Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Jesus Walks on the Water

Today’s Gospel is about the disciples’ faith in Jesus and what it will allow them to do. The disciples thinking that they have seen a ghost are afraid, Jesus calms their fears, he is not a ghost, but Jesus himself walking on the water.

 

St. Peter seeks proof that the person is indeed Jesus. He asks Jesus to call him out onto the water, and Jesus grants this request, Peter walks on the water, at least for a little time. However, Peter’s fear and doubt overtake him once he is walking on the water. Jesus reaches out to Peter and saves him.

 

Like Peter we can often set out in faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, and sometimes we take our eyes off Jesus, we look to see what we can do alone, and as Peter found, without Jesus we cannot do what Jesus does.

 

Today, spend a few moments in the stillness of your hearts and ask the Lord Jesus to help you put your trust in him. In doing so he may ask us to do great or little things, but in them all we can do so by saying Yes to Jesus and keeping our eyes and our heart firmly on him.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 10th.

 

Assistant Priest for St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes

His Grace the Archbishop has arranged for an assistant priest to support Canon Isaac at the Parish of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes.

Fr. Dwayne Bedner, a native of Clevland Ohio, will initially be resident at the presbytery in Gabalfa with Fr Michał Oszczudłowski.

Fr. Dwayne should arrive in the Parish on Monday, August 3rd.

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The feeding of the five thousand

He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.

Matthew 14:19-21

 

Today’s gospel tells us that Jesus’ blessing of the meagre offerings the disciples have changes them into a feast for five thousand people. The gospel reminds us that even the smallest of offerings can produce abundant results when placed in the service of the God’s Kingdom. No matter how little you feel you have to offer, no matter if you feel you have nothing at all, give it all to Jesus and he will bless it and make it fruitful. Never give up, never feel that it isn’t worth the effort. All that you do, however generous or however tiny it may be, when done for the sake of God’s Kingdom will produce abundant fruit, fruit that will last in the lives of others on their journey to God, and fruit that will last in us until we meet the Lord face to face in heaven.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 3rd.

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The kingdom of heaven is like treasure

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it. Matthew 13:44&45

 

All of us are called to imitate the two people who sell everything they own for the great prize of faith. To surrender all our earthly possessions if necessary in order to gain eternal life. Does this “giving all” mean that we are all expected to abandon the world and take on the religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience? There are many who do just that. But it is not the only way, nor the normal way, to purchase the eternal treasure. Heaven is within the reach of us all, when we follow our own vocation of life, the life to which God has called us and live that life in response to God and keeping true to his call to be faithful to the gospel. It is not a sin to enjoy the joys, pleasures and blessings of the world but we do so without losing sight of the goal towards which we are called – being united with the Father in and through his Son Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

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 today, Wednesday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Wednesday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, July 27th

St. Teilo’s will also be open for Private Prayer from 2pm to 4pm on Friday.

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Parable of the Mustard Seed

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and shelter in its branches. Matthew 13:31–32

 

In today’s gospel Jesus takes an example from the plants around him as he preaches. The plant referred to by Jesus here is generally considered to be the black mustard (brassica nigra), a large plant which grows annually up to 2.7 metres (about 9 feet) tall. The seed of the mustard plant is so small that if you were holding one in your hand and dropped it on the ground, you might not be able to find it. Yet, even though the mustard seed is one of the smallest of all seeds, when it is planted in the ground, it grows into a plant more like a tree that birds can perch on its branches and can even build their nests in it.

 

Like the mustard seed plant, most of the amazing things that happen in our ordinary life, and out life of faith, occur out of the tiny “mustard seeds” which have been planted earlier in my life. Little efforts put into things when we don’t see as important at the time, come to fruit. Spending a little extra time in prayer, leading to a deeper and richer prayer life. Spending a little time to help a person which becomes a strong friendship that comes to fruition just when you need it. Time and time again in life, the little beginnings lead to great things.

 

So, today when the big things happening in the world, especially the pandemic, can seem to overwhelm us; let us focus on the little things that we can control. The little things, in life and in faith, which God will use to his greater glory and to change us and the whole world.  The small seed sown by Jesus and his disciples has since those days spread throughout the world, it can spread anew in us.

 

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 Private Prayer from 12 Noon to 1pm today (Sunday) and 2pm to 4pm on Friday.

