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Holy week at our churches

PALM SUNDAY (14 April) Masses are at normal times. Distribution of palms at all Masses.
Morning Masses: at Christ the King and St Brigid’s please gather in the Halls, and at St Paul’s in the front car park, weather permitting.

WEDNESDAY (17 April) The Chrism Mass 11.30am at the Cathedral. This replaces parish Mass. All sacramental oils are blessed and consecrated, as all priests concelebrate and attend with the Archbishop and repeat their ordination promises.

MAUNDY THURSDAY (18 April) Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8.00pm at St Brigid’s. The beginning of the Sacred Triduum (Three Days). The institution of the Eucharist and Priesthood, and the Call to Service are at the heart of this liturgy. We have the Washing of Feet, and Watching at the Altar of Repose until Midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY (19 April) Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion 3.00pm at both St Paul’s and Christ the King. The Passion – Solemn Intercessions – Veneration of the Cross – Holy Communion, these make up this moving liturgy. There will be Children’s Liturgy at both churches.

HOLY SATURDAY (20 April) Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter 8.30pm at Christ the King. The central liturgy of the year. The four parts are the Liturgies of Light, of the Word, of the Baptismal Water and the Eucharist.

EASTER SUNDAY (21 April) Masses at usual times. Baptism during 9.00am Mass at Christ the King.

… and a reminder of Confession times across Cardiff this week.

Afternoon 2-3pmEvening 7-8pm
Monday 8 AprilSt Joseph’sSt Philip Evans
Tuesday 9 AprilSt Peter’sSt Mary’s
Wednesday 10 AprilSt Teilo’sSt Brigid’s
Thursday 11 AprilUniversity ChaplaincySt Cadoc’s
Friday 12 AprilSt Patrick’sSt Helen’s, Barry

Lent reconciliation

Our renewal, our conversion, our turning back to God, is a central part of our Lenten journeys. This Sunday and next we hear the wonderful Gospel episodes of the Prodigal Son and the Woman Taken in Adultery. Each speaks to us of a healing and forgiving encounter with the Lord. I have found them to be two of the most powerful passages in my ministry, capable of transforming people’s lives in themselves.

To express and put into words the Lord’s desire to make us whole, we have the wonderful sacrament of Reconciliation (also known of course as Confession or Penance), which flows from Our Lord’s promise to Peter and the Church that whatever we bind is bound in heaven, whatever we free is freed from heaven.

As announced in recent weeks, the priests of the Cardiff deanery have arranged for local parishes to set aside in a special way 8 – 12 April for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Therefore each weekday there will be Confessions in one of the churches of our deanery in the afternoon 2 – 3pm and the evening 7 – 8pm. At each session there will be a minimum of 2 priests in the afternoon and three in the evening. The places are as in the table below. In some locations there will simply be private confessions, in others there may be a very brief liturgy to help us recollect ourselves, as at St Brigid’s.

This is a very special opportunity. For some it may be quite a time since you celebrated this Sacrament. Is it a long time since you celebrated this Sacrament? Visit aleteia.org/2017/08/12/how-to-go-to-confession-when-you-havent-gone-in-years. Have no anxiety – the priest will be there to help you, and has already heard it all before!

Afternoon 2-3pmEvening 7-8pm
Monday 8 AprilSt Joseph’sSt Philip Evans
Tuesday 9 AprilSt Peter’sSt Mary’s
Wednesday 10 AprilSt Teilo’sSt Brigid’s
Thursday 11 AprilUniversity ChaplaincySt Cadoc’s
Friday 12 AprilSt Patrick’sSt Helen’s, Barry

A gift to our church

Archbishop George Stack writes: “For nearly 2,000 years Christianity has been present in Wales. As geographical, social, cultural and religious boundaries have changed the Catholic Church has been a constant presence responding to changing times and needs.

In 2016 the Archdiocese of Cardiff celebrated the Centenary of its formation from the roots of the former Diocese of Newport. I am humbled and privileged to serve as the 7th Archbishop.

Whilst my role is to shepherd and lead the Archdiocese, I am very aware that role is not restricted to the present. Shepherds are called to look ahead when leading the sheep. Planning for the future is vital for the Church to grow and thrive, to continue to respond to the changing times and needs. Parishioners have been generous in providing financial support through regular gifts or by leaving a Legacy that has helped form the Archdiocese we are all part of today. Our circumstances change as we move through life. The importance of making a will is recognized but often neglected.

If you are considering making a Gift to the Church our diocesan website details some examples of our commitments as a Diocese and how we would ensure a lasting gift is best used. I would strongly urge you to speak to one of the team at Archbishop’s House so that we update you on progress of our current projects and to take professional advice before making such a commitment.

In working together our Church has a positive future and will remain the firm foundation of our daily lives despite the seemingly increasing speed of change in other areas. Any Gift that you wish to consider will help the Church continue the good you do during your life. ‘Let the good you do live after you.’”

Please visit rcadc.org/agifttoourchurch/ (Please note that there will be much more about remembering the Church in your will in coming months)

(Please note that there will be much more about remembering the Church in your will in coming months)