Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Peace Sunday

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time is celebrated throughout the Church in England and Wales as Peace Sunday. This year, the Holy Father has asked us to focus on the ‘Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace’. The full text of Pope Francis’ message for the 55th World Day of Peace (Peace Sunday) can be read here.

 

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, the National President of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, says:

This year has been one of unprecedented and continuing challenges. We are all conscious of the need to restore and rebuild our communities here and around the world, accepting that we need new ways of working and relating to each other. The Christian message of peace, through reconciliation, justice and nonviolence, can offer hope and direction in these times.

 

In this country, we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi, which does a great deal of good work to promote peace and nonviolence through parishes, schools and social media.

Their website suggests many ways we can all become better peacemakers. There are activities for families to do at home, including a peace liturgy for young children.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass next weekend will be on Sunday at 10am and 6pm. While we are Alert Level 2 in Wales, you must book in advance if you wish to attend Sunday Mass at St. Teilo’s.

Bookings for the next Sunday are now open here.

 

Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes

Mass next Saturday Evening will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 6pm.

There is no requirement to book in advance at Our Lady of Lourdes but you will be asked to register your attendance when you arrive. Please be ready to give the Welcomers your name and email or phone number for the Parish Records.

 

Covid rules at both Churches

  • Continue to wear a face covering when attending Mass.
  • Keep a two-metre distance from other households/groups within the Church and on entry and exit from Church.
  • Do a lateral flow test before seeing others who you do not see regularly (e.g. before Sunday Mass) and only attend Mass if the result is negative.
  • If you have symptoms or suspect you have symptoms, please attend Mass online rather than take the risk of infecting others by attending in person.
  • If you have a positive lateral flow test or symptoms of Covid, please do not attend Mass until you have quarantined for at least 7 full days after a positive test and have two negative lateral flow tests on Day 6 and Day 7 or beyond.

 

Weekday Mass

Fr. John is away this week, there will be no Weekday Mass in the Parish on Monday or Saturday morning.

Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be at 10am.

We will record attendance at Weekday Masses during the period of Alert Level 2, but there is no need to book to attend Weekday Mass.

 

Full details are available in the Parish Newsletter.

The Baptism of the Lord

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas.

The Church recalls Our Lord’s second manifestation or epiphany, which occurred on the occasion of His Baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to give birth to sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes. In the Eastern Church, this feast is called Theophany because, at the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, God appeared in three persons. The Baptism of John was a sort of sacramental preparation for the Baptism of Christ. It moved men to sentiments of repentance and induced them to confess their sins. Christ did not need the baptism of John. Although He appeared in the “substance of our flesh” and was recognised “outwardly like unto ourselves”, He was absolutely sinless and impeccable. He conferred upon the water the power of the true Baptism which would remove all the sins of the world: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who takes away the sin of the world”.

Many of the incidents, which accompanied Christ’s Baptism, are symbolic of what happened at our Baptism. At Christ’s Baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him; at our Baptism the Trinity took its abode in our soul. At His Baptism Christ was proclaimed the “Beloved Son” of the Father; at our Baptism, we become the Sons and Daughters of God. At Christ’s Baptism the heavens were opened; at our Baptism, heaven was opened to us.

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass next weekend will be on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 10am and 6pm. While we are Alert Level 2 in Wales, you must book in advance if you wish to attend Sunday Mass at St. Teilo’s.

Bookings for the next few Sundays are now open here.

In addition, you are requested to:

  • Continue to wear a face covering when attending Mass
  • Keep a two-metre distance from other households/groups within the Church and on entry and exit from Church
  • Do a lateral flow test before seeing others who you do not see regularly (e.g. before Sunday Mass) and only attend Mass if the result is negative
  • If you have symptoms or suspect you have symptoms, please attend Mass online rather than take the risk of infecting others by attending in person.
  • If you have a positive lateral flow test or symptoms of Covid, please do not attend Mass until you have quarantined for at least 7 full days and have two negative lateral flow tests on Day 6 and Day 7.

Please wait before entering the Church so that you can be directed to your allocated seat. Please do not go forward for Holy Communion until you are directed to do so.

Weekday Mass

Fr. John is away this week, there will be no Weekday Mass in the Parish on Monday or Saturday morning.

Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be at 10am. On Friday Mass will be the Requiem Mass for Anne Stagg at 10.30am all are welcome to attend.

