Monthly Archives: September 2014

Baby Memorial

Today in Haverfordwest a stone memorial and four trees were dedicated to the lives of 420 babies who were buried in unmarked graves.

Memorial (Pat Jones)

(Councillor Huw George, Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, and Pat James at the Memorial in City Road Cemetery)

The stillborn babies were born between 1928 and 1975 when it was common practice to take them from their mothers without any ritual. Now the babies will be permanently remembered at City Road Cemetery in Haverfordwest, where most of the babies were buried. The memorial is the culmination of years of campaigning by Pat James, crematorium assistant at Parc Gwyn in Narberth. The memorial was dedicated by the chaplains of Withybush Hospital, Canon Geoffrey Gwyther, Rev. Geoffrey Eynon and Fr Liam Bradley.

A radio interview with Pat James may be found here.

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Pictured at Monday’s service are (L-R): Rev Geoffrey Eynon; James Allen, Superintendent and Registrar; Shane Morgan of Tom Newing & Son; Canon Geoffrey Gwyther; Robin Folland of Roy Folland & Son; Elfyn Evans, former gravedigger City Road Cemetery; Pat James and Father Liam Bradley.

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Cardinal Nichols speaks to the press before the start of the Synod on the Family

Here is the video of the interview Cardinal Nichols gave to the press as he prepares to travel to Rome for the Extraordinary Meeting of Bishops for the Synod on the Family.

 

A day of prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

Today, Sunday 28th September, has been marked out as a special day of prayer for the preparations of the Synod on the Family.

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The Synod – a meeting of bishops – will take place from the 5th to the 9th October and will discuss the matters which were raised last year when the Church invited every member to fill out a questionnaire on family life. Pope Francis has asked for the following prayer to be recited by all the faithful during liturgical celebrations.

Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

 Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendour of true love,

to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again

experience violence, rejection and division:

may all who have been hurt or scandalized

find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may the approaching Synod of Bishops

make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

graciously hear our prayer.

AMEN.

The bishops’ conference of England and Wales have more information which can be found here.

Stella Maris – Star of the Sea

Today in all military bases and in parishes with connections to the sea, the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea was celebrated.

Stella Maris

She is our way into port in stormy waters and our harbour wall in distress;  the guiding light that shines to navigate our way to salvation offered by her son.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Bring us dear mother to your son.

Home Mission Sunday

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This weekend is Home Mission Sunday  – the day annually when we are invited to pray for and support the Church’s work of Evangelisation in England and Wales. The theme this year is:

“in the heart of the family’

We are reminded that the work of evangelisation begins within our own families – in our own homes – and also within the spiritual family of our parish. The bishops of England and Wales ask that we reflect very especially on how the Lord might be calling us to reach out to those that we know, in our home and parish family, who are non churchgoing Catholics. For more information look here.

Jump Update

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The money for the Jubilee Appeal has now started to come in! Here in St David and St Patrick’s parish we’ve already raised £1494. Last week bishop Tom had this to say:

“Congratulations to Fathers Liam Bradley and Mansel Usher for rising to the occasion for a Sponsored Sky-Dive in aid of the Diocesan Jubilee Appeal. Welcome back to earth, with a hearty bump to the Appeal Fund in excess of a reported £4k. Many thanks to all their sponsors.”

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