A new priest of Jesus Christ – Here!

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!

Fr Matthew

Quiz question

Who is the first person since Jesus to have Cambridge and Oxford colleges named after him?

In 1973 one of the colleges in Cambridge changed its named from “University College” to “Wolfson College”. There was already a Wolfson College in Oxford, also named after Sir Isaac Wolfson, founder of the incredibly generous Wolfson Foundation. It was observed with humour at the time that Sir Isaac was the first person since Jesus to have colleges named after him in both universities. Indeed, both have a Jesus College and a Trinity College, Cambridge has Christ’s College and Oxford has Christchurch.

However, there is one particular aspect of our faith in Our Lord that also has colleges named after it in both – and that is Corpus Christi. In Cambridge, Corpus Christi College was established way back in 1352 by the Guild of Corpus Christi. “The other place” followed a little later in 1517, when Corpus Christi Oxford was founded by the Bishop of Winchester.

The fact that both of our ancient universities have such colleges reminds us how ancient is this feast in honour of the Holy Eucharist. It seems to have started in the early 1200s and was established for the whole church over the next century. By the time the Colleges were founded it was an extremely important Feast in the Church’s Year, and many institutions were dedicated to Corpus Christi. Sadly only some 30 years after the Oxford College was founded the Church of England abolished the feast, though it has been revived in many Anglican churches.

So in celebrating this feast in honour of the Body and Blood of Christ, we are joining millions across the world and down through the centuries. Let us use the day to renew and joyfully deepen our own faith in what our First Holy Communion programme calls “God’s Greatest Gift”.

Fr Matthew

Christ the King bidding prayers, 27 May 2018 (Trinity Sunday)

Note to Reader: Please PAUSE as directed between the Intention and the Response. Please read the response all the way through with the congregation especially where it is longer than usual

P.Today we celebrate the three aspects of Our Father’s character Father, Son and Holy Spirit remembering how they enrich all aspects of our lives. To enable us to live richer lives in the Lord we ask for His  assistance.


  1. Our response is” May Your love be upon us Lord”


  1. We pray for the Church in all its activities and ask the Lord’s blessing on all who work to spread the Gospel in a multitude ofways and languages

PAUSE ….May your love..etc


R Let us pray for all our young people as they prepare for important examinations.  We pray also that they may use the many new forms of communication now available to them wisely.


  1. Pause…..May your love…etc


  1. Let us pray for al the deceased of our community who have died recently remembering especially Ugo Carpanini,Kazyk Baldy and Sean Welch.We ask the Lord’s mercy for them and comfort and solace for their families and friends. At the same time we pray for those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena disastersaround a year ago

R    Pause…..May our love….etc


  1. We remember the plight of the homeless and starving in our affluent society May the Lord listen to their needs and support those those who work to help them.


R   Pause……May our love…etc



  1. In the quiet of our hearts let us listen to the voice of Our Father.


Longer Pause


  1. We ask Mary our Mother to pray with us saying …Hail Mary …etc


P Lord listen to our petitions and grant them through Jesus your beloved Son who lives in glory with you and the Holy Spirit forever.









I arise today

St Patrick was active as a missionary in Ireland in the second half of the fifth century. Tradition credits Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant. This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older, but definitely much older is the prayer usually known as “St Patrick’s Breastplate” or “The Deer’s Cry”. Modern scholars believe it to date from at least the eighth century, possibly much older, and therefore maybe going back to Patrick himself as tradition says. We know it from various translations and hymns, and on this Trinity Sunday here is an abridged version of this beautiful prayer.

I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to see before me,
God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to secure me –
against snares of devils,
against temptations and vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me
ill, afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd…
Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Fr Matthew