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