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ALL LITURGIES ARE SUSPENDED – SEE WELCOME PAGE FOR STATEMENT.

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NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR

We need volunteers for our Churches to prepare the Church to reopen ie for cleaning, putting the barrier tapes and stickers, marking one way system. If you are ready please let me know.

Thank you very much for those who volunteer for the Church cleaning and stewardship. Special thanks to Llanidloes and Welshpool Volunteers who did a thorough cleaning in both Churches.

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MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF MISSIO, FR. ANTHONY CHANTRY

The last few months have been especially tough for missionaries overseas and the Catholic communities they serve. Churches in areas of poverty and oppression have been particularly hard hit by Covid and the lockdown.

The Holy Father’s Covid Emergency Appeal, coordinated by Missio, has raised over £250,000 in England & Wales and has provided immediate and effective relief to those in need in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malawi, Ethiopia, and through the Mill Hill Missionaries in Cameroon, India, Philippines, South Sudan and Pakistan.

During this difficult time for us all, we have made every effort to keep in touch with our 2,500 parish volunteers. Many have been concerned about not being able to collect and empty the Red Boxes. To help them we have put in place some alternative ways to give including through a dedicated donation page at http://www.missio.org.uk/redbox.

To learn more about the difference Missio is making through prayer and charity please see our Impact Report, available on-line missio.org.uk/mission-today or by ringing Tel. 020 7821 9755.

Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement.

CAFOD – DEC CORONAVIRUS APPEAL

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a nationwide Coronavirus appeal on Tuesday 14 July. CAFOD is an active member of the Committee and are currently giving support to communities in 26 countries with the £1.6 million they have raised so far, to help prevent the spread of the virus and limit the impact of hunger that lockdowns have caused. The need is immense, particularly in countries where there is conflict and displacement of whole communities.

CAFOD supports the South Sudan Council of Churches and they recently received word from Fr. James Oyet Lantansio, General Secretary: “I am humble and grateful to God that He has kept us alive up to date, as the world battles the COVID 19 pandemic. This year 2020, is a tough year for the whole world, but even tougher for us as South Sudanese, as we struggle to fight the

COVID-19 pandemic with a health system that is very poor (almost non-existent), coupled with the lack of capacity and the political and economic fragility of the country.”

The Catholic Community of England and Wales does not abandon those in need at home or overseas and this is indeed a time when our global family is suffering.

Through their network of volunteers, young CAFOD leaders and amongst their staff, they are keen to support in whatever way possible, the opening up of churches. Please do not hesitate to contact your local CAFOD representative if you think they can support in any way to sustain your parish and church communities.

If you would like to know more about the response to coronavirus that they are making globally on behalf of the Catholic community please visit https://cafod.org.uk/News/ Emergencies-news.

CaFOD also have inspiring resources to help your parishioners and schools to pray and to engage. Their children’s liturgy is very popular https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

and they have a programme of online talks for supporters and volunteers https://cafod.org.uk/lunteer/Online-talks.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES 2020

The 2020 World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) will be celebrated on Sunday 27th September and the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is ‘Forced like Jesus Christ to flee’ to focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people (IDPs). A copy of the Holy Father’s Message can be found via the following link on the Vatican website: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/migration/documents/papa-francesco_20200513_world-migrants-day-2020.html

 BIBLE SOCIETY – BIBLE STORY MINECRAFT COMPETITION 2020

Minecraft is the creative online game that’s taken the world by storm. Children and teens can create anything with the famous virtual blocks – even scenes from the Bible!

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WELSH MASS VIA ZOOM

If there is anyone who would wish to receive weekly the link and passcode for Mass zoomed in Welsh on Sundays at 11 am, celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Edwin Regan, please contact Ron Keating, co-ordinator of y Cylch Catholig, at rmkeating@hotmail.com

Dial-a-Mass

The Knights of St Columba have set up a Dial-a-Mass for those who are unable to participate in the celebration of the Mass via TV or Livestreaming. The Mass is available from 12 noon each Sunday until 11.59am the following Sunday and will last about 45 minutes. The Mass will cost as little as a local call and the phone number is: 01642 130120.

THE NEW CURRICULUM IN WALES (A note from Bishop)

You will already know of the significant changes proposed by the Welsh gov-ernment to the curriculum in Wales. The consultation on this proposal is tak-ing place until the 28 July. The changes proposed for the teaching of RE will have a significant effect on our Catholic schools. If enacted, these proposals would compel Catholic schools to teach the new “Religion, Values and Ethics” syllabus as non-Church schools alongside our own confessional syllabus.

Archbishop Stack has already had a telephone conversation on this matter with the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams. In recent weeks, he and I have written to the First Minister saying this is the wrong time for the consul-tation to take place and the implementation of such radical changes, particularly with the challenges facing all schools as pupils return. The Catholic Education Service is engaged in discussion with the Welsh government on the significance of this proposed legislation for our Catholic schools. They have produced briefing material to assist Heads and Governors in their response to this consultation. That information is available from Wendy White at education@rcdwxm.org.uk The consultation document “Curriculum for Wales: Religion, Values and Ethics” is obtainable at https://gov.wales/consultations Please share this information as widely as possible.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY VIDEOS

A primary teacher, children’s liturgy catechist and mother of 4 children from the Dunkeld Diocese has, since the lockdown started, been creating children’s liturgy videos so that children can still have access to some form of children’s liturgy sessions.

The Facebook page she has created to share resources on is called ‘Children’s Liturgy during Lockdown’ and has weekly videos for each Sunday as well as craft ideas for children to have a go at which link to that Sunday’s Gospel. The videos are just 10 minutes long, with a children’s version of the Gospel, short explanation as well as little song, prayer and something for the children to make to help remind them of each week’s Gospel message. She will carry on creating these videos for sometime after the re-opening of churches. YouTube link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gMpS4smCUrg

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MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU 

 FR JOHNSON CMI