Friday, 29 October 2010

Parish Meeting details on Notice Board

PARISH MEETING: As announced, the details of Parish Meeting and decisions are displayed on the Notice Board. Please do take time to go through the same.

Holy Rosary Month - Ends This Weekend

HOLY ROSARY: October is the month of the Holy Rosary. In order to honour our Blessed Mother, we have been praying the Holy Rosary after the mass at Burry Port, from last Sunday. The solemn conclusion of the Rosary Month will be celebrated on Sunday, 31st October at 5pm.

Nearly New Sale: This Saturday

FUND RAISING: NEARLY-NEW SALE: Thanks to all the organisers, contributors and participants of the NEARLY-NEW sale. The Parish remains indebted to all such activities and organisers. These events are the lifelines to sustain the parish. Thanks again.

Above: The poster distributed around Burry Port and Pembrey.

Young Gardeners

VOLUNTEERS FOR CHURCH GARDEN: The “YOUTH” of the parish spent a day cleaning the garden and planting spring bulbs. They are extending a helping hand to the already existing volunteers to maintain the church premises. On behalf of the parishioners, a big THANKS to them and to all volunteers.

Friends of Fransalians Meeting

FRIENDS OF THE FRANSALIANS: Fr. Thomas would like to meet with all the Friends of the Fransalians after the mass on this Thursday, 4th November, to report on progress with the seminary at Arusha. All are welcome in the hall at Burry Port.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

World Mission Sunday

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: This weekend is the World Mission Sunday. The second collection is therefore, to help the missionary activities of the universal Church.

CAFOD Campaign

CAFOD: BIG CLIMATE COnnECTION: CAFOD is urging its supporters to join the Big Climate Connection by lobbying their MPs alongside supporters from more than 100 other organisations determined to show MPs that all kinds of people are calling for action on climate change. The lobbies will take place on 5th and 6th November. To find how to get involved please phone 020 70955692 or CAFOD on 02920453360, or go to

Holy Rosary Month

HOLY ROSARY: October is the month of the Holy Rosary. In order to honour our Blessed Mother, we will have the Holy Rosary soon after the mass at Burry Port, from Sunday 24th to 31st October. The solemn conclusion of the month will be celebrated on Sunday, 31st October at 5pm.

Holy Hour on Thursdays

HOLY HOUR on THURSDAY: At the Parish Meeting on 19th October 2010, it was decided that the Holy Hour will take place on Thursdays from 5.30pm. The Mass will be as usual at 6.30pm.

Parish Meeting Last Week

PARISH MEETING: As announced, the Parish Meeting was held Tuesday, October 19, 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

Tuesday's Parish Meeting: The Agenda

PARISH MEETING: The Parish Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, 2010, after the evening mass. Please do make yourselves free to participate in the discussions and deliberations.

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.

In Memoriam: Graham Samuel

Let us specially remember at the altar and in our personal prayers Mr. (Late) Graham Samuel who passed away Thursday night.

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

Parish Meeting: October 19th


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.

Catholics & the London 2012 Olympic Games


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 or call 0845 475 2012.

World Mission Sunday

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: The World Mission Sunday is on October 23/24.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Pope's Visit: Report from a Welsh Pilgrim

His holiness Pope Benedict XVI state visit to the United Kingdom
London 17th -18th September 2010

By Justyn John James

After arriving in London on Friday night, we awoke early on Saturday morning in great excitement and anticipation for the day’s events. My Brother Stephen was privileged to attend the Papal Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday morning. And so we quickly made our way down to the Cathedral.

A sizable crowd had gathered in the streets immediately surrounding Westminster Cathedral and were eagerly waiting for a glimpse of the Holy Father. Many people with banners, placards and flags watched and listened intently to the service on giant television monitors showing live footage from inside the Cathedral. We spoke to a lady from the Caribbean who had come with her granddaughter and a man in a wheelchair who movingly could not see what was happening but never the less wanted to be there to show his support. The Holy Father then emerged from the Cathedral for a moving greeting with young people who had formed outside in the small piazza and the excitement levels reached fever pitch, as the faithful serenaded Pope Benedict with shouts of “viva il papa”, He gave a brief talk and blessing to the many who were present and then left to continue his apostolic journey. After lunch in the nearby Albert pub, we too left and made our way back to the hotel.

