On Friday 29 June, the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, Deacon Peter Davies will be ordained priest at St Brigid’s. Archbishop George Stack will preside and ordain him during Mass at 7pm. And everyone is invited!
1. Please note that in view of this very special occasion – I’m sure many have never been present at an ordination – this will be the only Mass in our 3 Churches for the feast of Sts Peter and Paul.
There will be no morning Mass at St Paul’s or lunch-time at Christ the King. In other words, it will be a 3 Churches Mass! There will be Mass at 8am at St Peter’s, 9.15am at St Joseph’s and 10am at St Teilo’s, for those who cannot make the evening – but I would really encourage you to come along to make this Ordination Mass a wonderful occasion.
2. After the Mass, you are invited to a Bring & Share Supper in St Brigid’s Hall.
Please bring your “finger only” food to the Hall before Mass.
3. Peter will celebrate his First Mass at St Brigid’s at the usual 11am time (Sunday 1 July). Once again, all are very welcome, and there will be coffee afterwards, as usual on the first Sunday.
4. People have asked about a gift to Peter, and so a special collection next weekend will be held at the end of all five Masses, and we will be buying a set of vestments for Peter. As you know, his full-time ministry is as Chaplain in the Cardiff hospitals, mainly the Heath and Llandough, and he needs vestments for Masses there. 5. Once he is ordained there will be discussion with the Archbishop about any other ministry he may undertake. We must remember that along with, of course, his wife Gloria and children, the hospitals are his priority.
This will be an inspiring, moving and joyful celebration, and hopefully a good number of priests will be present. Among other moments, we witness the candidate prostrating on the floor during the Litany of Saints, the solemn moment of laying on of hands by the archbishop and all the priests in silence, the vesting and handing over of sacred vessels, and (one of my favourite parts) the sign of peace with all us other priests, as we welcome him into the most wonderful fellowship in the world – the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Be there!