Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

In Today’s Gospel – Matthew 11:25-30 – we hear Jesus say:

Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.

The words remind us that we are called, whatever we face, to put all our faith, all our trust in the Lord Jesus.

The yoke of the Lord Jesus is not really a yoke but a bond of love, which joins us to Him, and through Him, to our loving Father in heaven. The rule of life which He asks us to keep, if we are loyal followers of His, is not a series of prohibitions or rules. It is rather a succession of signposts on the straight road to heaven, making our journey easier and safer. He does ask us to carry our cross daily, that is, to bear the burden of each day’s duty, but once the cross is grasped firmly and lovingly it ceases to be a burden.

May we always journey in faith to find the rest and peace offered by the Lord.

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 Private Prayer from 12 Noon to 1pm today (Sunday) and 2pm to 4pm on Friday. Full details in the newsletter.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. In doing so, we honour together in martyrdom these two great saints, Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles and Peter, Supreme Pontiff and first Bishop of Rome.

We recognise the similarity of the hearts of these saints overflowing with love for humankind, the same burning zeal for the good of all men and the same joy in suffering for Christ. Today’s feast also celebrates our link through these great saints, who died in Rome, with our Holy Father Pope Francis and the wider Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

Please pray for the Church today, especially for Pope Francis as he leads us in 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 Private Prayer from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, July 3rd. More details in the newsletter.

Opening St. Teilo’s for private prayer. An invitation to help

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we were still awaiting confirmation from the First Minister of the date for the opening of churches for private prayer. On Friday, June 19th, the First Minister confirmed that churches may open for private prayer from this coming week. But for practical reasons our target for opening the Church will be Monday, June 29th. In preparation for the re-opening, we are now beginning to draw up a rota of stewards and cleaners who will work to ensure that St. Teilo’s can be open for private prayer during certain periods of each week.

 

Paul Doherty, the Parish Health and Safety Officer, has completed a detailed review of St. Teilo’s and reported the outcomes to the Archdiocesan Buildings Manager, who will evaluate the parish response before confirming, or otherwise, the ability of the Church to open. In undertaking this review, Paul has used the National Guidance to develop a Parish Plan for the opening of St. Teilo’s. At this point, we need the help of a group of people to act as stewards and cleaners.

 

Stewards

There will need to be three stewards in the Church for each hour of opening, with a hand-over, without hand contact, between one hour and the next.

 

Two stewards will ensure that hand sanitisation occurs at the entry and exit doors; these stewards will also ensure that people with cold or flu-like symptoms do not enter the Church. The third steward will ensure that social distancing is maintained by people in the Church and that people follow the directions signs in the Church. They will also notify the door stewards if the Church is full, within the confines of the reduced capacity.

 

Where possible, each group of stewards will have one member who is approved for safeguarding. In due course, all stewards will be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for safeguarding.

 

Mel Hopkins and Carole Burns have agreed to act as the co-ordinators for reopening. They will maintain a rota and ensure that stewards know when they will be on duty. They will also keep contact details of stewards and cleaners to ensure that there is sufficient coverage in case of illness or other delays.

 

Cleaners

A full clean of the Church will be necessary before and after each period of opening. More frequent cleaning will be needed for areas and surfaces, which people touch and may leave the virus. We need three or four volunteer cleaners for each day that the Church is to be open: one to ensure that the Church is clean up to an hour before opening, one to clean the Church after closing and one per hour to be available to clean benches that have been used between one person or family leaving and another arriving.

 

Initial Opening Times

Once it has been announced that churches can be open for private prayer, we intend to trial opening from 2pm to 4pm on Mondays and Fridays. While this is a limited period, it reflects the demands placed on volunteers to fulfil the roles I have highlighted above.

 

Volunteers

We are now seeking volunteers who can take on the roles of stewards and/or cleaners for the opening of the Church. Due to the nature of the virus and the impact it is having, volunteers must be above the age of 18 and below the age of 60. Volunteers must also not suffer from any of the higher risk co-morbidities of Covid-19 i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hyperlipidaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, immuno-deficiency, cancer and anxiety/depression.

