Caritas Calling! November / December 2021

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

1. COP26 – messages from Therese Warwick, CAFOD Community Participation Co-ordinator

  1. Welsh voices call for climate action
  2. Global Day Of Action For The Climate 
  3. BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day – His Holiness Pope Francis
  4. Current Citizens Cymru Wales campaigns and preparing for Local Authority elections in May 2022
  5. Continued Support for EU/EEA and Swiss Nationals in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme…
  6. World Day of the Poor 2021
  7. Pope on Diocesan Youth Day: ‘Arise, bear witness to Jesus with your lives’
  8. The God Who Speaks – Scripture Study sessions
  9. The Pope’s Prayer intentions:

November – Universal intention ‐ People who suffer from depression

December – Intention for evangelization ‐ Catechists

  1. The Cycle of Prayer
  2. Synod gathers strength in archdiocese
  3. Communiqué: extension of the deadline for the first phase of the synodal process, 29.10.2021
  4. COP26 – messages from Therese Warwick, CAFOD Community Participation Co-ordinator

Thank you for all your support this Autumn. From 31st October to 12th November, governments from across the world gather to discuss how to tackle the climate emergency at COP26 in Glasgow.  The role of the UK as host will be vital. Raising our voices to demand bold action on behalf of the poorest communities and the earth on which we all depend will be essential. Tackling climate change is part of our duty as Christians to love and care for God’s creation. It’s an important dimension of our stewardship of the Earth. Our sisters and brothers across the world are being pushed deeper into poverty due to the changing climate and our faith moves us to speak out in solidarity. So it’s a special thank you this month to parishioners at St Peter’s, Roath and pupils at St David’s Catholic College, for meeting with their MP, Jo Stevens, to discuss climate change action. And to Canon John Kelly and parishioners at St Helen’s, Caerphilly, for engaging with their MP, Wayne David, to express their care and concerns over environmental issues, which was followed by a lively discussion about the choices and changes we can and need to make. As you know, Herefordshire is part of the Archdiocese of Cardiff and a special thank you to parishioners from Belmont Abbey and St Frances of Rome, Ross-on-Wye, who met their MP, Jesse Norman.

  1. Welsh voices call for climate action

CAFOD is a member of The Climate Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Cymru.  Earlier this year we launched a coalition campaign called Climate.Cymru to gather voices from all over Wales.  It is the leading Wales-based campaign focused on COP26, with 230 partner organisations, and growing, from all sectors of society. On Tuesday (19 October) the campaign delivered over 10,000 voices to Julie James, Wales’s first Minister for Climate Change and deputy Climate Change Minister, Lee Waters at The Senedd.

Read more here:

  1. Global Day Of Action For The Climate

On Saturday 6 November many CAFOD supporters will be on the streets on the Global Day of Action for the Climate, along with others around the world, to demand the same. If you want to join the march in Wales, we are meeting in Cardiff at Eglwys Dewi Sant, St Andrew’s Crescent CF10 3DD at 10:45 am for prayer and reflection as part of the faith bloc in partnership with Christian Aid and Tearfund. All welcome! We will join the main bloc at City Hall at 12 noon for the Global Day of Action walk to the Senedd.

  1. BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day – His Holiness Pope Francis

Pope Francis invited listeners during the BBC “Thought for the Day” radio column on Friday to join efforts for the protection of our common home through a renewed sense of shared responsibility and solidarity:

Audio Message of the Holy Father Francis to the ‘BBC Radio – Thought for the Day’ on the occasion of COP 26:

  1. Current Citizens Cymru Wales campaigns and preparing for Local Authority elections in May 2022

Building a Brighter Future for Children and Young People in Wales
The aim of this campaign is to build the power of civil society to take action on issues affecting children and young people across Wales. The objectives are: To train children, young people, parents and community leaders in the art of community organising; to run deep listening in to the issues already identified by our Citizens Cymru Wales membership – educational injustice, mental health and child food poverty; to take local and national action on issues affecting children and young people and to win significant change; to build stronger relationships with key decision makers, including the First Minister, education minister, and local authority leaders

Living Wage for Care Workers in Wales

We are campaigning for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and additional Local Authorities to accredit as Living Wage employers. We are planning a day of action on 16 November (in Living Wage Week 10-16 November and the 20th anniversary of the Living Wage Foundation)

Welcoming refugee families to Wales

We are campaigning for the warmest and best welcome to Wales for Syrian, Afghan and other refugee families through Community Sponsorship where communities play the lead in welcoming families and also increasing the ambition of local authorities in their welcome to refugee families.

We will be focusing on building power of civil society in Wales through community organising on these three campaigns and other issues ahead of the Local Authority elections in May 2022, including Accountability Assemblies and negotiations with local authority leaders. We will also be active on voter registration and voter turnout for these elections.

