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St. Peter's Church - Cardiff

Our Church is now open for private prayer

every day from 10.30 - 12.30 All WELCOME 




Upcoming Events & News: 

We will try to offer your Local Sunday Mass via live stream.

Click HERE to go to St Peter’s Parish new YOU TUBE Channel

The church might be closed, but the priests & parish are still here & active. If you can still donate something please use the following details to send a donation to your parish.  Any donations are very gratefully received during these unprecedented times

  • PayPal - Very easy - just click HERE to go direct to our charity donation page & simply choose an amount to donate.

  • Bank Transfer, Cheque or Standing order to

         Account: Archdiocese of Cardiff, St. Peter’s Cardiff -  Sort Code: 20-18-23  Account No: 0374396



Emergency Coronavirus Appeal. In the world’s poorest countries. Health care systems are not coping with the coronavirus and families are going hungry because people cannot go out to earn money. Our local experts are providing emergency food, clean water and health advice. We teach awareness-raising sessions in countries where emergency food was also distributed.






Many are self-isolating at this time because they are elderly or unwell. They or their relatives can phone the church on 02920 483394 to ask for a volunteer to buy necessities for them.  We have a group of volunteers that they can be called upon to assist our elderly with shopping.  This is a strictly volunteer service depending on the people available.




In these unsettling times there will be parishioners, family and friends suffering during this period of Lockdown. Think of those with constant health problems who now have this new virus to worry about. Consider the confused and frightened, the very lonely, the suicidal, those with Corona patients in the family and unable to visit them in hospital.  We can and must use The power of PRAYER. So let’s set up a PRAYER-CHAIN. 


When you have an intention or a person for which you want to ask the power of prayer from other parishioners, write your request in confidence to this new email address:  It will be sent out to those who are willing to pray for the needs of our parish members, family and friends.


When you decide to offer prayer daily for these intentions of others in need, please use the same email address and offer your name in confidence as a Prayer Chain Member. 


Our prayer coordinator, a parishioner will make a list of those intentions. The list will be sent our Prayer Chain Members each week. We can be assured also of the continuing prayers of the Rosminian Community at St Peters who will pray for these intentions at daily Mass and Wednesday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Also the Tuesday Prayer Group will continue to remember  these needs of our parishioners.



Spiritual Communion - Prayer of St Alphonsus 

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you

now and forever.



Let us pray for and thank members of the Cardiff St Vincent DePaul Society (SVP)who are ministering to the needy on our behalf.


Thanks for the donations you have already made and may wish to continue.


Please remember in your prayers:-


Hugh Gwyther. Margaret Hoffer, Patricia Ireland, John O’Brien, Violet Belt



Zoom prayer on Friday & Tuesday at 6.00pm
Click HERE to join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 790 7736 3714
Password: novena



OPENING CHURCHES:                    

Click HERE to read Arch Bishop Stack's letter on the re-opening of the churches in Wales

The Archbishops have put out a statement to welcome the reopening of churches in July. They acknowledge that ‘members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals’. They recall how this year’s Easter celebrations were ‘unlike any other we have known’, as churches were shut for almost three months,
including for the whole    Easter period. ‘Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these  systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and    public health standards,’ the archbishops say.  Offering their thanks to the Catholic community for ‘sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways’, including the live-streaming of Mass, the archbishops say that ‘with the  easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead’. (Universe)

Trial in Madrid

More than 30 years after the murder in El Salvador of six Jesuits, their cook, and the cook’s 15-year-old daughter by a US-trained counter-insurgency battalion, two of those accused of planning the murders are this week going on trial in Madrid. The soldiers killed a Salvadoran Jesuit, Joaquin López y López, 71, in his room before murdering the priests’ cook, Julia Elba Ramos, 42, and her daughter, Celina, 15.


Racial Discrimination: The Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Pope Francis has called Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the US bishops’ conference, to express his prayers and solidarity for Americans during the ongoing period of national unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Pope Francis on Wednesday called Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, after the bishop joined a demonstration against racial discrimination to pray for George Floyd.

UK Bishops stand in solidarity with USA sisters and brothers as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George with anti-racism protests in the United States, declaring that “racism is an evil which must be opposed.”  (Catholic Herald)


Pope Francis joined the Archbishop of Canterbury for an online service to mark Pentecost and the culmination of the annual ecumenical prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come this week. In a pre-recorded video broadcast during the live service on Sunday Pope Francis urged Christians to seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in order that they might be bearers of Christ’s love, light and hope in a world “experiencing a tragic famine of hope”, and to be united in facing the “pandemics of the virus and of hunger, war, contempt for life and indifference to others”. Archbishop Welby preached at the service and the outgoing Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, gave the final blessing. 

