Wednesday, 29 December 2010
CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Thanks to all the Members of the Parish Guild, generous donors and participans who made the Christmas Fayre a memorable one indeed..! It has been rounded up by a generous donor to £1000.00. A BIG THANKS and GOD BLESS YOU ALL..!
PRAYERS for the DEPARTED SOULS: Let us entrust all the departed souls of our beloved, especially those whose anniversaries are around Christmas Season, and those who have no one to pray for their souls.
ANNIVERSARY LIST: A DEATH ANNIVERSARY LIST will be in the porch. If you would like to mention any name of the departed, we as a community shall pray for them, on their anniversary weekend.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Kidwelly : 5.00-6.00pm on Tuesday, 21.12.2010
Burry Port : 5.00-6.45pm on Wednesday, 22.12.2010
24.12.2010: Christmas Eve: Kidwelly: 7.00pm
24.12.2010: Christmas Vigil: Burry Port: 11.30pm
25.12.2010: Christmas Day: Burry Port: 09.00am
25.12.2010: Christmas Day: Kidwelly: 10.30am
26.12.2010: Holy family: Burry Port: 09.00am
26.12.2010: Holy family: Kidwelly: 10.30am
NB: No Vigil Mass on 25.12.2010
May the Infant Redeemer’s love enfold you…
May his strength uphold you…
May his light shine upon you…
And may his peace surround you..!
Wish you all a Merry Christmas..!
Fr. Paul Joseph, Parish Priest
Friday, 10 December 2010
Let us entrust all the departed souls of our beloved, especially those whose anniversaries are at this time, and those who have no one to pray for their souls.
A BIG THANKS and GOD BLESS YOU ALL..!
VOLUNTEERS: A greater involvement in all the church activities by all makes a church very live and vibrant. If you wish to be a Volunteer please do contact the Parish Priest. Thank You.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
|Fr Peter Kelly of Dunvant Parish|
Of course special thanks to our own Parish Priest Fr. Paul Joseph who helped in so many ways.
There is also a special mention to a very special soul who this trying time brought me into contact with: Swansea-based priest Fr. Kelly, who's vocation is to visit the patients of Singleton Hospital. Indeed this kindly and charitable soul came to me on every day and it meant that almost every day I could receive Holy Communion (one day I could not because despite visiting twice that day, Fr Kelly either found me in too much pain or asleep).
I really have nothing but praise for this wonderful man of God whose calling enables him to give so much hope, joy and comfort to those in pain, worrying, recovering, alone etc. To see his smiling face, hear him blessing the patients and staff, as they in turn would call "goodnight Father" after the silver haired priest all in black, it is one of most endearing memories of my stay in hospital and always brings a smile to my face.
A fellow patient told me that Fr Kelly had been there for his own mother when she was in the hospital some decades before.
It reminds one of how the Catholic Priesthood can still mean a great deal, can bring so much succour to souls in need, is still (despite media assaults and rare scandals) a truly Holy Calling.
Even now when I get pains or am weary as I recover, the smiling face and truly charitable nature of the kindly Fr Kelly truly lifts my soul. If ever a man was sent by Our Lord and Our Lady to help those who need it I think Fr Kelly is that man.
Our diocese is very lucky to have such a priest.
Thank you and God Bless you Fr Kelly of Dunvant Parish. You and your vocation will always be in my prayers.
Diocese of Menevia on Fr kelly's 60th Anniversary of Ordination (lots of very interesting biographical information on this wonderful priest).
The prizes of the Grand Christmas Draw 2010 are: I Prize: £ 50, II Prize: £30, III Prize: £20, IV Prize: Hamper, V Prize: Hamper, VI Prize: Dinner for 2, and there are many more prizes to win..!
Please do sell as many books of tickets as possible, beginning with at least 10.
Meanwhile, any “Sellable Items” like toiletries, bottle stall items, jewellery, good toys, books etc can be left either in Burry Port or Kidwelly Churches.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
May I thank all the kind friends and parishioners who have given me all their best wishes, kept me in the prayers and much more. I take great comfort in all these prayers and Masses being said for my intention.
I am going into hospital tomorrow and hope to be out 7-10 days from then providing there are no complications.
It is quite major surgery but the doctors tell me it is a relatively "easy" one too.
I am sure Our Lord and Our Lady will give me the strength I need. The operation is on the birthday of our beloved departed former Parish Priest, Fr Charles Higham SJ, so I am sure that has a meaning known in heaven.