For more information on any of this, please contact Richard Weaver

  1. Continued Support for EU/EEA and Swiss Nationals in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme and Support with Discrimination

(Revd Gethin Rhys, Policy Officer, Cytûn, has passed on to us the following letter from Citizens Advice)

…As you may be aware, the deadline for EU nationals to apply for Settled and Pre-Settled Status expired on 30th June 2021. Citizens Advice Cymru has been funded to support clients across Wales with applications and associated advice services, and the Welsh Government has extended this service until 31 March 2022 as there is a considerable backlog of cases where people still need support with their applications and broader advice issues.  We wanted to take this opportunity to advise that there are still opportunities for individuals and their families who missed the deadline to apply. Firstly, those who have applied before the 30th June but whose applications have not been decided on will have their existing rights protected pending the outcome of their application, including access to work, study and use the NHS. The EU Settlement Scheme has also made provision for late applications to be made by EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family who can show they have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline either for ‘practical’ or ‘compassionate’ reasons. EU citizens who arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, who have not yet applied must apply urgently.  It is possible that there are individuals within your client base who may not yet have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and they are eligible, and we would urge the sharing of the message to encourage them to do so and they may contact our services for support with their applications.   Those who have applied late still have their rights protected while their application is determined. Citizens Advice Cymru have specialist staff and caseworkers who can help with both existing and late applications, and this includes individuals and their families or carers, delivered by colleagues at Citizens Advice Cardiff and Vale, Citizens Advice Flintshire and Citizens Advice Newport, which continues to be available until March 2022, including specialist casework on Employment and Discrimination.

The national and local telephone lines can be accessed on our Partnership Page.  Individuals who contact our Wales national helpline on 0300 3309 059 can leave a message and an adviser will contact them back within two working days between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Specialist EU Settlement Scheme Appeals Service

The Welsh Government has also funded a dedicated appeals service by Newfields Law (in Cardiff) for clients who wish to challenge the outcome of UKVI’s decision on EUSS applications by appealing to the Immigration Tribunal and will also be available until the end of the year. They offer the following contact routes: 0292 1690049 or

EU Citizens FactSheets 

The Welsh Government has produced the following EU citizens’ rights factsheets in both English and Welsh, which could help inform those who access your services, including Rights to Access Benefits; Rights to Free NHS Healthcare; Rights to housing; Rights to Study; Rights to Vote; Rights to Work. These factsheets can be downloaded from the Welsh Government Website in English and Welsh. I would be grateful if you could share this information with anyone in your organisation and client network that might still need to access this service. Thanks and Regards | Diolch a chofion, Alun

Alun Gruffudd  Service Delivery Manager/Rheolwr Cyflenwi Gwasanaeth Citizens Advice
Internal: 231378 External: 03000 231378 Mobile: 07570423105

  1. World Day of the Poor 2021

The next World Day of the Poor will be on Sunday 14 November 2021. In collaboration with Redemptorist Publications, CSAN has produced a PDF resource for parishes, schools and individuals, which includes a novena for World Day of the Poor and a See-Judge-Act exercise for groups. A collective worship for use in schools on the week beginning 8 November can be found here and includes teachers’ notes. Pope Francis message for the day can be found here:

  1. Pope on Diocesan Youth Day: ‘Arise, bear witness to Jesus with your lives’

The 36th World Youth Day takes place on 21 November 2021 and will be celebrated in dioceses around the globe as the Church prepares for the 2023 WYD in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pope Francis has released his message for the 2021 Diocesan WYD under the theme: “Arise. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen” (Acts 26:16). –

In the message, the Pope pointed to the important role that young people have to play in the world, especially as they have faced enormous setbacks and difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many young people, said the Pope, experienced a rise in family problems, unemployment, depression, loneliness, and addictive behaviour. But, he added, the experience of the pandemic has also revealed the virtues of young people, including our “inclination to solidarity.” “Whenever a young person falls, in some sense all humanity falls,” he said. “Yet it is also true that when a young person rises, it is as if the whole world rises as well.” With that in mind, Pope Francis urged young Christians to “arise” and help the world start afresh with their passion and enthusiasm. Listen to our reportF136196565.mp3

  1. The God Who Speaks

Scripture Study sessions in the Archdiocese of Cardiff on certain Saturdays from 11am to 12.30pm.

November 6th, 2021: The Gospel of St. Luke; Dr Philip Manghan

December 4th, 2021: The Scriptures in Advent; Kate Duffin

For more information and to register for the talks so that you will receive the Zoom link, please email Madeleine Walters at In the Archdiocese of Cardiff, Kate Duffin and Madeleine Walters, promote The God Who Speaks initiative and, for Newsletters, contact Madeleine.

