Bulletin No.593 December 27th 2015

Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism:  the DVD resource that we use has been well received over the last few years, and creates a relaxed and informal gathering which aims to support parents in nurturing their child’s spiritual journey.  The next sessions will be in January.   If you are thinking about arranging your child’s baptism, or if your child is asking to be baptized, please e-mail Fr. David so that a time and venue can be arranged.

Crib Offerings this year will be for ‘Safe Families for Children’.   They now have a base in Cardiff, it offers respite care for vulnerable children not least in recruiting volunteer host families who would voluntarily open up their homes, without pay, to offer temporary shelter to children of families in crisis whilst their parents get back on their feet.  It’s not fostering and it’s not adoption – just simple kindness and yet it can make a world of difference.   As well as needing finance, ‘Safe Families for Children’ would also welcome volunteers for this crucial and important work.  Donations can be put in the ‘Angel Box’ in front of the Crib.

Eucharistic Adoration:    We are looking for 2 people to fill in for long term sick for the hour 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays.   If you can help please contact: A. Bedford   755193 or T. Hitchings 756598.

A Pilgrimage Companion for the Year of Mercy 2015-16:   Booklets are available on the CTS stand at £1 each.  Proceeds to Parish Funds (please put the money in the Church Donations box in the Church Porch).  ‘I hope and pray that this simple booklet will be a helpful and gentle companion for you on this Pilgrimage of Mercy’.  Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

Christmas Offering to your Parish PriestThank you for your offering.   If you were away over the Christmas period and would still like to make an offering – it’s not too late!

Would you like to take part in the 100 Club in 2016?   The cost is £1 per month and the prize is £40 each month.    Better odds that you will get with the lottery or a raffle.  Interested?  Please put your name and address together with either £12 for the year in an envelope   (you can also pay £1 monthly) and give it to Treena Hitchings or leave in the Sacristy before 24th of January.   Somebody has to win each month – why not you?

Year Books for 2016:   (very useful) on sale in the Repository.   Price   £3.00

School applications to Padre Pio Primary School for September 2016these are now under way, and parents are reminded of the need to comply with all requirements of the Admission Process, as stated in the Admissions Policy.  Further information available from either school.  All forms must be returned by 29th  January 2016. 

CAFOD recruiting – Community Participation CoordinatorCAFOD is currently looking for a Community Participation Coordinator based from our volunteer centre in Cardiff to cover CAFOD’s work in the dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia. This is part time (17.5 hours per week), fixed term contract to 31 July 2017. To read more and to apply please visit cafod.org.uk/Work-with-us/UK-Jobs/CPC-South-Wales and complete our online application form by the closing date of 3 Jan 2016. Contact CAFOD South Wales for further details on 029 20 344 882 or email southwales@cafod.org.uk.

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