Catholic Bible School returns for 2016

The Catholic Bible School’s final event in Wales for 2015 was held on Saturday 28th November in St Dyfrig’s, Treforest. It was led by Gemma Wildsmith, looking at the theme “Christ our Bridegroom”, and leading us on a biblical and liturgical journey exploring how God’s great love for us is often symbolised as a bridegroom to a bride.


It was great to see so many parishioners from across both Cardiff and Menevia dioceses attend the event at St Dyfrig’s. Gemma’s day was a real eye-opener, and there were so many positive comments:

“I came away with renewed eagerness to receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. I couldn’t wait to accept Jesus’ proposal again, and remember our ongoing betrothal to Him!”

 “Gemma led it so well. God’s love for each one of us is amazing! Times of reflection and sharing too. Thank you Gemma and thank you Catholic Bible School.”

“Indeed Saturday was just a brilliant day. Gemma is a very gifted person and so spiritual. She is a real inspiration. Thank you for inviting her.”

Our first Scripture Saturday of 2016 will be on Saturday 23rd January at St Philip Evans in Cardiff. The day will be led by Kate Duffin, Chaplain of Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in Rhydyfelin.

The day is entitled ‘An Introduction to the Old TestamentTheir Story is Our Story.’ The journey of the Hebrew people is a journey that would infuse history even to our present time, a journey in which the person of faith would see an unfolding of the history of salvation. This is a short introduction, offering an insight in to how this story becomes our story.

We will meet on Saturday 23rd January at 10am to 3pm in St Philip Evans, Llanedeyrn Drive, Cardiff, CF23 9UL. Please bring a packed lunch. Suggested donation £10.00. For more information see or email


Spring 2016 – Dates for Your Diary

Sat. 23rd Jan St Philip Evans,
Llanedeyrn Drive,
Cardiff, CF23 9UL
An Introduction to the Old Testament – Their Story is Our Story. Led By Kate Duffin
Sat. 27th Feb St David’s Church,
St David’s Place,
Swansea, SA1 3NG
Journeying with St Luke – A look at the Gospel of the Year of Mercy. Led by David Beresford

Catholic Bible School visits Cardiff

Catholic Bible School

A “taster day” for the Catholic Bible School was held at St Philip Evans Church, Cardiff, on 16 May. Fifteen people from as far afield as Tonypandy, Merthyr and Usk gathered to hear David Beresford, a Director of the Bible School, giving a gentle introduction to Scripture. In the course of the Saturday, David explored why there are different kinds of Bible, offered a compressed history of the Old Testament and told the story of Peter walking on water in a quite unforgettable way… we were literally on eggshells at the climax of the story!

Peter from Usk, who recently became a Catholic, found the day exceptionally useful, and said “Every recent convert should attend a day like today!” His wife, Gloria, a lifelong Catholic commented “I don’t know enough about the Bible; I found today enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking.” Among the other participantss, Lorna from Tonypandy called the day “profound” and Rosetta from Cardiff left exclaiming that “Every parish should have a Bible study group!”

This taster event, together with one which took place in Swansea later in May, was part of a launch of an ongoing series of “Scripture Saturdays” which will run in Bridgend (at St Mary’s Parish Hall) on the last Saturday of each month, 10 am – 3.30 pm. There is no fixed charge but participants are asked to contribute £10-£15 per day to help cover costs. David Beresford said, “I hope people catch something of the passion and joy of being able to open the Word of God for themselves” – his wife, Sarah, will be presenting the June 27 event in Bridgend, a reflection on what it means to be called by God today in the light of the characters we meet in the Bible and the stories they tell. Learn more at: