Parishioner Consultation Meeting – Wednesday, December 8th – 6:30pm

Tonight we have the first consultation meeting as part of the listening period of the Synod.
The meeting begins at 6:30pm in the Church Hall at St. Teilo’s, all are welcome to attend.
For more information on the Synodal process at St. Teilo’s please see the Parish Synod Portal – https://www.stteilos-ololsynod.co.uk/.

Second Sunday of Advent

On this Sunday the Church gives us the Gospel passage in which St. Luke prepares the scene on which Jesus is about to enter and begin his public ministry. The Gospel focuses the spotlight on St. John the Baptist, the Precursor of the Messiah. John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. John baptises for repentance and for forgiveness of sins, preparing the way for God’s salvation in Jesus.

 

Today’s Gospel wants us to remember that what we read or hear is not a legend but the account of a true story, that Jesus of Nazareth is a historical figure who fits into a precise context in human history.

 

This is what John the Baptist’s preaching proclaims, the coming of the Lord, a key theme of this Advent season. As John’s message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming. We respond to John’s message by repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives the coming of the Lord, as John did.

 

Engagement with the Synodal Church – Our Listening Sessions

There will be 3 core parish consultation meetings. In the next few weeks, we will have additional information on how those unable to attend the consultation meetings can contribute their reflections.

 

Parishioner Consultation Meeting 1 – Wednesday, 8th December – 6:30-8:00pm

Parishioner Consultation Meeting 2 – Saturday 11th December – 11:30am – 1:30pm

Parishioner Consultation Meeting 3 – Wednesday 15th December – 6:30-8:00pm

All parishioners are invited to attend. You only need to attend one of the sessions, but to ensure that we are able to prepare for the numbers, please register at the information desk at the rear of the church this weekend; or, if preferred register online through the parish portal.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

Newsletter

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Parish Synodal Team – All parishioners are welcome tonight

The first meeting of the new Parish Synod Team takes place today, Wednesday, December 1st at 6:30pm in the Hall at the rear of the Church.
All parishioners are welcome to attend – As a parish we are absolutely committed to ensuring that all parishioners play an active part in parish life in some way. We are listening to the Holy Spirit so that the hearts and minds of our community can be moved towards extending the love of Jesus to others.
Your assistance will be a great help as we prepare for Pope Francis’ recent Synod initiative to direct the Church in the years to come. It will also help our parish to listen, and be more inclusive when considering our parish and the way we welcome others in the wider community.
For more information please see the Parish Synodal portal – https://www.stteilos-ololsynod.co.uk/

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. We are encouraged to use this time as a prayerful preparation for the birth of Christ in our hearts. This season is an opportunity to make Christmas 2021 a worthy celebration of the Lord’s birth, as we welcome Him anew into 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 welcome truly 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.

 

This week’s newsletter is full of links that will help us celebrate Advent. Full details can be found here.

 

Honouring Sunday

The Bishops’ Conference has published a Statement called ‘Honouring Sunday’ which highlights the centrality of the Sunday Mass in our lives as Catholics. They say: “The central appeal of the Mass, its beauty and its transcendence, raises our minds and hearts to God in an unambiguous and compelling manner. Our Lord Jesus invites us to receive anew the gift of Sunday as the preeminent day, the day of the Resurrection, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Eucharist. Here we stand together before our heavenly Father, offering our thanksgiving and prayer, through our Saviour in the Holy Spirit. Here we receive Christ in His Word. Here we are nourished by Christ in His Precious Body and Blood. This is our primary joy, for which there is no substitute, and from which we draw our strength.”

The full text can be read here.

 

A Synodal Church

Following on from the Parish Synod announcement last weekend, we are now able to confirm the next steps. We will initially be holding a Parish Synod Team meeting on Wednesday, December 1st at 6:30pm. If you would like to volunteer yourself to contribute as a team member, you can find out what is involved on the Synod Parish Portal which can be found here.

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today we celebrate the great solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This is the last Sunday of the Church’s year which means we focus on the final and glorious things to come!  It also means that next Sunday will be the First Sunday of Advent.

 

When we say Jesus is a king, we mean a few things. First, He is our Shepherd. As our Shepherd He desires to lead us personally as a loving friend would. He wants to enter our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering Himself as our guide. The difficulty with this is that it’s very easy for us to reject this kind of kingship. As King, Jesus desires to lead every aspect of our lives and lead us in all things. He desires to become the absolute ruler and monarch of our souls. He wants us to come to Him for everything and to become dependent upon Him always. But He will not impose this sort of kingship upon us. We must accept it freely and without reservation. Jesus will only govern our lives if we freely surrender ourselves over to Him. When that happens, though, His Kingdom begins to become established within us! And through us in the world.

 

A Prayer to Christ the King

O Jesus Christ, we acknowledge You as Universal King.

All that has been made has been created for You.

We renew our Baptismal Vows. We renounce Satan,

his pomp and his works; we promise to live as good Christians.

and, in particular we do pledge ourselves to labour, to the best of our ability,

for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus,

to You do we offer our services. We labour so that all hearts may acknowledge

Your sacred kingship and that thus, the reign of Your peace

may be established throughout the whole universe.

Amen

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – This Poor Widow has put in more than all

The readings today present us with the story of two widows who have something in common. They were both generous in offering their livelihood to God. Absolute trust in God is asked of us.

