, participation, and co-responsibility, where a diversity of gifts is brought together for the Church’s mission in the world… …Thus the objective of this Synodal Process is not only a series of exercises that start and stop, but rather a journey of growing authentically towards the communion and mission that God calls the Church to live out in the third millennium.

8.2 A process that is truly Synodal: Listening, Discernment, and Participation  

The Synodal Process is first and foremost a spiritual process. It is not a mechanical data-gathering exercise or a series of meetings and debates. Synodal listening is oriented towards discernment. It requires us to learn and exercise the art of personal and communal discernment. We listen to each other, to our faith tradition, and to the signs of the times in order to discern what God is saying to all of us. Pope Francis characterizes the two interrelated goals of this process of listening: “to listen to God, so that with him we may hear the cry of his people; to listen to his people until we are in harmony with the will to which God calls us.”[5]

This kind of discernment is not only a one-time exercise, but ultimately a way of life, grounded in Christ, following the lead of the Holy Spirit, living for the greater glory of God. Communal discernment helps to build flourishing and resilient communities for the mission of the Church today. Discernment is a grace from God, but it requires our human involvement in simple ways: praying, reflecting, paying attention to one’s inner disposition, listening and talking to one another in an authentic, meaningful, and welcoming way. 

The Church offers us several keys to spiritual discernment. In a spiritual sense, discernment is the art of interpreting in what direction the desires of the heart lead us, without letting ourselves be seduced by what leads us to where we never wanted to go. Discernment involves reflection and engages both the heart and head in making decisions in our concrete lives to seek and find the will of God.

If listening is the method of the Synodal Process, and discerning is the aim, then participation is the path. Fostering participation leads us out of ourselves to involve others who hold different views than we do. Listening to those who have the same views as we do bears no fruit. Dialogue involves coming together across diverse opinions. Indeed, God often speaks through the voices of those that we can easily exclude, cast aside, or discount. We must make a special effort to listen to those we may be tempted to see as unimportant and those who force us to consider new points of view that may change our way of thinking.

Prayer for the Synod: Adsumus Sancte Spiritus 

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,

make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go

and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;

do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity

so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth

and what is right.

All this we ask of You,

who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son,

forever and ever.

Amen.

For more details on any of the items in this Bulletin, or to consider forming a parish Caritas team, please contact: Jim Barnaville, Coordinator, Caritas Archdiocese of Cardiff. Email caritas@rcadc.org