Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis has decided to institute a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of July, the Sunday closest to the liturgical memoria of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. The Holy Father explained he has done this because “grandparents are often forgotten, and we forget this wealth of preserving roots and passing on” what the elderly have received.

 

He emphasised the importance of grandparents and grandchildren getting to know one another, because “as the prophet Joel says, grandparents seeing their grandchildren dream,” while “young people, drawing strength from their grandparents, will go forward and prophesy.”

 

The full text of Pope Francis’ message can be read here:

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings and at 7pm on Wednesday Evening. You are welcome to attend with no need to pre-book.

 

Time for Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You are welcome to call in at any time, but please remember to remain six feet, that is two metres, away from other attendees who are not members of your own household. 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.

 

Next Sunday

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – They were like sheep without a shepherd

In Today’s gospel we hear that Jesus planned to take his disciples away for a brief break, but people guessed where they were going and arrived there before Jesus and the disciples.

 

Instead of being annoyed or telling people to leave them to their rest, Jesus listened to the crowd and gave of himself in caring for them where they were. This is the Jesus whom we are called to follow as our exemplar.

 

In the gospel we hear that the disciples don’t even have time to eat. Jesus is not annoyed or exhausted but moved with pity for the people and began to teach them.

 

We, who are the followers of Jesus, like those first twelve apostles are called to share the Good News of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with the people around us. The word apostle translates as “one who is sent.” Jesus invites all his followers, through the grace of Baptism and Confirmation to ‘be sent’. To be in the world as missionary disciples to share the message of love of God and neighbour that Jesus proclaimed and to have the healing and helping hands of Jesus for those around us.

 

We who are Jesus’ disciples today have also been sent to share the Gospel with others. There may be times when, like Jesus’ first disciples we feel tired and overwhelmed. At these times we are invited to come to Jesus in prayer and spend time alone with him either in the silence of our homes, or by praying before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in Church. In this prayer we are refreshed by our encounter with Jesus alive today.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings and at 7pm on Wednesday Evening. You are welcome to attend with no need to pre-book.

 

 

Time for private prayer

 

From this week, St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Mondays and Fridays from Mass time until 5.30pm. You are welcome to call in at any time, but please remember to remain six feet, that is two metres, away from other attendees who are not members of your own household. 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. On Monday the opportunity for Private Prayer will be from 10.30pm until 5.30pm. On Friday, due to the funeral of Janet Sullivan, the period will be from 1pm until 5.30pm.

 

 

Next Sunday

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Take Nothing for the Journey

Today’s gospel describes how Jesus sent the disciples to minister in his name. Last week we heard how Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth, today the gospel reminds us that Jesus’ own followers may be rejected. Jesus tells us that preaching repentance and the Kingdom of God is dangerous business that we who are invited to be his disciples may also find resistance as do what Jesus asks us to do. That resistance may come from others, or it might come from ourselves when we are not ready to let go of our comfort and truly follow Jesus.

 

The twelve Jesus chose are called “apostles.” The word apostle means “one who is sent.” This is our calling too. Jesus’ instructions are very specific. He repeats the mission that they are sent to preach and to share his authority to heal and to drive out demons. Jesus sends them in pairs, establishing his mission as a communal endeavour. Jesus also instructs them to travel lightly, without the customary food, money, and extra set of clothes. These instructions mean that the followers of Jesus will be dependent on the hospitality of others, just as Jesus depended on others to provide for his needs.

 

Jesus sends us into the world as his disciples. But like the first disciples, we are not sent alone. Jesus has given us the community of the Church, which strengthens our life of discipleship. In our work with others, we build up the community of faith and can invite others to share in it.

 

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings and at 7pm on Wednesday Evening. You are welcome to attend with no need to pre-book.

 

 

Next Sunday

 

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – A Prophet is only despised in his own country

Today’s Gospel describes what many believe to have been the typical pattern of Jesus’ ministry: teaching in the synagogue followed by acts of healing. In his hometown of Nazareth, the people are amazed by what they hear, but they also cannot comprehend how someone they know so well might move them so powerfully.

 

This Gospel tells us that Jesus is unable to perform miracles in Nazareth because of the people’s lack of faith. Jesus is said to be surprised by this. He did not predict or foresee this rejection. In this detail we find a description of the very human side of Jesus, who didn’t realise those who knew him well, and knew his family too would not have the faith in him that others would. We are invited to ask if we, when we are very familiar with the stories of Jesus, can at times also take them for granted and now as an inspiration for a deepening of our faith.

 

We are invited by the gospel to ask ‘Who is Jesus?’ The people of Nazareth might know the carpenter, the son of Mary, but they do not know Jesus, the Son of God. The gospel reminds us that Jesus’ was rejected by his own people, the people of Israel. St. Mark, by showing that Jesus himself was rejected, offers consolation and reassurance to his first readers who were themselves rejected by both the Jewish community and the society of the Roman Empire in their time. It should prepare us to accept this possible consequence of Christian discipleship, being true to Jesus may be a challenge to the society around us.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings and at 7pm on Wednesday Evening. You are welcome to attend with no need to pre-book.