Given these circumstances there may be some delays with future posts on the Parish web-site [though I hope to semi-smuggle a lap top into hospital early next week when I have some strength back ;-)].
So again a big thanks to everyone in the Parish, especially of course our Parish Priest, Fr Paul Joseph, for his support, encouragement and help. He says there is an onion bhaji waiting with my name on it!
The parish does not have enough mass intentions for the priest. There are a few intentions coming from outside the parish. If you intend to book a mass for the foreseeable future, please do get that done at the earliest.
The Christmas Fayre of our Parish is planned for the December 4, 2010. Thanks to all who have put your name down for contributions in cash or kind. We will have a Tombola Stall. Please do bring items for the same. The raffle prizes will be announced shortly and the tickets will be made available soon.
Meanwhile, any “Sellable Items” like toiletries, bottle stall items, jewellery, good toys, books etc can be left either in Burry Port or Kidwelly Churches.
Thanks to all the organisers, contributors and participants of the NEARLY-NEW sale on the 30.10.2010. The Parish remains indebted to all such activities and organisers. The event raised £ 211.45. These events are the lifelines to financially sustain the parish. Thanks again and God bless you all.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Above: The poster distributed around Burry Port and Pembrey.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Thanks to all who attended in person and those who sent apologies. More details of the meeting and the decisions will be displayed on the Notice Board next weekend.
The funeral mass for Graham Samuel will take place on Tuesday, 26th October, 2010 at 2.00pm. Rev. Fr. Owen McGrael from Tenby will preside. Let us specially remember in our personal prayers Mr. (Late) Graham Samuel, Mrs. Sandra Samuel and the family at this time of their loss.
Please do note the change of time for the day’s mass.
Monday, 18 October 2010
The AGENDA is:
Planning of Christmas Liturgy, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Parish Status, Parish Finance Returns, Fund-Raising Events towards Parish Finance, Volunteers for Counting Collections, Ministers of Communion and Ministers of the Word, Parish Office-Holders, Parish Associations.
Let’s remember Mrs. Sandra Samuel and her family at this time of their loss.
Let us entrust Graham Samuel and all the departed souls of our beloved, especially those whose anniversaries are at this time, and those who have no one to pray for their souls.
Monday, 11 October 2010
The Parish Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, 2010, after the evening mass.
The AGENDA would include planning of Christmas Liturgy, Fund-Raising Events for Parish etc.
If you wish to include any other topic for discussion, please do phone the parish office or post through the letter box.
The final agenda will be published next weekend.
Interested in how Catholics can link in with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games? Want to be part of the world’s largest ever ecumenical venture? If you are keen or just curious, then please attend a one-off 90 minute briefing presented by More Than Gold, the umbrella Christian charity serving the 2012 Games, during their Nationwide Vision Tour. Please do find more information on the notice board.
Menevia Diocese’s closest briefing will take place on Friday 15 October at Cardiff City Stadium (CF11 8AZ). Refreshments from 7.00pm; Main presentation from 7.30 to 9.00pm. To find out more, and to register for this free event, visit www.morethangold.org.uk or call 0845 475 2012.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
|Great excitement greets the Pope as he enters Hyde Park|
|The pilgrims wave to the Holy Father as he greets and blesses them.|
|The large screens allow the Faithful to follow the Mass|
|The Faithful see the Pope and the Mass in great detail.|
|Just a small section of the huge crowd, for many of whom it was a very long day, worth the wait for a Papal Mass.|
many thanks to Finola for taking photos (more to follow!)
Saturday, 2 October 2010
The Burry Port Christian Forum has set up two exciting projects:
- A meeting every Sunday evening from 8.00 p.m. in the Neptune Hotel, called “Hot Potato”. This is an opportunity to talk about life issues from a Christian perspective. All are welcome to attend and are requested to bring a friend who would not normally attend church. The launch is on 3rd October with a speaker and music group.
- A Youth Café to be held on Thursday evenings, 7.00 – 9.00 p.m., at the Surf Bar Café. This begins on Thursday 14th October. This is in response to the lack of facilities for young people in the town, and will be an opportunity for young people to talk about Christianity. Please encourage your young people to come along.
