Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

Eight Days Later

Today’s Gospel, John 20: 19–31, is read in each of the three years of the three-year cycle of readings. This reflects the importance of its message of peace, mercy and faith.

The gospel refers to the events when:

Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said.

Today is the Octave day of Easter, we have continued to celebrate Easter for the first seven days, today on the eighth day, we remember with hope that Thomas’ doubts did not lead to disaffection, but that in meeting Jesus he proclaimed:

My Lord and my God!

And we can hear Jesus say to him and to us:

You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.

We are those who believe the promises of the Lord are fulfilled and meet him in the continued joy of the Easter season. As the Bishop says at the renewal of Baptismal promises at Confirmation:

This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us proclaim our faith in Jesus with joy in our hearts.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today also has another name, one which celebrates the great mercy of God – Divine Mercy Sunday.

In 2000, Pope St. John Paul the Second proclaimed that from then onward the Second Sunday of Easter would be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. This was proclaimed at the Canonization Mass of St. Faustina Kowalska, who worked throughout her life to make all people aware of the merciful love of God. When celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, we are called to reflect more personally on the graces won through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Graces won for us and for our salvation. In this way their hearts may be more fully aware of the mercy of God for them personally and for the sake of the world.

Today at 3pm, following confessions from 2pm to 3pm, the 3 o’clock Prayer & Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in formation, St. Alban’s Church, Cardiff. The Chaplet will be followed by the Act of Consecration to Jesus and a communal Act of Veneration of the Divine Mercy image. The 3pm devotions will be followed at 4pm by Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to attend.

Canon William Isaac

Two weeks to the day of the death of our Parish Priest Canon William Isaac we are invited to reflect on his faith and commitment to Divine Mercy as we remember him. Photographs of his grave and links to the Virtual Book of Memories for him can be found here.

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

From tomorrow, Monday, April 12th, 10am Mass at St. Teilo’s on Monday to Saturday will be open to public attendance without pre-booking.

Next Sunday, April 18th, we make use of our new online booking tool which we will use for future Sunday and Holyday Masses.

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Canon Isaac Memorial

Book of Memories

We have created a virtual book of memories for Canon Isaac which can be access here. In it you can read memories written from the heart by many of the people whose lives he touched both here in St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes and beyond. If you would like to add your memories to the virtual book please email whitchurch@rcadc.org with Memory of Canon Isaac in the title of the email.

The Canon’s body now rests in peace in the monastic cemetery at Belmont Abbey. Images below

Canon William Isaac’s Coffin resting in the grave

The gravediggers have completed their tasks and the flowers from Parishioners and friends mark Canon’s Isaac’s final resting place.

Canon’s grave is next to that of his friend Br Bernard Wassall OSB who died last September.

Another photo of Canon’s grave with the graves of the monks of Belmont beyond. The graves include that of Fr. Anthony Tumelty OSB from St. Teilo’s Parish.

The Requiem Mass at St. David’s Cathedral took place on Thursday, April 8th at 5pm

You can download and keep, or print, the Order of Service:

The web format is designed to be read on PCs or mobiles.

The print format will enable you to print a hard copy 8 page A4 booklet. Please note that there are some pictures in both versions. We would recommend printing in Greyscale (i.e. black and white) to avoid excess costs of colour printing.

The Pre-burial Mass at Belmont Abbey on Friday, April 9th at 11.30am

The pre-burial mass at Belmont Abbey was recorded and can be viewed again by clicking here.

 

May the soul of Canon William Isaac, and of all the faithful departed, Rest in Peace. Amen

Canon Isaac – Funeral Arrangements

The mortal remains of Canon William Isaac will be received into St. David’s Cathedral on Easter Thursday, April 8th at 5pm, followed by the Requiem Mass celebrated by His Grace Archbishop George Stack and Canon’s fellow clergy. Canon’s body will remain in the presence of the Lord in the Cathedral overnight on Thursday and on Easter Friday, April 9th, it will be transferred to Belmont Abbey, where the Lord Abbot will celebrate Mass prior to Canon’s burial in the monastic grounds.

