Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Jesus Calms the Storm

Today’s Gospel describes how Jesus calmed a storm at sea, it offers evidence of Jesus’ power and authority as he calms the storm. This Gospel is a metaphor for our lives. We are in the boat, the storms of life are raging around us, and like the disciples, we may believe that Jesus is unconcerned, or “sleeping.” We hope that we will be as familiar with Jesus as his disciples. If we feel that Jesus is sleeping, are we comfortable enough to wake Jesus and present him with our needs? Jesus does not chide his disciples for waking him. Instead, he challenges them for their lack of faith, for their lack of perspective. When we bring our worries to God in prayer, we might just begin to learn to see things from God’s perspective.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am 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 takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

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.

 

Peter and Christine Searle

Today the Parish celebrates with Peter and Christine Searle as they mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of their wedding. We ask for God’s blessing on them and their family. May they have many more years living faithfully in their life together.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Today’s Gospel consists of two parables about seeds. In the first, Jesus tells those gathered that this is “how it is with the kingdom of God.” A man scatters seed which over time sprouts and develops. Then when the grain is ripe, the man harvests his crop. The emphasis in the parable is on the seed, which seemingly has the power to grow on its own. In this it is like the Kingdom of God. While on earth, Jesus planted the seeds of the kingdom by his life, miracles, teaching, and suffering. However, the kingdom is not yet fully established. Although already present in Jesus and his group of twelve, it has yet to come to fruition; just as the seed in the parable needs time to grow, so does God’s kingdom.

 

The second parable focuses on the tiny mustard seed. Though not the smallest of all seeds, it is most likely the smallest that a first-century farmer in Jesus’ part of the world would have sown. Small as the mustard seed is, it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree generally averages only nine to twelve feet in height, it has a wide expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree welcomes the birds, so is God’s kingdom welcoming and open to many.

 

These parables help us discern something about the kingdom of God and our own faith. In God we live and move and have our being, but God is a mystery and his kingdom, though present, has not yet come into its fullness. Today, the Kingdom of God is present in the Church. The mission of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom given to the Apostles is now given to us. But just as seeds need time to come to fruition, so does the Kingdom of God. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “thy kingdom come.” We know that it will come in its fullness at the end of time. All we need is faith.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is almost 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 takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

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.

Corpus Christi

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.

 

In previous years on this day we would have been processing with candles, banners, incense and a canopy. This year we can give ourselves fully to the Lord in our hearts as we celebrate His Presence in the Mass and in the Tabernacle. 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.

 

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 at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is almost 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 your place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

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.

Trinity Sunday

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

 

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains,

 

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the “hierarchy of the truths of faith”. The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men “and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin” (CCC, 234).

 

Although this mystery can never be fully understand by humans, we must believe as the fundamental doctrine of our faith that there is only one God in Whom there are three divine Persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three Persons is true God; there is only one God, not three gods, He is eternal, almighty, omniscient and incomprehensible.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

 

 

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

 

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.

Pentecost Sunday – Come Holy Spirit, Come

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the day on which the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles to go out and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is still with the Church and He inspires each one of us anew today to proclaim the message of Jesus to a world that needs His presence and His love.

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

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.

Seventh Sunday of Easter – Father, keep those you have given me true to your name

On this Seventh Sunday of Easter, we read from the seventeenth chapter of John’s Gospel. This chapter of John’s Gospel comes at the conclusion of Jesus’ farewell discourse delivered to the disciples, the entire chapter is a prayer by Jesus, commending himself to the Father and expressing his care and concern for his disciples. Several important themes appear in this prayer. First, Jesus’ prayer reaffirms the complete union between himself and the Father, Jesus is the one who pre-existed with the Father and is the one sent by the Father to do his work on earth. We are reminded that Christ is the source of Christian unity. Through Christ, we are united with one another and with God Our Father.

 

Reading this prayer of Jesus during the Easter Season, through the lens of his Resurrection, we know that the light of Christ has overcome the darkness of sin and death in our world. In the opening line of this prayer, we hear Jesus pray that his disciples will be kept in the name that he was given by God. We know that the salvation is given to us in the name of Jesus, and that we are invited to place all our trust in him as we journey in faith to meet him and thrugh him the Father.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

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.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Love at the heart of Christian life

In today’s gospel reading from St. John, we hear Jesus affirm that he is known by the Father and that his disciples will know the Father by knowing Jesus. In this passage Jesus reminds his disciples that this knowledge is not to be expressed in theory but to be expressed in love. Those who know Jesus well—and Jesus says that his disciples do know him—will love one another. Knowledge leads to love, which leads to action. St. John reminds us that Jesus taught that love is the sign of a true disciple and, thus, a true Christian. Even more, a true disciple shows a particular kind of love, sacrificial love.