02.10.2010 Sat : 6.30pm : Sunday Vigil Mass
03.10.2010 Sun : 5 - 6pm : Quiet Personal Prayer and Vespers
04.10.2010 Mon : 9.00am : Mass: St. Francis of Assisi
05.10.2010 Tue : 6.30pm : Mass
06.10.2010 Wed : 9.00am : Mass : St. Bruno
: 6.30pm : Rosary & Benediction
07.10.2010 Thu : 6.30pm : Mass: Our Lady of Rosary
08.10.2010 Fri : 9.00am : Mass
09.10.2010 Sat : 6.30pm : Sunday Vigil Mass
10.10.2010 Sun : 5.00pm : Quiet Personal Prayer and Vespers
MASS TIME at Our Lady & St. Cadoc, KIDWELLY
03.10.2010 Sun : 10.30am : Sunday Mass : James Gerard Murphy-RIP
10.10.2010 Sun : 10.30am : Sunday Mass
Burry Port : 6-6.25pm on Saturdays
Kidwelly : 10-10.25am on Sundays
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Exploring Ministry: A day for Ministers of Communion and Ministers of the Word will be held on Saturday October 23, at Church of St. David and St. Patrick, Haverfordwest. Fr. Tony Philpot, who was the Spiritual Director at English College, Rome, is the resource person. Please do contact the Parish Office for further details.
Reflection: Cardinal Newman has a great prayer to his credit on “The Mission of Life”:
“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some works to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission... I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place...”
That is the property entrusted to us as the Gospel says. It is entrusted to us for a mission. We are placed here for definite purpose, to make this world better, to bring love and mercy, to bring healing and compassion. Let’s remember that we’ll be asked to turn in a complete account of handling this property that is at our care..!
Thursday, 16 September 2010
I hope the faithful of the Parish will forgive me for a personal insight regarding the Papal Mass in Glasgow, and indulge me as I put a personal spin on it.
Archbishop Conti (a true guide to the faithful who has always spoken out on grave matters to reinforce Catholic doctrine) gave a wonderful speech on the Faith throughout these isles, and the role of the various wonderful saints who brought Catholicism to every part of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.
Of course he mentioned St Ninian - whose feast day it is - and his ordination in Rome prior to bringing the Faith to the people of Scotland.
It is here that I remember a small journey made in Scotland.
Some years ago my family and I lived in that fair land and we were walking beside a river in Caithness, at the very northernmost part of Scotland, once a region ruled over by Norsemen.
A little into our walk we bumped into a local man in a field and as we spoke to him about the stone walls around the fields, he told us a wonderful story.
The walls were built with two outer 'skins' of rock, then the centre was filled-in, giving the walls a strength they surely needed to survive some of the winds that would batter them over the years.
A few years before, so the farmer told us, he was repairing a wall when he took out a broken stone with a strange symbol on it. He then found another stone, which fitted the first.
When the two stones were put together, it formed the Chi Rho - the ancient symbol of the early Christians, and the symbol that we now recognise as that of the Pope.
It was this symbol the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great saw in a vision which was then explained to him by Christ in a dream, which he adopted as the Imperial symbol that gave him victory in battle and led to Rome becoming officially Christian.
It was astonishing to think that this old Catholic symbol, perhaps broken after the Reformation, perhaps initially hidden as many holy and ancient objects were, was in this place in some quiet valley in rural Caithness.
It reminded me, and reminds me to this day, of the deep roots of the Catholic Faith throughout these islands, and as Archbishop Conti reminded us today, Christ used His saints to take that Faith to even far flung communities as apart as our parish of Burry Port & Kidwelly and the people of Caithness.