 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there are very strict limitations on attendance at the Masses at the Cathedral and the Abbey. Please do not attend the Cathedral unless you have a confirmed booking and a seat number. Representatives of the community of St. Teilo’s and Our Lady of Lourdes, as well as members of Canon’s former parish of Bridgend, will be represented at the Mass.

 

The situation is even more challenging at the Abbey. English lockdown rules about funerals are far stricter than those in force in Wales. This means there is a maximum of 30 people, including the Archbishop, Abbot and monks from the community able to attend. The travel rules between Wales and England mean that only those who have a confirmed booking at the Abbey are able to cross from Wales into England without breaking the law.

 

Requiem Mass at St. David’s Cathedral – Thursday, April 8th – 5pm

For those unable to attend the Requiem Mass will be live streamed via the Cathedral Website.

 

The Order of Service is available below in two formats:

 

The web format is designed to be read on PCs or mobiles.

 

The print format will enable you to print a hard copy 8 page A4 booklet. Please note that there are some pictures in both versions. We would recommend printing in Greyscale (i.e. black and white) to avoid excess costs of colour printing.

 

Pre-burial Mass at Belmont Abbey – Friday, April 9th – 11.30am

The pre-burial mass will be live streamed via the Belmont Abbey website.

Happy Easter – Pasq Hapus – Wesołego Alleluja

Fr Dwayne would like to wish a Happy and Blessed Easter to all the Parishioners of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes and to all those from beyond the parish who have and are joining us via the live streaming of the Mass.

Easter Masses will be celebrated today at 9am and 11am. Only those who have already had their booking confirmed are able to attend the Masses, but they will be live streamed on the Parish Website.

May the Risen Christ live in the heart of each of us as we gain the grace to overcome sin and death and to live lives of joy and peace following the Risen Lord.

Today the Church celebrates the greatest event in its calendar as the Gospel of today says:

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. John 20:1-9

The beloved disciple saw and he believed in the Risen Lord Jesus, we too are called to see and believe that Jesus is alive and is with us.

At this time when we remember Canon Isaac, who died last Sunday, we remember his words to us on Easter Sunday last year:

Easter is a special time for us as Catholics, it is the time when we feel within ourselves the strength, beauty and truth of our Faith. Normally St. Teilo’s and Our Lady of Lourdes would be full for the Easter Masses and we would be enjoying the celebration of the great days of the life of Jesus Christ. Even in constrained circumstances we still practise our faith. We are strong in faith and hope, we can look forward with hope to the time when the pandemic is over and we can all come together to Mass and receive our Saviour Jesus Christ in Sacramental Communion as a fulfilment of all our Spiritual Communions. One day this faith will lead us to meet with our Saviour Jesus Christ in the glory of the Father’s Kingdom, entry to which was won for us by his death and resurrection. Alleluia.

Canon William Isaac – 12/04/2020

Easter Joy

From ancient times Christians have sung songs of praise on this day. One of the oldest of them is the Easter Sequence. We can do no better than joining in the ancient hymn in our own prayers:

Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,
yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary:
say what thou didst see
upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Another more recent hymn puts it like this:

Easter glory fill the sky! Alleluia!
Christ now lives, no more to die! Alleluia!
Darkness has been put to flight, Alleluia!
by the living Lord of light! Alleluia!

Mary, Mother, greet your Son, Alleluia!
Radiant from his triumph won! Alleluia!
By his cross you shared his pain, Alleluia!
So for ever share his reign! Alleluia!

Shepherd, seek the sheep that strayed! Alleluia!
Come to contrite Peter’s aid! Alleluia!
Strengthen him to be the rock; Alleluia!
Make him shepherd of your flock! Alleluia!

Seek not life within the tomb; Alleluia!
Christ stands in the upper room! Alleluia!
Risen glory he conceals Alleluia!
Risen body he reveals! Alleluia!

