7th Week of Easter, Year A
Almighty God, make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation.
Quote of the Week
“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”
Ephesians chapter 4, Verses 1-2 (NRSV)
Masses & Services [Sundays: Yr A, Weekdays: Yr 2]
Some Useful Catholic Liturgy Links
SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC MASSES - SUNDAYS AND WEEKDAYS
Please contact the Parish Priest (Fr. Justus) regarding any sacramental or pastoral need - or a member of the clergy:
My prayers are with you all. Let us support one another.
The Government has announced that all places of worship must close until further notice.
Find Us on Facebook
This is a very good time to join the parish Facebook group (if you haven’t already).
Over the coming weeks it will provide us with a place to keep in touch.
Simply click on the following link and request to join the group.
JESUS OUR HOPE AND SOLACE
Happy Easter,the Lord is truly Risen, Alleluia Alleluia. As we celebrate Easter a time when at the fullness of time God sent His only son into the world to redeem us, we as well mark a historical moment in our liturgy and int the world when we celebrate Easter not in our churches but in the now sanctuaries of our homes, and our dinner tables have become our altars. With the human situation of covid-19 which has made us to retreat into our homes and the threat it poses to our well being we remember in a special way all those who have developed new working relations to fight this enemy.Families who have lost their loved ones, Jesus understands every human situation and his suffering on the cross a moment of shame and isolation and the cry of abandonment, leads to our Easter celebration when, Jesus meets the women who went early in the morning to anoint His body, in return it is Jesus who heals them and unites the apostles... [read more]
The Recent Closure of Churches
Our church will remain closed in regard to the public regulations which is for the mutual well being of one another. Please I encourage you to keep following the public health regulations. A simple act of sacrifice and hygiene like washing of hands, staying at home, and remembering to keep social distance can save a life.
Like during the time of the apostles who remained in the house under closed doors waiting for the holy spirit, we have been encouraged not to forget those who need our practical help, the poor, the old, the unemployed, the lonely, families who may not have enough of the daily bread. It is a moment to pray together like the apostles to experience the abiding presence of our Lord in our time of self-isolation and social distancing, I have to be honesty with you it is not easy. For us here at the presbytery it is really a trying moment. Your words of encouragement, your messages, your phone calls have helped us to realise how... [read more]
Parish Pastoral Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dear Parishioners and all people of goodwill, this is a most difficult time and it tries our faith and our Christian friendship. With the threat of coronavirus and aware of the vulnerability of some of our parishioners, of course all of us as human beings are delicate and vulnerable to risks that come our way. I am suggesting that if the crisis worsens, let us identify people who may need our prompt response. Take a phone number, know the address, enquire from a family member so that in case of a worse case scenario we are able to offer material support, hope and words of closeness to those who may remain at home - a telephone conversion is a pastoral response. Or we can use Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram to keep up-to-date. I am appealing for volunteers for this. I know we have wonderful people. We can share information but be careful not to create unnecessary fear or panic. Do not be afraid, Jesus always reminds us, he is with us... [read more]
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May 2020
For Deacons We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.
Our weekly Bible Study will obviously NOT take place at the present time. Even so, the Bible remains a treasure that can give us what we need. The readings for Pentecost Sunday are:
- Acts ch 2 vs 1-11
- Psalm 103 (104 in most Bibles)
- Galatians ch 5 vs 16-25
- John 15:26-27 & 16:12-15
These readings can be most easily found in an ordinary Sunday Missal.
Suspension of Public Holy Masses and Other Liturgies
The guidelines from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales - to suspend public acts of worship from the evening of Friday 20th March 2020.
The key parts of the guidance include:
- all public acts of worship are suspended until further notice;
- the following have been postponed:
- First Holy Communion and Reconciliation;
- Marriages have been deferred;
- Funerals only to be conducted at gravesides and crematorium. Memorial services/Masses to be arranged at a later date.
Archbishop George asks all people of the Diocese to support one another throughout the crisis, in what are “heart-breaking” times for everyone. The Archbishop assures everyone of his prayers, blessing and good wishes.
The Bishops’ website provides a helpful (pdf) document to help us whilst public Masses are not available:
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- links - links to websites for children.
- art - christian art by the masters, plus a short reflection.
- books - book recommendations covering serveral categories.
- poetry - original poetry, mostly by people in the parish.
- photos - original photography, mostly in and around cardiff.
- stories - original prose/fiction by people in the parish.
- q & a - why fast? what does ‘magnum pietatis opus’ mean? etc.
- services - times of masses and confessions in the parish.
- joseph - a short article about our patron, saint joseph.
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- chaplaincy - information about hospital chaplaincy services.
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