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.

Parish Requiem Mass for all those who have died in the last year

On Saturday the 10th of April Mass at St. Teilo’s will be at 11.00am and will be the annual Mass of Memories for those who have died in the Parish in the last year.

 

Why not come along and join in prayer with the whole community for those who have passed away in faith.

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 addition, there are Masses in Polish on Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes at 10.00am and 6.00pm.

 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

On Friday we commemorate all those who have died and are on the journey to heaven. The Church’s tradition is that three Masses can be said by each priest on this day. Masses in the Parish will be at 10.00am and 7.00pm in St. Teilo’s and at 12.00 Midday at Our Lady of Lourdes. There are also Polish Masses on Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes at 10.00am and 7.00pm.

 

For full details see this week’s newsletter

Congratulations

We offer best wishes and congratulations to Matthew Hall and Rhiannon Bayliss who will be married at St. Teilo’s Church this morning. Their nuptial mass is at 10.30am.

Best wishes too to Stephen Connors and Maggie Ann Smith who are getting married at Our Lady of Lourdes Church tomorrow (Saturday 23rd of October).

Please keep both couples in your prayers at this special time.

We wish Matthew and Rhiannon & Stephen and Maggie the very best in their married lives together.

Grandparents’ Week

This weekend sees the start of Grandparents’ Week, October 21st – 28th 2018. To celebrate the generous commitment of the grandparents in our parish we will have Coffee after Mass.

At each Mass this weekend we will invite God’s blessing on all the grandparents of our parish by praying the Prayer for Grandparents composed by Pope Benedict XVI:

Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary,

the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.

Look with love on grandparents the world over.

Protect them! They are a source of enrichment

for families, for the Church and for all of society.

Support them! As they grow older,

may they continue to be for their families

strong pillars of Gospel faith,

guardians of noble domestic ideals,

living treasuries of sound religious traditions.

Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,

that they may pass on to future generations the fruits

of their mature human and spiritual experience.

Lord Jesus, help families and society

to value the presence and roles of grandparents.

May they never be ignored or excluded,

but always encounter respect and love.

Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed

in all the years of life which you give them.

Mary, Mother of all the living,

keep grandparents constantly in your care,

accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,

and by your prayers, grant that all families

may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,

where you await all humanity for the great

embrace of life without end. Amen.

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.