Though we see his face no more, Alleluia!
He is with us as before! Alleluia!
Glory veiled, he is our priest, Alleluia!
His true flesh and blood our feast! Alleluia!

May you sing Alleluia to the Lord throughout this day and for the Fifty days of Eastertide which we have just begun.

For more information please see the newsletter for Easter Sunday and Easter Week.

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is a long empty day in the Christian calendar, when we wait outside the tomb, wondering what will happen.

 

On this Holy Saturday we stand, sit or kneel outside the Lord’s tomb, meditating on his passion and death, and on his descent into hell, and awaiting his resurrection with prayer and fasting. At a time when we are also morning the loss of our Parish Priest, Canon William Isaac, we can feel the longing for redemption, which characterised Jesus disciples as they waited on this day, for ourselves.

 

The Church remains solemn and silent until the celebration of the Easter Vigil in the evening of today.

 

The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 7.00pm tonight. Only those who have already had their booking confirmed are able to attend the Vigil, but the Vigil Mass will be live streamed on the Parish Website.

 

The newsletter for Easter Sunday and Easter Week is now available.

 

Good Friday

At 3pm today, the Church throughout the world gathers, both virtually and physically, to remember that “Christ our Passover was sacrificed.” Only those who have already had their booking confirmed are able to attend this afternoon, but the Liturgy of the Passion will be live streamed from St. Teilo’s at 3.00pm.

Together we meditate on the Passion of the Lord, adore His Holy Cross and commemorate the origin of the Church, flowing from the side of Christ dead on the cross.

We intercede for the salvation of the whole world. In those special prayers made once a year on Good Friday. This year as with last, a special prayer has been added:

IX b. For the afflicted in time of pandemic

Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God the Father may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.

Prayer in silence. Then the Priest says:

Almighty ever-living God,
only support of our human weakness,
look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children
who suffer because of this pandemic;
relieve the pain of the sick,
give strength to those who care for them,
welcome into your peace those who have died
and, throughout this time of tribulation,
grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Once Fr. Dwayne has kissed the Cross, he will elevate it so that all of those in attendance and those who are viewing the service at home can venerate Jesus who died for us and for our salvation. The normal kissing of the cross is suspended due to the pandemic.

 

Please remember that Good Friday is a day of penance observed by the whole Church. It is a day of fasting and abstinence

Maundy Thursday

Tonight, with the celebration of Mass on the evening of Holy Thursday, the Church begins the Easter Triduum, the holiest three days of the year. We do so remembering the grace with which Canon Isaac, may he rest in peace, celebrated the ceremonies last year in lockdown and in previous years with members of the parish present.

This evening’s Mass recalls the Last Supper at which the Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, showing His love for those who were His own in the world, gave His Body and Blood under the species of bread and wine offering them to His Father. He gave them to the Apostles so that they might partake of them. He commanded them and their successors in the priesthood to perpetuate this offering.

Only those who have already had their booking confirmed are able to attend Mass this evening, but the Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be live streamed from St. Teilo’s at 7.00pm

Whether we are present in person or by virtual means we can take part in the offering of the Mass by joining our prayers with the prayer of Fr. Dwayne as he joins himself with Jesus’ offering of Himself for the whole world.

Canon William John Isaac – Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness, but with hope in the promises of faith that were so close to his heart, that we have to announce that Canon William Isaac, Parish Priest of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes died this afternoon just after 3pm.

He had been comforted with the sacraments of the Church and Fr. Sebastian Jones CO was praying with him as he died.

May he rest in peace.

Funeral details will be announced on the website and in the newsletter as soon as they become available.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

On this day, the Church enters into the mystery of the Passion and Death of her Lord, bringing together the Triumphal Procession of Christ as King and the proclamation of His Passion. Both aspects of the Paschal Mystery are celebrated today as we recall the Lord’s Messianic entry into Jerusalem and His Passion and Death.