This is the Faith that His Holiness the Pope called on the people of Scotland to live through the love of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Media Coverage of Papal Visit-2010:
The forthcoming Papal Visit to the UK is being widely broadcast on various media outlets. Be sure to view the different events on: Online: www.thepapalvisit.org.uk,
TV: BBC, ITV and Sky Channel 589 (EWTN), Radio: www.heartgivesuntoheart.co.uk and the UK Christian Radio Channel Premier Radio and on Diocesan Website: www.dioceseofmenevia.org
MASS TIMES at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Burry Port
11.09.2010 Sat : 6.30pm : Sunday Vigil Mass
: Ints: Jim Morgan RIP
12.09.2010 Sun : 5 - 6pm : Quiet Personal Prayer and Vespers
13.09.2010 Mon : 9.00am : Mass: St. John Chrysostom
14.09.2010 Tue : 6.30pm : Mass: Exaltation of the Holy Cross
15.09.2010 Wed : 9.00am : Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows
: 6.30pm : Rosary & Benediction
16.09.2010 Thu : 6.30pm : Mass: Sts. Cornelius & Cyprian
17.09.2010 Fri : 9.00am : Mass: St. Robert Bellarmine
18.09.2010 Sat : 6.30pm : Sunday Vigil Mass
19.09.2010 Sun : 5 - 6pm : Quiet Personal Prayer and Vespers
MASS TIME at Our Lady & St. Cadoc, KIDWELLY
12.09.2010 Sun : 10.30am : Sunday Mass
Burry Port: 6-6.25pm on Saturdays
Kidwelly: 10-10.25am on Sundays
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Diocesan Collection: Priest Training Fund
The Diocese of Menevia has four prospective candidates to priesthood and a candidate, Jim Caddick, for the Permanent Diaconate. It is our generosity that helps the Diocese to meet the huge expense for the same. The second Diocesan Collection for the Priest Training Fund will be carried out on the weekend of 21st–22nd August. Please do take home the envelope. Please do Gift Aid it whenever applicable. Thanks You.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Diocesan Collection: Priest Training Fund: The Diocese of Menevia has four prospective candidates to priesthood and a candidate, Jim Caddick, for the Permanent Diaconate. It is our generosity that helps the Diocese to meet the huge expense for the same. The second Diocesan Collection for the Priest Training Fund will be carried out on a Sunday in August. It shall be announced at a later date. Please do take home the envelope. Please do Gift Aid it whenever applicable. Thanks.
Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of the Taper Shrine, Cardigan: The Statue of Our Lady of the Taper will be taken up to Westminster during the Papal visit. The Holy Father will light the Taper candle in the hand our Blessed Mother. To recognise this historic and wonderful occasion, there will be a special Mass of Thanksgiving at the National Shrine, Cardigan on Sunday September 26th. It will be presided over by Bishop Thomas Burns. The Holy Rosary is at 2.30pm; the Holy Mass follows it. Please note the date for your participation.
Wednesday Aug 11th 9.00am Burry Port Holy Mass – Memorial: St. Clare, Virgin
Wednesday Aug 11th 6.30pm Burry Port Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by Benediction
Thursday Aug 12th 6.30pm Burry Port Holy Mass – St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious
Friday Aug 13th 9.00am Burry Port Holy Mass – Ss Pontian, Pope and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs
Saturday Aug 14th 6.30pm Burry Port SOLEMNITY: THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Mass inten: Parishioner’s Birthday – Donor: Private
Sunday Aug. 15th 10.30am Kidwelly SOLEMNITY: THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Mass inten: Andy Duffy RIP (Birthday anniv.) - Donor: Ann and Family
Thursday, 29 July 2010
PLEASE PRAY for the repose of the soul of Thomas (Father Thomas’s father) who sadly passed away in the early hours of Friday 23rd July. Father Thomas thanks everyone for their prayers and condolences and asks the parish to please continue praying for his mother and family at this sad time.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Tuesday June 29th 6.30pm Burry Port Holy Mass – Solemnity: Ss PETER and PAUL
Wednesday June 30th 6.30pm Burry Port Benediction and Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday July 1st 6.30pm Burry Port Holy Mass – Solemnity: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Friday July 2nd 9.00am Burry Port Holy Mass
Saturday July 3rd 6.30pm Burry Port Holy Vigil Mass of The 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sunday July 4th 10.30am Kidwelly Holy Mass of The 14th Sunday of the Ordinary Time
SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION: -
Burry Port – 6.00 – 6.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.
Kidwelly – 10.00 – 10.30am on Sunday
May we take this opportunity to thank Jack, Vera and family for inviting us to share this special evening and for the warm hospitality shown to all at the buffet afterwards.
Webmaster's note: See photos from the Mass a few posts down on this site
Twenty-one parishioners and friends travelled from Burry Port and Kidwelly in glorious sunshine to Tenby and then caught the boat over to Caldey Island where Father Thomas celebrated Mass in the small church of St. David. It was a truly wonderful day thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Webmaster's note: We hope to have some photos from the pilgrimage to put online soon.
Stephen James would like to express his sincere thanks to all who attended Mass last Sunday to celebrate his Mayoral term of office.
Thank you also to His Lordship, Bishop Mullins, Father Thomas,all the altar servers, the readers and all who helped make the day so memorable.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
The Bishop was in our parish to present Jack Kenny with the newly established St David medal, for his many years of service to the parish.
With a chance to meet our new parish priest it was a most eventful evening.
