Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus predict his passion, death, and Resurrection to his disciples. Jesus is acknowledging the danger they will face and is trying to prepare his disciples for it. The gospel tells us that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying and were afraid to ask what he meant.

 

Jesus calls the twelve apostles to explain to them that those who would be first in God’s kingdom must be servants of all. This is a call for all of us who wish to follow Jesus to lay down our desires and offer ourselves to Jesus. To join, as it were, with his prayer in Gethsemane – Your Will, not mine be done.

 

In talking about little children Jesus says “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me”. He is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Jesus teaches that God’s judgment of us will be based on this criterion alone.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system.
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Weekday Mass

Mass this week is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples for a report about what others say about him. He then turns the question directly to the disciples and asks what they believe. Peter speaks for all of them when he announces that they believe Jesus to be the Christ.

Now that the disciples have acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he will be rejected, must suffer and die, and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely. The image of Christ that Jesus is giving is not the image of the Messiah that Peter was expecting but of the suffering servant accepting what is asked of him by the Father. Jesus then teaches the crowd and the disciples about the path of discipleship: To be Christ’s disciple is to follow the way of the cross. The path that Jesus was inviting his disciples to share meant suffering and death. This is the kind of radical commitment and sacrifice that Jesus calls us to adopt for the sake of the Gospel. Are we ready to join with Peter and the other apostles and take up our cross for the sake of the good news Jesus proclaims to us?

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system (pre-existing bookings will now be treated as registrations).
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Weekday Mass

Mass this week is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

UPDATE – Please note the corrected link for Canon Matthew’s Talk on Saturday

Archdiocese of Cardiff “The God Who Speaks”: Scripture Study Day

 

The link in the newsletter has the incorrect Zoom ID – the corrected link is below in red

 

The next Scripture Study Day will be given on Saturday, September 11th from 11am-12.30pm.  Canon Matthew Jones will be giving a talk: “A Brief Look at St. Paul’s Life and Teaching”. Canon Matthew Jones has been the parish priest of Three Churches’ parishes in Cardiff for almost seventeen years.  He is also Dean of the Cardiff deanery. Canon Matthew will be familiar to many people for the podcasts he publishes online of his homilies but also snippets he picks up from other sources. He has spoken at several conferences over the years.  He has an engaging speaking style, making him a delight to hear. I am sure we are in for a very interesting talk on St. Paul.

Details of the programme of talks for the year can be found on the Archdiocesan website https://rcadc.org/ events.


How to Access the online Talks                                                                                                                             

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW ACCESS DETAILS

 

You can access the talks on the day via Zoom at: http://tinyurl.com/RCADCscripture

 

Meeting ID 863 9669 5727

Passcode:   068790 

 

The talks will also appear on YouTube.  Please go to the ACES YouTube channel

 

Contacts for enquiries:  Madeleine Walters at madeleine.walters@rcadc.org or Kate Duffin at kate.duffin@hotmail.co.uk

Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Jesus makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak

In today’s reading from the Gospel of St. Mark we hear Jesus healing someone who was deaf and had a speech impediment. This is a story about Jesus’ healing power, and in it we find clues about our understanding of the sacraments. Jesus uses physical means to heal the man he uses both spittle and touch. The Church continues to celebrate the sacraments using physical means. In the Sacrament of Baptism, water and oil are used to show the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, we are anointed with holy oil on the forehead and the hands. In the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. We are a sacramental people who believe that God’s grace is given to us through these physical signs. They are an outward sign of sacramental grace.

 

Fr. John

 

Fr. John intends to return to the parish at the end of this week and will celebrate Mass and the Sacraments from Saturday, September 11th onwards.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

 

  • Registering for Mass via the online system. (pre-existing bookings will now be treated as registrations).
  • Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  • Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Please follow the Welcomers’ guidance in receiving Communion as we will be reverting to the pre-Covid approach to the Blessed Sacrament by going down the centre aisle. Please wait in your bench until you are called forward by the Welcomers.

 

Weekday Mass

 

Mass this week will be celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday and Saturday only. Fr. Artur Kozik will say Mass on Monday before going on his annual retreat with the other Polish community chaplains across the country. Fr. John will celebrate Mass at 10am on Saturday. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Liturgy of the Word of God and Holy Communion

 

Due to the absence of a priest midweek, one of the parish’s Eucharistic Ministers will lead a Liturgy of the Word of God and Holy Communion at St. Teilo’s on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am and on Wednesday at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend the Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion.