Relentless heavy rain and floods have displaced hundreds of thousands of people in eastern India's Assam state, adding to the misery caused by Covid-19 and last week’s devastating cyclone. There is a rise in waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea. Bishop Thomas Pulloppillil of Bongaigaon reported that, “many people lost their houses in heavy rain and powerful winds”. Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati said the floods came as church people were organising quarantine facilities and aid for returning migrant workers. 

Caritas in Colombia has warned that overcrowding and unhealthy conditions in prisons have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Director, Fr Héctor Fabio Henao, has called for “measures that respect human dignity & protect the health of prisoners" and also better protection for guards, administrative staff & families. He feels overcrowding must be addressed particularly for mothers with young children, and those with pre-existing diseases or vulnerability to Covid-19 because of age. Social distancing is currently impossible in most prisons, detention centres and police cells.


A time of enforced rest

Such as thisperiod of isolation to cope with the coronavirus pandemic – can also provide a valuable lesson. Many have reflected on the significance of this serious epidemic in this respect. Among the many ideas, we would like to take up one well known in the spiritual tradition: take time simply to do nothing.

You can occupy time, kill, fill or cheat it, perhaps by sitting in front of the TV with a beer and crisps.  All this is the exact  antithesis of “doing nothing.” Simply being by oneself can be stigmatized as a vice, a form of   laziness; at the same time it presents itself as the ideal life situation, free from commitments and tasks. But when you make a conscious decision to do nothing, it becomes both easier and harder.

Easier because you don’t need any particular activities or proposals, you simply have to remain silent. Harder because our mind is full of images and thoughts, and it is necessary to detoxify from this enormous build-up. This takes time, effort and, if you have never done it, you can easily become discouraged.  What is on OFFER here is not to do NOTHING but quietly to let our thoughts turn to GOD.  We can best use a help here, a page from the Gospels to let our quiet mind think of Jesus’ sayings. For example Matthew 6 :25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?



First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation was to have been in June

Sorry, that this is no longer possible But we will not worry.  When we are back to some sort of normal then we will contact parents and complete our preparation for this great time. 

For Anyone Considering Suicide

Jesus says:

I have many things to say to those who are considering this act of self-harm. I love you. I see your pain. I understand that you long for relief from your anguish. Please, bring your anguish to Me. I can help you. You are so valuable to the Kingdom and I need you to help bring Me to others.

“How?” you say, in your great interior grief. “How could I possibly be helpful to Jesus and to others?”

I will tell you. Your pain is the pain of many in the world today. Many souls feel your grief, your hopelessness. Many carry heavy crosses of illness and addiction, loneliness and hopelessness, rejection and anxiety. Many of My children look into their future and see only more grief and pain and this takes their courage from them. Dearest friend, you must not do this. Do not look into tomorrow and expect today’s pain to be repeated. You are not certain of such an occurrence. You cannot be certain because I, God, could change your life during this day, today. You must remain in this day, in the present, because I have given you adequate grace to deal with your cross. It is only when you look into the future and think that your Jesus will send you no relief that you find life unmanage able. Understand this. Your life is only unmanageable if you put Me out of it. If you let Me into your heart, into your life, I will make it not only manageable, but joyful.....From the ARK Prayer group.




Religious Films for Children & for Adults—in our time of isolation.

The Augustinian Institute in the US has made its catechetical material free for this period. There are great films and Teachings on the Sacraments of the Church. Parents can help children with First Reconciliation preparation and First Holy Communion. Couples can view the Sacrament of Marriage which is beautifully portrayed.


Another great resource made free to us at this difficult time Offers us the Magnificat Magazine online with readings from the liturgy, with helps for our prayer and comments about the Catholic World.



Your Catholic Papers can be delivered to your home:

CAFÉ Religious Films - The Saints: Please follow the link -

The password for downloading is Saints2020

Cafod offers us Childrens’ LiturgySundays at 10.00am   -




JULY 2020



Join the annual Welsh National Pilgrimage to Lourdes as we journey to the place where Our Lady, under the title the Immaculate Conception, appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous. At the foot of the French Pyranees, Lourdes has become a town synonymous with the apparition and with miraculous healings.  Pilgrims from all round the world journey to this special place to seek the intercession of Our Blessed Mother.  We will depart from Cardiff Airport by chartered flight.  Transfers to and from Lourdes airport, as well as full board accommodation, are included in the price.  Able-bodied, sick and young people are invited to join us.  Young people can volunteer as part of the Welsh Youth to Lourdes to help care for sick pilgrims.  For more information contact the pilgrimage director, Fran Mainwaring by emailing



The “September Pilgrimage” is going on 22nd - 30th August, 2020.  Please either call William Gill on 029 2059 3555 or email for a detailed itinerary and costs.


