The Annunciation – Mass

Just a reminder that Mass for today – The Annunciation of the Lord – will be broadcast from St. Teilo’s at 10.00am on the Home Page of the Parish Website – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/
 
The Pope will lead the world in praying the Our Father at 11.00am (Midday in Rome) – It will be streamed live on Vatican News on You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA

BOTH OF OUR CHURCHES ARE CLOSED

LATEST UPDATE:
 
IN ADDITION TO THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF ACTS OF WORSHIP BEING SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW ANNOUNCED THAT ALL PLACES OF WORSHIP ARE TO CLOSE.
 
THEREFORE ST. TEILO’S, LIKE OUR LADY OF LOURDES, WILL BE CLOSED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
 
MASS WILL BE STREAMED ONLINE FROM THE CHURCH EACH DAY, BUT THERE IS NO LONGER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIVATE PRAYER. (THE TECHNOLOGY IS CURRENTLY BEING SORTED)
 
PLEASE FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT ADVICE AND STAY AT HOME IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.
 
FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NEXT WEEKEND’S NEWSLETTER – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/newsletter/

Canon Isaac celebrating Mass today 23rd March 2020

Watch the Video! Canon Isaac reminds us that although separated, he is including us within the celebration of the Mass daily. The Mass continues for the parish and for the wider Church.

 

Laetare Sunday – Mothering Sunday

Today is Mothering Sunday. We may not be able to celebrate with our Mothers and Grandmothers this year, but we rejoice with them even in their absence.

Today is also a time to give thanks to God for our children, families and friends. As we will not be able to give out flowers or cards, as we normally do, we can instead pray a spiritual bouquet together.

After the private Mass Canon Isaac celebrated this morning at St. Teilo’s, he lit a candle in front of the altar for all the mothers, grandmothers and ladies of the parish.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord, bless all our Mothers and Grandmothers on this Mothering Sunday. Bestow your love and blessing upon them, through Christ Our Lord.

AMEN

 

We thank you for all the love our Mothers and Grandmothers give to us both in our parish and our families. We thank you for the gifts of love and tenacity that all women give to the Church. We thank you for their dedication and faith. Today we ask Our Blessed Mother to pray for and with all women that they may follow her example and bring their loved ones to know and love the Lord Jesus.

AMEN

 

 

Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter on the Solemnity of St. Joseph

Archbishop George has written a Pastoral Letter to the Archdiocese on the occasion of the decision not to have public acts of worship in our Churches.

SUSPENSION OF THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS

PLEASE NOTE:
 
THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
 
ST. TEILO’S CHURCH WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER AND REFLECTION FROM 8:30am to 5:30pm EACH DAY.
 
FULL DETAILS OF ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE ONLINE PARISH NEWSLETTER AT THE WEEKEND

COVID-19 Update – Tuesday 17th of March 2020

A statement from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday and advice from public health professionals, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are being consulted on the issues regarding public worship in light of COVID-19.

A clear statement of the way forward will be issued Wednesday morning (18th March) following the consultation and the decision of the five Archbishops.

 

CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES – 13th March 2020

As of Tuesday 10th March, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has taken the decision to escalate Coronavirus safety measures. Extensive new measures have been put into immediate effect in parishes. Therefore, in addition to the current measures the following will take immediate effect in the parish of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes:

All

  1. Anyone who has cold or flu symptoms should refrain from attending Mass and the sacrament of reconciliation (Confession). Please do not take a risk with other people’s lives. The obligation to attend Mass applies to those who are well. If your need for Confession is urgent please contact Canon and agree specific arrangements.
  2. Wherever possible please spread out at Mass or Adoration, not to inadvertently infect others.
  3. Those most vulnerable, that is the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and those with long term conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, are encouraged to make an Act of Spiritual Communion instead of receiving Holy Communion. The obligation is to attend Mass, not receive Communion – an Act of Spiritual Communion will be sufficient.
  4. If you are unable to attend Mass due to self-isolation you are encouraged to pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Mercy, or other devotions. You may also find that the use of online resources can support your faith. Daily Mass is broadcast in English on EWTN at 12Noon (https://www.ewtn.co.uk/live/tv) and Shalom World TV at 9am – repeated at 9pm (https://shalomworld.org/watchlive) which are available online. The daily Mass celebrated by Pope Francis is also available online (This Mass is celebrated in Italian): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7E-LYc1wivk33iyt5bR5zQ

Liturgy

  1. Please do not replace copies of the newsletter/antiphon sheets back in the containers in the Church. Please take them away with you. This will avoid cross-contamination when more than one person uses the same item.
  2. Hymn Books and Parish Mass Books have been removed from the Churches as they have also been identified as a source of cross-contamination. You may of course continue to use your personal Missals/Mass books.
  3. Collection – Baskets will be placed at the back of the Church for your donations. Do not pass the baskets between each other during Mass.
  4. Veneration of statues in the Church should be in the form of a bow of the head. Please do not touch or kiss the statues as this would be an easy way through which the virus could be passed on.
  5. At present all liturgies will continue as normal but this will be reviewed on a regular basis. If possible please check for notices on the Parish Website – or on Facebook – you do not need to join Facebook to see the page.