 

In the first reading we hear that during famine, the prophet Elijah was directed to go to a widow at Zarephath. Interestingly, she did not practice the same religion with Elijah, but he asked her for a drink and a crust of bread. She had only a handful of flour in her jar and a little oil in her jug. She was about to prepare the last meal in the house for herself and her son. The prophet Elijah begged her to give him something out of these scarce resources, to eat first, before feeding herself and her son. She did as the prophet requested. The prophet assured her that for her act of generosity, “The jar of her flour shall not go empty, or the jug of oil run dry.” The prophecy of the prophet was fulfilled, and she and her son survived the famine (1 Kings 17:10-16). In the Gospel (Mark 12: 38-44) Jesus takes special note of a widow during offertory time. It was not because she put in much, but because she put in all she had to live on – two small copper coins. In the sight of the world, this offering went unnoticed, but in the sight of God, it was a great deal, it was significant and substantial based on her financial status. She gave out the fortune she was saving, her whole livelihood. She did not give in order to earn some praise or applause, but she gave out of her faith that God would supply all her needs according to His riches and glory.

 

The message is clear to us, that faith in God is not about external and ostentatious expression, but about how much we are ready to give freely of our resources and ourselves to God. A generous gift from the heart is the kind of offering acceptable to God. Let us offer ourselves to the Lord in prayer and praise.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. On Thursday this week Mass will be at 11am – the Requiem Mass of Mrs Lorraine Casetta.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.

 

Attending Mass

 

There is no need to register or sign in for Mass. You are asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees where possible. If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

In the light of Welsh Government guidance, face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

All Saints

Today is the great solemnity of All Saints

 

The earliest observance of a feast in honour of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The Pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the Pope intended “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honoured in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons” St. Bede in On the Calculation of Time.

 

This feast first honoured martyrs. Later, when Christians were free to worship according to their consciences, the Church acknowledged other paths to sanctity. In the early centuries, the only criterion was popular acclaim, even when the bishop’s approval became the final step in placing a commemoration on the calendar. The first papal canonisation occurred in 993. The lengthy process, now required to prove extraordinary sanctity, took shape in the last 500 years. Today’s feast honours the obscure as well as the famous, the saints each of us has known and have loved.

 

This solemnity is a Holyday of Obligation but has been transferred to Sunday as is the tradition of the Church in England and Wales. We are all encouraged to celebrate the day by remembering those who have gone before us in faith and now share the glory of heaven.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. In addition, this week there will be an evening Mass at 7pm on Tuesday for the Commemoration of the Holy Souls.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.

 

Attending Mass

 

There is no need to register or sign in for Mass. You are asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees where possible. If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance, face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Go; Your Faith Has Saved You

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

 

In today’s Gospel, we find Jesus’ being followed by a sizable crowd that accompanies him on his way to Jerusalem. When the blind man, Bartimaeus, hears that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, he calls out to him, asking for his pity. When Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, the crowd around him tries to silence him. Yet Bartimaeus persists, calling out more loudly and with greater urgency. He will not be silenced or deterred from getting Jesus’ attention. The crowd’s reaction changes when Jesus calls for Bartimaeus and even more so when Jesus restores Bartimaeus’s sight.

 

Jesus says that Bartimaeus’s faith is what has saved him and once his sight has been restored, Bartimaeus follows Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. Jesus is calling us too and invites us to follow him and to share the joy of knowing Jesus with all those whom we meet.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.

 

Attending Mass

 

There is no need to register or sign in for Mass. You are asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees where possible. If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance, face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many

In today’s gospel Jesus predicts his passion to the Twelve, who are amazed and afraid. Jesus’ words to his closest disciples are intended to prepare them for the events that will occur in Jerusalem.

 

In today’s Gospel, James and John ask to be given seats of honor when Jesus enters into his glory. Once again, the disciples seem to be selective in what they hear Jesus say. They want to share Jesus’ glory, but do not appear to understand that his glory will be preceded by his suffering. Jesus notes their lack of understanding and predicts the suffering they will endure for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Jesus explains the importance of service and sacrifice in the life of a disciple. In particular, he seems to be preparing the Twelve for their leadership roles in the emerging Christian community. In today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the dynamics within the community of disciples with those shown by the rulers of the Gentiles.

 

Following Jesus’ example of sacrificial love continues to be countercultural in our day as well. Are we ready to be servants of each other and all the brothers and sisters as Jesus asks us?

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times online.

 

Attending Mass

 

Following a review of the parish procedures for Mass we will no longer be expecting people to register or sign in for Mass.

 

While it is good that we can ease some of the previous restrictions, you are still asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees.

 

If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Children’s Liturgy

 

There was no space in the newsletter this week for the Children’s Liturgy links, you can access this week’s Children’s resource at this link and the Family resource here.

 

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Give everything you own to the poor and follow me

In today’s Gospel, a person approaches Jesus and inquires about what one must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replies that one must follow the commandments of the Law of Moses. The questioner acknowledges that he has observed all of these since childhood. Jesus then says that only one thing is lacking: he must give his possessions to the poor and follow Jesus. The person leaves in sadness, and St. Mark tells us that this is because he had many possessions.

 

Here are the challenges to us who live in the comparative wealth of a rich country. To follow Jesus, we must put him before all our possessions and follow in his footsteps of devotion to the Father and loving, caring commitment to all our brothers and sisters.

 

As Christian’s we believe that our faith is one in which each believer is in a personal relationship with Jesus. Just as the Gospel tells us that Jesus loves the man and is sad when he departs, so too, Jesus loves us and is saddened when we are unable or unwilling to follow him. The invite is always there, but we must say Yes to what the Lord asks of us. Our salvation comes from being able to rely completely upon God as Jesus did – let us follow him.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times online.

 

Attending Mass

 

Following a review of the parish procedures for Mass we will no longer be expecting people to register or sign in for Mass.

 

While it is good that we can ease some of the previous restrictions, you are still asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees.

 

If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.