In today’s Gospel we hear St. Mark addresses the question of which Jewish practices would also be observed in the newly emerging Christian community. This was a significant question for the early Christian Church, especially in communities that included both Jewish and Gentile converts to Christianity. In Gospel passages such as the one today, we see the Gospel evangelists finding an explanation for a Christian practice distinct from Judaism in the remembrances of Jesus’ teaching and the practice of his first disciples.
We hear Jesus criticising those who put human tradition above God’s Law. At a time when many of our comfortable traditions have changed due to the impact of the pandemic we are asked, what really matters, what is essential to our life of faith in responding to Jesus. What is the core of our belief? We see Jesus explaining that what matters is not what we do, but the motives for our words and actions. What is our interior disposition not our exterior performance, a question it is always worth asking ourselves. Does our meeting with Jesus at Mass today really change and challenge us? Jesus reminds us that we do not make ourselves holy by our actions. Rather, we become holy when we allow God’s Spirit to transform us at the centre of our being. Our actions should be an expression of the conversion of our heart to God and to God’s ways. Coming into the Lord’s presence today may we love him enough to have a chance of heart, to see a new and more abundant way of responding to his love and living it in practice.
Fr. John continues to make good progress in his recuperation and expects 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:
- Registering for Mass via the online system. (pre-existing bookings will now be treat as registrations).
- Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
- 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 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, Fr. Artur. 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 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.
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 to register your attendance for Track and Trace.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.