Here are some photos from the evening:
Bishop Burns explains the significance of the new St David medal before presenting it to its very first recipient, Jack Kenny.
Jack says a few words on his work for the Church in Kidwelly, to loud applause from all present.
Bishop Burns presents Fr. Thomas with a poem written for the occasion of his departure from Wales to Africa.
Our new parish priest Fr. Paul Joseph joins Jack, Bishop Burns and Fr. Thomas before the altar.
Jack's family join him at the altar:
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Friday June 25th 7.00pm Kidwelly Holy Mass - Bishop Tom will present the Bene Merenti to Jack Kenny
Sunday June 27th 10.30am Kidwelly Holy Mass of The 13th Sunday of the Year
NB. There will be no Mass on Saturday 26th June in Burry Port, as the parish will be going to Tenby and Caldey Island on a pilgrimage. Therefore, there will be only one Mass, which will be celebrated on Sunday at Kidwelly at 10.30 am.
SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION: -
Burry Port – 6.00 – 6.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.
Kidwelly – 10.00 – 10.30am on Sunday
B. Port – wkly. £130.73 (46)
Kw. – wkly. £79.20 (44)
There will be a collection next weekend for Peter’s Pence.
A 28-seater bus had been booked (there are only a few seats left) and the cost will be £7 per person for transport. The bus will leave the Church at Burry Port at 9.00 am and will be picking up parishioners in Pembrey (Square and Trenel) and Kidwelly Church en-route.
We will celebrate Mass in St David’s Church on Caldey Island at 1.00 pm. The Bus will leave Tenby at 5.30pm.
A leaflet has be produced with information on Fr Thomas African Mission in Tanzania. Please feel free to take one and have a read and perhaps pass on to friends and relatives. For those who wish to support the project, more information with be made available in the coming weeks, However, if you would like to make an immediate contribution please speak with Fr Thomas. Once again Father Thomas thanks you all for your kind support.
We have, therefore, made a provisional booking of the hall at Mynydd-y-Garreg for Sunday the 27th June at 12 noon to hold a ‘farewell lunch party’.
There is a list on the notice boards at both churches of various foodstuffs required. If you wish to donate please leave your name alongside the item on the list.
Before Father leaves it would be nice to present him with a gift to remind him of his time at Burry Port and Kidwelly (we know he needs a portable Mass Set for his mission work in Africa). Therefore if you would like to make a donation towards the gift please put this in an envelope and hand it to Stephen or Mark without Father seeing as we hope to keep everything a surprise. THANK YOU ALL.
Monday, 21 June 2010
With the Mass officiated by Bishop Mullins and Father Kochalumchuvattil, with four altar servers, and a good representation from the Kidwelly and Burry Port churches, and many local dignitaries and members of the local community, the Eucharistic service went very well.
With the Burry Port Male Voice Choir singing traditional hymns, and local singer Elizabeth Bowen giving a stirring rendition of Ave Maria especially, it was a very moving experience.
After the Mass the celebrants, servers and dignitaries joined our new Mayor for a photo in front of the altar.
Afterwards everyone was invited to an afternoon tea and light buffet at Burry Port Memorial Hall, and a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.
So congratulations, from everyone in our parish, to Stephen James on becoming Mayor and the hard working Mary James on becoming the Lady Mayoress.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Many congratulations to Stephen James who has been elected Mayor of Burry Port and Pembrey for 2010/12. Stephen is the youngest Councillor and only the second Catholic to hold this post.
His Mayoral Mass will be held next Sunday 20th June at 2.30pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Burry Port and all are welcome to attend the Eucharistic Service.
We all wish him a very successful term of office.
A pilgrimage to Caldey Island has been organised for Saturday 26th June. Please leave your names with Justyn this weekend if you wish to attend.
A 28-seater bus had been booked (there are only a few seats left) and the cost will be £7 per person for transport.
The bus will leave the Church at Burry Port at 9.00 am and will be picking up parishioners in Pembrey (Square and Trenel) and Kidwelly Church en-route.
We are trying to arrange a Mass in Caldey Abbey on the day. Final arrangements will be published next weekend.
Friday, 11 June 2010
A Meeting has been arranged for Thursday10th June at 7.00pm in the church hall at Burry Port to set up a parish group who are interested in helping out Fr. Thomas for his mission in Tanzania. Those who are interested are most welcome to attend.
