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.