 

Next Sunday St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am. Details of how to book, if you wish to come can be found in the newsletter.

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A sower went out to sow

Jesus said, ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!’

 

Today the gospel asks us a very direct question, which kind of response to God’s Word do we make when the seed of His Word lands within us.

 

There are many who are like the seed sown on the edge of the path. They refuse to accept the message, they have no thought for their future, they are content to be busy with other things and ignore the invitation of the Lord.

 

There are others who see the truth and joy of the Gospel, but when it comes to making sacrifices for it, they give up. The message does not sink into their hearts and minds. They are like the seed which fell on the patches of rock because the faith had no deep roots in their lives. There are many, many who we know for whom the seed has fallen into the thorns they accepted the faith and it took root in them, but later on they drifted away, they lost the sense of awe and love which meeting with Jesus evokes.

 

Finally, there are those who are like the seed sown in rich soil. Who not only accept Jesus and his teaching, but are willing to live up to it, and, come what may, they are faithful to it. These will produce fruit and will earn for themselves eternal happiness.

 

In this time when our faith can feel challenged, when the social engagement of gathering each Sunday isn’t as it had been before the pandemic, it would be all to easy to lose touch. It is exactly at this time that we need to hear Jesus’ reminder to be faithful to keep on the path which he invites us to follow, because it is the only path which makes us fully human, fully alive and ready to follow him into the Kingdom prepared for us by His Father.

 

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 Private Prayer from 12 Noon to 1pm today (Sunday) and 2pm to 4pm on Friday. Full details in the newsletter.

 

 

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

In Today’s Gospel – Matthew 11:25-30 – we hear Jesus say:

Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.

The words remind us that we are called, whatever we face, to put all our faith, all our trust in the Lord Jesus.

The yoke of the Lord Jesus is not really a yoke but a bond of love, which joins us to Him, and through Him, to our loving Father in heaven. The rule of life which He asks us to keep, if we are loyal followers of His, is not a series of prohibitions or rules. It is rather a succession of signposts on the straight road to heaven, making our journey easier and safer. He does ask us to carry our cross daily, that is, to bear the burden of each day’s duty, but once the cross is grasped firmly and lovingly it ceases to be a burden.

May we always journey in faith to find the rest and peace offered by the Lord.

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 Private Prayer from 12 Noon to 1pm today (Sunday) and 2pm to 4pm on Friday. Full details in the newsletter.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. In doing so, we honour together in martyrdom these two great saints, Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles and Peter, Supreme Pontiff and first Bishop of Rome.

We recognise the similarity of the hearts of these saints overflowing with love for humankind, the same burning zeal for the good of all men and the same joy in suffering for Christ. Today’s feast also celebrates our link through these great saints, who died in Rome, with our Holy Father Pope Francis and the wider Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

Please pray for the Church today, especially for Pope Francis as he leads us 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.

Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Private Prayer from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, July 3rd. More details in the newsletter.

Opening St. Teilo’s for private prayer. An invitation to help

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we were still awaiting confirmation from the First Minister of the date for the opening of churches for private prayer. On Friday, June 19th, the First Minister confirmed that churches may open for private prayer from this coming week. But for practical reasons our target for opening the Church will be Monday, June 29th. In preparation for the re-opening, we are now beginning to draw up a rota of stewards and cleaners who will work to ensure that St. Teilo’s can be open for private prayer during certain periods of each week.

 

Paul Doherty, the Parish Health and Safety Officer, has completed a detailed review of St. Teilo’s and reported the outcomes to the Archdiocesan Buildings Manager, who will evaluate the parish response before confirming, or otherwise, the ability of the Church to open. In undertaking this review, Paul has used the National Guidance to develop a Parish Plan for the opening of St. Teilo’s. At this point, we need the help of a group of people to act as stewards and cleaners.

 

Stewards

There will need to be three stewards in the Church for each hour of opening, with a hand-over, without hand contact, between one hour and the next.

 

Two stewards will ensure that hand sanitisation occurs at the entry and exit doors; these stewards will also ensure that people with cold or flu-like symptoms do not enter the Church. The third steward will ensure that social distancing is maintained by people in the Church and that people follow the directions signs in the Church. They will also notify the door stewards if the Church is full, within the confines of the reduced capacity.

 

Where possible, each group of stewards will have one member who is approved for safeguarding. In due course, all stewards will be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for safeguarding.

