Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Go; Your Faith Has Saved You

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

 

In today’s Gospel, we find Jesus’ being followed by a sizable crowd that accompanies him on his way to Jerusalem. When the blind man, Bartimaeus, hears that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, he calls out to him, asking for his pity. When Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, the crowd around him tries to silence him. Yet Bartimaeus persists, calling out more loudly and with greater urgency. He will not be silenced or deterred from getting Jesus’ attention. The crowd’s reaction changes when Jesus calls for Bartimaeus and even more so when Jesus restores Bartimaeus’s sight.

 

Jesus says that Bartimaeus’s faith is what has saved him and once his sight has been restored, Bartimaeus follows Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. Jesus is calling us too and invites us to follow him and to share the joy of knowing Jesus with all those whom we meet.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.

 

Attending Mass

 

There is no need to register or sign in for Mass. You are asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees where possible. If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance, face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many

In today’s gospel Jesus predicts his passion to the Twelve, who are amazed and afraid. Jesus’ words to his closest disciples are intended to prepare them for the events that will occur in Jerusalem.

 

In today’s Gospel, James and John ask to be given seats of honor when Jesus enters into his glory. Once again, the disciples seem to be selective in what they hear Jesus say. They want to share Jesus’ glory, but do not appear to understand that his glory will be preceded by his suffering. Jesus notes their lack of understanding and predicts the suffering they will endure for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Jesus explains the importance of service and sacrifice in the life of a disciple. In particular, he seems to be preparing the Twelve for their leadership roles in the emerging Christian community. In today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the dynamics within the community of disciples with those shown by the rulers of the Gentiles.

 

Following Jesus’ example of sacrificial love continues to be countercultural in our day as well. Are we ready to be servants of each other and all the brothers and sisters as Jesus asks us?

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times online.

 

Attending Mass

 

Following a review of the parish procedures for Mass we will no longer be expecting people to register or sign in for Mass.

 

While it is good that we can ease some of the previous restrictions, you are still asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees.

 

If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Children’s Liturgy

 

There was no space in the newsletter this week for the Children’s Liturgy links, you can access this week’s Children’s resource at this link and the Family resource here.

 

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Give everything you own to the poor and follow me

In today’s Gospel, a person approaches Jesus and inquires about what one must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replies that one must follow the commandments of the Law of Moses. The questioner acknowledges that he has observed all of these since childhood. Jesus then says that only one thing is lacking: he must give his possessions to the poor and follow Jesus. The person leaves in sadness, and St. Mark tells us that this is because he had many possessions.

 

Here are the challenges to us who live in the comparative wealth of a rich country. To follow Jesus, we must put him before all our possessions and follow in his footsteps of devotion to the Father and loving, caring commitment to all our brothers and sisters.

 

As Christian’s we believe that our faith is one in which each believer is in a personal relationship with Jesus. Just as the Gospel tells us that Jesus loves the man and is sad when he departs, so too, Jesus loves us and is saddened when we are unable or unwilling to follow him. The invite is always there, but we must say Yes to what the Lord asks of us. Our salvation comes from being able to rely completely upon God as Jesus did – let us follow him.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times online.

 

Attending Mass

 

Following a review of the parish procedures for Mass we will no longer be expecting people to register or sign in for Mass.

 

While it is good that we can ease some of the previous restrictions, you are still asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees.

 

If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

First Friday Coffee Morning

After 18 Months the team put together a wonderful event for the return of the First Friday Coffee Morning on October 1st.

As well as serving Tea and Coffee at tables, to avoid any bunching or queuing, the team ensured everything was COVID secure and all who attended had a wonderful time.

Bernadette bought a wonderful cake for the occasion.

 

Fr. John took great pleasure in cutting the first slice.

Watch out for the next Coffee Morning in the Church Hall on Friday, November 5th.

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – What God Has United Man Must Not Divide

Today as we listen to the Gospel of St. Mark we move from the conversations between Jesus and his disciples that have been the focus of the last few Sundays to a return to Jesus’ public ministry and the Pharisees testing Jesus. Today the Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce and Jesus quotes from the Book of Genesis and raises the profile of the love between men and women as they become flesh in marriage.

 

The final part of today’s Gospel takes up the theme and presents Jesus’ emphasis on the importance of family. In the love between husband and wife and the love that brings forth children. Parents and families become witnesses to the Kingdom of God, to the love of the Father for his people and our love for the Father.

 

Jesus takes this example even further at the end of the Gospel offering little children as an example of the kind of complete trust and dependence upon God that should be the attitude of all believers. With St. Faustina we prat Jesus I trust in You.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. There is no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If attending you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Weekday Mass Times

 

Mass this week is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass. Please note that there is no Mass on Monday morning.

 

Church Open for Private Prayer

 

We are glad to be able to announce that St. Teilo’s will be open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time – World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Today is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis has asked us to pray for all those who are affected by political, social and economic pressures to leave their homes. The Holy Father has decided that the theme for this year’s day is “Towards an ever wider we”.

