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“The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable” (Deus Caritas Est, 25).

The service of charity is also a constitutive element of the Church’s mission and an indispensable expression of her very being; all the faithful have the right and duty to devote themselves personally to living the new commandment that Christ left us (cf. Jn 15:12), and to offering our contemporaries not only material assistance, but also refreshment and care for their souls (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 28). The Church is also called as a whole to the exercise of the diakonia of charity, whether in the small communities of particular Churches or on the level of the universal Church. This requires organisation “if it is to be an ordered service to the community” (cf. ibid., 20), an organisation which entails a variety of institutional expressions .

It is important, however, to keep in mind that “practical activity will always be insufficient, unless it visibly expresses a love for man, a love nourished by an encounter with Christ” (ibid., 34). In carrying out their charitable activity, therefore, the various Catholic organisations should not limit themselves merely to collecting and distributing funds, but should show special concern for individuals in need and exercise a valuable educational function within the Christian community, helping people to appreciate the importance of sharing, respect and love in the spirit of the Gospel of Christ. The Church’s charitable activity at all levels must avoid the risk of becoming just another form of organised social assistance.

(Pope Benedict XVI)

The pastoral care of the most vulnerable within our society is an important mission of the Cathedral. Here you will find the organisations and services which seek to assist those who are most vulnerable within our community.

If you would like further information about how you can volunteer in the Cathedral parish, please contact Fr. Daniel Stanton on cathedral@rcadc.org.

Key Contacts and Information

The Domestic Church
Domestic Abuse Information and Resources
Ministry of Presence
St Vincent de Paul Society

External Links

Catholic Mental Health Project
Papyrus UK – Prevention of Young Suicide
Shelter Cymru