Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Workers in the Vineyard

Today’s gospel is a reminder to us all that when we come to meet the Lord we do so in trust and love, not for rewards or personal gain, but through a free offering of ourselves to him, who loves us equally in return.

 

In the gospel we hear that the landowner paid on the terms that were negotiated. Yet, we often are tempted to agree with those who have worked all day that they should be paid more. Yet the landowner in the parable has given those who laboured in the field for a full day their due pay. But he has also given a full-day’s wage to those who worked only a single hour. No one is cheated, but a few receive abundantly from the landowner just as we receive from God more than what is merely justifiable or due. God, like the landowner, is radically just and abundantly generous to us. We do not deserve his grace, his love, but he gives us to all who turn to him whenever we turn to him.

 

The parable reminds us that although God owes us nothing, he offers abundantly and equally. We are occasionally tempted to think that our own actions deserve more reward, more of God’s abundant mercy, than the actions of others. But God’s generosity cannot be quantified or partitioned into different amounts for different people. When we think that way, we are trying to relate to God on our terms rather than to accept God’s radically different ways.

 

So we pray: Help me Lord today to come to you, to know the rewards of your love, and not to want more than another, but to exult in all you have given us in your great generosity.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, September 21st.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – To be forgiven, you must forgive

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22.

 

Here at the beginning of the gospel of today we are challenged to forgive, forgive and forgive again. It sounds so easy. “I forgive you.” “Forgive me. I forgive you.” But all of us know that saying it is one thing and deep down in our hearts it’s quite another. Misunderstandings and angers can go deep, disagreements can go on and on. This is where Jesus challenges us, as he challenges the apostles to change our lives, to allow him to change our hearts, so that we can truly forgive all those who have hurt or harmed us.

 

Sadly, we often justify ourselves and feel that it isn’t our fault. The other person is to blame. But Jesus doesn’t ask who is to blame, he asks if we are generous enough, loving enough to forgive.

 

Jesus says, “If you don’t forgive, how can you ask your Father to forgive you when you are in the wrong?” So, as we pray the Our Father today, at Mass, during the Rosary, in the Chaplet and in our other private prayer let us say the words: “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” and mean them. Because if we want to be forgiven, we must forgive, not just confess before God what we have done wrong (we need to do that too) but to truly have a change of heart, a heart filled with Christ’s love and forgive all who have done us harm, so that we can know the loving forgiveness of the Farther in our lives.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, September 14th.

Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them

In today’s Gospel St. Matthew (18:15-20) tells us that Jesus speaks of a common occurrence in the Christian community: a dispute between two members of the Church. Jesus outlines a procedure for settling such matters fairly. The victim should privately address the offender and attempt to resolve the dispute without outside involvement. If that fails, then the victim should bring two or three witnesses and confront the offender again. If the dispute is still unresolved, the matter should be brought to the attention of the entire community. If the offender refuses to adhere to the reparations prescribed by the community, then Jesus suggests that the offender may be expelled from the Church.

 

 

Jesus does not discourage disagreement within the community of the Church; he acknowledges the reality of conflict and error and offers his disciples a means for addressing such matters. It is in the conclusion to this teaching that the message of hope is found – Jesus is present with the community and will guide the community in its relations. If decisions are taken in prayer, then the community can be assured of God’s assistance.

 

 

At a time when Twitter, You Tube and Facebook have members of the Church not just disagreeing, but doing so publicly and in a way that hurts not builds up the Body of Christ we need to reflect on our own response to Jesus. Yes, we may disagree but we do so in fraternal love and with prayer and respect for those who disagree with us, not with hurtful words and negative actions. So, let us trust in the Lord’s words and remember where two or three meet in his name in person or online, the Lord has promised that he will be with us.

 

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, September 7th.

Online Donations to the Parish – An update

From today – 31st of August – all donations to the Parish made online should be done at a new web address (url):

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Stteiloswitholol

The donation button on the front page of the website has been updated to take account of the change.

You will notice some slight differences on the Virgin Money Giving page but the main functions will operate just as before.

When we set up the original page at the start of the pandemic it enabled us to provide an immediate solution to the finanical needs of the Parish. To speed the set up the donations were all directed to the Archdiocesan Account and paid back to the Parish Account from the Archdiocese.

Now we have settled into using Virgin Money Giving, and have some time to sort things out, we (along with the other parishes of the Archdiocese) have been able to set up a new page so that all donations come straight to the Parish Accounts, rather than via Archbishop’s House.