We will record attendance at Weekday Masses during the period of Alert Level 2, but there is no need to book to attend Weekday Mass.

 

Full details are available in the Parish Newsletter.

Second Sunday of Christmas – In the beginning was the Word

In the beginning was the Word:

and the Word was with God

and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things came to be,

not one thing had its being but through him.

All that came to be had life in him

and that life was the light of men,

a light that shines in the dark,

a light that darkness could not overpower.

 

This Sunday between Christmas and Epiphany reminds us of the root of our celebration. That God sent his own Son into the world to bring light to the darkened world.

 

The word WORD as used by the gospel writer was the Greek word LOGOS, which has an Hebrew equivalent DABAR. It doesn’t simply mean word in the common sense of that which is spoken or written. Rather it implies a creative, doing, making WORD. As the Greeks understood it, the WORD is the source of reason and wisdom in God and, when uttered, is the creative expression of the vision, the purpose, of God.

 

It is through our words that people can know our inner selves, it is in coming to know the WORD of God, in and through Jesus, that we can know the very person of God himself, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus, the Word, is the Way, the Truth and the Life, our way, our truth, our life.

 

The first reading (Ecclesiasticus 24:1-2,8-12) reminds us that “The creator of all things instructed me, and he who created me fixed a place for my tent.

He said, “Pitch your tent in Jacob, make Israel your inheritance.”

 

The second reading (Ephesians 1:3-6,15-18) reaffirms this truth: “Before the world was made, God chose us, chose us in Christ…determining that we should become his adopted sons”

 

All three of today’s readings focus on the revelation which we celebrate at Christmas. That is that Jesus, Son of God, not only became a human being, but he entered fully into our human situation subject to all its weaknesses. Again and again he was criticised for mixing with sinners, outsiders, the scumbags, the flotsam and jetsam of life. He accepted our human condition in its fullness to bring us back into the unity with God which was intended since the beginning of creation.

 

We rejoice that God’s Word became flesh, for now our flesh can become fully immersed into the mystery of the Godhead if we but turn to him and take his Word, his life, to our heart and lives.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass next weekend will be on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 10am and 6pm. While we are Alert Level 2 in Wales, you must book in advance if you wish to attend Sunday Mass at St. Teilo’s. Bookings for the next few Sundays are now open here.

In addition, you are requested to:

  • Continue to wear a face covering when attending Mass
  • Keep a two-metre distance from other households/groups within the Church and on entry and exit from Church
  • Do a lateral flow test before seeing others who you do not see regularly (e.g. before Sunday Mass) and only attend Mass if the result is negative
  • If you have symptoms or suspect you have symptoms, please attend Mass online rather than take the risk of infecting others by attending in person.
  • If you have a positive lateral flow test or symptoms of Covid, please do not attend Mass until you have a negative result of a PCR test from the NHS or have quarantined for at least 7 full days after a positive test and have two subsequent negative lateral flow tests.

Please wait before entering the Church so that you can be directed to your allocated seat. Please do not go forward for Holy Communion until you are directed to do so.

 

Weekday Mass

 

Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday will be at 10am and at 9.30am on Friday.

 

We will record attendance at Weekday Masses during the period of Alert Level 2, but otherwise the arrangements at weekday Mass will remain as previously.

 

The Celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord

 

Thursday is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Masses on Thursday will be at 10am and 7pm.

 

We will record attendance at the Holyday Mass, but no pre-booking is necessary.

 

 

Full details are available in the Parish Newsletter

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.
Mass today is at Midday at St. Teilo’s
 
O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
 
A Happy and Blessed New Year to you all – may the Lord be close to you throughout 2022.

Holy Family Sunday

Today is the feast day of the Holy Family, and also every family’s feast day, since the Holy Family is the patron and model of all Christian families.

 

Today can be a huge family feast, devoted to the Holy Family as a model for the Christian family life.

 

As the US priest Fr. Edward Sutfin said about today:

 

The children must learn to see in their father the foster-father St. Joseph, and the Blessed Mother as the perfect model for their own mother. The lesson to be learned is both practical and theoretical, in that the children must learn how to obey and to love their parents in thought, word and action, just as Christ was obedient to Mary and Joseph. Helping mother in the kitchen and in the house work, and helping father in his odd jobs about the home thus take on a new significance by being performed in a Christ-like spirit.

 

A happy Holy Family Day to all the families of our Parish and beyond.