 

If you are of the appropriate age and do not have any of the co-morbidities, can stand unaided for up to an hour and would be willing to volunteer, please email Mel Hopkins –melfyn.hopkins@sky.com and let him know

  • Your name
  • Contact details – phone and email
  • Age range (18-30, 30-40, 40-50. 50-59)
  • Confirmation that you do not have a raised risk of Covid-19 infection
  • Whether you want to Steward or Clean or both
  • Which hours and days, of those above, you are able to volunteer
  • Whether you will be available: weekly; fortnightly; monthly

Please note that sanitiser and appropriate PPE will be available for stewards. Approved cleaning materials will be available for cleaners.

 

Some of these requirements may seem extreme but the Church has a duty of care to all involved in the re-opening process. Our insurance providers have set certain limits as to who can volunteer in the Church during these unusual times and we need to take their limits into consideration, as well as the Government’s guidelines, as we begin to re-open the Church.

 

Canon Isaac

 

Mass today will be at 10am online,

 

This weekend’s newsletter can be found here,

Corpus Christi

Canon Isaac writes:

This beautiful Solemnity gives the whole Church on earth the opportunity to praise God for the blessing of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. One of the most fundamental beliefs of the Church is that in Holy Communion we receive the true Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Saviour, Jesus. Not a sign, a promise, a symbol or a token, but the REAL PRESENCE of Him Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit is God.

Normally on this Solemnity we would be processing with candles, banners, incense and a canopy. This year we will do the best that we can in physical terms, but in our hearts we can give ourselves fully to the Lord as we celebrate His Presence in the Mass in in the Tabernacle. We will still be able to give God thanks for the great blessings of this most holy Sacrament. The Church exists to bring Jesus Christ into our hearts and daily lives. In our tabernacle we honour Him, Who is the centre of our lives. Before the Lord, in the flesh, or online, we can be confident in His Presence. The Lord is with us, and loving us, even if we feel despair, or think that we are failures. Trust in Him. Yes, He comes to us when we are good and feeling holy, but even more He is close to us when we fail, when we come close to despair and when we feel hopeless and lost.

In the days of the Pandemic, I have begun to listen to the news only once a day. That is enough for me! I hear the bad news, the tragic deaths across the world, the hard times faced by many due to illness and economic crises. I hear it, but I bring it all to the Lord in prayer. I invite you to do the same. Trust in Him, for He is very near each of us. I have found myself turning more to music, especially the beautiful and ancient music written over the centuries for the Church. So much of this music, in all its beauty, was written to accompany the Mass. This music raises my soul at a time when we need it. The Word of God too, can be like music in our hearts, pointing us towards the truth that we are blessed in having God very close to us, lifting our hearts and our tired minds into His Presence, so that we can be close to the Body of Christ.

So, today, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, let us thank God for His closeness to us, in the Sacraments, in his Word, in our prayers and celebrate our wonderful Catholic faith which has always and will always, proclaim the truth of the Presence of Jesus in our midst.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine.

Mass today, followed by Eucharistic devotions and benediction will be at 10am online,

This weekend’s newsletter can be found here,

Trinity Sunday

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains,

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the “hierarchy of the truths of faith”. The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men “and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin” (CCC, 234).

Although this mystery can never be fully understand by humans, we must believe as the fundamental doctrine of our faith that there is only one God in Whom there are three divine Persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three Persons is true God; there is only one God, not three gods, He is eternal, almighty, omniscient and incomprehensible.

Canon Isaac will celebrate Mass at 10.00am today. You can join Canon via the webcam on the homepage of the Parish website. You are encouraged, not only to listen and watch the Mass, but to take part by making the responses in your own home.

This week’s parish newsletter can be found here.

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.

Pentecost Sunday Mass

Canon Isaac will celebrate Mass at 10.00am today. You can join Canon via the webcam on the homepage of the Parish website. You are encouraged, not only to listen and watch the Mass, but to take part by making the responses in your own home.

Blessing of Oils

The Archbishop will celebrate the Mass of Pentecost at St. David’s Cathedral at 11am – the mass will be streamed on the Cathedral website. During that Mass he will consecrate the Holy Oils (as he was unable to do when the Chrism Mass was cancelled). The Holy Oils will be used at Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Oil of the Sick. These may be collected by the Deans “…when this is over”. In other words, when we are able to move about freely and the restrictions on social distancing are reduced.

Pentecost National Rosary Relay Rally

Today each Diocese/Eparchy/Ordinariate from Scotland, Wales and England has been allocated a ‘Rosary Hour’ so that there is a rolling programme of prayer to Our Lady on this the last day of May.

