Caritas Calling! March / April 2022

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

  1. Appeal from Pope Francis – ‘make Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace’
  2. Appeal for prayers as Russian invasion of Ukraine begins
  3. CSAN – Response to crisis in Ukraine
  4. Theme for 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees announced
  5. Family Fast Day is on Friday 11 March
  6. Could Your Parish Set Up A YCW Group?
  7. Could Your School Set Up An Impact! Group?
  8. The Pope’s Prayer intentions:

March – For a Christian response to bioethical challenges

April – For health care workers

  1. The Cycle of Prayer
  2. Learning and Training Events – Archdiocese of Cardiff
  3. For a Synodal Church: – 1.3 What is the aim of this Synod? Objectives of the Synodal Process
  4. Appeal from Pope Francis – ‘make Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace’

APPEAL – https:/francesco/en/audiences-udienza-generale

My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up. Like me, many people all over the world are feeling anguish and concern. Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests. I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies. I pray that all the parties involved refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilising coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.

And now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting. I invite everyone to make next 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.

  1. Appeal for prayers as Russian invasion of Ukraine begins

As the world wakes up this morning to the disturbing news that Russia has crossed the border into Ukraine, two separate appeals for prayer have been issued by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church & Rt. Rev. Kenneth Nowakowski, Bishop of the Ukraine Catholic Eparchy in London. “Now more than ever before your prayers and your acts of solidarity with the Ukrainian people are needed.” Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski. The actions of the Russian Federation are deeply disturbing not only for International Relations but also good of all peoples.  Just yesterday, Pope Francis spoke of the ‘pain in my heart over the worsening situation in Ukraine’ and asked us to make Ash Wednesday a Day of Prayer and Fasting for the situation in the Ukraine. Archbishop George Stack invites all Catholics and people of good in the Archdiocese of Cardiff to join in solidarity in response to these invitations to prayer. The letters of both Bishops may be read in full below.

Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav

Letter of Rt. Rev. Kenneth Nowakowski

  1. CSAN – Response to crisis in Ukraine

Updated 25 February 2022. CSAN is deeply disturbed by reports of attacks on Ukraine, and we pray for the work of our sister Caritas agencies in Ukraine and Russia. Caritas Ukraine has issued a statement:

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Caritas Internationalis has also released a statement on behalf of all national Caritas members and set up a global appeal for donations to support the work of Caritas Ukraine on the ground.

  1. Theme for 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees announced

Pope Francis has chosen “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees,” as the theme for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, to be celebrated on 25 September. The Day is observed every year on the last Sunday of September as an occasion to express support and concern for people who are forced to flee their homes, to encourage Catholics worldwide to remember and pray for those displaced by conflict and persecution and increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers. It  was first celebrated in 1914.

Building the future with migrants and refugees According to the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican’s Dicastery the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, this year’s theme highlights  the commitment that we are all called to share in building a future that embraces God’s plan, leaving no one behind. Building with” means recognizing and promoting the role that migrants and refugees have to play in this work of construction, because only in this way will it be possible to build a world that ensures the conditions for the integral human development of all, a communiqué explains. Pope Francis’ Message, featuring six sub-themes, will explore how migrants and refugees are able to contribute – now and in the future – to the social, economic, cultural, and spiritual development of societies and ecclesial communities.

Resources As every year,  the Migrants and Refugees Section will carry out a communications campaign starting at the end of March, aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the theme and sub-themes through multimedia aids, informational material, and theological reflections.

  1. Family Fast Day is on Friday 11 March

Join in Family Fast Day with your parish, friends and family so that more children can grow up big and strong. By eating simply and giving what you save, you’ll be making a place at your table for children like Lombeh this Lent. Because no child should go hungry.

Lombeh was dangerously malnourished as a baby. She was so small she almost died. Lombeh’s mum, Amie, told us: “The sickness was just getting worse and we were scared.” Thankfully, Amie and a small team of local health experts made sure Lombeh got the support she needed. Now, she’s big and strong.

Please support your parish to hold a collection and share Lombeh’s story at the end of Mass by reading our short talk. You could ask a young parishioner to help you. Share this video of these inspiring young parishioners giving the short talk at Mass! Or share the video of Lombeh above on your parish’s social media and with your family and friends.

  1. Could Your Parish Set Up A YCW Group? https://www.ycwimpact.could-your-parish-set-up-a-ycw-group

As a movement that is officially recognised by the Catholic Church, the vast majority of YCW and Impact groups have historically been present in Catholic parishes across England and Wales. We believe that the presence of a YCW or Impact group greatly enhances the life of a parish and we would recommend as much interaction as possible between the group and the wider Catholic community. Starting an YCW or Impact group in your parish shows that you value young people and wish to make a difference in the world around us. Groups start in two ways. However a group can only start when there is an adult (over the age of 18 for an Impact group or over the age of 30 for a YCW group) who is willing to act as a chaplain or adult companion to the group. The presence of an adult in the life of the group is very important. The founder of the YCW, Joseph Cardijn famously stated that the YCW should be “everything by the young people but nothing without the chaplain.” If you are an adult who wishes to start an Impact group, due to our Safeguarding Policy which is in line with national standards, you will need to identify at least one other person over the age of 18 who will be willing to become a companion to the group. Your parish priest may be able to assist you in this task. If you are a young person, we advise that you speak to your parish priest and ask for his support in setting up a group in your parish. Whether you are a young person or an adult who is committed to helping young people the National Team are on hand to assist you in any way. Please contact the YCW Headquarters on 020 8203 6290 or

The National Team, including the National Chaplain, can offer help and support in setting up groups, supporting and training chaplains and adult companions and providing ongoing advice with our publications, visits and contact. Once your group is established you will be invited to take part in regional and national events where you can meet and have fun with young people from across the country.

