Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today we hear the last reading of the gospel of the ‘Bread of Life’ from St. John’s gospel. Jesus makes clear that only those chosen by the Father will follow him to the end. St. John’s Gospel reports that many of those who had been Jesus’ disciples ceased to follow him at this point. The number of people following Jesus dwindled and Jesus focuses on those who stay to listen and to learn. As St. Peter says: Jesus is the one who comes from God in whom they have found the path to eternal life.

 

So today we focus on the personal faith in the life of each of us as followers of Jesus. Each of us must make his or her own judgment about who Jesus is and in doing so we determine the way of life that we will follow. God’s grace invites us to be Jesus’ disciples, but each of us must respond to the grace of God and confess for ourselves that Jesus is the One who comes from God and leads us to the Father. This faith then commits us to the path of life, leading us to eternal life.

 

So, today let us give thanks for the gift of faith that God has given us and renew our commitment to follow Jesus in every aspect of our lives.

 

Fr. John

 

Fr. John is making good progress in his recuperation. Please continue to keep him in your prayers. He hopes to be back with us on September 11th.

 

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 treat 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.

 

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

 

Weekday Masses will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10am and Wednesday at 7pm and will be celebrated by the Polish Mission chaplain. There is no booking requirement on weekdays.

 

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. There is no need to book to attend Mass, but please see guidance above.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

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