 

Mel Hopkins and Carole Burns have agreed to act as the co-ordinators for reopening. They will maintain a rota and ensure that stewards know when they will be on duty. They will also keep contact details of stewards and cleaners to ensure that there is sufficient coverage in case of illness or other delays.

 

Cleaners

A full clean of the Church will be necessary before and after each period of opening. More frequent cleaning will be needed for areas and surfaces, which people touch and may leave the virus. We need three or four volunteer cleaners for each day that the Church is to be open: one to ensure that the Church is clean up to an hour before opening, one to clean the Church after closing and one per hour to be available to clean benches that have been used between one person or family leaving and another arriving.

 

Initial Opening Times

Once it has been announced that churches can be open for private prayer, we intend to trial opening from 2pm to 4pm on Mondays and Fridays. While this is a limited period, it reflects the demands placed on volunteers to fulfil the roles I have highlighted above.

 

Volunteers

We are now seeking volunteers who can take on the roles of stewards and/or cleaners for the opening of the Church. Due to the nature of the virus and the impact it is having, volunteers must be above the age of 18 and below the age of 60. Volunteers must also not suffer from any of the higher risk co-morbidities of Covid-19 i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hyperlipidaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, immuno-deficiency, cancer and anxiety/depression.

 

If you are of the appropriate age and do not have any of the co-morbidities, can stand unaided for up to an hour and would be willing to volunteer, please email Mel Hopkins –melfyn.hopkins@sky.com and let him know

  • Your name
  • Contact details – phone and email
  • Age range (18-30, 30-40, 40-50. 50-59)
  • Confirmation that you do not have a raised risk of Covid-19 infection
  • Whether you want to Steward or Clean or both
  • Which hours and days, of those above, you are able to volunteer
  • Whether you will be available: weekly; fortnightly; monthly

Please note that sanitiser and appropriate PPE will be available for stewards. Approved cleaning materials will be available for cleaners.

 

Some of these requirements may seem extreme but the Church has a duty of care to all involved in the re-opening process. Our insurance providers have set certain limits as to who can volunteer in the Church during these unusual times and we need to take their limits into consideration, as well as the Government’s guidelines, as we begin to re-open the Church.

 

Canon Isaac

 

Mass today will be at 10am online,

 

This weekend’s newsletter can be found here,

Corpus Christi

Canon Isaac writes:

This beautiful Solemnity gives the whole Church on earth the opportunity to praise God for the blessing of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. One of the most fundamental beliefs of the Church is that in Holy Communion we receive the true Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Saviour, Jesus. Not a sign, a promise, a symbol or a token, but the REAL PRESENCE of Him Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit is God.

Normally on this Solemnity we would be processing with candles, banners, incense and a canopy. This year we will do the best that we can in physical terms, but in our hearts we can give ourselves fully to the Lord as we celebrate His Presence in the Mass in in the Tabernacle. We will still be able to give God thanks for the great blessings of this most holy Sacrament. The Church exists to bring Jesus Christ into our hearts and daily lives. In our tabernacle we honour Him, Who is the centre of our lives. Before the Lord, in the flesh, or online, we can be confident in His Presence. The Lord is with us, and loving us, even if we feel despair, or think that we are failures. Trust in Him. Yes, He comes to us when we are good and feeling holy, but even more He is close to us when we fail, when we come close to despair and when we feel hopeless and lost.

In the days of the Pandemic, I have begun to listen to the news only once a day. That is enough for me! I hear the bad news, the tragic deaths across the world, the hard times faced by many due to illness and economic crises. I hear it, but I bring it all to the Lord in prayer. I invite you to do the same. Trust in Him, for He is very near each of us. I have found myself turning more to music, especially the beautiful and ancient music written over the centuries for the Church. So much of this music, in all its beauty, was written to accompany the Mass. This music raises my soul at a time when we need it. The Word of God too, can be like music in our hearts, pointing us towards the truth that we are blessed in having God very close to us, lifting our hearts and our tired minds into His Presence, so that we can be close to the Body of Christ.

So, today, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, let us thank God for His closeness to us, in the Sacraments, in his Word, in our prayers and celebrate our wonderful Catholic faith which has always and will always, proclaim the truth of the Presence of Jesus in our midst.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine.

Mass today, followed by Eucharistic devotions and benediction will be at 10am online,

This weekend’s newsletter can be found here,