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.

Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

Eight Days Later

Today’s Gospel, John 20: 19–31, is read in each of the three years of the three-year cycle of readings. This reflects the importance of its message of peace, mercy and faith.

The gospel refers to the events when:

Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said.

Today is the Octave day of Easter, we have continued to celebrate Easter for the first seven days, today on the eighth day, we remember with hope that Thomas’ doubts did not lead to disaffection, but that in meeting Jesus he proclaimed:

My Lord and my God!

And we can hear Jesus say to him and to us:

You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.

We are those who believe the promises of the Lord are fulfilled and meet him in the continued joy of the Easter season. As the Bishop says at the renewal of Baptismal promises at Confirmation:

This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us proclaim our faith in Jesus with joy in our hearts.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today also has another name, one which celebrates the great mercy of God – Divine Mercy Sunday.

In 2000, Pope St. John Paul the Second proclaimed that from then onward the Second Sunday of Easter would be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. This was proclaimed at the Canonization Mass of St. Faustina Kowalska, who worked throughout her life to make all people aware of the merciful love of God. When celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, we are called to reflect more personally on the graces won through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Graces won for us and for our salvation. In this way their hearts may be more fully aware of the mercy of God for them personally and for the sake of the world.

Today at 3pm, following confessions from 2pm to 3pm, the 3 o’clock Prayer & Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in formation, St. Alban’s Church, Cardiff. The Chaplet will be followed by the Act of Consecration to Jesus and a communal Act of Veneration of the Divine Mercy image. The 3pm devotions will be followed at 4pm by Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to attend.

Canon William Isaac

Two weeks to the day of the death of our Parish Priest Canon William Isaac we are invited to reflect on his faith and commitment to Divine Mercy as we remember him. Photographs of his grave and links to the Virtual Book of Memories for him can be found here.

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.

From tomorrow, Monday, April 12th, 10am Mass at St. Teilo’s on Monday to Saturday will be open to public attendance without pre-booking.

Next Sunday, April 18th, we make use of our new online booking tool which we will use for future Sunday and Holyday Masses.

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Canon Isaac Memorial

Book of Memories

We have created a virtual book of memories for Canon Isaac which can be access here. In it you can read memories written from the heart by many of the people whose lives he touched both here in St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes and beyond. If you would like to add your memories to the virtual book please email whitchurch@rcadc.org with Memory of Canon Isaac in the title of the email.

The Canon’s body now rests in peace in the monastic cemetery at Belmont Abbey. Images below

Canon William Isaac’s Coffin resting in the grave

The gravediggers have completed their tasks and the flowers from Parishioners and friends mark Canon’s Isaac’s final resting place.

Canon’s grave is next to that of his friend Br Bernard Wassall OSB who died last September.

Another photo of Canon’s grave with the graves of the monks of Belmont beyond. The graves include that of Fr. Anthony Tumelty OSB from St. Teilo’s Parish.

The Requiem Mass at St. David’s Cathedral took place on Thursday, April 8th at 5pm

You can download and keep, or print, the Order of Service:

The web format is designed to be read on PCs or mobiles.

The print format will enable you to print a hard copy 8 page A4 booklet. Please note that there are some pictures in both versions. We would recommend printing in Greyscale (i.e. black and white) to avoid excess costs of colour printing.

The Pre-burial Mass at Belmont Abbey on Friday, April 9th at 11.30am

The pre-burial mass at Belmont Abbey was recorded and can be viewed again by clicking here.

 

May the soul of Canon William Isaac, and of all the faithful departed, Rest in Peace. Amen

Canon Isaac – Funeral Arrangements

The mortal remains of Canon William Isaac will be received into St. David’s Cathedral on Easter Thursday, April 8th at 5pm, followed by the Requiem Mass celebrated by His Grace Archbishop George Stack and Canon’s fellow clergy. Canon’s body will remain in the presence of the Lord in the Cathedral overnight on Thursday and on Easter Friday, April 9th, it will be transferred to Belmont Abbey, where the Lord Abbot will celebrate Mass prior to Canon’s burial in the monastic grounds.