 

Pope Francis says:

In the Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti I expressed a concern and a desire, which still occupy an important place in my heart: Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into feverish consumerism and new forms of egotistic self-preservation. God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of “them” and “those”, but only “us”. (Fratelli tutti, 35). That is why I decided to title my message for the 107th World Migrant and Refugee Day “Towards an ever wider we”, wishing in this way to indicate a clear horizon for our common journey in this world.

 

The full text of the Holy Father’s message for the day can be read here.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm.There is no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

 

  • Registering for Mass via the online system.
  • Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  • Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Weekday Mass

Mass this week is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus predict his passion, death, and Resurrection to his disciples. Jesus is acknowledging the danger they will face and is trying to prepare his disciples for it. The gospel tells us that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying and were afraid to ask what he meant.

 

Jesus calls the twelve apostles to explain to them that those who would be first in God’s kingdom must be servants of all. This is a call for all of us who wish to follow Jesus to lay down our desires and offer ourselves to Jesus. To join, as it were, with his prayer in Gethsemane – Your Will, not mine be done.

 

In talking about little children Jesus says “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me”. He is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Jesus teaches that God’s judgment of us will be based on this criterion alone.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system.
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Weekday Mass

Mass this week is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples for a report about what others say about him. He then turns the question directly to the disciples and asks what they believe. Peter speaks for all of them when he announces that they believe Jesus to be the Christ.

Now that the disciples have acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he will be rejected, must suffer and die, and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely. The image of Christ that Jesus is giving is not the image of the Messiah that Peter was expecting but of the suffering servant accepting what is asked of him by the Father. Jesus then teaches the crowd and the disciples about the path of discipleship: To be Christ’s disciple is to follow the way of the cross. The path that Jesus was inviting his disciples to share meant suffering and death. This is the kind of radical commitment and sacrifice that Jesus calls us to adopt for the sake of the Gospel. Are we ready to join with Peter and the other apostles and take up our cross for the sake of the good news Jesus proclaims to us?

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system (pre-existing bookings will now be treated as registrations).
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Weekday Mass

Mass this week is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

UPDATE – Please note the corrected link for Canon Matthew’s Talk on Saturday

Archdiocese of Cardiff “The God Who Speaks”: Scripture Study Day

 

The link in the newsletter has the incorrect Zoom ID – the corrected link is below in red

 

The next Scripture Study Day will be given on Saturday, September 11th from 11am-12.30pm.  Canon Matthew Jones will be giving a talk: “A Brief Look at St. Paul’s Life and Teaching”. Canon Matthew Jones has been the parish priest of Three Churches’ parishes in Cardiff for almost seventeen years.  He is also Dean of the Cardiff deanery. Canon Matthew will be familiar to many people for the podcasts he publishes online of his homilies but also snippets he picks up from other sources. He has spoken at several conferences over the years.  He has an engaging speaking style, making him a delight to hear. I am sure we are in for a very interesting talk on St. Paul.

Details of the programme of talks for the year can be found on the Archdiocesan website https://rcadc.org/ events.


How to Access the online Talks                                                                                                                             

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW ACCESS DETAILS

 

You can access the talks on the day via Zoom at: http://tinyurl.com/RCADCscripture

 

Meeting ID 863 9669 5727

Passcode:   068790 

 

The talks will also appear on YouTube.  Please go to the ACES YouTube channel

 

Contacts for enquiries:  Madeleine Walters at madeleine.walters@rcadc.org or Kate Duffin at kate.duffin@hotmail.co.uk

Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Jesus makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak

In today’s reading from the Gospel of St. Mark we hear Jesus healing someone who was deaf and had a speech impediment. This is a story about Jesus’ healing power, and in it we find clues about our understanding of the sacraments. Jesus uses physical means to heal the man he uses both spittle and touch. The Church continues to celebrate the sacraments using physical means. In the Sacrament of Baptism, water and oil are used to show the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, we are anointed with holy oil on the forehead and the hands. In the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. We are a sacramental people who believe that God’s grace is given to us through these physical signs. They are an outward sign of sacramental grace.

 

Fr. John

 

Fr. John intends to return to the parish at the end of this week and will celebrate Mass and the Sacraments from Saturday, September 11th onwards.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

 

  • Registering for Mass via the online system. (pre-existing bookings will now be treated as registrations).
  • Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  • Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Please follow the Welcomers’ guidance in receiving Communion as we will be reverting to the pre-Covid approach to the Blessed Sacrament by going down the centre aisle. Please wait in your bench until you are called forward by the Welcomers.

 

Weekday Mass

 

Mass this week will be celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday and Saturday only. Fr. Artur Kozik will say Mass on Monday before going on his annual retreat with the other Polish community chaplains across the country. Fr. John will celebrate Mass at 10am on Saturday. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Liturgy of the Word of God and Holy Communion

 

Due to the absence of a priest midweek, one of the parish’s Eucharistic Ministers will lead a Liturgy of the Word of God and Holy Communion at St. Teilo’s on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am and on Wednesday at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend the Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion.

 

Time for Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.