In today’s reading from the Gospel of St. Mark we hear Jesus healing someone who was deaf and had a speech impediment. This is a story about Jesus’ healing power, and in it we find clues about our understanding of the sacraments. Jesus uses physical means to heal the man he uses both spittle and touch. The Church continues to celebrate the sacraments using physical means. In the Sacrament of Baptism, water and oil are used to show the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, we are anointed with holy oil on the forehead and the hands. In the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. We are a sacramental people who believe that God’s grace is given to us through these physical signs. They are an outward sign of sacramental grace.
Fr. John intends to return to the parish at the end of this week and will celebrate Mass and the Sacraments from Saturday, September 11th onwards.
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 treated 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.
Mass this week will be celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday and Saturday only. Fr. Artur Kozik will say Mass on Monday before going on his annual retreat with the other Polish community chaplains across the country. Fr. John will celebrate Mass at 10am on Saturday. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.
Liturgy of the Word of God and Holy Communion
Due to the absence of a priest midweek, one of the parish’s Eucharistic Ministers will lead a Liturgy of the Word of God and Holy Communion at St. Teilo’s on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am and on Wednesday at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend the Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion.
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.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.