The St. David's Diocesan Medal (Bene Merenti) will be awarded to Jack Kenny for his faithful service to God and His Church on Friday 25th June at 7.00pm at Our Lady and St. Cadoc, Kidwelly. The Medal will be presented to Jack by Bishop Thomas Matthew Burns and all parishioners are invited to attend Mass.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
A pilgrimage to Caldey Island has been tentatively organised for Saturday 26th June. This only gives us three weeks to make arrangements for a coach and possibly a Mass to be celebrated during our visit. Therefore please leave your names with Justyn this weekend if you wish to attend. Further information regarding times and price will be printed next weekend. Those interested are requested to give firm commitments to enable arrangements to be made, kind thanks.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
An anonymous gift of a cloth for the Main Altar and also one for the Credence Table have been received at Burry Port, may we offer our sincere thanks to this kind person – “Your reward will be great”.
Bishop Mullins blessed the altar cloth at Mass in Burry Port last Saturday. It was a very moving ceremony, before which he explained the relevance of the cloth and the ceremony itself.
Fr. Thomas sends us his kind regards from India, where he is currently staying with his family. He will return on the 27th May (tomorrow!).
Let us pray for him and his family and that the Lord will bless him with a safe journey back to our parish.
Friday, 14 May 2010
Fr Thomas sends us his kind regards from India, Where he is currently staying with his family.
He will be back on the 27th May.
Let us pray for him and his family and that the Lord will bless him with a safe journey home.
Please gather together as a ‘Family’ on each Friday during the month of May to pray together for Reparation and Atonement at this very difficult time.
Please also pray for our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, whose wise and courageous leadership is so important for the Church at this time.
Therefore, as requested by the Bishop, on each Friday throughout the month of May at 7.00pm in Burry Port there will be a service of special prayers.
Please make every effort to attend these important services and pray together.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
Your webmaster was taken ill a fortnight ago and I'm only now starting to catch up with work etc.
A big thank you to our own Fr Thomas Kochalumchuvattil who was a great help, especially as I was ill over Easter, and a thank you also to Fr Robert Copsey, SOLT, from St Mary's Parish, Carmarthen, who took time out to see me at West Wales General Hospital and made it possible for me to have Confession and Communion on Maundy Thursday.
It is at times like this that the importance of our Faith and the kindness of our priests is most appreciated.
Hopefully "normal service" will resume this coming week.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
OUR LADY AND ST. CADOC, KIDWELY
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES 2010
Tuesday 23rd March
7.00 pm Kidwelly: Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Wednesday 24th March
7.00 pm Burry Port: Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Saturday 27th March
6.30 pm Burry port: Vigil Mass of Palm Sunday with Blessings of the Palms and Procession into the Church.
Sunday 28th March
10.30 am Kidwelly: Holy Mass of Palm Sunday with Blessings of the Palms and Procession into the Church.
Wednesday 31st March
11.30 am St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Swansea: Chrism Mass.
THE SACRED TRIDUUM
Holy Thursday 1st April
7.00 pm Burry Port: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Washing of the Feet and Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament to the Alter of Repose.
8. 15 pm Burry Port: Passover Meal in the Church Hall.
9.00 -11.00 pm Burry Port: Adoration before the Alter of Repose.
Good Friday 2nd April
2.15 pm Burry Port: Stations of the Cross.
3.00 pm Burry Port: Liturgy of the Sacred Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
(A Day of Fasting and Abstinence)
Holy Saturday 3rd April
8.30 pm Burry Port: Solemn Easter Vigil.
Easter Sunday 4th April
9.00 am Burry Port: Holy Mass of Easter Sunday.
10.30 am Kidwelly: Holy Mass of Easter Sunday.
A special thank you to His Lordship Bishop Mullins for the pre-meal Blessing and his very interesting and informative talk on St. Patrick and the importance of his mission, a humble ex-slave who took our Faith over to Ireland and how the Irish had, in turn, spread our Faith across the world even back to our own Parish here in Wales. Pictures of the evening and more news can be found on our website. A report on the money raised will be printed soon.
LAMB, UNLEAVENED BREAD, ROASTED EGGS – Please kindly give your name to Mary (after Mass this weekend) if you would like to supply any of the food (cooked lamb, unleavened bread, eggs roasted in their shells) required for the meal. Thank you.