 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there are very strict limitations on attendance at the Masses at the Cathedral and the Abbey. Please do not attend the Cathedral unless you have a confirmed booking and a seat number. Representatives of the community of St. Teilo’s and Our Lady of Lourdes, as well as members of Canon’s former parish of Bridgend, will be represented at the Mass.

 

The situation is even more challenging at the Abbey. English lockdown rules about funerals are far stricter than those in force in Wales. This means there is a maximum of 30 people, including the Archbishop, Abbot and monks from the community able to attend. The travel rules between Wales and England mean that only those who have a confirmed booking at the Abbey are able to cross from Wales into England without breaking the law.

 

Requiem Mass at St. David’s Cathedral – Thursday, April 8th – 5pm

For those unable to attend the Requiem Mass will be live streamed via the Cathedral Website.

 

The Order of Service is available below in two formats:

 

The web format is designed to be read on PCs or mobiles.

 

The print format will enable you to print a hard copy 8 page A4 booklet. Please note that there are some pictures in both versions. We would recommend printing in Greyscale (i.e. black and white) to avoid excess costs of colour printing.

 

Pre-burial Mass at Belmont Abbey – Friday, April 9th – 11.30am

The pre-burial mass will be live streamed via the Belmont Abbey website.

Happy Easter – Pasq Hapus – Wesołego Alleluja

Fr Dwayne would like to wish a Happy and Blessed Easter to all the Parishioners of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes and to all those from beyond the parish who have and are joining us via the live streaming of the Mass.

Easter Masses will be celebrated today at 9am and 11am. Only those who have already had their booking confirmed are able to attend the Masses, but they will be live streamed on the Parish Website.

May the Risen Christ live in the heart of each of us as we gain the grace to overcome sin and death and to live lives of joy and peace following the Risen Lord.

Today the Church celebrates the greatest event in its calendar as the Gospel of today says:

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. John 20:1-9

The beloved disciple saw and he believed in the Risen Lord Jesus, we too are called to see and believe that Jesus is alive and is with us.

At this time when we remember Canon Isaac, who died last Sunday, we remember his words to us on Easter Sunday last year:

Easter is a special time for us as Catholics, it is the time when we feel within ourselves the strength, beauty and truth of our Faith. Normally St. Teilo’s and Our Lady of Lourdes would be full for the Easter Masses and we would be enjoying the celebration of the great days of the life of Jesus Christ. Even in constrained circumstances we still practise our faith. We are strong in faith and hope, we can look forward with hope to the time when the pandemic is over and we can all come together to Mass and receive our Saviour Jesus Christ in Sacramental Communion as a fulfilment of all our Spiritual Communions. One day this faith will lead us to meet with our Saviour Jesus Christ in the glory of the Father’s Kingdom, entry to which was won for us by his death and resurrection. Alleluia.

Canon William Isaac – 12/04/2020

Easter Joy

From ancient times Christians have sung songs of praise on this day. One of the oldest of them is the Easter Sequence. We can do no better than joining in the ancient hymn in our own prayers:

Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,
yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary:
say what thou didst see
upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Another more recent hymn puts it like this:

Easter glory fill the sky! Alleluia!
Christ now lives, no more to die! Alleluia!
Darkness has been put to flight, Alleluia!
by the living Lord of light! Alleluia!

Mary, Mother, greet your Son, Alleluia!
Radiant from his triumph won! Alleluia!
By his cross you shared his pain, Alleluia!
So for ever share his reign! Alleluia!

Shepherd, seek the sheep that strayed! Alleluia!
Come to contrite Peter’s aid! Alleluia!
Strengthen him to be the rock; Alleluia!
Make him shepherd of your flock! Alleluia!

Seek not life within the tomb; Alleluia!
Christ stands in the upper room! Alleluia!
Risen glory he conceals Alleluia!
Risen body he reveals! Alleluia!

Though we see his face no more, Alleluia!
He is with us as before! Alleluia!
Glory veiled, he is our priest, Alleluia!
His true flesh and blood our feast! Alleluia!

May you sing Alleluia to the Lord throughout this day and for the Fifty days of Eastertide which we have just begun.

For more information please see the newsletter for Easter Sunday and Easter Week.