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March- April 2014

  • News highlights for this month:-
  • Expectant Mothers Blessings in St Philip Evans RC Church, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff  on Mother's day and on 27th July 2014 at Weekend masses.
  • First Friday- Anglo Keralite prayer group 
  • Smart Loving marriage course
  • Sunday Praise Prayer group- Lenten special
  • Take a stand for Life during Lent.
  • Station of the cross on the streets of Cardiff
  • St Peter's prayer and healing  ministry and fellowship team presents -Life in the spirit Seminar in Roath, Cardiff
  • Celebrate Wales -2014
  • Pope Francis releases Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel 
  • Napro technology- A way to resolving Catholic fertility problems
  • Life in the spirit seminars in Abergavenny 
  • St Brigid's praise group present Life in the Spirit Seminars in Cardiff.
  • The Joy of the Gospel programme in the Corner Stone at St David's Cathedral, Cardiff.
Expectant Mothers Blessings in St Philip Evans RC Church, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff 
on Mother's day and on 27th July 2014 at Weekend masses.

A few weeks ago, we were visited by a representative from the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who left a banner for our church depicting the famous image left on St Juan Diego’s cloak - an image of the Virgin Mary, pregnant with the Christ-Child. The banner is now on display as a part of our Advent display, as we look forward expectantly to the birth of Christ.

For some years, it has been the custom in St Philip Evans to offer a blessing to pregnant mothers on the 4th Sunday of Advent - the annual day of prayer for expectant mothers. We will continue this tradition this year, but with more than 
a general blessing offered to those seated - any woman expecting a child will be welcome to come forward to receive a personal blessing, together with the child’s father, if present. 
Clearly an annual day for blessing expectant mothers is not enough to cover all 9-month pregnancies which occur! So we will also offer a similar blessing in on Mothering Sunday (4th Sunday in Lent - 30 March in 2014) and on the Day for Life (last Sunday in July - 27 July in 2014). If this proves popular, we will continue the custom. There is no need to register or make yourself known beforehand; the blessing will be offered to all mothers willing to publicly identify themselves as pregnant on these days.
First Friday Anglo-Keralite prayer group!!
On Friday, April 4th 2014
Mass at 7:30pm St Brigid’s also  forms part of an Evening Vigil.
This is organised by the Keralite community. The event was transferred from the University Chaplaincy to St Brigid’s several  months ago. The evening begins with Rosary at 7pm and will continue after Mass with Praise  and Worship, a talk (approx 9.15pm) and Exposition.
 Service is often bilingual (Malyalam and English). 
All are welcome to come for all or part of the service as it continues on most friday till midnight.
Take a stand for Life during Lent!!
Our community will take part in40 Days for Life.  
A groundbreaking, coordinated international pro-life mobilization. We pray that, with God's help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city -- and beyond. 
Sign up to participate in our local vigil by clicking here: Vigil Schedule.
Dates: 5th March 2014 to 13th April 2014

Venue :-
Elgin House
106-107 St Mary's Street
Cardiff, Wales 
Contact the local 40 Days for Life leadership team: Clare Jackson Mobile no:- 07580275698
To all married couples and Engaged couples preparing for Marriage
- A Catholic approach to resolving fertility problems recommended by the Vatican called Napro technology.
If you suffer from any gynaecological problems such as premenstrual syndrome, abnormal bleeding, infertility,avoiding pregnancy,endometriosis, polypectomy amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea and post partum depression etc..This is where you need to turn to find your answers in a Catholic way recommended by the church. They have answers to men's fertility problems too.
Please share with your other married friends. Even single women can avail this facility with menstrual and premenstrual syndrome disorders.

The FertilityCare Centres of Europe (FCCE) celebrate 10 years of NaProTechnology and FertilityCare in Ireland with 500 out of the 800 Irish children who were conceived with this new approach. Professor Tom Hilgers and Dr. Phil Boyle explain how NaPro works. FCCE are a registered charity based in Ireland

FertilityCare and NaProTechnology from Fertility Care on Vimeo.

Video testimonials for various fertility problems


For learning basic Napro charting:- Here is a link to contact all the practitioners-

Practitioners charge about £45-to £60..You can choose the one nearest to you..

Most fertility practitioners AND doctors will  do skype consultation and work long distance.

To contact a Napro doctor in the UK and Ireland- Click on this link:-

Doctors charge about £200 for consultation.