 

Time for Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Twenty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – You put aside the commandment of God, to cling to human traditions

In today’s Gospel we hear St. Mark addresses the question of which Jewish practices would also be observed in the newly emerging Christian community. This was a significant question for the early Christian Church, especially in communities that included both Jewish and Gentile converts to Christianity. In Gospel passages such as the one today, we see the Gospel evangelists finding an explanation for a Christian practice distinct from Judaism in the remembrances of Jesus’ teaching and the practice of his first disciples.

 

We hear Jesus criticising those who put human tradition above God’s Law. At a time when many of our comfortable traditions have changed due to the impact of the pandemic we are asked, what really matters, what is essential to our life of faith in responding to Jesus. What is the core of our belief?  We see Jesus explaining that what matters is not what we do, but the motives for our words and actions. What is our interior disposition not our exterior performance, a question it is always worth asking ourselves. Does our meeting with Jesus at Mass today really change and challenge us? Jesus reminds us that we do not make ourselves holy by our actions. Rather, we become holy when we allow God’s Spirit to transform us at the centre of our being. Our actions should be an expression of the conversion of our heart to God and to God’s ways. Coming into the Lord’s presence today may we love him enough to have a chance of heart, to see a new and more abundant way of responding to his love and living it in practice.

 

Fr. John

 

Fr. John continues to make good progress in his recuperation and expects to be back with us on September 11th.

 

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

 

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system. (pre-existing bookings will now be treat as registrations).
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Please follow the Welcomers’ guidance in receiving Communion as we will be reverting to the pre-Covid approach to the Blessed Sacrament by going down the centre aisle. Please wait in your bench until you are called forward by the Welcomers.

 

 

Weekday Mass

 

Weekday Masses will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10am and Wednesday at 7pm and will be celebrated by the Polish Mission chaplain, Fr. Artur. There is no booking requirement on weekdays.

 

 

Time for Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

 

Next Sunday

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. There is no need to book to attend Mass, but please see guidance above to register your attendance for Track and Trace.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today we hear the last reading of the gospel of the ‘Bread of Life’ from St. John’s gospel. Jesus makes clear that only those chosen by the Father will follow him to the end. St. John’s Gospel reports that many of those who had been Jesus’ disciples ceased to follow him at this point. The number of people following Jesus dwindled and Jesus focuses on those who stay to listen and to learn. As St. Peter says: Jesus is the one who comes from God in whom they have found the path to eternal life.

 

So today we focus on the personal faith in the life of each of us as followers of Jesus. Each of us must make his or her own judgment about who Jesus is and in doing so we determine the way of life that we will follow. God’s grace invites us to be Jesus’ disciples, but each of us must respond to the grace of God and confess for ourselves that Jesus is the One who comes from God and leads us to the Father. This faith then commits us to the path of life, leading us to eternal life.

 

So, today let us give thanks for the gift of faith that God has given us and renew our commitment to follow Jesus in every aspect of our lives.

 

Fr. John

 

Fr. John is making good progress in his recuperation. Please continue to keep him in your prayers. He hopes to be back with us on September 11th.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

 

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system. (pre-existing bookings will now be treat as registrations).
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Please follow the Welcomers’ guidance in receiving Communion as we will be reverting to the pre-Covid approach to the Blessed Sacrament by going down the centre aisle. Please wait in your bench until you are called forward by the Welcomers.

 

Weekday Mass

 

Weekday Masses will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10am and Wednesday at 7pm and will be celebrated by the Polish Mission chaplain. There is no booking requirement on weekdays.

 

Time for Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You are welcome to call in at any time, but please remember to remain six feet, that is two metres, away from other attendees who are not members of your own household. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

Next Sunday

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. There is no need to book to attend Mass, but please see guidance above.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Update on Fr. John

Fr. John had his operation yesterday evening and was able to leave hospital this afternoon.
 
He now has to recuperate for four weeks so will be returning to St. Teilo’s on Saturday, September 11th.
 
In the meantime, His Grace the Archbishop will celebrate the three Sunday Masses (Saturday Evening 6pm, Sunday at 10am and 6pm) for the next three Sundays.
 