The hour allocated for the Archdiocese of Cardiff is from midday to 1pm. You are all encouraged to stop for some time during this hour to pray the Rosary, alone or with the other members of your household.

At midday Canon Isaac will lead the Regina Caeli followed by five decades of the Rosary from St. Teilo’s via the livestream. You are welcome to join Canon in these prayers online.

Parish Newsletter

This week’s parish newsletter can be found here.

Pentecost Dove

Canon mentioned during Mass the Pentecost Dove sign, which the younger members of the parish can download and colour in. You could even cut it out and hang it in your home or in your window next to your NHS rainbow.

DIAL FOR MASS from St Teilo’s

Today we launch our DIAL FOR MASS service.

This is a new service for those of our parishioners and others, who are without access to the Internet.

You are now able to ‘Dial for Mass’ – Mass will be available each Sunday from about 2.00pm and you can hear the previous Sunday’s Mass by ringing the service at any time of day or night during the week.

The number is a local number from Cardiff based landlines – 22 670 999. If you are dialling from outside Cardiff or from a mobile phone you will need to dial 029 2267 0999. Call charges will apply dependent on your contract with your phone company. Some people have free calls as part of their packages, either all the time or during weekends. If you do not have a free call plan, please remember that Mass will last around 35 to 40 minutes most Sundays and at the BT local call rate of 20p per minute so the call could cost up to £8.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, is full of promise and hope. The Gospel of St. John read on this day reminds us of Jesus’ promise that: “I shall ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, that Spirit of truth.” (John 14:15-16). We join with the Apostles in waiting for the Advocate to come. This week and next week, the last two weeks of Eastertime, we focus on the promise of the Holy Spirit Who comes to sanctify and renew us now, as He supported, sanctified and renewed the Apostles.

 

Come Holy Spirit, come to Your people as they wait with longing for Your return to our lives. Come Holy Spirit and lead Your Church into new expressions of faith as we grow in the knowledge and love of the Father and the Son through Your presence in our lives. Amen.

 

Mass today at St. Teilo’s is at 10.00am – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/

 

This week’s Parish Newsletter can be found here,

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today, the Fifth Sunday of Easter, the Gospel of St. John makes clear to us who Jesus is. The Lord says: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. These words are so central to our faith, they remind us why time and again we come to Holy Mass. The reason that we come, face to face when we can, and online at present, is because Jesus is the only Way to know and love God our Father, that Jesus is the only Truth that can bring us to salvation and that Life united to Jesus is a life that lasts for ever. It is eternal life itself.

 

The joy of Easter, which stretches for the fifty days of this Holy Season, is centred on us being able to meet Jesus, our Way, our Truth and our Life. Whenever we turn to Him in prayer we are walking in His way. Whenever we are before Him present in the Blessed Sacrament, in person or online, He is there as our Way, Truth and Life. Whenever we gather to celebrate His great offering of Himself in the Mass, we represent the truth He revealed to us, that we are most human, most alive, when we are united with Him in His great sacrificial offering of Himself to the Father.

 

Let us stop today, or during the week ahead, to remember and give thanks, that Jesus is our Way, our Truth and our Life. That in all circumstances and whatever difficulties or challenges we face, including this pandemic, He is truly here with us, wherever we are. Thanks be to Jesus, Alleluia.

 

Mass today at St. Teilo’s is at 10.00am – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/

 

This week’s Parish Newsletter can be found here,

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is called Good Shepherd Sunday and today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

 

Today, the Church calls us to reflect on the meaning of God’s call for each of us and to pray for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate, and the consecrated life, because the entire Christian community shares the responsibility for fostering vocations. Both the Old and New Testaments use the image of a Shepherd and His flock to describe the unique relationship of God with Israel and Christ with Christians.

 

The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese has released a new online publication to help promote Vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. It is called “Cardiff Vocations” and has interviews and articles that look at the life of priests and religious within the diocese.

 

From reflections on life in ministry and seminary life to answering fundamental questions that arise from those discerning a possible vocation this new publication in the life of the diocese offers a resource for those questioning their path in life.  Produced by Fr. Nicholas Williams, the Diocesan Vocations Director the magazine is available for download here.

 

Mass today at St. Teilo’s is at 10.00am – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/

 

This week’s Parish Newsletter can be found here,