Pastoral Notes 28th February, 2016

Tuesday 1st March is the feast of St David, patron saint of Wales. Many will have visited the little town bearing his name in Wales. He was called the ‘Waterman’, as he drank only water. Many men followed him into the monastic life. Caldey Island is full of memories of St David and other early Welsh saints. Some of them were missionaries, travelling over to Brittany in France, where they are remembered in the local churches and local language. I am told that you can still go into a pub in Wales in some parts and hear the men striking up some wonderful Welsh choral singing. The seminary for priests in Rome is still called the English and Welsh College, and there are several Welsh martyrs from the time of the Reformation in these lands. We ask their prayers in our own challenges today.