Staying together while apart

Staying Together While Apart – a new project to help the most vulnerable.

Dear All,

The past few months have been incredibly difficult, and I wish to start with thanking you for all the work you have been doing responding to the crisis in your parish and church.

At the same time, I would like to share some good news: we have been awarded a grant from the Welsh Government’s Voluntary Services Emergency Fund to expand the good work already taking place across the Archdiocese serving the wider community at this difficult time.

The ’Staying Together While Apart’ project will run for 6 months and has two specific objectives:

First, to improve mental health and wellbeing of older and vulnerable adults, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, provide care to those suffering psychological distress, and foster a sense of belonging and community. We intend to use Zoom, Skype, live streaming, and YouTube podcasts along with the more traditional phone calls, letters, and even postcards to combat isolation and communicate messages of support to those in need.

Secondly, we intend to expand, ‘shop and drop’ home deliveries of food, care packages, and prescriptions organised for the most vulnerable who are self-isolating.

This is a fantastic project but can only be delivered with your help. Have you been involved in working with the elderly and vulnerable affected by the COVID-19? Then we wish to hear from you! Tell us about your experience and how we can assist you – please take a few moments and complete an online survey we created: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8CW7DNR!

I am happy to answer any questions you have, so please do get in touch: klavdija.erzen@rcadc.org.

Klavdija Erzen

STWA Project Manager.

Staying together While Apart

Our Lady & St. Illtyd has opened her doors for the Celebration of Holy Mass!

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It was a joy to welcome you back for the celebration of Holy Mass this week. My sincere gratitude is extended to everyone who has made it possible. Hopefully we can adapt to the new guidelines imposed as we seek an encounter with Our Lord and receive Him in the Holy Eucharist.

If you wish to attend Mass, due to restrictions on numbers and contact tracing requirements, it is essential you book in advance by telephoning Elizabeth 07855 867261 (Monday to Friday 12noon to 4pm) Please do not attend without booking first! Please DO NOT telephone the Parish Office, email or use Facebook messenger.

The Church will look a little different and there are changes to the format of Holy Mass to comply with the guidelines from the Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales

Please adhere to the following guidelines to protect your health and safety. Thank you!

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 OR you are shielding/living with someone who is, please stay home.
  • The Church will open 30mins before Mass begins for Private Prayer (No communal Rosary)
  • Please arrive no later than 5 minutes before the start time of Mass
  • Please queue safely inside the bollards
  • Please adhere to the strict 2m social distancing guidelines
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided
  • The Church is laid out with a one-way system
  • Please allow a Steward to greet you and show you to your seat
  • No Prayers of the Faithful
  • No Offertory procession, the gifts will be on the altar before Mass begins.

The Communion Rite

  • No sign of peace
  • After the prayer and it’s response to “Behold the Lamb of God..”, the Priest elevates the Host to the Congregation and says “The Body of Christ” to which the people respond “Amen”. In the same way he elevates the chalice says “The Blood of Christ” and the people respond “Amen”. The priest then receives Holy Communion. After this he cleanses the paten and chalice. Followed by a reverent silence before the Prayer after Communion, the final Blessing and Dismissal will take place at which point the Stewards come forward to receive Holy Communion.
  • The Steward will then invite you to come forward for Holy Communion in an orderly manner
  • Holy Communion will be socially distanced and you are asked to receive the Lord in your hand only.
  • Following Holy Communion you must leave the Church immediately via the one way system and either pray your post-communion reflection at the Grotto or in your car before safely driving home.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided before leaving.

For your information

  • The toilets remain closed however will be available via a Steward in an emergency .
  • Offertory baskets available at every Mass on the entrance and exit for your offering.
  • To maximise the safety of all concerned, regrettably, until further notice all liturgical ministries are temporarily suspended
  • Following Mass the Church is locked to enable the Steward to clean and will only reopen for the next Mass

Finally, please be patient when booking with Elizabeth and with the Stewards when you arrive; the procedures are necessary to try and keep you safe.

Unfortunately there are church buildings throughout the Diocese which will not be able to open due to the restrictions imposed. At this time given,  the layout of St. Cadoc’s Church and the restrictions under which we are working, i.e. stewards under the age of 70, 2m social distancing rule and a one way system, it is not possible to open. However over time, we will review how effective our measures are with a view to safely opening St. Cadoc once again.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the public celebration of Holy Mass.

Stay safe in God’s love and care

Fr. Mark