With rearranged seating arrangements there is now no need to book to attend the weekend Masses. Though face coverings/masks are still required.
 
If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.
 
This can be done in one of three ways.
 
a) Registering for Mass via the online system (pre-existing bookings will now become registrations).
b) Use of the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
c) Writing your name and email or contact number on sheets at the back of the Church.
 
Weekday Masses will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10am and Wednesday at 7pm and will be celebrated by the Polish Mission chaplain. There is no booking requirement on weekdays.

The Solemnity of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church celebrates the fact that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven. We ask Mary, Mother of God, to intercede for our parish, our parish priest and for all of us.

 

Due to a painful flare up of a hernia, Canon Griffiths has been hospitalised. This means that at 10am today there will be a Service of the Word and Eucharist to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady led by Mr. Paul Doherty, one of the parish’s Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

 

Mass at 6pm tonight will be celebrated by Fr. Michał Oszczudlowski who will also say Mass at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday and Tuesday. You can take part in Mass online at these times at this link.

 

Arrangements for later this week (after Fr. Michał has returned to Poland) and for next weekend will be announced as soon as they become available.

 

Please keep Canon Griffiths in your prayers.

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Anyone who eats this bread will live forever

Today’s Gospel continues to present to us chapter 6 of St. John’s gospel. It begins with a report that the Jews have complained about Jesus’ claims that he is one with God. They knew his family, and they knew he was the son of Joseph. They could not understand what Jesus meant when he said that he came down from heaven.

Jesus responds by saying that only those who are chosen by God will recognise him as the one that God sent. It is the Father who has chosen those who will have faith in Jesus. We believe we have been chosen and called to follow Jesus, we are invited to eat of His Body and drink of His Blood, because we have received from God the great gift of faith.

Jesus is the one who is united with the Father. He is the one who has seen the Father and, therefore, knows the Father. Those who listen to God will recognize that Jesus is the one sent from God. Those who believe will have eternal life. Jesus concludes with the central element of eucharistic theology. That the bread of life will bring eternal life to those who partake of it that this bread is his own flesh, given for the life of the world. This is our faith, this is the joy we celebrate each time we come to Mass. Jesus unites himself to us in the Sacrament so that we can be drawn into the mystery of God Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings. Please note the change of time of Wednesday’s Mass from the evening to 10am in the morning for this week only.

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You are welcome to call in at any time. For Track and Trace you will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

Next Sunday

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. From next week booking will not be required, attendance will be open. However, we will still need your information for Track and Trace, this can be done by registering your intention to attend on the Parish’s online system – Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass for which you wish to register or by writing your name and phone number on the list provided as you enter the Church.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – I Am the Bread of Life

In today’s Gospel we continue to read from chapter 6 of St. John’s gospel. In the passage we read today we hear four exchanges between Jesus and the crowd.

 

In the first, the crowd, having followed Jesus to Capernaum, asks a very matter of fact question: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replies by challenging them about their following him – is it just because they have been fed?

 

In the second exchange, the crowd recognise that it is more than food they are seeking. They ask Jesus: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus replies that they must have faith in the one sent from God.

 

In the third exchange, the crowd shows that they do not know who Jesus truly is: reveals their inability to see Jesus’ true identity. They link him to Moses who was one chosen by God, but Jesus corrects their misinterpretation and points to himself as God. He says that the manna received by their ancestors came from God and in the bread that they have received from Jesus, they have received physical nourishment and spiritual nourishment. Jesus points the way to true nourishment.

 

The crowd again misunderstand, and they ask Jesus too “give us this bread always.” Jesus makes it clear that he himself is the Bread of Life.

 

Jesus himself is the Bread of Life who will satisfy every hunger and thirst, he is the one who has come from the Father, to bring all of us into the unity of the Godhead. As we receive communion today, if we are blessed to be able to do so, let us remember that in doing so we are showing the faith to unite ourselves to God, who offers himself to us in this Holy Sacrament.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings and at 7pm on Wednesday Evening. You are welcome to attend with no need to pre-book.

 

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You are welcome to call in at any time, but please remember to remain six feet, that is two metres, away from other attendees who are not members of your own household. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

Next Sunday

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.