The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Sunday of the Word of God.

Due to the Alert Level Four in place for the whole of Wales with a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19 and the ‘at risk’ profile of many of our parishioners Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s until further notice.

 

Pope Francis instituted ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ to be held every year on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time, with the Motu proprio “Aperuit illis’ issued on September 30th 2019. It is well worth a read, or re-read, to remind ourselves of the importance of the Word of God in our lives as Christians.

 

Recently, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments released a note on the topic of the Sunday of the Word of God, signed by the prefect, Cardinal Robert Sarah. It explains that the Sunday of the Word of God is a means to help people “reawaken an awareness of the importance of Sacred Scripture for our lives as believers, beginning with its resonance in the Liturgy which places us in living and permanent dialogue with God.”

 

The note points out that “through the proclaimed Biblical readings in the Liturgy, God speaks to His people and Christ Himself proclaims His Gospel.” It indicates that “One of the ritual possibilities suitable for this Sunday could be the entrance procession with the Book of the Gospels or simply placing the Book of the Gospels on the altar.”

 

Today, during Mass, Father Dwayne, will bless the Bibles and other books of Scripture we have at home. As Mass is live steamed not in person, you are invited to ensure you have your Bibles or books of Scripture with you at the television, computer, tablet or phone, via which you attend Mass online.

 

Today’s gospel is the beginning of the Gospel of St. Mark from which we shall read for much of Year B. In the gospel we hear Jesus’ pronouncement of the kingdom as a call to repentance. Jesus begins the time of fulfilment; the Kingdom of God is already here. This will be demonstrated again and again, both in Jesus’ words and in the actions that follow. Jesus’ healings and forgiveness of sins are signs of the Kingdom of God that he announces in his teaching. Are we ready to listen to the Word of God and make it our home as we come to know Jesus more fully?

 

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

 

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Come Follow Me

Due to the Alert Level Four in place for the whole of Wales with a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19 and the ‘at risk’ profile of many of our parishioners Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s until further notice.

 

This Sunday, the Church begins Ordinary Time with the readings of Year B of the three-year cycle. Year B is often called the Year of Mark, as Mark is the Gospel read most frequently during the year, but as Mark’s is the shortest of the first three Gospels, this year we also find readings from St. John’s Gospel interspersed in the cycle of readings. Today’s Gospel, John 1:35-42, is an example of this.

 

Today’s reading from the Gospel builds on last week’s celebration of the Baptism of Jesus, when having been baptised, Jesus begins to gather followers. The first two followers, Andrew and another man, were followers of John the Baptist. After hearing John’s testimony, they became followers of Jesus. During their time with Jesus, the details of which are not specified, Andrew and the other follower came to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Andrew then brings his brother, Simon, to Jesus. Immediately, Jesus gave Simon a new name, calling him Peter, which means “rock” in Greek. The gospel shows us Jesus seeks out individuals and calls them to be his followers, as we hear them being called, we are asked to listen to the Lord calling us to follow Him and stay with Him in faith.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

The Baptism of the Lord

Due to the Alert Level Four in place for the whole of Wales with a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19 and the ‘at risk’ profile of many of our parishioners Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s until further notice.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Second Sunday of Christmas

Due to the Alert Level Four in place for the whole of Wales with a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19 and the ‘at risk’ profile of many of our parishioners Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s until further notice.

 

The readings for this Sunday move from the action of the birth of Jesus and of the Holy Family in their journey into Egypt and become more reflective. What does this birth mean? The Gospel for the day, the Prologue to St. John’s Gospel, is a deep reflection on the mystery of the Incarnation. But do not be put off by any potential complexity. It is a simple statement of faith in which we should all join. In verse 1, we hear that the Word of God which was made flesh had His beginnings with God before creation. In verses 2 to 5, we hear the story of creation, understood as an ongoing process of which Jesus is the fulfilment. In verses 6 to 8, we hear the call and the mission of St. John the Baptist and recognise in him the vocation of all the followers of Jesus. In verses 9 to 14, St. John presents the Incarnation as a remarkable, a strange mystery that the One who made and sustains humanity is rejected by this same humanity. In verses 16 to 18, we are invited to benefit from the grace of the Incarnation. Cardinal St. John Henry Newman said: “Lord, we thank you for the deep moments of Bible reading when we knew that we were in the presence of the Word which existed from the beginning before time began, which was with You before You created the world, which was truly divine, with You from the beginning, and which was made flesh and was living among us.” This sums up the invitation of this Sunday, that we stand in awe at the great things which God has done for us in sending His Son to be one of us in all things but sin.

