Saturday, 25 July 2009

Bishop Mullins' Birthday Celebration: More Photos

Apologies for the delay, but here are some more photo's from His Lordship, Bishop Mullins', 80th Birthday celebrations at Mynydd y Garreg Hall:

A partial view of the hall, wherein circa 90 parishioners gathered to celebrate and congratulate Bishop Mullins on his milestone!

I sneaked into the kitchen and caught Mary unawares as she brewed another batch for 'the troops.' Being too modest I feared that she might refuse a photo opportunity otherwise, as well as a chance for some well deserved thanks for all her hard work on so many occasions.

His Lordship, Bishop Mullins, assures all present that he is cutting the cake with great care to avoid damage to the Irish shamrocks and Welsh red dragons, much to the delight of Netta, its creator, who looks on appreciatively!

Today's Summer Fete at Burry Port

Congratulations to all concerned re. today's Summer Fete at the Church Hall in Burry Port.

There was a great deal to choose from on the many stalls.

A big thanks to all - from both Burry Port and Kidwelly congregations -who took the time to organise the event, run the stalls and man the kitchen!

News on the amount raised will be in next week's Parish Newsletter and will be posted on this site of course.

September Confirmations at Burry Port

CONFIRMATION - His Lordship Rt. Rev. Thomas Matthew Burns, Bishop of Menevia, has kindly agreed to administer the rite of confirmation which will take place at 11am on Sunday 20th September at Burry Port.

This will be the first occasion that our new bishop will visit our parish and in order for the whole parish to participate in this auspicious occasion, on that particular weekend there will be only ONE MASS on Sunday 20th at 11am in BURRY PORT.

More information will follow nearer the date.

Mrs Taylor, Requiescat In Pace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Taylor RIP, who sadly passed away last Sunday and also remember her family who will need your prayers at this time.

Mrs. Taylor’s funeral service will be at Llanelli Crematorium on Tuesday 28th July at 11.30am.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Motu Proprio Stealla Maris

Given the recent collection for the Apostleship of the Sea, here is a link (in the Vatican archives) to the 1997 Motu Proprio issued by John Paul II, entitled:


Motu Proprio Stella Maris

Monday, 20 July 2009

Bishop Mullins' Birthday Celebration: Newsletter Report

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: A celebration was held in honour of his Lordship Bishop Daniel Mullins who marked his 80th birthday last weekend. His Lordship Bishop Mullins thanked all the parishioners of Our Lady and St Cadoc, Kidwelly and Our Lady Star of the Sea, Burry Port, for their friendship and support over the years he has resided in our Parish and spoke movingly of his early childhood in Ireland and his own vocation to the priesthood.

Very many thanks to all who came on this special day. Also a special thank you to Netta and Mark for all the arrangements and to everyone who so generously contributed to the occasion and Philip who provided the music. A very enjoyable evening was had by all.

The whole parish thanks His Lordship Bishop Mullins for his ministry and his continued support to our spiritual life.


Site Editor's note: I hope to put up more photos and a short report this week too when time allows. Apologies for not having done so sooner.

Friday, 17 July 2009

St Patrick's Day Parish Meal in South Wales Evening Post

This is the report of our parish's St Patrick's Day evening meal at Taylor's Steak House in Burry Port back in March.

Despite our hopes that it would be featured in the Llanelli Star (and the as-was Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley editions) it actually appeared in the Swansea-based South Wales Evening Post on Wednesday 25th March, with the result that many parishioners missed it.

This is the report of the meal that appeared in our own parish newsletter the weekend after the meal:

The evening of the 17th of March saw parishioners from Burry Port and Kidwelly accompany our parish priest to Taylor's Steakhouse in Burry Port for our long anticipated St Patrick's Day evening meal.

The venue was very pleasant and there was a great atmosphere, accompanied by enjoyable food. There were more than a few who took advantage of the St Patrick's Day Lenten dispensation to tuck into the famous home-made Sticky Toffee Pudding and other tasty desserts.

The room itself was bedecked in Irish and Welsh bunting, with a Happy St Patrick's Day flag forming a backdrop, adding to a wonderful atmosphere. We were pleased that a photographer from the Llanelli Star came along to take some pictures, hopefully giving the parish some publicity that lapsed Catholics in the parish may notice as we approach the important season of Easter.

