Tuesday, 28 September 2010

SVP Christmas Appeal 2010

SVP TWINNAGE – Sudan Christmas Appeal 2010: Hundreds of children die of starvation in Sudan every day. The most charitable works towards feeding these children are carried out by SVP than any other charitable organisations. It costs £40 to feed a child for a year. It’s that time of the year when we think of buying memorable gifts to our family and friends. In most of the cases, a gift is associated with Christmas and it is commercialisation of Christmas indeed. This year for a change, please do think of a gift that is pure CHARITY. As a family or individual please do sponsor food for a baby. It is exactly the meaning of Christmas; God giving us generously.

CAFOD Fast day

CAFOD Fast Day: The CAFOD Fast Day is on October 1st, 2010. Please do pick up the envelope for the same and return it on the following weekend. Thank you.

SVP Mass of Anointing of the Sick

SVP Mass of Anointing of the Sick: The SVP is organising the Annual Mass and Anointing of the Sick at St. Illtyd’s Church, Danygraig, Swansea at 3.00pm, on October 10th, 2010. All are welcome.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Haverfordwest Conference

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.

A Reflection on Cardinal Newman

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

The Papal Mass & Catholicism in Scotland

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

The Papal Visit 2010: Media Coverage

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

This Week's Mass Times

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