 

Next Sunday

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Parish Priest

We welcome Canon John Griffiths to the Parish of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes as our new Parish Priest.
 
Fr. John, as he would like to be called, will say his first mass in the Parish at 7pm on Wednesday, June 30th.
 
We pray that the Lord will bless Fr. John’s ministry among us. We invoke the intercession of St. John Vianny, patron saint of parish priests, for Fr. John and his work among us as our shepherd leading us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, into an ever deeper faith and commitment to the Lord Jesus and through Him to the Father in heaven.

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Little Girl I Tell You to Get Up

In today’s gospel Jesus is asked to heal the daughter of Jairus. Jairus is described as a synagogue official, a man of considerable standing in the Jewish community. Distraught over his daughter’s poor health, he approaches Jesus and asks him to heal her. Although Mark doesn’t provide many details, we can imagine that his daughter has been ill for some time and that her condition is deteriorating.

 

As we listen we can imagine Jairus’ impatience with Jesus; his daughter is dying and Jesus hasn’t helped him yet. As if to build a sense of urgency, messengers suddenly arrive and confirm Jairus’s worst fear: his daughter has died. Jesus ignores their message and reassures Jairus. When they arrive at Jairus’s home, they find family and friends mourning the girl’s death. Jesus enters the room of the dead girl, takes her by the hand, and instructs her to get up. Jairus’ faith in Jesus has not been in vain; his daughter is restored to life.

 

The lesson, as Jesus explains to the disciples, is that faith leads Jairus to seek out Jesus. It is our own faith that invites us to turn to the Lord in whatever are our needs and to trust in him whatever happens. The gospel ends with Jesus asking those around the little girl to not let anyone know about it. A reminder that each individual must make his or her own act of faith in affirming Jesus as God’s Son based on our own trust in him and not just on the miracles that he does.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings and at 7pm on Wednesday Evening. You are welcome to attend with no need to pre-book.

 

St. Peter and St Paul

 

While the obligation to attend Mass on the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul is currently suspended. Tuesday this week is the occasion of that great feast day. If you wish to attend Mass on Tuesday, you should book via the Parish Online Booking Service. Masses that day will be at 10am and 7pm. The 10am Mass is likely to be full, but the Evening Mass has less bookings, so if you forget to book and want to attend Mass, please come along to the Evening Mass.

 

Next Sunday

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Jesus Calms the Storm

Today’s Gospel describes how Jesus calmed a storm at sea, it offers evidence of Jesus’ power and authority as he calms the storm. This Gospel is a metaphor for our lives. We are in the boat, the storms of life are raging around us, and like the disciples, we may believe that Jesus is unconcerned, or “sleeping.” We hope that we will be as familiar with Jesus as his disciples. If we feel that Jesus is sleeping, are we comfortable enough to wake Jesus and present him with our needs? Jesus does not chide his disciples for waking him. Instead, he challenges them for their lack of faith, for their lack of perspective. When we bring our worries to God in prayer, we might just begin to learn to see things from God’s perspective.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Peter and Christine Searle

Today the Parish celebrates with Peter and Christine Searle as they mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of their wedding. We ask for God’s blessing on them and their family. May they have many more years living faithfully in their life together.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Today’s Gospel consists of two parables about seeds. In the first, Jesus tells those gathered that this is “how it is with the kingdom of God.” A man scatters seed which over time sprouts and develops. Then when the grain is ripe, the man harvests his crop. The emphasis in the parable is on the seed, which seemingly has the power to grow on its own. In this it is like the Kingdom of God. While on earth, Jesus planted the seeds of the kingdom by his life, miracles, teaching, and suffering. However, the kingdom is not yet fully established. Although already present in Jesus and his group of twelve, it has yet to come to fruition; just as the seed in the parable needs time to grow, so does God’s kingdom.

 

The second parable focuses on the tiny mustard seed. Though not the smallest of all seeds, it is most likely the smallest that a first-century farmer in Jesus’ part of the world would have sown. Small as the mustard seed is, it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree generally averages only nine to twelve feet in height, it has a wide expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree welcomes the birds, so is God’s kingdom welcoming and open to many.

 

These parables help us discern something about the kingdom of God and our own faith. In God we live and move and have our being, but God is a mystery and his kingdom, though present, has not yet come into its fullness. Today, the Kingdom of God is present in the Church. The mission of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom given to the Apostles is now given to us. But just as seeds need time to come to fruition, so does the Kingdom of God. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “thy kingdom come.” We know that it will come in its fullness at the end of time. All we need is faith.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is almost full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

Corpus Christi

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.

 

In previous years on this day we would have been processing with candles, banners, incense and a canopy. This year we can give ourselves fully to the Lord in our hearts as we celebrate His Presence in the Mass and in the Tabernacle. 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.

 

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 at St. Teilo’s

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is almost full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to your place. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’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.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

 

 

 

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

 

 

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.