The staff did a wonderful job of relaying our food to the tables, and the owners were kind enough to donate a bottle of wine to our raffle. The five prize raffle helped raise a good proportion of the money raised for the parish.

The breakdown of the monies taken are:

Ticket Sales: £292

Raffle: £56

Total Taken: £348.

Money paid to the venue: £117.

Money Raised for the Parish: £231.

A big thanks is due to all those who supported the event by promoting it, bringing along friends and family and by attending the evening's celebrations, and to the venue owners and staff for all their hard work and support.

With the evening bringing together parishioners, raising funds and publicising the Catholic Church in the local media, it is hoped that we can hold another evening at the venue in the future. The attendees and venue owners were certainly keen that this should be the case.

Fr Burke's Silver Jubillee, Morriston, 28 & 29/07/09


Father Burke will be celebrating his Silver Jubilee at the end of July and has invited parishioners to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving.

One Mass is being held on Tuesday 28th July at 7.00pm and will be celebrated by Fr. Burke.

The second Mass, which His Lordship Bishop Burns is celebrating, is to be held on the following evening Wednesday 29th July also at 7.00pm.

The two services will be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Morriston and both will be followed with an informal reception.

For more information please read the letter on the notice board. If you are interested in attending one of the services then please add your name to the list which can be found on the notice-board and also your preferred day. A mini-bus can be arranged if enough people are interested.

Summer Fete, Burry Port, 25/07/09

SUMMER FETE: Will take place on 25th July in Burry Port.

If you have any items for the stalls e.g. books, bottles, tins, toiletries, toys, ornaments, clothes etc., please bring them to the church at Burry Port or Kidwelly after the weekend services or to make alternative arrangements please speak to Mary in Burry Port or Vera in Kidwelly.

Confirmations in Burry Port, 20/09/09

CONFIRMATION - His Lordship Rt. Rev. Thomas Matthew Burns, Bishop of Menevia, has kindly agreed to administer the rite of confirmation which will take place at 11am on Sunday 20th September at Burry Port.

This will be the first occasion that our new bishop will visit our parish and in order for the whole parish to participate in this auspicious occasion, on that particular weekend there will be only ONE MASS on Sunday 20th at 11am in BURRY PORT. More information will follow nearer the date.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

First Communions at Kidwelly: More Photos

Some lovely images from after the First Communion of our four young parishioners, Ania, Liam, Oliver and Robert.

Picture 1: The First Communicants with their 'teacher' Maura.
Picture 2: Many hands make for light work! The cake is cut in no time.
Picture 3: Family, friends and parishioners tuck into the cakes on offer.
Picture 4: It was their special day.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Bishop Mullins's Birthday Celebration at Mynydd y Garreg

Many thanks to everyone concerned for a truly wonderful birthday celebration for Bishop Mullins's 80th birthday at Mynydd y Garreg Hall.

Here Bishop Mullins gives a speech much to the delight of all present.

More pictures and reports to come...

Happy 80th Birthday Bishop Mullins

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY - Very many happy returns is wished to his Lordship Bishop Daniel Mullins who became an octogenarian on Friday 10th July. We hope he enjoyed his special day and wish him very many successive happy birthdays.

A Birthday celebration on behalf of the parish will be held at Mynydd y Garreg Hall today, Sunday 12th July at 6.00pm.

Refreshments for the above - Please bring any refreshments you have prepared to the hall which will be open from 5.00 pm today. Very many thanks.

We hope to have a report on the celebration soon.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Summer Barbecue 29/08/09

Summer Barbecue: A barbecue has been arranged for Saturday, 29th August after the Mass in Burry Port. Tickets will be £2.50 for adults, children will be free. For more information or if you are able to help at the event please contact Mark Stevens in Kidwelly or Stephen James in Burry Port.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Veneration of the Holy Relic of Saint Maria Goretti (Virgin & Martyr)

Saint Maria Goretti

Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. In 1896 the family moved to Ferriere di Conca.

Soon after, Maria’s father died of malaria, and the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli.

He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God’s forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady.

Counted as a martyr.

While in prison for his crime, Alessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame. Maria then disappeared. This vision of Maria led to Alessandro’s conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.

“We worship Christ as God's Son; we love the martyrs as the Lord's disciples and imitators, and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their king and master. May we also be their companions and fellow disciples”. Martyrium Polycarpi, 17: Apostolic Fathers II/3, 396.

