APF-Missio Mission Box Collectors needed

Due to bereavement and ill-health two of the APF Mission Box collectors have had to drop out of the role.

Peter Jones, who is the Parish APF Secretary, needs further support urgently.

The collection of the boxes takes place twice a year, so volunteering will only commit you to the effort twice a year. If you are able and willing to help, or would like more information about the role, please contact Peter Jones as soon as possible – 07594 693054.

Click here for more about APF-Missio

Supporting the Missions

Last Weekend we were joined by Fr Emmanuel Osei-Akoto who shared with us the vision of the Spiritans.

In response to his appeal the Parish raised £1,238 to support the work of the Spiritans across the world.

In response to our Parish donation Fr Emmanuel writes:

That is amazingly generous! I am really pleased with the positive response to my appeal in the Parish. This will help us a lot in our mission. Thank you and all the Parishioners for their generosity.

 

Launch of the new Website

Today (Friday 21st of September) we launch the new Parish Website.

As the new site goes live Canon Isaac wishes to acknowledge the contribution that Martin Griffiths has made over many years in designing and updating the website. In recent months Martin has identified the need to give up this role. We thank Martin for his immense contribution to the Parish’s web-presence over the years.

The new website is now hosted by the company (Yogi Communications) which hosts the Archdiocesan Website. However the content continues to be developed by the Parish – if you have any items you wish to include on the website – and/or in the newsletter – please email the material to whitchurchandgabalfa@outlook.com.

If you would like to help with the development of the Parish website please also email the address above.

Weekday Mass Times

Weekday Mass Times return to normal this week.

Following the period when due to Canon’s eye operation we have had to change Mass Times and cancel some Masses.

Mass Times return to normal from this weekend (22nd-23rd September).

Please continue to check the newsletter and the events page for updates.

Update on Canon Isaac’s Health

Canon has asked that we pass on his thanks to everyone who sent him Get Well cards and prayers during this time.

Canon’s first operation went very well, and his recuperation is going to plan.

His second operation takes place on Tuesday (25th September) and he asks us all to pray for him, and for the steadiness of the consultant’s hands during the operation.

Reinstatement of Holy Days of Obligation

On Thursday 10th May we celebrate the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord and a Holy Day of Obligation.

After a trial period when the Ascension, along with the Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord, were removed from the list of Holy Days of Obligations, the Bishops of England and Wales have received approval from the Holy See for the reinstatement of these two days of obligation. The new rules came into effect on the First Sunday of Advent 2017. This means that all Catholics in England and Wales are obliged to attend Mass on Thursday, or on the Vigil of the Solemnity on Wednesday evening.

Masses in the Parish are at 7.00pm on Wednesday 9th May at Our Lady of Lourdes (Vigil of Holy Day) and at 10.00am and 7.00pm on Thursday 10th May at St. Teilo’s.

The full list of Holy Days of Obligation are as follows:

The Epiphany of the Lord on 6th January
The Ascension of the Lord on the Thursday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Saints Peter and Paul on 29th June,
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15th August
All Saints on 1st November.

If any of these Holy Days falls on a Saturday or Monday, the Holy Day celebration is usually transferred to the nearest Sunday.

The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) remains transferred to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday in all years.

First Holy Communion Cake Sale

Our young parishioners who are preparing to celebrate their First Holy Communion in a few weeks recently held a charity cake sale.

The children involved would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the parish community for generously supporting their charity cake sale last Sunday. The sale raised the fantastic sum of £250.

This money will be donated to a charity that is supported by an eye surgeon from the University Hospital of Wales, who travels overseas to operate on people in the Himalayas suffering from snow blindness.

Please continue to remember our children in your prayers, as they continue their preparation for their First Holy Communion on Sunday 20th May.

Easter Triduum Liturgies 2018

Below are details of the Easter Triduum services that will take place in the parish.

Holy Thursday – Thursday 29th March 2018

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7.00pm at St. Teilo’s

Also at 7.00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes (in Polish)

With the Mandatum (Washing of Feet), Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, Watching until 10.00pm.