 

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

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Holy Family Sunday

Due to the Alert Level Four in place for the whole of Wales with a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19 and the ‘at risk’ profile of many of our parishioners Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s until further notice. An update will be provided next weekend.

 

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. This celebration takes place on the Sunday within the octave of Christmas bringing our thoughts to our own families as well as the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Luke and describes the presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple.

 

The Gospel alludes to several aspects of the Law of Moses: circumcision, the dedication of the firstborn son to the Lord, and the purification of a woman after childbirth. According to the Law of Moses as presented in the Book of Leviticus, a woman was considered ritually unclean during her menstrual period and for a prescribed period of time following the birth of a child. After the birth of a son, a woman was considered ritually unclean for 40 days. After the birth of a daughter, a woman was considered unclean for 80 days. In order to be restored to ritual purity, a Jewish woman performed the appropriate rites of purification and made the prescribed ritual offering.

 

Today’s Gospel notes that Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, in accordance with the Mosaic Law. At that time, he was called Jesus, the name he was given by the angel Gabriel. On the 40th day after Jesus’ birth, Mary performed the appropriate purification rites and made her offering at the Temple. Although the Law of Moses required an offering of a lamb, those who could not afford a lamb could substitute two turtledoves or two pigeons. In this scene, Luke identifies Joseph and Mary as being poor, and indeed throughout Luke’s Gospel, Jesus will show special concern for the poor.

 

Another Jewish rite referenced in this Gospel is the dedication of the firstborn son to the Lord. In remembrance of the feast of Passover, when the firstborn children of the Israelites in Egypt were saved from death, the Law of Moses prescribed that all firstborn males of Israel should be consecrated to the Lord. In this tradition, Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem.

 

In Jerusalem, Luke reports that Mary and Joseph encounter two devout Jews, Simeon and Anna, who recognize the infant Jesus as the fulfilment of Israel’s hope for redemption. In Simeon’s words we find a prediction of Mary’s witnessing of Jesus’ death on the cross. The Canticle of Simeon, also called by its Latin name, Nunc Dimitis, is prayed at night prayer, or compline, each day during the Liturgy of the Hours. As we come to honour the Holy Family and pray for our own families, perhaps we can make Simeon’s prayer our own as we rejoice to see the salvation of God:

At last, all-powerful Master,

you give leave to your servant

to go in peace, according to your promise.

 

For my eyes have seen your salvation

which you have prepared for all nations,

the light to enlighten the Gentiles

and give glory to Israel, your people.

 

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

There is no newsletter this week, please continue to use last week’s double edition

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.

 

Canon Isaac and Fr. Dwayne would like to wish all parishioners and friends of the parish all the very best on this holy day and for the season which follows. May the Joy of the Coming of the Christ Child fill our hearts and our minds with the peace and blessings of the Good News.

 

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 and Fr. Dwayne

Fourth Sunday of Advent – UPDATED

Please note that the Welsh Government has declared an Alert Level Four for the whole of Wales. This means there is a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19.

 

While churches may remain open under the new rules until further notice Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s. Attendance at the Mass of Christmas Midnight and the 10.00am on Christmas Morning Mass will be open to those who have already booked to attend. PLEASE NOTE THESE MASSES ARE FULL. DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS YOU HAVE A CONFIRMED BOOKING.