 

 

Masses today at St. Teilo’s are at 8.30am and 10am – they are live streamed on the Parish Website.

NB: there is no evening Mass today.

 

Full details are available in the Parish Newsletter.

 

Please note that due to the new COVID Alert level 2, which begins today, from next Sunday you must book in advance if you wish to attend Mass – Bookings are now open here.

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 John Griffiths, Parish Priest

Christmas Mass Schedule at St. Teilo’s

Christmas Eve

4pm – Offeren Nadolig yn Gymraeg – Christmas Mass in Welsh

6pm – Vigil Mass of Christmas with Carols from 5:30

10pm – Mass of Christmas Night

Christmas Day

10am – Mass of Christmas Day

 

All masses are streamed live on the Parish Website.

There is no need to book place at any of the Masses, the new Omicron regulations do not take effect until after Christmas Day.

COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT – COVID ALERT LEVEL 2

PLEASE NOTE – There Are No Changes To Arrangements For The Christmas Masses.

In the light of Welsh Government guidance from Sunday, December 26th, we will be returning to some of the practices we developed earlier in the pandemic.

This will include social distancing of 2 meters and keeping a register of attendees. Given the Church has not been full at any time since the last lockdown we will not be booking places but will ensure we avoid congestion by stewarding people to and from their seats. Please be patient with the stewards/welcomers as we make these changes.

Please follow Welsh Government guidance:

  • Continue to wear a face covering when attending Mass
  • Do a lateral flow test before seeing others who you do not see regularly (e.g. before Sunday Mass)
  • If you have symptoms, please do not attend Mass until you have a negative result of a PCR test.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled

Today’s Gospel reading recalls Mary’s actions after the announcement of Jesus’ birth by the angel Gabriel. Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, her cousin, who is also with child. Elizabeth greets Mary with full recognition of the roles that they and their unborn children will play in God’s plan for salvation. If we were to continue to read the verses that follow in Luke’s Gospel, we would hear Mary respond to Elizabeth’s greeting with her song of praise, the Magnificat. Both women recall and echo God’s history of showing favour upon the people of Israel.

 

Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit and sings Mary’s praise because she bears the Lord. We sing these words of praise to Mary in the Hail Mary. Even John the Baptist, the unborn child in Elizabeth’s womb, is said to recognize the presence of the Lord and leaps for joy.

 

Confessions before Christmas

To give the opportunity for as many people as possible to benefit from the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas. Fr. John will be available for confession on Wednesday, December 22nd, Thursday, December 23rd and Christmas Eve on Friday, December 24th after Mass. Due to the omicron variant confessions will be in the Hall not the confessional.

 

Christmas Masses

Friday 24th December

Vigil of Christmas

St. Teilo’s   4.00pm Offeren Nadolig yn Gymraeg – Christmas Mass in Welsh
St. Teilo’s   6.00pm Christmas Vigil Mass
St. Teilo’s 10.00pm Mass of Christmas Night
Saturday 25th December

Christmas Day

St. Teilo’s 10.00am Mass of Christmas Day

 

Newsletter

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday

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.

The readings for this Sunday also tell us of the expectant joy of this season of waiting for the Lord. Zephaniah sets the tone: “Shout for joy, daughter of Zion,

Israel, shout aloud! Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem!!” (Zephaniah 3:14). The prophet piles on the exhortations to joy: exult, rejoice, sing, shout!

What is the source of our joy, the prophet says: “The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst; you have no more evil to fear” (Zephaniah 3:15).

Even God himself sings with Joy, because we his people are responding to his call: “God will exult with joy over you, he will renew you by his love; he will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival” (Zephaniah 3:17-18).

The Second reading picks up the theme as it tells us: “I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness.” (Philippians 4:4)

So, this Sunday, we speak of joy of happiness, a joy and happiness of a people redeemed and restored, but also the joy of a God who is deeply invested in the life of the world. God sings. God shouts. God rejoices. And we, we who are wondrously and inexplicably God’s beloved, join in the celebration.

 

Engagement with the Synodal Church – Our Next Listening Session

The final Parishioner Consultation Meeting takes place on Wednesday, 15th December between 6:30-8:00pm.

 

All parishioners, who have not yet attended a consultation meeting, are invited to attend. If you plan to attend, please register at the information desk at the rear of the Church this weekend; or, if preferred, register online through the parish portal.

 

Newsletter

This week’s newsletter can be found here.