First Communion and Confirmation

During the last two weekends we have seen one group of our young people make their First Holy Communion and another group be confirmed by the Archbishop.

 

First Holy Communion at St. Teilo’s

 

 

Confirmation at Our Lady of Lourdes for our parishioners and those of the Polish community in Cardiff

 

 

We wish all the best to our young people as they continue to develop and grow in the gift of faith.

If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him

Today, in the gospel of the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus talks about his relationship with the Father. He reminds us how the disciples’ relationship to him connect the disciples to the Father as well. Jesus promises to send an Advocate or intercessor who will remind the disciples of everything that Jesus taught them and bring them peace.

 

Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries.

 

As our celebration of the Easter season is coming to an end, the liturgy reminds us that Jesus remains with us through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us everything we need to know, reminds us of all that Jesus taught, and brings us peace.

Fundraising Concert for The Wallich

The parish has received a thank you letter from Sian Kinsey, Fundraising Officer, of The Wallich for the £705 donation the Local Voices Choir raised at the recent concert at St Teilo’s.

Ms Kinsey reports that the charity is facing “an unprecedented demand for services. At 7.30 this morning (13th of May) our Rough Sleeper Intervention Teams were out in communities across Wales, offering a hot breakfast, warm drink, essential items and advice for around 100 people who were forced to sleep rough last night.”

Thank you to all who supported the concert and to the choir itself for the energy and enthusiasm and the marvellous singing under the direction of Mary Chichester Andrews.

Canon Isaac took some photos of the concert where the Choir are dressed as nuns to sing songs from Sister Act:

 

Confirmation Candidates’ Retreat

In preparation for their confirmation the young people due to be confirmed recently took part in a retreat at St. Teilo’s Hall.

Led by JR, the confirmation catechist, and Canon Isaac the young people took part in a Marian Rosary making activity, learning hymns for the Confirmation Mass and a prayer liturgy in the church.

Thus through prayer and participation the young people prepared well for their confirmation.

 

The confirmandi and catechist – with a friendly helping hand providing food in the background

 

The confirmandi are Joseph Amond-Steadman, Jack Aviles, David Barnett, Ffion Blake, Ffion Elson,      Diego Fasano, Rosanna Parsons, Annabelle Pickthall and Grace Smith.

The confirmation takes place at Our Lady of Lourdes at 6.00pm on Saturday the 25th of May.

Now I give you a new commandment: Love one another

Today’s gospel begins with the announcement that this is the moment when the Son of Man will be glorified. This theme continues throughout St John’s Passion. Jesus will be glorified in his death on the Cross and in his Resurrection, and the disciples will glorify Jesus in the love they show.

John’s Gospel presents a view of love, this is a type of love that is shown in service and sacrifice. It is difficult to choose to love when faced with hatred and anger. Jesus tells the disciples that all will know that they are his disciples because of the love they show for one another.

Christian love is the hallmark of Christianity. We see it lived in the witness of the martyrs. We see it in the example of the lives of the saints. We see it in the holy women and men who live and love daily, making small and large sacrifices for others, we are invited to act it out for ourselves as we LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Parish Pilgrimage to the Belmont Annual May Candlelight Procession.

On Wednesday Evening parishioners from St Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes joined with the monks of Belmont and people from other parishes in Wales and England to honour Our Lady in the Annual May Candlelight Procession.

       Two of our Parishioners in the Procession

We were blessed to have the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima with us for the procession along with the relics of St Francisco and St Jacinta of Fatima.
 

National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

 
The Procession was not only blessed by candlelight, but the moon shone down on us all too.

     The Procession around the Abbey Grounds

Thanks to Anthony and Erika Evans for sharing their lovely photos with the Parish.

First Communion Group raise £251.50 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales

Congratulations to our First Holy Communion group who raised a fantastic £251.50 for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales through their cake sale after both masses this morning at St Teilo’s.

The children chose to support the Children’s Hospital as some of them have received and continue to receive treatment there.

Please keep the children – Isaac, Charlie, Seren, Joseph, Charlotte, Emily, Laurence, Luke, Giulio, Louisa, Mae, Nico, Maksymilian, Samuel, Milissa, Elinor, Matthew, Joshua and Finn in your prayers as they prepare for their reception of First Holy Communion next weekend at 11.00am Mass.

 

Our thanks to Bethan Davies for allowing us to use her photograph of the event.

Good Shepherd Sunday – Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday.

It is the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The day was instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1964.

We are all encouraged to pray today for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Pope Francis’ has written a message for today, which it is worth each of us reading and praying with – you can read it by clicking here.

Do you love me? – Third Sunday of Easter

“Do you love me?”

These are the words Jesus says to Peter three times in today’s gospel.

Today he says them to us too.

We believe that the Lord is Risen and lives among us. Have I said Yes to Jesus question today. Do I love him enough to put myself second and him first.

Help us Lord, that when you ask we will say: “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.”

and mean it.