Our Lady & St. Illtyd is open for the Celebration of Holy Mass!

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Let us keep our eyes fixed firmly on the Lord. Set our hearts on worshipping the one true God at Mass. Give thanks and praise that one of our Parish churches is approved Covid-safe for the
celebration of Holy Mass. Let us be strengthened by God and not see distance or age as an obstacle depriving us of this wonderful opportunity to receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Rather, see it as a privilege and an honour to come into his presence with praise! With eyes of faith, let us rejoice that the doors of Our Lady & St. Illtyd are currently open and come together as one body in Christ – as one Family united in faith, hope and love because the Lord is waiting to dine with YOU!

 

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.

By registering to attend Mass, you confirm the following conditions are met:

  • You currently show no symptoms of Coronavirus
  • Should you develop symptoms prior to the service, you will NOT attend
  • You agree to use hand-sanitizer as a condition of entry and follow the instructions of the stewards

 

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 accept our apologies for any inconvenience or distress the regulations may cause. They are a requirement to enable public worship to take place, also to ensure everyone’s safety and hopefully reassure you and help you on your return back to Mass.

  • 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 – please remain in the pew you have been allocated!
  • 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 – please be advised we only consecrate hosts for the numbers booked.
  • Holy Communion will be socially distanced and you are asked to receive the Lord in your hand only.
  • Following the reception of Holy Communion you become a living tabernacle, please prayerfully exit the Church immediately 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

 

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

Gratitude!

Fr. Mark’s Silver Jubilee….

“I just wanted to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to all my parishioners, family and friends who sent greeting cards, money and gifts on the occasion of my Silver Jubilee. They are a sign of your deep expression of love and kindness. The day itself was tremendously joyful, although tinged with sadness as I remembered my late Mother, the deceased Parish Priests and friends I have lost over the years. I want to especially thank my Dad, Douglas, for living with me and for his support and kindness over all these years; I am so fortunate to have him. Being a Priest has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people and to have visited many places. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life; please continue to pray for me as I will continue to pray for you.”

 

 

Year of the God Who Speaks

Bible Journalling

St. Jerome, St. Paula and St. Eustochium painstakingly wrote out the Scriptures, translating them from the original languages into Latin. Whilst most of us won’t be working on a new translation of the Bible, you may find Bible journalling a helpful alternative to engage deeply with Scripture.

Here’s an article by the Bible Society on how to start Bible journalling

Click on me for some Pentecost Joy!

Year of the God who speaks

Meditate on the Scriptures

One piece of advice from St Jerome is to meditate on Scripture. Here are a list of key Bible passages that can help deepen our relationship with God as we read them at home.

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The Holy Father’s worldwide Rosary for an end to the coronavirus pandmeic

Pope Francis sent a letter on Saturday encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary throughout May. He also shared two new prayers to implore the help of the Virgin Mary during the coronavirus pandemic. Please view the link below to find out more.

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Blessing Llantwit Major on Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Chaplet

Holy Week

Resources for use during Holy Week

Prayer 14 – 04.02 HOLY WEEK at HOME
Wednesday Word Easter booklet
Stations of the Cross
KMcG
Liturgy Office links for Holy Week
Holy Week worksheet Redemptorist Publications

For your spiritual wellbeing