Please contine to donate via Virgin Money Giving for those one off donations or consider a Standing Order for regular monthly donations to the life of the Parish. If you would like to set up a standing order please e-mail whitchurch@rcadc.org for more information.

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – We must take up our cross and follow Jesus

Today’s Gospel continues the story that began in last week’s Gospel. Now that Peter and the other Apostles have acknowledged that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he must suffer and die in Jerusalem to be raised on the third day.

 

Jesus teaches all of the disciples about the difficult path of discipleship: to be Christ’s disciple is to follow in his way of the cross.

 

Jesus is like the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah those who would be Jesus’ disciples would be called to a similar life of service. Today each of us as Christians are called to sacrifice ourselves and to seek to serve others as Jesus did.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 31st.

Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time – You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples what people are saying about who he is. The disciples indicate that most people believe that Jesus is a prophet of Israel. Then Jesus asks his disciples who they believe that he is. Simon Peter answers, identifying Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.

 

Jesus commends Simon Peter for this profession of faith, indicating that this insight has come from God. Because of Simon Peter’s response, Jesus calls him the “rock” upon which Jesus will build the Church. This is a word play on the name Peter, which is the Greek word for “rock.” Peter is then given special authority by Jesus, a symbolic key to the Kingdom of Heaven. Peter will play an important role in the early Christian community as a spokesperson and a leader.

 

Today as we listen to this gospel we are asked to renew our faith in Jesus as Son of God and Saviour of the World. This is the rock on which we build our faith.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 24th.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, transferred from yesterday. As is our tradition in the parish, we will pray the Litany of Our Lady after the end of Mass today. Those who are attending via webcam please join us in the prayers. Those who are attending in person are asked to leave the Church immediately after receiving Holy Communion as usual.

 

The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady but we do not know when it first came to be celebrated. The “Memory of Mary” was being celebrated from the fourth century. Later it was to become our feast of the Assumption, having become a great celebration in the churches of the Eastern Empire. In the seventh century, it began to be celebrated in Rome under the title of the “Falling Asleep” (“Dormitio”) of the Mother of God. Soon the name was changed to the “Assumption of Mary,” since there was more to the feast than her dying. It also proclaimed that she had been taken up, body and soul, into heaven.

 

On November 1st, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.”  Thus, he solemnly proclaimed that the belief whereby the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, definitively forms part of the deposit of faith, received from the Apostles. To avoid all that is uncertain, the Pope did not state either the manner or the circumstances of time and place in which the Assumption took place. Only the fact of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, is the matter of the definition.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 17th.

 

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Jesus Walks on the Water

Today’s Gospel is about the disciples’ faith in Jesus and what it will allow them to do. The disciples thinking that they have seen a ghost are afraid, Jesus calms their fears, he is not a ghost, but Jesus himself walking on the water.

 

St. Peter seeks proof that the person is indeed Jesus. He asks Jesus to call him out onto the water, and Jesus grants this request, Peter walks on the water, at least for a little time. However, Peter’s fear and doubt overtake him once he is walking on the water. Jesus reaches out to Peter and saves him.

 

Like Peter we can often set out in faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, and sometimes we take our eyes off Jesus, we look to see what we can do alone, and as Peter found, without Jesus we cannot do what Jesus does.

 

Today, spend a few moments in the stillness of your hearts and ask the Lord Jesus to help you put your trust in him. In doing so he may ask us to do great or little things, but in them all we can do so by saying Yes to Jesus and keeping our eyes and our heart firmly on him.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 10th.

 

Assistant Priest for St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes

His Grace the Archbishop has arranged for an assistant priest to support Canon Isaac at the Parish of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes.

Fr. Dwayne Bedner, a native of Clevland Ohio, will initially be resident at the presbytery in Gabalfa with Fr Michał Oszczudłowski.

Fr. Dwayne should arrive in the Parish on Monday, August 3rd.

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The feeding of the five thousand

He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.

Matthew 14:19-21

 

Today’s gospel tells us that Jesus’ blessing of the meagre offerings the disciples have changes them into a feast for five thousand people. The gospel reminds us that even the smallest of offerings can produce abundant results when placed in the service of the God’s Kingdom. No matter how little you feel you have to offer, no matter if you feel you have nothing at all, give it all to Jesus and he will bless it and make it fruitful. Never give up, never feel that it isn’t worth the effort. All that you do, however generous or however tiny it may be, when done for the sake of God’s Kingdom will produce abundant fruit, fruit that will last in the lives of others on their journey to God, and fruit that will last in us until we meet the Lord face to face in heaven.

 

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 today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 3rd.