Tuesday Mar. 23rd 9.00am Burry Port Holy Mass
Tuesday Mar. 23rd 7.00pm Kidwelly Sacrament of Reconciliation Wednesday Mar. 24th 9.00am Burry Port Holy Mass
Wednesday Mar. 24th 7.00pm Burry Port Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday Mar. 27th 6.30pm Burry Port Vigil - Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Sunday Mar. 28th 10.30am Kidwelly Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Burry Port wkly £129.40 (42)
Kidwelly wkly £84.50 (38)
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Indeed, before the meal, His Lordship Bishop Mullins gave a brief talk about the history of Saint Patrick which was of great interest.
He culminated by stating how the Faith had been taken to Ireland by this humble ex-slave and the Irish had, in turn, taken that Faith right across the world whether that be America or even back here in Wales and our own parish.
Wit a background of Irish music, a great time was had by all.
A big thanks to all who came on the night, and the staff of Taylor's Steak House once again.
A report on the money raised will be posted on this site soon.
Thanks also to Steven James who popped in at the end, for his steak and chips, having just been made Mayor of Burry Port, the first Catholic to hold that post. The fact that he still came along to our parish get-together despite his busy evening says everything about his dedication to the parish.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SYMPATHY –
Mrs. Margaret Thomas, her daughters Julia and Andrea and families, would like to express their sincere gratitude to Father Thomas, all friends and parishioners for the kindness shown to them on the recent very sad bereavement of their much loved son and brother, Ronnie Thomas. They would like everyone to know that the concern, sympathy and caring shown to them by all, was a great comfort at a very sad and difficult time and will not be forgotten.
Prayer for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Our prayers help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven. These prayers are especially suited for offering a novena on behalf of the dead, or for praying during those seasons of the year (November, in the Western Church; Lent, in the Eastern Church) designated by the Church as times of fervent prayer for the faithful departed.
Thank you to all who helped make the evening a successful one. A special thank you to His Lordship Bishop Daniel Mullins who prepared us for the evening by sharing his knowledge of St. David’s life with us, which was most interesting.
To those who made cawl, others who brought welshcakes and cakes and to those who supplied the tea, coffee, milk etc., that were required for the evening. Thanks also to those who prepared the hall in readiness for the ‘feast’ and not forgetting all who helped clear the tables and wash up at the end of the evening.
All, throughout the evening, enjoyed a wonderful friendly warm atmosphere.
The raffle for the event raised £71.50 while donations at the door amounted to £92.85 – a grand total of £164.35 – once again, thank you and well done.
Jack and Vera thank everyone for their gifts and cards gratefully received on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary.
Donations in lieu of gifts raised £500 for the ‘Breast Care Unit’ at Prince Philip Hospital. Thanks a million everyone.
Tickets for the St. Patrick's Day Evening Meal will be on sale after Mass this weekend (including at the St. David's Day Cawl Cenin). With just a couple of weeks to go, please buy yours as soon as possible to enable the organisers to plan seating and make the arrangements.
There are three types of ticket: child's @ £3, Standard/Veggie meal @ £7.50, 8oz Steak Meal @ £10.
There will be a free enamel lapel shamrock badge with every ticket, for you to wear on the night.
Please support the Parish and help to make the evening as successful as our last evening meals. Families, friends and new faces especially welcome.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Monday, 15 February 2010
PLEASE READ BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON EVENTS, DATES AND GROUPS ARRANGED AT THE MEETING.
Thank you to all who attended the parish meeting last Wednesday where many issues were discussed. A full copy of the Minutes will be posted on the notice board in both churches shortly, however below are some important events and dates for your diary.
St. David’s Day – This will be celebrated in the Church Hall at Burry Port with cawl and welsh cakes. There is a list on the notice board at both churches for anyone wishing to help or donate food and cakes for the evening. Thank you.
St. Patrick’s Day – Gareth is making enquiries at various establishments for the parish to have a meal together, hopefully in Kidwelly this year, to celebrate this event. More details will be placed in the newsletter as soon as a date and venue have been arranged.
Summer Parish Gathering – A suggestion was made for a whole parish event to be held during the summer months e.g., picnic or something similar. The details for this event will be discussed further at a later date and then published in the newsletter.
May Procession – As Father is away for part of May it was decided to hold the May Procession on
Sunday 30th May at Burry Port, followed by refreshments in the church hall. More details will be published in the newsletter closer to the date.
Bishop Mullins’ 40th Anniversary – The Diocese are celebrating Mass in the Cathedral on the occasion of Bishop Mullins’ anniversary in April and it was decided that enquiries be made with regard to our parishioners joining this celebration. If it is possible for us to attend arrangements will be made for parishioners requiring transport to the Mass.
LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS AND SACRAMENTS
ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass at Burry Port at 6.30pm
LENTEN DEANERY STATION MASS – Tuesday 9th March, 7.00pm at Burry Port, light refreshments (as it is Lent) will be served in the hall following the Mass.
CHRISM MASS at the Cathedral on Wednesday 31st March. More details in newsletter.
MAUNDY THURSDAY – Mass at Burry Port with washing of the feet after which Passover Meal in the church.
hall (similar to last year) followed by Vigil at the Altar of Repose until Midnight. Stephen, Mark and Gareth to help with these arrangements.
GOOD FRIDAY – Stations of the Cross to commence at 2.30pm with Our Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm at
SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL – The Easter Vigil Mass will be held at Burry Port and will start at 8.30pm (as
instructed by Bishop Burns.)
EASTER SUNDAY – Mass will be celebrated at Kidwelly at 10.30am
READING CYCLE - YEAR C PART 1
FEBRUARY 13th (Sat.) STEPHEN JAMES 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
FEBRUARY 17th (Wed.) JUSTYN JAMES ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 20th (Sat.) MAIR KEEGAN First Sunday of Lent
FEBRUARY 27th (Sat.) NORMA DAVIES Second Sunday of Lent
MARCH 6th (Sat.) ROBERT COOK Third Sunday of Lent
MARCH 13th (Sat.) GLORIA HALL Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare)
MARCH 20th (Sat.) OWEN HARRIES Fifth Sunday of Lent
HOLY WEEK, SACRED TRIDIUM AND EASTER READERS
MARCH 25th (Thurs.) JUSTYN JAMES The Annunciation of the Lord
MARCH 27th (Sat.) BERNARD NORTHEAST PALM SUNDAY READINGS
MARCH 27th (Sat.) MARY and NORMA PALM SUNDAY
THE PASSION OF OUR LORD (According to LUKE)
APRIL 1st (Thurs.) DOMINIC CONWAY MAUNDY THURSDAY
APRIL 2nd (Fri.) MARK STEPHENS GOOD FRIDAY READINGS
APRIL 2nd (Fri.) STEPHEN and ROBERT GOOD FRIDAY
THE PASSION OF OUR LORD
(According to JOHN)
APRIL 3rd (Sat.) GLORIA/MAIR/NORMA EASTER VIGIL MASS
STEPHEN/ROBERT (Order of Readers will be
OWEN/BERNARD arranged shortly)
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Father Martin Kenny (Jack’s brother), will be celebrating Mass at 11.00 am on the 20th Feb at Burry Port on this special occasion. Jack and Vera were married at Burry Port Church 50 years ago. May we take this opportunity to wish them many more years of happiness and blessings and to thank them for all the work they do for our parish.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Envelopes will be given out for the above collection this weekend and will be collected in two weeks time
which is the weekend of 20th/21st February.
The envelopes have the ‘Gift Aid declaration’ on the reverse which if completed makes a considerable difference to the total income.
The Diocese now has thirteen priests and four housekeepers in retirement, the cost implication to the Diocese last year was circa £124,000 as well as this we have to pay £33,000 p.a. into our pension fund for our existing priests.
Our Diocesan collection in 2009 contributed £13,650 towards our costs so please try and support this collection as much as possible. With our grateful thanks to all.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Thank you to all parishioners who donated to the special collection to help the people of Haiti recover after the devastating earthquake. The sum raised by the parish amounted to £1,304.62, an amazing amount, once again very many thanks.
KIDWELLY – Tickets will be on sale after Mass for the St. David’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day Raffles, please see Vera.
BURRY PORT – Raffle tickets will be on sale from next weekend until the draw that will probably take place during our St. David’s Day celebrations.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
The next parish meeting will take place Wednesday 10th February at 7.00pm in the church hall at Burry Port. Any parishioners wishing to discuss Parish affairs are encouraged to attend. If you would like to add an item to the agenda please speak to Fr Thomas. Thank you.
Monday, 11 January 2010
CHRISTMAS FAYRE - Many thanks to all for their hard work that helped raise the sum of £300.04 from our Christmas Fayre.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE - to date the sum of £815.30 has been made from our Christmas Raffle, however this will go up slightly when all the donated prize money has been received as some parishioners have been away. Thank you to all who sold and purchased tickets and to everyone who donated prizes. Thanks also to Carol (who battled on even though she had been in hospital) and Vera for their help.