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

Whitchurch, Rhiwbina and Birchgrove Worship Group – Service at St. Teilo’s – 11.15 to 11.45 Saturday November 28th

St. Teilo’s hosts the Ecumenical Prayer Group that gathers online monthly from the Churches in our area of North Cardiff. The Service begins at 11.15am. Please feel welcome to join in a brief time of worship and prayer with our Christian friends from the other churches in the area via the webcam broadcast on the Parish Website – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/

The Service Sheet can be accessed here. The theme of the service is Christian Life in Fraternity based on the recent Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, of Pope Francis.

CHURCHES INVOLVED  

  1. BIRCHGROVE : St Andrews Methodists, St Thomas’ Church in Wales
  2. RHIWBINA : All Saints Church in Wales, Bethany Baptist Church, Beulah U.R.C., Rhiwbina Baptists
  3. WHITCHURCH : Ararat, Bethel, Whitchurch Methodist, Tabernacle Presbyterian, St Teilos R.C, St Mary’s
  4. LLANDAFF NORTH All Saints Llandaff North

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

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

During this month of November, we will pray for the Faithful Departed at Mass every day. We will remember especially those included on the November List of the Dead. In this time of restricted Masses, we have set up a ‘virtual’ November List of the Dead to remember those of our departed friends and loved ones who are on their last great journey towards the eternal light of God. It can be viewed on the Parish Website. If you haven’t yet had chance to add your family or loved ones to the list please email the names to whitchurch@rcadc.org

 

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 23rd.

Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year – The Parable of the Talents

Today’s Gospel tells how the followers of Jesus are to act as we await the coming of God’s Kingdom.

 

This familiar parable talks about the talents each of us receive, each different, but all building up the family of God, the faithful followers of Jesus.

 

The parable teaches that God’s judgment will be based on the way we use the gifts we have been given. Our gifts, or talents, are given to us for the service of God and of others. If we fail to use these gifts, God’s judgment on us will be severe. On the other hand, if we make use of these gifts in service to the Kingdom of Heaven, we will be rewarded and entrusted with even more gifts.

 

We are reminded today that our life of prayer helps us to discern the gifts that have been given to us by God. This prayer and discernment can lead us to use our gifts to the greater glory of God and to support our neighbours.

 

As we hear the gospel may we be fruitful in using the gifts God has given to us to his greater glory.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

During this month of November, we will pray for the Faithful Departed at Mass every day. We will remember especially those included on the November List of the Dead. In this time of restricted Masses, we have set up a ‘virtual’ November List of the Dead to remember those of our departed friends and loved ones who are on their last great journey towards the eternal light of God. It can be viewed on the Parish Website.

 

If you haven’t yet had chance to add your family or loved ones to the list please email the names to whitchurch@rcadc.org

 

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 16th.

Remembrance Sunday

On this Remembrance Sunday we are very conscious of the strange circumstances surrounding this year’s Act of Remembrance in churches, chapels, memorials and war cemeteries as our churches remain closed and the annual memorial held by the Royal British Legion here at Whitchurch has been cancelled due to the ‘Firebreak’. For over a century the silence, prayers, the laying of the wreath by the Sovereign and the march past of veterans and their widows has spoken clearly of gratitude and respect, a gratitude and respect we continue to maintain in a new way this year.

 

Today at St. Teilo’s we will celebrate a Requiem Mass for all those who have died in war. We can pray for all of the departed who have lost their lives as a result of the inhumanity of war.

 

At the end of Mass, we will have two minutes’ silence as an Act of Remembrance. Our silence is one of prayer. The expression of our gratitude to those who served and have died is prayer and the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for their souls. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” May they rest in peace. AMEN

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

During this month of November, we will pray for the Faithful Departed at Mass every day. We will remember especially those included on the November List of the Dead. In this time of restricted Masses, we have set up a ‘virtual’ November List of the Dead to remember those of our departed friends and loved ones who are on their last great journey towards the eternal light of God. It can be viewed on the Parish Website.

If you haven’t yet had chance to add your family or loved ones to the list please email the names to whitchurch@rcadc.org

 

 

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 9th.

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.

 

This solemnity is a Holyday of Obligation but we are released from the obligation this year in line with the Bishops’ Conference guidelines. However, 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.

 

As Wales is in a Coronavirus firebreak lockdown until 12:01am on Monday, November 9th, there will be no Masses open to attendees at St. Teilo’s or Our Lady of Lourdes during this period. Mass will continue to be broadcast online each day at 10.00am.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.