On our way to the Hyde Park prayer vigil we were greeted with the most amazing and wonderful atmosphere, which was at once infectious; the streets of London were packed with pilgrims for all over the world, and all four corners of the country, Carrying banners and flags the throng was also making its way towards
Hyde Park, with many singing hymns on the way which reverberated through the bustling streets of London. This sight indeed was a joy to behold, and one of the memories which will stay with me forever, as central London was transformed into a vibrant if some what transient Catholic community for this momentous day.

Once inside the atmosphere was electric. Faithful members of the Church militant, suffering and triumphant were a joy to behold as all became one; Bishops, priests, nuns and laity alike. A large and seemingly never ending procession of people carrying and proudly displaying their parish banners made there way up to the podium, where they were warmly greeted by the bishops of England and Wales, including our own Bishop Tom Burns and Bishop Daniel Mullins. We were treated to a diverse series of performances, to many to mention, all beautifully preformed, one moment which was particularly touching was the parents of murdered catholic teenager Jimmy Mizen who spoke beautifully, one must applaud their courage, forgiveness and hope as an example of true Christian virtue!

As the Holy Father approached Hyde Park the excitement again began to build, with live images beamed onto giant screens increasing the tension and excitement as the popemobile made its way down the Mall and past the hundred of thousands of pilgrims who had come to see and support our pope. It had been a long wait but the wait was worth it. When Pope Benedict finally arrived and came through the crowd in his popemobile, a “wave of joy and happiness” greeted him. Many people around me were over come with emotion at this point, not least my own Mother and Auntie. I must say that I became quite emotional too seeing the Holy Father, what a truly humble and spiritual man he is, a true apostle of Christ, he is an inspiration to me and I am sure to all those who were present at this historic event, the light of Christ genuinely shines through him, illuminating all who see him. Every one of the faithful pilgrims in the vast crowd was so happy to be there and show their faith and support towards him. All thanks must be to God who continually gives us these moments of Grace and great joy.

The Liturgy began with psalm 119 and an account of the beatitudes from the Gospel of St Mathew. In his homily Pope Benedict spoke intimately on the teaching of Blessed Cardinal Newman. Then the crowds fell into a peaceful silence as adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began, with many kneeling for the Benediction. The Holy Father himself was kneeling with the faithful in contemplation and prayer. This again was a moving moment and a tremendous manifestation of the vitality of the faith in this country! The liturgy finished with hymns and prayers by Blessed Cardinal Newman and the Tantum ergo. At the end of the service a beautiful rendition of the Irish blessing was sung by a young boy named Liam McNally.

We came away with the rest of the faithful pilgrims, slowly seeping away into the night, resonating with a feeling of great joy and a smile on our faces as did all who were present, As his holiness Pope Benedict has said “Be witnesses to the beauty of holiness, the splendour of the truth and the joy and freedom born of a relationship with Christ’. Let us hope we can all deepen our relationship with Christ and unite with one another in holiness through, what was for those present, the unforgettable apex of this historic Papal Visit, and then we too, like the Holy Father and our blessed Mother may be called true witnesses of Christ.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Pope's Visit: Photos from Hyde Park

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.

Pope's Visit: Photo from Outside Westminster Cathedral

This great photo gives a taste of the crowds gathered outside the papal Mass at Westminster Cathedral.

many thanks to Finola for taking photos (more to follow!)

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Burry Port Christian Forum Meetings


The Burry Port Christian Forum has set up two exciting projects:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Next Week's Mass Times

MASS TIMES at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, BURRY PORT
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