Category Archives: 3 churches

Returning to public mass in our churches

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches:

We are very happy to announce that later this week we will return to public mass in our churches. As you will see below, we will begin on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th with Mass at St Brigid’s at 9.30am, continuing at Christ the King Saturday 6pm and Sunday 9am, and then St Brigid’s Sunday 10.30am and 6pm.

  • at these Masses we will welcome all who wish to come up to the limit for each Mass. If the numbers require it, on future weekends we will operate some kind of “booking” system
  • however, remember that the Sunday Obligation is still lifted – you might want to consider coming on a different day to allow needy parishioners to come at their convenience
  • 10.30 Mass at St Brigid’s will continue to be live streamed for the foreseeable future
  • to comply with directives, there can be no mass sheets or hymn books, and various other restrictions to enable things to run smoothly – to this end please follow the stewards’ assistance – for example by not lingering in the buildings after mass
  • Stewards – obviously more stewards are needed for public mass,  please consider whether you can offer this service and contact Ansti at anstic2018@yahoo.com (St Brigid’s) or Marie at llanishen@rcadc.org (Christ the King)
  • St Paul’s have also started the process of opening the church, so watch this space

It will be wonderful to be able to be back together again. We are very grateful to all those who have worked so hard to get us to this point. Well done!

Fr Matthew

Starting to reawaken…

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches

The Governors of Christ the King School are pleased to announce that Mrs Sue Miles has been appointed substantive (i.e. “full”) Headteacher of the school from September. She has been Acting Head and Head of School while Mrs Woodward’s position was resolved.

It was great this week to be able to welcome parishioners to St Brigid’s and Christ the King churches (see our newsletter). Slowly things are starting to reawaken aren’t they? I’ve heard several images for this in the media this week. On Gareth Malone’s programme a lad wrote a song about after the storm, and then on Radio 4 one morning they spoke of the sun appearing in the sky. So let’s all pray that the sun is coming out after the storm. We know that some speak of a new wave in the future, but the Lord teaches us that today has enough worries, and not to worry about the future. So – let’s stay safe, stay calm, stay with the Lord – and stay with one another, in whatever way you – we – can.

Fr Matthew

Prayer and charity

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches:

2 items of great news in two vital areas of Christianity – prayer and charity!

  1. Owing to the generous offer of time by parishioners as stewards, and the hard work of a few individuals, we are glad to announce that this week both St Brigid’s and Christ the King will be opening for private prayer. The times will be St Brigid’s Monday 10 – 11am and Thursday 6 – 7pm; Christ the King Tuesday 10 – 11am. Obviously this can be adjusted depending on “demand”. If you can volunteer to help as a steward then please send your name to Ansti Corellis (St B) at anstic2018@yahoo.com or Marie O’Brien (Christ the King) at llanishen@rcadc.org. We give thanks to the Lord for being able to return to at least two of our parish homes.
  2. Albert Gubay was the founder of the KwikSave chain, and was very generous to the Catholic Church. His foundation continues that work, and this year offered grants to Catholic parishes or groups working for the relief of the less well off in this present COVID-19 crisis. The decision making panel had £1M to distribute and received funding requests totalling £2.2M. They decided to award 28% of the funds requested by all applicants in the dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia. An application went in from our 3 Churches for and in partnership with our friends the local charity Rainbow of Hope. So we are very glad to announce that they have been awarded £1,400.

Fr Matthew

 

A note from Archbishop Stack on the reopening of churches

Coat of arms - Archbishop G Stack

The Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Dioceses of Menevia and Wrexham welcomes the announcement by the First Minister that churches may be opened for private prayer from Monday 22nd June 2020. In the interests of your continued safety, given the measures that will need to be put in place in the coming days, it seems that Saturday 28th June will be the likely date for those churches who fulfil the health and safety requirements to be opened for a specific time to be announced. With the re-opening of churches, certain responsibilities are laid on both the parish and the diocese to ensure the health and safety of those who come to pray. Amongst these are the following:

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Online parish offertory page launched

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches:

Even though we are not celebrating the Mass or other sacraments together, the life of the parish goes on, and we are always moving forward. You will know that I don’t often speak about money, so this is a reminder that like all homes and businesses, there are many expenses in running parishes. We are lucky to have very generous parishioners in our 3 Churches family, but it’s easy to let these thoughts slip from our minds. We’re very grateful to all who have forwarded their collection donations in various ways, and especially to those who have placed standing orders.

Now we are pleased to report that the diocese has created a way whereby gift aided donations can be made online to all parishes. The new ‘Online Parish Offertory’ webpage can be found at: www.rcadc.org/portfolio-item/parish-offertory or www.rcadc.org/donations. The instructions should be straightforward to follow, but let us know about difficulties. Donations can be one-off or repeated. The diocese will shortly be rolling out a programme of installing new ‘Donate Now’ buttons onto parish websites that can support them. Standing Orders are still the preferred option for those generous individuals who want to give ongoing support to their church during the lockdown.

Lastly, don’t keep it to yourself – let other parishioners know!

A reminder that I will be celebrating Mass for Corpus Christi Day this week at 10.30am live streamed via this website, 3churches.org or Youtube channel “frmhj”. We will also do this on Friday for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the feast of God’s love, remembering especially those who are feeling the burdens of the present situation in particular ways and so are especially in need of that Divine Love. Why not join us…

Fr Matthew