Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – God is Love

For many the verses from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13) that we read in the second reading at Mass today are the best known in the whole bible. The focus on Love and what love means in the reading means it is used at Weddings, at Funerals and on lots of other occasions. Sometimes then we need to challenge ourselves to listen to the words afresh, to learn the words anew.

 

Knowing that God is Love (1 John 4:17) enables us to reframe this reading by realising that everything that is said about Love in this reading can be said about God himself. Perhaps this reframing will help us take these familiar words even closer to our hearts.

 

So:

 

God is always patient and kind; God is never jealous; God is never boastful or conceited; God is never rude or selfish; God does not take offence, and is not resentful. God takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; God is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.

 

God does not come to an end. But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail; or the gift of languages, it will not continue for ever; and knowledge – for this, too, the time will come when it must fail. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will disappear. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child, but now I am a man, all childish ways are put behind me. Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.

 

Guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on Covid-19 at Alert Level 0

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has published an updated set of guidance for Catholic Churches which took effect from Thursday, January 27th in England and from Friday, January 28th in Wales.

 

The new guidance says: “Regarding the liturgical action, there should be a return to the normal mode of celebrating Mass respecting the integrity of the Rite.” This includes the return of Holy Water to the stoops at the back of the Church, the return of the Offertory Procession and Sign of Peace at Mass. However, for the sake of everyone’s wellbeing we will continue to offer the sign of peace by a reverent bow to our neighbours until we review things again in the summer.

 

The only remaining restrictions are the ongoing wearing of face coverings/masks and the good practice of sanitising hands on the way in and out of Church. In addition, the priest and Eucharistic Ministers will need to sanitise their hands before and after distributing the Blessed Sacrament. For the present the recommendation of communion under one kind remains.

 

The guidance can be read in full here.

 

No need to book to attend Mass at St. Teilo’s or Our Lady of Lourdes.

Given the new guidance, we can confirm that there is no need to book to attend Mass at either of our churches on Sundays or weekdays, nor will a record of attendance be kept.

 

You are, of course, asked to continue 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.

 

Mass Times this week

Monday – No Mass

Tuesday – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

Wednesday – 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Thursday – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

Friday – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

Saturday – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

Saturday Evening – 6pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Sunday Morning – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

Sunday Evening – 6pm at St. Teilo’s Church

 

Full details are available in the Parish Newsletter.

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