Mark 6:34

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.

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