Canon Isaac Returns

Canon Isaac returned to the parish on Thursday and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who prayed for him during his operations.  Canon says:

I was bolstered by the prayers of so many generous people and by the best wishes expressed in the large number of get-well cards and messages. Thanks be to God, the operations were successful and I can now see more clearly through my ‘bionic’ eyes than I have ever done before the new lenses were fitted.

We welcome Canon back and wish him all the best as he returns to his pastoral care for us all.

October – The Month of the Holy Rosary

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary and to mark the month the Parish will pray the Rosary together in the Church twenty minutes before the weekday Mass each day.

Today is the start of the month, so our recitation of the Rosary will begin before Mass and continue on each weekday throughout the month, why not come and join us.

 

October Rota for Ministers at St. Teilo’s

The new rota for the ministries at Sunday and Weekday Mass are now available for October 2018.

APF-Missio Mission Box Collectors needed

Due to bereavement and ill-health two of the APF Mission Box collectors have had to drop out of the role.

Peter Jones, who is the Parish APF Secretary, needs further support urgently.

The collection of the boxes takes place twice a year, so volunteering will only commit you to the effort twice a year. If you are able and willing to help, or would like more information about the role, please contact Peter Jones as soon as possible – 07594 693054.

Click here for more about APF-Missio

Supporting the Missions

Last Weekend we were joined by Fr Emmanuel Osei-Akoto who shared with us the vision of the Spiritans.

In response to his appeal the Parish raised £1,238 to support the work of the Spiritans across the world.

In response to our Parish donation Fr Emmanuel writes:

That is amazingly generous! I am really pleased with the positive response to my appeal in the Parish. This will help us a lot in our mission. Thank you and all the Parishioners for their generosity.

 

Launch of the new Website

Today (Friday 21st of September) we launch the new Parish Website.

As the new site goes live Canon Isaac wishes to acknowledge the contribution that Martin Griffiths has made over many years in designing and updating the website. In recent months Martin has identified the need to give up this role. We thank Martin for his immense contribution to the Parish’s web-presence over the years.

The new website is now hosted by the company (Yogi Communications) which hosts the Archdiocesan Website. However the content continues to be developed by the Parish – if you have any items you wish to include on the website – and/or in the newsletter – please email the material to whitchurchandgabalfa@outlook.com.

If you would like to help with the development of the Parish website please also email the address above.

Weekday Mass Times

Weekday Mass Times return to normal this week.

Following the period when due to Canon’s eye operation we have had to change Mass Times and cancel some Masses.

Mass Times return to normal from this weekend (22nd-23rd September).

Please continue to check the newsletter and the events page for updates.

Update on Canon Isaac’s Health

Canon has asked that we pass on his thanks to everyone who sent him Get Well cards and prayers during this time.

Canon’s first operation went very well, and his recuperation is going to plan.

His second operation takes place on Tuesday (25th September) and he asks us all to pray for him, and for the steadiness of the consultant’s hands during the operation.

Reinstatement of Holy Days of Obligation

On Thursday 10th May we celebrate the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord and a Holy Day of Obligation.

After a trial period when the Ascension, along with the Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord, were removed from the list of Holy Days of Obligations, the Bishops of England and Wales have received approval from the Holy See for the reinstatement of these two days of obligation. The new rules came into effect on the First Sunday of Advent 2017. This means that all Catholics in England and Wales are obliged to attend Mass on Thursday, or on the Vigil of the Solemnity on Wednesday evening.

Masses in the Parish are at 7.00pm on Wednesday 9th May at Our Lady of Lourdes (Vigil of Holy Day) and at 10.00am and 7.00pm on Thursday 10th May at St. Teilo’s.

The full list of Holy Days of Obligation are as follows:

The Epiphany of the Lord on 6th January
The Ascension of the Lord on the Thursday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Saints Peter and Paul on 29th June,
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15th August
All Saints on 1st November.

If any of these Holy Days falls on a Saturday or Monday, the Holy Day celebration is usually transferred to the nearest Sunday.

The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) remains transferred to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday in all years.

First Holy Communion Cake Sale

Our young parishioners who are preparing to celebrate their First Holy Communion in a few weeks recently held a charity cake sale.

The children involved would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the parish community for generously supporting their charity cake sale last Sunday. The sale raised the fantastic sum of £250.

This money will be donated to a charity that is supported by an eye surgeon from the University Hospital of Wales, who travels overseas to operate on people in the Himalayas suffering from snow blindness.

Please continue to remember our children in your prayers, as they continue their preparation for their First Holy Communion on Sunday 20th May.