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St. Peter's Church - Cardiff

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

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CHURCH COLLECTIONS:
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




THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PENTECOST 

A talk by Fr.Dennis McBride - https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/pentecost-frdenis


May is the month of Mary

In the Month of May, we consider especially that Mary is our Mother — not by the flesh, but by love. That is, she is our Mother by love alone.  So someone observes that she   glories in being the mother of love. She is all love for us, her adopted children. The first reason for Mary’s great love for human beings is that she loves God so much. She loved him more in the first moment of her existence than all the saints and angels every loved him or will love him.  Just as there is not one among all the blessed who loves God as Mary does, so there is no one, after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does. Furthermore, if we heaped together all the love that mothers have for their children, all the love of husbands and wives, all the love of all the angels and saints for their clients, it could never equal Mary’s love for even a single soul.

 

OUR NOVENA FOR PENTECOST

With Pentecost approaching Fr Aji wishes to lead a Novena to the Holy Spirit via Zoom, this will be a wonderful way to prepare for Pentecost when we are unable to meet as a Parish Community in person. The Novena will start 22 May at 6pm and continue at 6pm for nine days.  The prayers are beautiful and surely we will gain much strength from the experience. If you wish to take part in the Novena please send an email to stpetersprayerlinks@gmail.com to receive the link and booklet or on the Novena page of our website is a Zoom link and prayers.


Whether you are able to join us on Zoom or just wish to join with the prayers at 6pm each evening, just let us know. Please spread the message. Information will also be posted on the St Peter's Friendly Facebook page. Global Day of Prayer for Our Common Home 24 May, 2020. 


Laudato Si
Today is the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. In it, the Pope highlights the dangers our planet faces from climate change & biodiversity loss. He repeatedly stresses the inter-connectedness of everything.  You are invited to join us at 12 noon by saying the prayer found at https://laudatosiweek.org/prayer

 

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How is CAFOD responding to Coronavirus?

We have launched an emergency appeal for funds, due to the impact of coronavirus in countries with poor health systems will be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water, living with HIV or in cramped refugee camps, will be very vulnerable to coronavirus. 


Our local experts are already in these communities and ready to help those in need, prevent the spread of the virus and protect lives. Through them, you are already helping to: Deliver food to where it is needed most.

  • Improve hygiene, hand-washing and sanitation at the community and household level.
  • Produce radio messages, posters and leaflets in local languages on risks & prevention.


Your donations to support this work are needed now more than ever. 

DONATE - Through the parish or the Paypal of the parish stating Cafod. or  at  https://cafod.org.uk

 

 

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GIVE A HELPING HAND AMONG THE PARISHIONERS

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.

 

 

1) PRAYER CHAIN 

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. 


2) ASKING FOR PRAYER

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: stpeterschurchprayerchain@gmail.com  It will be sent out to those who are willing to pray for the needs of our parish members, family and friends.


3) WILLING TO PROMISE DAILY PRAYER

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. 


4) NEXT

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.

 

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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.

Amen.


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Let us pray for and thank members of the Cardiff St Vincent DePaul Society 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:-

 

Dorothy Demanuel, Mary McNamara, Jean Hoskins

 



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.


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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. www.formed.org

 

Another great resource made free to us at this difficult time https://us.magnificat.net/free 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:

www.thecatholicuniverse.com 

www.thetablet.co.uk


CAFÉ Religious Films

The Saints: Please follow the link https://www.sendspace.com/folder/hqtgio - the password for downloading is Saints2020



Cafod offers us Childrens’ LiturgySundays at 10.00am   -    https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

 


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ALL OF THE FOLLWING TRIPS MAY BE AFFECTED BY COVID 19 - PLEASE  CONTACT ORGANISERS DIRECT FOR UPDATES


JULY 2020

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

A few places remain on a pilgrimage from 4th to 11th July, departing from Heathrow, with  Fr. Tony Furlong as Spiritual Director.  For further details and booking forms, please contact Fr. Tony at the Rosmini Centre:  01509 813078 or email ajf@rosmini.org

 

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland 8th July 2020. Cost £649.00 per person sharing. Fly from Bristol with 10kg hand luggage, 4 nights in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner. Single room extra £100.00. Contact Patricia on 01268762278 or 07740175557 or knockpilgrimages@gmail.com


WELSH NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES (July 19th - 24th, 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 welshnationalpilgrimage@gmail.com


AUGUST 2020

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

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


PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJIGORJE

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.

 


SEPTEMBER 2020


PILGRIMAGE TO THE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY

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 gareth.leyshon@rcadc.org or Tangney Tours on 01732 886666.



General News & Information:


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.

 


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.  

JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING AND PORNOGRAPHY

Please sign up to exoduscry.com 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.

 

CRAFT GROUP

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 - annpayne4567@gmail.com or telephone Ann on 07815700091.


STORAGE SPACE

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

 

CHAPLAINCY VOLUNTEERS

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 spiritual.careteam@wales.nhs.uk


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

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

 

CATHOLIC ONLINE RADIO

Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio featuring prayers, interviews and music to appeal to a Catholic audience, can be accessed on www.heavensroadfm.com.  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. www.heavensroadfm.com


MARY’S MEALS

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 info@marysmeals.org or phone 0800 698 1212


PARISH S.V.P

The Parish Society of St. Vincent de Paul has a new website www.stpetersroathsvp.org.ukso 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.


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

 

COMMUNITY HALL BOOKINGS - CLOSED AT THE MOMENT DUE TO COVID 19

To book the Hall, please either phone the Office or email Maria on stpeterscardiff@gmail.com


 

BEREAVEMENT BEFRIENDING GROUP

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 pwarren77@tiscali.co.uk


NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS

Please note that the new permanent e-mail address for the Parish is roath@rcadc.org




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