Holy Thursday Mass Readings

Good Friday – Friday 30th March 2018 Day of Fasting and Abstinence

Morning Prayer followed by Confessions, 10.00am at St. Teilo’s

Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord, 3.00pm at St. Teilo’s

Also at 3.00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes (in Polish)

With Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion.

A special Good Friday Children’s Liturgy, The Story Of The Cross, will also take place at St. Teilo’s. Please take children directly to the church hall by 2.45pm.

Good Friday Liturgy Readings

Holy Saturday – Saturday 31th March 2018

Morning Prayer followed by Confessions, 10.00am at St. Teilo’s

The Great Vigil and the First Mass of Easter, 8.00pm at St. Teilo’s

Also at 8.00pm Our Lady of Lourdes (in Polish)

With Blessing of the Easter Fire, Lighting of the Paschal Candle, the Exsultet, Blessing of the Easter Water, Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

Easter Vigil Mass Readings

Easter Day – Sunday 1st April 2018

Masses at 9.00am, 11.00am at St. Teilo’s

Bilingual English and Polish Mass at 10.30am at Our Lady of Lourdes

Polish Mass at 12 noon at Our Lady of Lourdes

At all Masses we Renew our Baptismal Promise as we Celebrate the Solemn Feast of Easter. Please note there is no Evening Mass on Easter Day.

Easter Day Mass Readings

A poster with these details can be downloaded here.

Easter Triduum Ministries

We need volunteers to participate in the various Ministries during the celebrations of the Easter Triduum. Please add your name to the list on the table at the back of St. Teilo’s if you would like read, be at Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or take part in one of the other ministries.

Twelve volunteers are also needed to participate in the washing of feet during the Holy Thursday evening Mass. This act commemorates what Jesus did at the Last Supper when, as an example to others, He washed the feet of His disciples. At that time, it was the duty of the lowliest in society to wash people’s feet, but Jesus commanded:

“I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”

John 13:15

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an example to us to serve each other with humility and pureness of heart. If you would like to take part in this profoundly moving act please add your name to the list at the back of St. Teilo’s.

Holy Week Reflection

A reflection by Fr. Peter Marden on the events and significance of Holy Week and the Easter Season, written by Fr. Peter in April 2009 when he was in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes, can be found here.

Are you visiting the parish over the Holy Week and Easter period?

For visitors who may be visiting our parish over the Holy Week and Easter period, or for those who may not have come to Church for some time, you are all very welcome to come and celebrate the central mysteries of our Christian faith with us this week.

Maps that show the locations of both St. Teilo’s and Our Lady of Lourdes churches are available here.

The Feast Days of St. Teilo and Our Lady of Lourdes

The Feast Days of both St. Teilo and Our Lady of Lourdes occur this week, with both of these Feast Days celebrated in our parish.

The Patronal Feast of St. Teilo will be celebrated with Solemn Mass and hymns on Friday 9th February at 7.00pm at St. Teilo’s, the Feast Day of St. Teilo.

We will also have a small celebration with cheese and wine in the Church Hall afterwards.

Mass in honour of St. Teilo, celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, will take place at the beautiful 13th century St. Teilo’s Church at the National History Museum, St. Fagan’s at 11.00am.

Please note that to allow those who may wish to go to St. Fagan’s enough time, Mass on Saturday 10th February at St. Teilo’s, Whitchurch will be at 9.00am. There will be no Confessions following Mass.

To read a biography of St. Teilo, click here.

11th February is usually celebrated as the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Every year, 11th February is marked as World Day of the Sick, an observation that was introduced by St. Pope John Paul II, and celebrated for the first time twenty-four years ago on 11th February 1993.

It is celebrated every year on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, and for all believers seeks to be “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering.” (From St. John Paul II’s message for World Day of the Sick in 1993.)

The 6.00pm Mass on Saturday 10th February at Our Lady of Lourdes we will celebrate this Solemnity. The preacher will be Fr. Sebastian from the Cardiff Oratory and the members of the Oratory will join us for Mass. Mass will include a procession of the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. At the back of both churches this weekend is a sheet for you to write the names of those you would like us to pray for at the Mass next Saturday.

St. Teilo, pray for us!

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!