Canon Isaac – Latest news

Please keep praying for Canon Isaac as he remains critical in intensive care. Canon is still in a medically induced coma while a ventilator helps to manage his breathing and a mechanical liver removes the toxins from his body. The ward sister says that Canon has responded reasonably well to the treatment they have given him so far, though he remains critically ill and the hope continues to be for the treatment to buy him time for his liver to start to recover and begin to remove the toxins itself.

Today’s Liturgy

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the liturgy will be amended somewhat in line with the Bishops’ Conference guidelines. The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem will be celebrated within the church building and not outside. The Procession will not take place and the Second Form, the Solemn Entrance, will be used. The palm branches will be blessed at the appropriate point and the Gospel of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem proclaimed. After the Gospel, the ministers will move to the Sanctuary and the Mass continues with the Collect. The shorter form of the Passion from the Gospel of St. Mark will be read. The palm branches blessed during the celebration of the liturgy will be distributed to the congregation as they leave the church after Mass.

St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass today at 10.00am. If you have not booked in advance and have not had verbal confirmation from Carole Burns – PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND

Booking to attend the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday

Booking will be by telephone on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Carole Burns is the contact and can be telephoned on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm on Monday, March 29th for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday’s liturgies and between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday, March 31st for the Masses at 7pm on Saturday, April 3rd and 9am and 11am on Sunday April 4th.

Mass Online

Palm Sunday Mass will be streamed live at 10.00am on the Homepage of the Parish Website.

Holy Week

Details of the services for the whole of Holy Week at St. Teilo’s can be found in this week’s newsletter.

Confessions – Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confessions will take place outdoors in the garden outside the presbytery to minimise the possibility for viral transmission. A chair and prie-dieu will be available, which will be sanitised between penitents. Please note that the Church will not be open during the Confession period, so you will need to queue on the path beside the presbytery at a social distance and do your personal preparations and post-confession prayers on your journey or in your home.

Confessions will be at the following times:

• Palm Sunday after the 10am Mass
• Maundy Thursday after the 7pm Mass
• Good Friday after the 3pm Liturgy
• Holy Saturday from 10am to 11am – Please note that if Father is not in the garden when you arrive, please ring the presbytery doorbell and he will come out.
• Easter Vigil after the 7pm Vigil Mass
• Easter Sunday between the 9am and 11am Masses and after the 11am Mass

Fifth Sunday of Lent – If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest

Mass today will be online only.

 

St. Teilo’s reopens for public worship next Sunday with Mass at 10.00am – Bookings will be by telephone on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Carole Burns is the contact and can be telephoned on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm on Monday, March 22nd for Mass on Palm Sunday, March 28th.  PLEASE DO NOT RING OUTSIDE THESE HOURS.

 

Please keep praying for Canon Isaac as he is currently critical in intensive care while his remaining liver is encouraged to take on the work of the significant part that was removed. The operation took place as planned on Thursday. It was a long and arduous operation, but the surgeon was very pleased with the outcome of the operation. However, on Friday afternoon, Canon’s liver had not responded as hoped, so he was placed on a device to clear the liver toxins, to give his liver chance to improve, progress as of Saturday evening is positive, but slow and steady, so every prayer will help.

 

Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the Gospel of John (12:20 – 33). This is the part of St. John’s Gospel which is a preparation for the beginning of the passion narrative. Jesus has just raised Lazarus from the dead which inspired many people to believe in Jesus. This event also marks the turning point in Jesus’ conflict with the Jewish authorities. St. John’s Gospel tells us that the Sanhedrin met after this event and made plans to kill Jesus.

 

Jesus predicts his suffering, death, and Resurrection and prepares his disciples to believe in the salvation that his death will accomplish. Using the metaphor of the grain of wheat, Jesus presents the idea that his dying will be beneficial. He also teaches that those who would be his disciples must follow his example of sacrifice. This theme will be repeated in John’s account of the Last Supper, when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples as an example of how they must serve one another.

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.