  1. Could Your School Set Up An Impact! Group?

The YCW has developed over the years to reach out to Catholic secondary schools who wish to start Impact groups as an extra-curricular activity. The rise in the number of lay chaplains in schools has led to a renewed level of energy in the pastoral care of students and an increase in charitable works and community outreach. Many teachers and chaplains have come to understand that the methodology and mission of the Impact programme is an appropriate way of combining these two important principles. With chaplaincy or accompaniment from a dedicated adult, an Impact group in a school enables young people grow in confidence and responsibility, deepen their faith and develop their interpersonal skills and talents.  One of the underlying principles of Impact is that it is run by young people for young people. However it usually requires an adult (teacher or chaplain) in the school to initiate the process and act as a guide and support. Due to the specialist nature of working within a school environment, sometimes it is necessary to be more flexible with the structure of the group. There are a number of different models of Impact currently and it is important to discover which model will suit your school best.

We would love to hear from schools who are interested and may want to host a visit from our National Training and Development Team to discuss what we can support the young people to deliver. Use of “contact us” section or email to get in touch about this exciting opportunity.

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

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.”

April – For health care workers

“We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.”

  1. The Cycle of Prayer

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

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

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

New Members of the Church

Vocationsespecially on World Day of Prayer for Vocations — 4th Sunday of Easter

Human Workespecially on St Joseph the Worker —1 May

The right use of the Mediaespecially on World Communications day — 7th Sunday of Easter

The Churchespecially on Pentecost

  1. Learning and Training Events – Archdiocese of Cardiff

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: Upcoming events are 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.

InvestMyCommunity – Fundraising Platform for Parishes & Community Organisations

Description: InvestMyCommunity is the active and current online giving platform for the Archdiocese of Cardiff. With the diminishing use of cash, 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. March 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Faith in the Future: Innovative ways to raise funds and income

Faith in the Future: Innovative ways to raise funds and income Suitable for: All Places of Worship, Clergy, Parishioners, Church Community, Volunteers Notes: For further enquiries please contact Gareth Simpson, Project & Volunteer Manager, 02920 379483. March 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

All Things Volunteering: Development Team Volunteering Support

All Things Volunteering: Development Team Volunteering Support 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 @ 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm; April 5 @ 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Meeting links to follow

Six Ways to help your Parish: Development Team Funding Surgery

Six Ways to help your Parish: Development Team Funding Surgery Suitable for: All, Parishioners, Church Community, Volunteers, Clergy Notes: For further queries contact Owen Collins, Development Manager, at or by phone on 077985 38736. Description: The last 18 months have proved a difficult time for clergy and curia alike. As we start to emerge from lockdown the Development Team want to reconnect with parishes. Development Manager, Owen Collins, is hosting a monthly online Funding Surgery. To learn how the Development Team can help your parish please use the link below for this informal one-hour session, including – Meeting the Development Team; Recent and Current Projects; Support and resources provided; Funding case studies

Monday 21st Mar, 2pm – 3pm – Meeting | Microsoft Teams

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. Whether you’re just starting to go green, or are already on your journey to environmental sustainability join us for some expert advice and to hear from places of worship and volunteers about their experiences.

In this seminar, our speakers will offer advice and practical examples to help you – First steps, including working out your carbon footprints; Prioritising maintenance; Think about more than just your building; How to integrate environmental matters into inspections and project work

Everyone involved in places of worship across Wales is invited to attend. This event is FREE for everyone, please share your invite with anyone you think might be interested. March 29 @ 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Delivered byNational Churches Trust & Wales Places of Worship Forum.

BookingFaith in the Future: rising to the climate change challenge Registration, Tue 29 Mar 2022, 13:30

  1. For a Synodal Church:1.3 What is the aim of this Synod? 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… …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 Gospel? and 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…

…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.

“I invite everyone to make next 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.”  Pope Francis’ Appeal at the General Audience, Wednesday 23 February 2022

War in Ukraine: Pope Francis goes to Russian embassy to express concern 

Pope Francis spent more than a half-hour at the Russian embassy on the Via della Conciliazione in Rome on Friday morning. A day earlier, Cardinal Pietro Parolin appealed for greater space for negotiations.

Vatican News 25 February 2022, 13:52, By Salvatore Cernuzio 

Pope Francis wished to express his concern about the war in Ukraine when he went to the headquarters of the Russian Embassy to the Holy See – headed by Ambassador Alexander Avdeev — around midday Friday morning. He arrived in a white car and remained in the building on Via della Conciliazione for over half an hour, as confirmed by the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni.

The full News item is available here:


O God of peace, who are peace itself
and whom a spirit of discord
cannot grasp,
nor a violent mind receive,
grant that those who are one in heart
may persevere in what is good
and that those in conflict
may forget evil and so be healed.

Roman Missal 

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