The Assumption of Our Lady

Thursday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven and is
a Holyday of Obligation when all Catholics are obliged to do all in their power to attend Mass.

Masses for the Assumption take place at Our Lady of Lourdes at 7pm on Wednesday (Vigil
Mass) and at St. Teilo’s on Thursday at 10am and 7pm.

Corpus Christi

Today, we celebrate the solemn feast of Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi is three feasts in one:

  1. the feast of the Eucharistic sacrifice
  2. the feast of the Sacrament of the Eucharist
  3. the feast of the Real Presence of Jesus in this Sacrament

Corpus Christi is a feast established for three purposes:

  • to give God thanks for Christ’s abiding presence with us in the Eucharist and to honour Him there;
  • to instruct all the people of God in the Mystery, Faith and devotion surrounding the Eucharist;
  • to teach us to appreciate and make use of the great gift of the Holy Eucharist, both as a Sacrament and as a sacrifice.

This great feast celebrates one of the great truths of our faith: that Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, is really and fully present in the Blessed Sacrament. We Catholics acknowledge this truth each time we genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle as we arrive or leave the Church. We celebrate this truth each time we celebrate the Mass when the Lord changes bread and wine into Himself. We have the great blessing of being able to spend time in the presence of the Lord each time we come into the Church. As we celebrate this feast, why not spend a little extra time this week before the Blessed Sacrament in Church?

We will celebrate Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of each Mass this weekend. At the 11.00am Mass this will include a solemn procession through the Church grounds (weather permitting).

Trinity Sunday

Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday, which is officially called “The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity”.

 

The Solemnity is one of the few celebrations of the Church’s Year that commemorates a reality and doctrine rather than a person or event. On Trinity Sunday, we remember and honour the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

The Trinity is described as a “mystery.” By mystery the Church does not mean a riddle, but rather that the Trinity is a reality above our human comprehension that we may begin to grasp, but ultimately must know through worship, symbol, and faith. It has been said that mystery is not a wall to run up against, but an ocean in which to swim.

 

The Trinity is best described in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, commonly called the Nicene Creed which we recite each Sunday at Mass. On this Sunday, we are invited to reflect more deeply on this mystery at the heart of our faith.

Happy birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to us, who are the body of the Church!

We’re all familiar with our own birthdays, and we celebrate them because they mark the day of the year in which we entered into this life. But did you know we have a second birthday? Because we are part of the body of the Church, Pentecost is the Church’s birthday, and yours as well. And like any birthday, it’s a cause for celebration.

 

The word Pentecost is Greek, and it means “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations.

 

At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. People from all over the world were gathered with Peter, the leader of the Apostles and the Eleven. At this time, a great wind blew, and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another.

 

Others who were not so blessed, accused those speaking in tongues of being drunk, but Peter arose and addressed the crowd, explaining that it was only 9 o’clock, and that this phenomenon was not intoxication, but rather this was the work of the Holy Spirit, prophesied in the scripture.Peter then called all those present to be baptised and about three thousand people were baptised that day.

 

The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind, and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit. The colour of Pentecost is red, and the priest wears red vestments on this day to mark the flame of the Holy Spirit coming upon us all.

 

On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine person: of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance. On this day, the Holy Trinity is fully revealed.

World Communications Day

Today the Church celebrates World Communications Day when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media. The Church recognises that we live in a digital world and since the launch of the Internet, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons and of solidarity among all.

While governments seek legal ways to regulate the digital world and to protect the original vision of a free, open and secure network, we all have the possibility and the responsibility to promote its positive use.

Pope Francis has written a message about the day which you can read here.

First Communion and Confirmation

During the last two weekends we have seen one group of our young people make their First Holy Communion and another group be confirmed by the Archbishop.

 

First Holy Communion at St. Teilo’s

 

 

Confirmation at Our Lady of Lourdes for our parishioners and those of the Polish community in Cardiff

 

 

We wish all the best to our young people as they continue to develop and grow in the gift of faith.

If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him

Today, in the gospel of the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus talks about his relationship with the Father. He reminds us how the disciples’ relationship to him connect the disciples to the Father as well. Jesus promises to send an Advocate or intercessor who will remind the disciples of everything that Jesus taught them and bring them peace.

 

Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries.

 

As our celebration of the Easter season is coming to an end, the liturgy reminds us that Jesus remains with us through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us everything we need to know, reminds us of all that Jesus taught, and brings us peace.

Confirmation Candidates’ Retreat

In preparation for their confirmation the young people due to be confirmed recently took part in a retreat at St. Teilo’s Hall.

Led by JR, the confirmation catechist, and Canon Isaac the young people took part in a Marian Rosary making activity, learning hymns for the Confirmation Mass and a prayer liturgy in the church.

Thus through prayer and participation the young people prepared well for their confirmation.

 

The confirmandi and catechist – with a friendly helping hand providing food in the background

 

The confirmandi are Joseph Amond-Steadman, Jack Aviles, David Barnett, Ffion Blake, Ffion Elson,      Diego Fasano, Rosanna Parsons, Annabelle Pickthall and Grace Smith.

The confirmation takes place at Our Lady of Lourdes at 6.00pm on Saturday the 25th of May.

Now I give you a new commandment: Love one another

Today’s gospel begins with the announcement that this is the moment when the Son of Man will be glorified. This theme continues throughout St John’s Passion. Jesus will be glorified in his death on the Cross and in his Resurrection, and the disciples will glorify Jesus in the love they show.

John’s Gospel presents a view of love, this is a type of love that is shown in service and sacrifice. It is difficult to choose to love when faced with hatred and anger. Jesus tells the disciples that all will know that they are his disciples because of the love they show for one another.

Christian love is the hallmark of Christianity. We see it lived in the witness of the martyrs. We see it in the example of the lives of the saints. We see it in the holy women and men who live and love daily, making small and large sacrifices for others, we are invited to act it out for ourselves as we LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Good Shepherd Sunday – Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday.

It is the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The day was instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1964.

We are all encouraged to pray today for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Pope Francis’ has written a message for today, which it is worth each of us reading and praying with – you can read it by clicking here.