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CathSoc Events 2015-16

We hope that you are having an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to returning to studies this Autumn!

The University of South Wales Catholic Society will be planning a variety of social and spiritual events that will take place throughout the academic year.  We hope you will enjoy the plans and that they will help you to achieve a good balance of studies and social activities throughout your course.

Please check back soon for details of events.

The USW CathSoc First Annual Fellowship Lunch

The First Annual Catholic Society Fellowship Lunch was held on Sunday, 26 April, at Barini’s Bar, Treforest.

The Chaplain of the Catholic Society, Fr Allan Davies-Hale awarded Fellowships to those students who are leaving the University of South Wales this year and those who helped to form the Catholic Society the previous year.

Fr Allan thanked all those involved in making this inaugural year as a society special, and expressed his hopes for the society to flourish in the coming years.

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CathSoc First Annual Fellowship Lunch

The Catholic Society is arranging the First Annual Fellowship Lunch which will be held at Barini’s in Treforest this Sunday, 26th April. The plan is to meet after the Sunday morning Mass at St Dyfrig’s Church, and from there make our way for lunch. The meal will cost £12 for a roast and a dessert.

During the lunch, we will be awarding Fellowships to the Catholic Society, to those students who are leaving the University of South Wales this year.

Please let me know if you would like to attend the lunch by emailing me ASAP. Also, please state if this is your last year in University.


A final note, also, for anyone who will be continuing their studies next year and wishes to be a member of the CathSoc Committee for 2015/16. Please let Fr. Allan or myself know if you feel this is for you. We intend to hold an Annual General Meeting to decide the committee structure in the coming weeks.

Cardiff Pro-Choice Motion Fails at AGM

The motion to declare Cardiff University Pro-choice was quashed at the AGM this evening. Fr. Gareth Jones, Catholic Chaplain to Cardiff University has made this statement:

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their commitment, hard work and prayers.
Throughout the preparations for this evening’s debate I was v conscious of the genuine concern for a debate rooted in freedom of expression, inclusivity and respect. I hope and pray that the friendships and conversations will continue. Thank you. Fr. Jones.

We continue to pray for the CathSoc and Students for life at Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy after this positive outcome.

To watch the recording of the Cardiff SU AGM, please visit:

Cardiff University Pro-Choice Motion

The University of South Wales Catholic Society supports the Cardiff University Catholic Society and Cardiff University Students for Life Society in opposing the motion to declare Cardiff University a Pro-choice university and restrict the pastoral support that these Catholic societies are able to provide at the University, jeopardising the existence of the Students for Life organisation.

Fr Gareth Jones, Catholic Chaplain at Cardiff University has released the following statement:

The motion sets forth clearly the issues at stake for “Cardiff Students for Life”. Of course it doesn’t reference that CathSoc which predates the Union along with free speech will also be a casualty if this motion is passed. The Chaplain and the President of CathSoc have met on two occasions and recognise that it would not be consistent to endorse or identify with the Cardiff Union in the event of the motion being passed. This motion makes as to presume consent or cooperation in the “pro-choice” political agenda which silences broad debate on fundamental matters of life and the liberty of the person. In matters inconsistent with the Catholic Faith the only option open to Catholics in this event of being silenced and religious liberty trampled upon is to resign from the Union until such a time as a more liberal spirit returns. Catholics recognise their place within civil society and contribute to it. However they must be afforded that legitimate freedom to uphold the Commandment “you shall not kill” even if such is not enshrine in statute in regard to the unborn infant. The exclusion of CathSoc resulting from this motion being passed will not impact upon the internal or social outreach activities of the Catholic Chaplaincy in relation to the Catholic community at the University. However it will necessitate a re-examining of those activities and collaborations of the Catholic community at present. The Chaplaincy at 62, Park Place is the property of the Archdiocese of Cardiff. The chaplain is appointed by the Archbishop. Let us pray for charity in our dealings with those promoting the motion and common sense in overturning this narrow-minded motion.  Fr. Jones

The Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy has organised an all-night Adoration vigil to pray for the rejection of this motion.  Please see the event page at:

Join the Keep Cardiff Uni Free Facebook page, at:
for updates on this matter.

To read the motion for the Cardiff Students’ Union AGM, which is being held on Thursday 27th November, please visit:

Please keep this matter in your prayers.

International Mass at St Dyfrig’s

St Dyfrig’s Church, Treforest was decorated in flags from across the world on Sunday 12 October as Archbishop George Stack celebrated an International Mass of Welcome for students at The University of South Wales. The Mass, which marked the new term at the University, featured readings in many different languages. The Children’s Liturgy also produced a lectern banner, which read ‘Welcome’ in several tongues. After mass, the parish shared an international buffet of food that students from across the globe each contributed to, by bringing a plate of their home country’s cuisine.

The celebration was also the inaugural Mass of the newly established Catholic Society at the University of South Wales, which is already proving a success. In its first year, the society has signed up over 50 students, both at the University ‘Freshers’ Fayre’ and following Mass.

Fr Allan Davies-Hale, parish priest of St Dyfrig’s and chaplain of the ‘CathSoc’ said, “It was a wonderful uplifting and joyful occasion – a great coming together of young people from so many different countries all united in faith. My hopes are that the CathSoc will continue to grow and flourish and always be a place where students will feel at home.”

Various religious and social events are being organised by the CathSoc, including local trips, retreats and food and drink nights. The society is also working with the Archdiocese to plan the World Youth Day pilgrimage to Poland in 2016.

The Catholic Society kindly asks you to keep the students and the efforts of the society in your prayers.