Non-liturgical gatherings

  1. Coffee Mornings and other social gatherings are to be cancelled until further notice.
  2. Parish groups (including prayer groups, SVP, ladies guild etc.) are to refrain from meeting and associated activities until further notice. Online meetings/chats may be arranged via What’s App or Messenger, but these arrangements are the responsibility of the individual groups.
  3. Parish Catechetical sessions will continue as normal to enable advancement to the Sacraments. Such sessions are to follow the guidelines issued to schools in Wales, at such time that schools are suspended, parish catechesis will also be suspended. NB – No refreshments are to be provided.

Holy Week

The Bishops’ Conference has confirmed that, if liturgies are still taking place in Holy Week:

  1. The Holy Thursday Mandatum (Washing of the Feet) is suspended.
  2. Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday will not be by kissing or touching a cross, but by silent prayer while the cross is held aloft by the priest or deacon.

Welcomers

Please do not undertake this role, given the recommendation that people do not hand things to other people for fear of contamination.

Collectors

It is good practice to ensure that the collection baskets are clearly visible at the back of the Church. Please do not handle the baskets or pass them around. People will be invited to make their donations in their own time. Please encourage people to move away once they have donated not to cause large gatherings/queues around the baskets

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

  1. Please ensure that you sanitise your hands before and after distributing Holy Communion. This can be done by washing hands with soap and hot water in the toilets before proceeding to the sanctuary or by using the hand gel on the credence table.
  2. At present, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who currently visit the sick and housebound may continue to do so but discretion is advised, taking into consideration the vulnerable state of the people who are visited. Anyone who wishes to suspend visiting activities is free to do so. Visiting must cease if you are feeling unwell or if the person visited is self-isolating. Please be sensitive to the needs of those you visit.
    Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and members of the SVP who visit parishioners at home should ensure that no physical contact takes place.
  3. Anyone carrying the Sacrament to the housebound must wash their hands for at least 30 seconds in hot water and soap. You must follow the same practice after administering the sacrament.
  4. There are to be NO pastoral visits to people who are self-isolating until isolation ends. Feel free to offer telephone support as necessary.
  5. Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should only be undertaken when necessary. Please follow the advice from the staff on appropriate infection control.

These are uncertain times, so let us all pray frequently for an end to this pandemic, that all parish functions may return to normal and that we may be preserved from the worst that the Coronavirus can bring.

Please always remember to practise good hand hygiene and to Catch it – Bin it – Kill it!  If you feel you have the virus, self-isolate and contact the NHS Coronavirus helpline by dialling 111.

 

Canon William Isaac

Parish Priest

 

If you have any queries please email: whitchurch@rcadc.org

 

A printable copy of this message can be downloaded here and is available at the back of both Churches.

The Pope entrusts the world to the Blessed Virgin: “Free us from danger”

Last night, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, entrusted the world to the protection of the Mother of God. (Translated from the Italian by Google Translate)

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the sick,
who at the cross shared the pain of Jesus,
keeping your faith firm.
You, know what we need
and we are sure that you will ensure
that, as in Cana of Galilee,
joy and celebration can return
after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus will tell us,
who took our sufferings upon himself
and took upon himself our pains
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection.

AMEN.

Under Your protection we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise the supplications of us who are in trial,
and deliver us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.

AMEN

First Sunday of Lent

In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, after Jesus’ baptism by John, Jesus goes to the desert to fast and pray for 40 days. In each case, while in the desert, Jesus is tempted by the devil.

Matthew and Luke give more detail than Mark does, but each one tells how the devil tempts Jesus in the desert. In Matthew, as in Luke, the devil presents three temptations to Jesus. The devil tempts Jesus to use his power to appease his hunger; he tempts Jesus to put God’s promise of protection to the test; and he offers Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world if Jesus will worship the devil. In each case, Jesus resists the temptation, rebuking the devil with words from Scripture.

The account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert is filled with allusions and parallels to the Old Testament, including the story of the people of Israel. The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the desert in Exodus, for example, and Jesus spends 40 days in the desert. As the Israelites were tempted during the Exodus, so too is Jesus tempted.

Each temptation offers insight into both God and the human condition. Jesus’ rejection of the temptations shows that he will not put God to the test. Grounding himself on the word and authority of Scripture, Jesus rebukes the devil, confident in God’s protection and faithfulness.

As we start our journey through Lent, our Sunday readings call us to adopt the same confidence that Jesus had in the face of temptation: God’s word alone will suffice; God’s promise of protection can be trusted; God alone is God.

 

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/first-sunday-of-lent-cycle-a-sunday-connection