This will take place from the 30th August until 8th September 2020. Approximate cost £650, including return flight from Bristol, transfers and en-suite accommodation with half board. For further details contact Ewa Thomas 01446 771 728 or Mike Snow 01446 793420.




There will be a coach trip from Cardiff , calling at numerous shrines across Europe from 16th - 24th September, 2020.  A deposit of £500 will be needed towards the cost of £1,295 (pp in twin room).  Group chaplain will be Revd. Gareth Leyshon and full details can be  obtained from either or Tangney Tours on 01732 886666.

General News & Information:

Corpus Christi Procession in 1961

The annual Corpus Christi procession in Cardiff brought together huge numbers of Catholics to celebrate the Eucharist .

Click HERE to watch a newsreel of this event from 1961 taken by William Brenig Jones

The Catholic Education Service has this week criticised the Welsh Government’s decision  to remove the parental right of withdrawal for Religious Education and Relationships and Sexuality Education, as well as the proposed name change of Religious Education.

The CES expressed dismay with the decision referring to is as a ‘regressive step’ which would undermine ‘parent’s fundamental and inalienable role as the primary educators of their children’.  Hundreds of Catholics parents and teachers responded to the consultation as well as contacted their local Assembly Member about this issue. For the CES, today’s decision represents a complete disregard for the opinions of the Catholic community in Wales.

Statement below.

Paul Barber, Director of the Catholic Education Service commented: “Many hundreds of Catholics made representations during the consultation. However, it is clear from today’s announcement that the Welsh Government is content with ignoring the views of the Catholic community. “The proposed name change of Religious Education is also a step in the wrong direction. It is an unnecessary change which does nothing to improve the academic integrity of RE, but represents a dumbing down of the subject and a weakening of the whole school’s responsibility for instilling values and ethics in its pupils.”

Q: Would you write to the Welsh Government Education Dept.?

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales 

have recorded a talk with Professor Jim McManus, director of public health for Hertfordshire and a key contributor to the Bishops' Conference Healthcare Reference Group for the Catholic Church.  He worked on the bishops' guidelines for Catholics. In this recording, he talks about how we can all do our bit to combat the spread and keep ourselves safe - especially the most vulnerable members of our society. There is also guidance from the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols on how to respond to the crisis. CSAN and SVP have collaborated on producing guidance on volunteering and other options during the crisis. CSAN has created a dedicated coronavirus webpage which is constantly under development.  


Please sign up to and read of their influence and success in this area.  On a personal level: Consider using filtering software to protect your family computer, especially for children.



The craft group are looking for someone that could make cacti shapes from pallet wood for their sale in July. The wood will be provided by the group and they have photos of the designs which could be used. If you are able to help please email - or telephone Ann on 07815700091.


If any parishioner has storage space they don’t use [such as a garage or spare room] please consider allowing the SVP to store small amounts of furniture needed to support  those who are waiting for Council or other furniture grants. These grants sometimes take many weeks to be authorised and temporary support from the SVP allows people to have the necessary furniture and white goods as soon as they move into their new accommodation. If you can help please ring 07906 101015



Can you spare a few hours a week to visit and support hospital patients as a chaplaincy volunteer. For information about how you can help please contact the Chaplaincy Department. Tel: 02921 843230 / Email


This was read out last week and you are asked to continue saying the prayer...

Father, Lord of all creation, we praise you with all your creatures and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.  We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility that You give us as stewards of Your creation.  In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home and our brothers and sisters are suffering.  Through faithfully following your Son, guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.  Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of You.  Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all You have created, using wisely all that You have entrusted to us.  Holy Spirit, who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos, help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.  You, who live and reign, world without end, Amen



Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio featuring prayers, interviews and music to appeal to a Catholic audience, can be accessed on  They always need volunteers and funds as they are a non-profit organisation run by unpaid volunteers, so any donation would be very welcome. Visit for more information.


A simple solution to world hunger. There are many ways to play a part in this mission, working with the world’s poorest communities to bring hope to hungry children every school day. If you would like more information or to donate, email or phone 0800 698 1212


The Parish Society of St. Vincent de Paul has a new website why not visit the site and see what we’ve been doing. Can you support us?   Donations can also be made in person to one of the SVP Parish team or there is a collection box on the wall at the back of the church when it is open. Donations to the SVP are always welcome as you consider our local needy families. 

Old Mobile Phones

If you have a mobile phone which you are no longer using or are about to upgrade to a newer phone, could you please consider donating your old one to the Parish SVP Please contact Paul O’Brien on 07545 230711



Normally to book the Hall, please either phone the Office or email Maria on



St. Peter’s Bereavement Befriending Group which offers a listening ear. Please speak to Paul Warren (Music Group) if you are interested phone him on 029 2049 8016 / 07582 478742 or email


Please note that the new permanent e-mail address for the Parish is

Parish Office Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday : 9.15 am-1.15 am