For more information contact :- http://www.fertilitycare.net/

Napro fertility treatment heals women

FertilityCare and NaProTechnology from Fertility Care on Vimeo.

The FertilityCare Centres of Europe (FCCE) celebrate 10 years of NaProTechnology and FertilityCare in Ireland with 500 out of the 800 Irish children who were conceived with this new approach. Professor Tom Hilgers and Dr. Phil Boyle explain how NaPro works. FCCE are a registered charity based in Ireland


Station of the cross on the streets of Cardiff

Saturday 12th April 2014

Starts at 11:00am

(Meet at the front steps of the Cornerstone)

Opposite St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff CF10 2SF

Followed by refreshments and snacks in the cornerstone

“You are invited to witness to Christ’s Passion and Death this Lent”.

For more information go to www.sdcrf.org.uk 

or view poster here.


St Peter's prayer and healing  ministry and fellowship team presents 

Life in the spirit Seminar in Roath, Cardiff

Life in the Spirit Seminars; Eastertide 2014

A Series of life-changing Talks, Seminars & Prayers

Venue :- St Peter’s RC Church, St Peter’s Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3BA

(Entrance to St David’s Chapel via the Double Black gates on Bedford Street)

Every Tuesday 7:15pm for 7:30pm Start

From 22nd April to 10th June 2014

For more information go to www.stpetersprayergroupcardiff.org.uk

or Call Spiro on 0781 516 5104. Please view poster here


Pope Francis releases Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel 

This is Pope Francis' first official publication since the Encyclical Letter 'Lumen Fidei' - a work he described as "the work of four hands” referring to the contribution made by his predecessor Benedict XVI. 
Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, looks at the new evangelisation for the transmission of the faith and has chapters on the following subjects: 

The Church's Missionary Transformation 
 The Crisis of Communal Committment 
 The Proclamation of the Gospel 
 The Social Dimension of Evangelization 
 Spirit-Filled Evangelizers 
You can view a 223-page PDF of Evangelii Gaudium by using the link below: 
Life in the Spirit Seminars in Abergavenny

The holy spirit gives the best free gifts of Wisdom, understanding, knowledge,courage, right judgement, fear of the Lord, reverence,



April 29 Week 1: God’s Love Fr Matthew Jones

May 6 Week 2: Salvation Fr Barnabas Page

May 13 Week 3: The New Life Kevin Loud

May 20 Week 4: Receiving God’s Gift Kristina Cooper

May 27 Week 5: Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit Simon Cameron

June 3 Week 6: Growth Jenny Baker

June 10 Week 7: Transformation in Christ Fr Matt Anscombe

“The sessions provide nourishmentin the Gospel: the heart of the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

7 Tuesday evenings,

after Easter 2014 from April 29th

St Michael’s Centre, 7pm

Our Lady & St Michael Parish,

Abergavenny NP7 5UD

Refreshments served from 6.45pm

Ample parking on site

To register, or for more information contact:

Michael Woodward 07790 943853


See poster here



Every Friday, Catholics in and around Cardiff are invited to a programme of ongoing faith formation and faith sharing for adults in the Archdiocese, grounded in the Joy of the Gospel. The purpose is to enable us all better to be disciples, accepting the invitation of the Gospel to respond to the God of love. It will start by exploring what it means to be a disciple as a Catholic, making use of the marvelous series Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron.


This programme will run every Tuesday for 1½ hours starting at 13:45 - you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to the session, complimentary tea and coffee will be provided. The venue is the Cornerstone at St David's - the ground floor of the former Ebeneser Chapel on Charles Street in Cardiff City Centre, opposite St David's Cathedral and the collect-by-car entrance of Marks & Spencer.


More info at www.cardiffcatholic.com

 Sunday praise prayer group.

St Brigid's Catholic Charismatic prayer group, Llanishen, Cardiff
at 7:30pm on every Sunday.

Normal days Programme includes:-
  • Praise and worship music with Eucharistic Adoration led by Darryl Gonsalves and his music team. 
  • Occasionally there will be Intercessions and prayer ministry.
  •  Followed by fellowship with Tea and coffee in the hall.
  • The prayer group is lead by Canon Matthew Jones on a weekly basis and is also regularly supported by Fr Gareth Leyshon and Fr Ambrose Walsh
  • All ages including families with children are welcome to participate in this event!!
  • There will be a special lenten programme led by various speakers Darryl Gonsalves, Rosina Mebewe, Gareth Leyshon, FrAmbrose Walsh and Deacon Rob Coyne.
Please note that after the Celebrate event weekend. The prayer group will run @ St Philip Evans RC Church, LLanedeyren, Cardiff on Friday's @ 7:30 pm to 10.00pm for 7 weeks.