 

In the gospel Jesus transforms the terms of his relationship with his disciples and redefines for them their relationship with God from those that went before him. In the Hebrew Scriptures, faith in God made one a servant of God, Jesus has raised us up to friendship with him and through him to the father, not servitude. To be chosen by Jesus is not to be set apart from the world. Instead, to be chosen by Jesus is to be sent to serve the world as he did. The disciples of Jesus are chosen and are sent into the world to bear fruit by serving others, by sacrificing for others, in love.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

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. You can also book for the Ascension Day Masses on Thursday this week.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – I am the Vine you are the Branches

Today’s Gospel reading is again taken from St. John’s gospel. Jesus speaks about his relationship to his disciples. He uses the metaphor of the vine and the branches. In doing so Jesus is referencing the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament. In the Hebrew Scriptures, Israel is the vineyard, and God himself tends the vineyard. One of the primary themes of St. John’s Gospel is to show Jesus to be the fulfilment of God’s promises to Israel.

In this passage, Jesus teaches his disciples that his relationship with them will not end after his death; he will remain with them always. This unity between Jesus and his disciples is the basis for their ability to continue to do the work that he began. We share in that unity as we draw close to Jesus each weekend at Mass, and each day in our private prayers.

Jesus also teaches his disciples about the importance of the words he has taught to them. Just as Jesus will remain in the disciples, so too will his words. We come to know Jesus through the Scriptures, the living Word of God. Our commitment to be Christ’s disciples is sustained through God’s Word. This commitment is also strengthened by our life of prayer and nourished by the Eucharist. Through the Eucharist, Jesus dwells in us, remains with us, and transforms us so that we might bear fruit in his name. May we be the bearers of the fruit of Jesus love to the world today.

MASS AT ST. TEILO’S

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

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. You can book for Masses for future weeks too and book for the Ascension Day Masses on Thursday week (May 13th).

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter and is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. Today’s gospel is taken from the 10th chapter of the Gospel of St. John. This chapter of St. John’s Gospel follows Jesus’ healing of the man born blind and the rejection of this miracle by the Jewish leaders who question Jesus’ authority to heal. Jesus responds to this challenge by calling himself the Good Shepherd. He is criticizing the leadership of the Pharisees and the other leaders. The Pharisees and other leaders are so angry that they attempt to stone and arrest Jesus (see John 10:31, 39). This controversy with the religious leaders continues until Jesus’ death. In the portion of the chapter that we hear proclaimed today, Jesus describes his relationship with his followers as similar to the relationship between a good shepherd and his sheep. As a good shepherd will risk and lay down his life in order to protect his sheep, Jesus willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of his sheep. Jesus contrasts the actions of the good shepherd with the actions of the hired shepherd who abandons the sheep in the face of danger. In the verses following Jesus’ teaching, we learn that the Pharisees and the other religious leaders understand that Jesus is referring to them when he describes the hired shepherds.

 

The gospel shows that the good shepherd knows the sheep and therefore acts out of love. For the Good Shepherd, this is never simply part of a job; this love-in-action is integral to his identity.

 

On Good Shepherd Sunday it is traditional for a collection to help pay for the training of future priests of the Archdiocese. Fr. Nick Williams, the Archdiocesan vocation director, has published a fascinating insight into the life of those who become priests which can be read here.  Donations to the Archdiocesan Priests’ Training Fund can be made at this link.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s will have 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. You can book for Masses for future weeks too.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Third Sunday of Easter – Peace be with You

On this third Sunday of Easter, we continue to hear Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples following his Resurrection. Today’s gospel reading, taken from the Gospel of Luke, follows immediately after the report of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. This is the event being recounted by the disciples in the opening verse of today’s Gospel.

 

Consistently in the reports of Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances, Jesus greets his disciples with the words, “Peace be with you.” This is a most appropriate greeting. The disciples have witnessed the death of someone they loved, and they now fear for their own lives as well. Peace is what they need more than anything else. Jesus often connects this greeting of peace with another gift—forgiveness. In today’s Gospel, this connection is made in the final verses.

 

Even as they hear Jesus’ greeting of peace, the disciples are startled and terrified. They are uncertain about what to make of the figure before them and, quite understandably, they mistake Jesus for a ghost. Yet the figure before them is not a ghost; Jesus invites them to experience his resurrected body with their senses, to look and to touch. The figure before them is flesh and bone, still bearing the marks of crucifixion. Although the disciples cannot forget his suffering and death, peace begins to take root in their hearts, as their fears turn to joy and amazement.

 

As further proof of his identity and of his resurrected body, Jesus eats with his disciples. The disciples have known Jesus best through the meals that he has shared with them. Descriptions of these meals are a defining element of St. Luke’s Gospel. By eating with his disciples after his Resurrection, Jesus recalls all these meals, and most importantly, he recalls the Last Supper.

 

St. Luke’s report of the Last Supper and the meals that Jesus shared after his Resurrection unveil for us the significance of the Eucharist. Having shared a meal with his disciples, Jesus now uncovers for them the significance of what was written about him in the Scriptures. So, too, our celebration of the Mass is an encounter with Jesus, through the Word and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. As Jesus commissions his disciples to be witnesses to what Scriptures foretold, our celebration of the Eucharist commissions us. Like the disciples, we are sent to announce the good news of Jesus’ forgiveness of sins.

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.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

From next Sunday St. Teilo’s will have three Sunday Masses open for attendance each weekend; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Please take careful note of these times and arrangements as they are different from the pattern prior to the pandemic. 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. You can book for Masses for future weeks too.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.