 

If you have booked a place for Mass but are unable to attend you do not need to tell us, but if you do want to contact us email whitchurch@rcadc.org

 

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we hear the story of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary about the birth of Jesus. This Sunday, the liturgy shifts our attention from John the Baptist to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Both John and Mary serve as important figures for our reflection during the season of Advent; they both played instrumental roles in preparing the way for Jesus. Last week we reflected on John the Baptist’s announcement that the Saviour was among us, although not yet recognised. This week we reflect upon Mary’s example of faith and obedience to God, traits which permitted her to receive the angel’s message that God’s Son would be born as a human person, as one of us.

 

The story of the Annunciation calls to our attention God’s wondrous action in human history. God chose a human person to give birth to His Son so that all humanity would know God’s salvation. Mary, already full of God’s grace, was able to cooperate in this great plan for our salvation. Thus, Jesus was born as one of us, fully human and also fully divine. This is the mystery we prepare to celebrate at Christmas, the mystery of the Incarnation. In the model of Mary, we pray that we will be people of faith who recognise God’s saving plan for us and are able to respond with obedience.

 

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

 

This week’s updated newsletter can be found here.

 

Please note any updates will appear in the Latest News section of the Parish website (on the front page below the live stream) and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.

 

In our First reading we hear the prophet Isaiah proclaim:

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,

for the Lord has anointed me.

He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,

to bind up hearts that are broken;

 

to proclaim liberty to captives,

freedom to those in prison;

to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.

 

‘I exult for joy in the Lord,

my soul rejoices in my God,

for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation,

he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity,

like a bridegroom wearing his wreath,

like a bride adorned in her jewels.

 

‘For as the earth makes fresh things grow,

as a garden makes seeds spring up,

so will the Lord make both integrity and praise

spring up in the sight of the nations.’

Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11

 

So, with joy let us go out to meet the Lord Jesus who is coming to us his people.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday. If you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, December 14th.

The Second Sunday of Advent

Today, the Second Sunday of Advent, sees us continuing on the Advent journey, listening to John the Baptist’s call to conversion sounding out loud and clear. It is a pressing invitation to open our hearts and to welcome the Son of God Who comes among us to make Divine Love manifest.

 

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said: “Through the Gospel, John the Baptist continues to speak down the centuries to each generation. His hard clear words bring health to us, the men and women of this day, when even the experience and perception of Christmas often, unfortunately, reflects materialist attitudes. The ‘voice’ of the great prophet asks us to prepare the way for the coming Lord in the deserts of today, internal and external deserts, thirsting for the water of life which is Christ.” So, we come to receive the water of life as we receive the Lord, spiritually or sacramentally in the Blessed Sacrament in communion.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday. If you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, December 7th.

The First Sunday of Advent

Today we begin the season of Advent, the start of the new Liturgical Year. The Church not only wishes to indicate the beginning of a period but the beginning of a renewed commitment to the faith by all of us who follow Christ, the Lord. While during the time of pandemic we are not all able to gather in Church during Advent, we can use this time as a prayerful preparation for the birth of Christ in our hearts.

 

If we use it properly, this time of prayer and personal development can be so powerful, rich and intense; it endeavours to give us a renewed impetus to truly welcome the message of the One who was incarnated for us. In fact, the entire Liturgy of the Advent season, will spur us to an awakening in our Christian life and will put us in a ‘vigilant’ disposition, to wait for Our Lord Jesus who is coming.

 

Normally, we hear Catholics say, “Advent is too busy, with so many Christmas parties and work/school events in which we have to be involved.” Perhaps this Advent, without many of the events like this which have in the past made this period very busy, we can really spend time waiting patiently for the Lord and listening to His Voice.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday. If you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, November 30th.

 

 

Christmas Masses

 

This year, there will be two Masses on Christmas Day at St. Teilo’s. One as Midnight strikes and begins Christmas Day itself, the other at 10.00am on Christmas morning. Both will be celebrated online and will be open for attendees who book this Wednesday, December 2nd, between 11 am – 1pm on a first come, first booked basis.

Carole Burns is the contact and can be telephoned on 07747 562847