Each year during November the Archdiocese of Cardiff holds a collection for support of the sick and retired priests of the diocese. A number of them continue to serve in retirement as their health allows. We have good reason to be grateful for the ministry of these retired priests over many years.
The current pandemic has shown just how important priests are in serving local communities during a crisis. Together with parish volunteers they have been the hands, and the feet, the eyes and ears of Christ in the world as St. Teresa of Avila writes so beautifully. This annual collection is a way of expressing gratitude for the dedicated service of our retired priests.
Owing to the restrictions of COVID-19, most churches were closed for significant periods of time over the last 18 months. Although we are grateful to those who continued making donations through standing orders, planned giving and online, this has meant a significant loss of parish income. The collection for the upkeep of Sick and Retired Clergy was not taken last November because of COVID-19 restrictions, making it even more important this year.
Please support this important work if you possibly can. You may donate through your parish church where envelopes and information are available detailing the work of the Sick and Retired Clergy Fund. Alternatively, you may donate online here.
Finally, an important way of supporting the Sick and Retired Clergy Fund is by means of making a bequest in your Will. Information on such gifts may be found online here.