Fr. Jerome Ituah OCD is the contact in the Diocese of Menevia:

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

November – Universal intention ‐ People who suffer from depression

We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn‐out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.”

December – Intention for evangelization ‐ Catechists

“Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses,

with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

  1. The Cycle of Prayer

During Ordinary Time (Autumn), we are asked to pray for these intentions:

All Victims of War – especially on Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November)

Young People – especially on Christ the King: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Throughout Advent and Christmas we are asked to pray for the following intentions:

Openness to the Word of God – especially on Bible Sunday (Second Sunday in Advent)

Migrants and Refugees – especially on Migrants’ Day (3 December)

Expectant Mothers – especially on Fourth Sunday in Advent

  1. Synod gathers strength in archdiocese

Pope Francis officially opened this new Synod on the weekend of 9th-10th October 2021. The word ‘Synod’ is a Greek word meaning ‘same path’. Pope Francis talks about journeying together, walking, talking and listening together.

He said at the worldwide launch: “The Spirit asks us to listen to the questions, concerns and hopes of every Church, people and nation. And to listen to the world, to the challenges and changes that it sets before us… Let us listen to one another.” It is through listening to each other that we will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

This can be done in one gathering but several gatherings will allow a more interactive atmosphere of sharing as people get to know each other. Informal gatherings with all kinds of groups and conversations will lead to everyone having the chance to speak and having others listen to them. (Vatican document, ‘Vademecum, 4. 1’.) We need to find the most effective way of achieving the widest participation possible.

The question that guides this consultation of the People of God is “A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together”. How is this “journeying together” happening today in your particular Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take, in order to grow in our “journeying together”?

The Cardiff Diocese has begun the task. There is now a Diocesan Synodal Co-ordinator, Madeleine Walters, ably assisted by a team, the Diocesan Synodal Team. This is mirrored in Menevia where Fr. John Patrick Thomas is the Co-ordinator and he, too, has a team. The Cardiff Team’s first action was to invite two people from every parish to be parish representatives. Meetings and training for their role have already begun.

Pope Francis is very clear: “The purpose of this Synod is not to produce more documents, but to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be.”

Madeleine Walters Diocesan Synodal Co-ordinator

For more information, email

“As you know — it’s not a novelty — a synodal process is about to begin, a journey in which the whole Church is engaged around the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission,” three pillars. Three phases are foreseen, which will take place between October 2021 and October 2023. This itinerary was thought out as dynamism of mutual listening. I want to stress this: a dynamism of mutual listening carried out at all levels of the Church, involving all the People of God. The Cardinal Vicar and the Auxiliary Bishops must listen to one another, the priests must listen to one another, the Religious must listen to one another, the laity must listen to one another and then, all inter-listening to one another; to listen to one another; to talk to one another and to listen to one another. It’s not about gathering opinions, no. This is not a survey, but about listening to the Holy Spirit…”

Pope Francis, Address to the Faithful of Rome, 18th September 2021

  1. Communiqué of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops: extension of the deadline for the first phase of the synodal process, 29.10.2021

The numerous communications we have received in these first weeks of the synodal process from the Episcopal Conferences, the dioceses and the eparchies are truly an encouraging confirmation to all those in the Church who are working to celebrate the first phase of the synodal process – the theme of which is For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission – consisting of consultation with the People of God. For all this we are truly grateful.

During this period, we have heard, over and over again and from various quarters, the request to extend the duration of the first phase of the synodal process in order to provide a greater opportunity for the people of God to have an authentic experience of listening and dialogue.

Aware that a synodal Church is a Church that listens, considering that this first phase is essential for this synodal path and evaluating these requests, always seeking the good of the Church, the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops has decided to extend until 15 August 2022 the deadline for the presentation of the summaries of the consultations by the Episcopal Conferences, the Oriental Catholic Churches sui iuris and the other ecclesial bodies.

Journeying together 

It seems providential that the Church and the World are setting out on journeys at the same time – for the Church, the Synodal Journey; for the World, the journey from the Paris Agreement, 2016, through COP26 to the UN Agenda 2030. The paths will cross, as they should, since our mission is to the World.

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,  

Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission. Our “journeying together” is, in fact, what most effectively enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God.

As we embrace this Synodal Process, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to be at work in us so that we may be a community and a people of grace.

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.


We pray, too, that the Holy Spirit may enter into the hearts and minds of all participants at the COP26 meeting, whether in the conference itself or on the periphery.

Prayer for the COP26 climate summit – provided by CAFOD

Loving God,
We praise your name with all you have created.

You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.

We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.

May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.

Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.



May the Holy Spirit guide us in all our endeavours.


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