Entries by Haydn Blackey

Mary, the Mother of the Lord

Today we honour Mary, the Mother of the Lord on the first day of the Civil Year. Let us ask Our Lady for her maternal care for our Parish and our families.   O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

All Saints and All Souls

All Saints Thursday is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holyday of Obligation on which all Catholics are expected to attend Mass. There are five Masses here in the parish. A Vigil Mass at 7.00pm on Wednesday evening at Our Lady of Lourdes and Masses at 10.00am and 7.00pm on Thursday at St. Teilo’s. In […]