On Monday 6th July (her Feast Day) a Holy Relic of St Maria Goretti was put on the side altar, in the Lady Chapel, for public veneration by the faithful in Our Lady Star of the Sea, Burry Port (see picture above). A steady stream of parishioners came to the Church throughout the day.

Baptism at Burry Port

BAPTISM - Our congratulations to the Lloyd Family whose newest member Charlotte Olivia received the Sacrament of Baptism, Saturday 27th June. Charlotte has now been incorporated into the body of Christ and becomes a Child of God, and a temple and instrument of the Holy Spirit.

May the mercy of God and the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with little ‘Lottie’ always.

Marriage at Burry Port

MARRIAGE - We offer our Congratulations to ROBERT JOSEPH MANGANO AND TINA JUNE PRICE who were married at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Burry Port on Saturday 4th July.

May they receive Our Lord’s Blessing as Mr. and Mrs. Mangano.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Congratulations to our parish's First Communicants

Congratulations to Ania, Liam, Oliver and Robert who received their First Holy Communion on 28th June.

A special thanks to Maura Jones who instructed the children and all who helped to make the occasion so memorable.

Please pray that the First Communicants will be filled with God's Grace, inspiring them and guiding them in their lives so that their Faith will now be strengthened by having received the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and that they will continue to be active members of Christ's Church.

"I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him. As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me. This is the bread that came down from heaven; not like the bread that your ancestors ate; they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever." (John 6:48-58).

Friday, 3 July 2009

The Life of St Cadoc

St Cadoc

"The graceful teacher of nearly the whole of Britain"
- Hildas (498 - 570)

St. Cadoc is one of the most important early Welsh saints and a famous son of Monmouthshire. His father Gwynllyw was a local king (commemorated by St. Woolos cathedral. Newport) and his mother Gwladus was the daughter of Brychan, king of Brycheiniog (Brecon). He was a contemporary of Dewi Sant (St. David), St. Patrick of Ireland and St. Columba of lona, but lived before St. Augustine converted the Saxons.

Above Right: Saint Cadog as represented at Belz in Brittany

Cadog (known as Cattwg in south Wales) was a strong contender for Wales' patron saint. His Life was written by Lifricus, son of Bishop Herwald of Llandaff and himself Archdeacon of Glamorgan and Master of St. Cadog of Llancarfan. (It is worth noting that Lifricus, or Lifris, is a form of the Anglo-Saxon name Leofric.) According to this, he was baptised Cadfael by Tathan of Caerwent. When he was seven years of age he was sent to Tathan to be educated, and he instructed him assiduously in Donatus and Priscian and also diligently in other arts for twelve years. He seems to have had no inclination for tasks of secular government, and so, on the conclusion of his education at Caerwent, he sought a suitable place for the monastic life. This he found in the Vale of Glamorgan, at a spot subsequently known as Llancarfan (or, more correctly, Nantcarfan). From there the Life records that he went to Ireland for a further period of study, returning thence after three years with a large number of followers amongst whom were Finian, Macmoil, and Graunan. We next hear of him in the Brycheiniog district where his fame greatly impressed his grandfather, Brychan, who gave him “the part of that field, wherein the wheat was found, which is named Llanspyddid, in which place the holy man built a monastery for himself.” The monastery at Llancarfan, together with that of St. Illtyd at Llaniltyd Fawr (Llantwit Major), became a stronghold of the Christian faith throughout Europe during what is now termed the Dark Ages.

We next hear of him at the river Neath and, afterward, of a journey to Scotland and, later, to Cornwall. These journeys are substantiated by Cadog dedications in those particular areas. There are also several churches dedicated to him in Brittany. He was famed as a teacher whose life (and those of his brother monks) was devoted to serving the community.

It is probable that in his later years he returned to the area around Abergavenny. He died in 570 when his monastery was attacked while Cadoc was celebrating the Mass. In 1022, fearing plunder by the Danes, the shrine of the saint was moved to Mamhilad (7 miles from Abergavenny). His dedications reveal that his activity in Monmouthshire lay in the area to the west of Wentwood. The pattern suggests that there may have been a second monastic centre to that at Llancarfan -— possibly Mamhilad. There is also an intriguing connection with Roman sites in both centres (Gelligaer and Neath in Glamorgan, Caerleon, Raglan and Monmouth in Gwent).


The Life of Saint Cadoc