Christmas

Mass will be at the following times. All Christmas Eve Masses are preceded by carols:

  • 6pm Mass on Christmas Eve at all 3 Churches
  • 10pm Mass on Christmas Eve at St Brigid’s
  • Midnight Mass at St Teilo’s and at St Philip Evans
  • Morning Masses will be at Sunday times: 9am at Christ the King and St Paul’s, 11am at St Brigid’s

Carol service

Our 3 Churches Carol Service is at Christ the King this Wednesday 20 December at 7pm. Always a beautiful way in to our celebration of Christmas, why not invite friends along, especially if perhaps they would not come to Mass. Refreshments to follow in the Parish Centre.

There will be a run through of the carols on Monday 18 December 7pm at Christ the King. All singers from the 3 Churches are invited to come along.

The fellowship of the flame

This thoughtful poem by American Kelly Chripczuk traces the theme of the fire of God’s presence running through the life of St John the Baptist.

He didn’t see it, but felt it
through the darkness of his mother’s womb,
the flame that baptized drawn close enough
to singe his foot,
which caused him to leap.
The wild fire caught
and grew, ruining him
for a life of conformity.
So he moved to the wilderness somewhere near the river’s edge where others were drawn
by the smoldering flame.
He doused them each with water, warning them one-by-one
of the fire to come.
Later, when he leapt
from this world to the next,
leaving his head behind,
he was greeted by the fellowship
of the flame – Isaiah
with his charred black lips,
Miriam who danced
like a flickering wick,
and the others, too many now to name together they glowed like
so many embers,
lighting the long, dark night.

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