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Father Ray O’Shea’s funeral

The funeral of Father Ray will take place on Thursday 4th March at 11.30 am at St Brigid’s. It will live streamed via the St Brigid webcam. You can download the order of service to follow it during the live stream.

Following the funeral, Fr Ray’s cortège will be routed from St Brigid’s, past Christ the King church, where it will turn in in front of the church and pause for a few minutes, before going on to the Crematorium.  That will happen at around 1pm. If you would like to pay your respects in person, please gather outside the church in a socially distanced way.

Fr Ray O'Shea Order of Service

St David, pray for Wales

Dear friends and parishioners,

Monday is the Feast of St David, our patron here in Wales. He lived a long time ago, in a time very different to our own, but the land goes on under our feet. If there is a “job description” for being a patron saint, I’m sure it includes looking after your country when it is in need. So on 1st March this year, let’s ask St David to help us come out from under this Corona cross. Take some time too on Monday to bring him your own personal prayers for his help.

St David, pray for Wales.

Fr Matthew

Amazing grace

Dear friends and parishioners,

When we are overfamiliar with something, it risks losing its impact. It’s true of seasons – like Lent so this year let’s ask the Lord to help us all make Lent something real in our lives. Let’s connect its meaning and impact to the Lent we have all been living for the last year, and to the individual Lents many have to experience from time to time. Let’s pledge to get our lives in a bit better order, give the Lord space to get in and fill us with His new life – reconciliation within ourselves and with one another, and, most of all with God – amazing grace!

Lots of people kindly responded to my attempt at singing “Amazing Grace” last Sunday, and many commented on the extra words which are often used nowadays. So here they are, with a link to a video if you want to hear it sung by Chris Tomlin

My chains are gone I’ve been set free
My God, My Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood his mercy rains
Unending love, amazing grace


Christ the King Bidding Prayers for 1st Sunday in Lent, 2021

We come together as pilgrims at the beginning of our Lenten journey and we ask the Lord to hear our prayers.

Reader;         The response is;                 

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We pray for those who are hungry.  May this season of Lent inspire us as individuals, and as a Parish Community, to work with CAFOD and other charities to alleviate hunger and poverty, both here at home and in the rest of the world.   .  . ……….. pause ……………….

Lord, in your mercy– (Hear our prayer)

We pray for children and young people everywhere, especially those who are in care, and young homeless people.. . .. … … … … … … pause …

Lord, in your mercy

We pray for single people who so frequently give so much of themselves to others and to the community.  May their lives be fulfilled … … … … pause …

Lord in your mercy

We pray for those who mourn, especially those in our own parish who have lost loved ones during this year of pandemic and previously.  May they be comforted by a belief in a loving God, and supported in their lives by the community. .. … … … … … … pause …

Lord, in your mercy

And we pray for the scientists sacrificing so much of their lives, to find lasting solutions to the Pandemic.. … … … pause …

Lord in your mercy

Let us spend a few moments in silent prayer – – – –  longer pause – – – – –

We ask Mary the mother of our Lord to join her prayers to ours saying,

            Hail Mary………….

God of love, listen to our petitions and grant them through him who lives in glory with You and the Holy Spirit. Amen.