Christmas Greetings

Father, today with joy in our hearts at the birth of your Son, we give thanks in humble praise and adoration as we sing: O come, let is adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

 

Happy Christmas to you all

Nadolig Llawen i bawb

Wesołych Świąt dla wszystkich

Buon Natale a tutti

Frohe Weihnachten an alle

Feliz navidad a todos

Crăciun fericit tuturor

Maligayang Pasko sa lahat

Joyeux Noël à tous

 

Canon William J Isaac, Parish Priest

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Lord’s Birth is at hand. We are invited to come to the little town called Bethlehem, the town of King David and his family, it is where the great event we are about the celebrate takes place. The Prophet Micah proclaims in today’s first reading: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah, out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel; his origin goes back to the distant past, to the days of old.” Pray that we may all be ready to go out to meet him when he comes.

On this day the Church prays:

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

We who celebrate his birth this week, are invited to come through his Passion and Death to the glory of eternal life.

 

 

Details of the Masses for Christmas can be found here:

 

Newsletter for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the Christmas Season

The Parish Newsletter for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (23rd December) until the Feast of the Epiphany (6th of January) is now available.

It includes all the Mass times for the Christmas and New Year period.

If you haven’t got time to click the link and read the whole newsletter, the Mass times for Christmas Day are as follows:

Vigil Masses on Christmas Eve
4.30pm at St. Teilo’s – Offeren y Nadolig (Mass in Welsh)
6pm at Our Lady of Lourdes with Carols from 5.30pm

Midnight Mass on Christmas Day
12am midnight at St. Teilo’s, with Carols from 11.30pm
12am midnight at Our Lady of Lourdes – Msza w języku polskim (Mass in Polish)

Daytime Masses – Christmas Day
9am at St. Teilo’s – Mass of Dawn
10.30am at St. Teilo’s – Mass of Christmas Day
10.30am at Our Lady of Lourdes – Msza w języku polskim (Mass in Polish)
12pm midday at Our Lady of Lourdes – Msza w języku polskim (Mass in Polish)

 

St Stephen’s Day – Boxing Day
10.30am at Our Lady of Lourdes – Msza w języku polskim (Mass in Polish)
12pm midday at St. Teilo’s – Our Altar Servers, as members of the Guild of St. Stephen, will renew their promises to serve on the altar during this Mass.
12pm midday at Our Lady of Lourdes – Msza w języku polskim (Mass in Polish)

Third Sunday of Advent

Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is also called Gaudete Sunday. This name comes from the antiphon we use at Mass today. The antiphon, in Latin “Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete” or in English “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice” has been used on this day since the ninth century. So today reminds us both of the joy of expectation of the coming of our Saviour at Christmas and of the traditions of our ancient faith which we continue to celebrate in our Mass today. In the spirit of the joy of expectation the Church marks today with rose-coloured vestments and we light the rose-coloured candle in our Advent Wreath.

 

Second Sunday of Advent

Today we begin the second week of Advent, looking towards the coming of the Lord at Christmas, and his Second Coming at the end of Time.

Today the Gospel focuses on John the Baptist, who comes to prepare the way for our Saviour. St Luke is very specific about where and when these events took place, reminding us that the Gospel is not a legend but the account of a true story, that Jesus of Nazareth is a historical figure who fits into this precise context. God’s word is proclaimed to prepare for the coming of the one who is the Word made Flesh.

The Season of Advent

Today we begin the season of Advent, a very special time of prayer and preparation for the coming of the Lord. Both in commemoration of his Nativity and of his coming again as Judge of all creation. Far too often we Catholics can get caught up in the secular practice of starting Christmas early. For us the Christmas season starts with the first Mass of Christmas, late on Christmas Eve, and doesn’t end until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Advent then is a time to prepare for, not anticipate, the Christmas celebration. Advent’s theme is that of spiritual preparation that increases the intensity of joy with each day of the season. We should strive to keep the Season of Advent very distinctly. Advent is the time to make ready for Christ to live with us. Advent is the time when etemity approaches earth, we are called to be ready when he comes. We should make the words of the hymn our own:

When is he coming?When, oh when is he coming, the Redeemer?

When will we see him? When, oh when will we see him, the Redeemer?

Come, oh come, to your people on earth, to your people on earth bring love!

He will come into our hearts and our lives this Christmas if we prepare for his coming in faith. So please make good use of the season of Advent by making an effort to find more time for daily prayer or to come to Mass in addition to our regular attendance.