This temporary shift of venue takes place to accommodate the Life in the spirit which will run at St Brigid's church hall on Sunday's.

Celebrate Wales 2014
Date: 3rd and 4th May, 2014 in Cardiff.
Venue: Corpus Christi High School, Cardiff 

A Catholic Weekend for the whole family in Cardiff!

A Cardiff High School is hosting an exciting weekend of fun and faith for the whole family on May 3rd & 4th

this year! Corpus Christi High School, Lisvane, will be home to  Celebrate Wales, a weekend to help you find inspiration and renewal in our faith in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Every age group is welcome and catered for, with the principal adult group in the hall and age-appropriate groups for young people and children run by qualified adults.

Key speakers at the Celebrate weekend in Cardiff will be Charles and Sue Whitehead, Sam Goldsmith and Pastor Clyde Thomas. Charles was formerly President of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (a consultative body to the Pope); his wife, Sue is an Anglican and a native of Cardiff who has the gift of bringing faith alive in the everyday circumstances of life. Sam Goldsmith is a young Catholic who has attended Celebrate events since her childhood and has stepped up into leadership. Clyde Thomas is assistant pastor of Victory Church Cwmbran, noted for an outpouring of grace in recent years which has touched many in need of healing.

There will be inspiring praise and worship from our talented musicians, workshops, an opportunity for Adoration and Reconciliation and also for prayer ministry. Mass will be celebrated on both days.

Advance booking for the weekend is required; you can discover prices, booking forms and more information at 

www.celebrateconference.org or contact Margaret Coyle on 01952 417223



The Sunday praise group of St Brigid's RC Church hall,  Crystal Glen, LLanishen, Cardiff is organizing a Life in the spirit seminar. This will be an opportunity to deepen your Catholic faith and learn more about the Holy spirit. The seminar involves 7  sessions on every Sunday @ 7:30pm to 10.00pm. 

Please try and be committed to attend all the sessions/course in order to have a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith

The programme includes:-

May 11th 2014 Week 1:  God's Love

May 18th 2014 Week 2 Salvation

May 25th 2014  Week 3: The New Life in  Jesus Christ

June 1st 2014 Week 4: Receiving God's Gift

June 8th 2014 Week 5: Praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

June 15th 2014 Week 6: Growing in the Holy Spirit

June 22nd Week 7: Transformation in Christ

Speakers include: Canon Matthew Jones, Rev. Gareth Leyshon, Rev. Fr Ambrose Walsh and Deacon Rob


Music ministry: Darryl/Bernardine Gonsalves, Max Davies, Daniel Adeuyi, Clare Jackson and Rosina Mebewe.

Please register your interest for the course so that appropriate course material can be obtained for 

each week's reflection whilst doing the course. 

For more information please contact Canon Matthew Jones via email or telephone on  02920 752389.


A marriage course for couples looking to revitalize their marriage relationship and learn more on the theology of the body.
Location: St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre,
 Hendon, London NW4 4TY
Sat 21st- Sunday 22nd June 2014
Sat 18th- Sunday 19th October 2014
Booking cost:£90
Recommended Accommodation:-

Baby sitting/Creche facilities:-
 Infants  under 5 months can be managed by the presenting team. 
Older children will have to be cared by other family members and trusted friends.

Click here for Booking forms:
Email : Catherine Macgillvaray
What is the difference between Smart loving marriage course and Marriage encounter weekend:-
Please read the document provided. Both courses are good and well recommended for married couples.
Coming Soon to Pontprennau – The Marriage Course

Are you married, or in a long-term cohabiting relationship? Have you been together 

for over a year? Would you like your relationship to be the best it can be? The 

Marriage Course is an opportunity to invest in your relationship. It gives you time to 

focus on each other and provides you with tools to help improve and strengthen your 

relationship. The Marriage Course will be running forthrightly on Saturday evenings 

at Pontprennau Church Centre, starting on 12th

 April, 10th 26th & 24th,May, 7thJune, 5th & 21st

 April, from 8 pm till 10 pm (12th & 19th  July). 

For details please contact:

Pam or Phil Haughton at 029 2054 9162 or e-mail Fernanda Gray at 

marriagecoursecardiff@gmail.com. In the meantime, have a look at this promotional