18th Week of Ordinary Time, Year A
Father of everlasting goodness, our origin and guide, be close to us.
Quote of the Week
“Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried ... being threatened or even attacked.”
Romans chapter 8, Verse 35
Livestream Masses at Saint Joseph’s
The next Mass will be livestreamed at 9.15am tomorrow, but you are still able to view live images from the church: Click Here.
Public Masses Begin Again
Public Masses have begun again at Saint Joseph’s. Because of social distancing restrictions we have a limit of 30 places at each Mass, but can accommodate individuals as well as smaller groups (e.g. families). Please ring the office on 2041 1819 to book a place.
Initially, as well as the Masses of Sunday, there will be also be weekday Masses on Mondays at 9.15am, Wednesdays at 7.00pm and Fridays at 9.15am. Other Masses will be livestreamed. See the newsletter for more details.
Masses & Services this Week [Sundays: Yr A, Weekdays: Yr 2]
- Saturday 1st of Aug: 9.15am (Public)
- 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2nd of Aug: 9.15am (Public)
- Monday 3rd of Aug: 9.15am (Public)
- Tuesday 4th of Aug: 9.15am (Livestreamed)
- Wednesday 5th of Aug: 9.15am (Livestreamed)
- Thursday 6th of Aug: 9.15am (Public)
- Friday 7th of Aug: 9.15am (Public)
- Saturday 8th of Aug: 9.15am (Public)
- 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9th of Aug: 9.15am (Public)
Important Information About Public Masses
In order to celebrate public Masses we very much need more stewards. The role is very straightforward and is a great service to our parish. Training will be provided.
We will only be able to allocate 30 places at each Mass. This will be done on a first come, first served basis (see below for the procedures). Masses will continue to be live streamed.
Reserving Your Seat
- Please ring the office on 2041 1819 - name and contact will be recorded for Track & Trace.
General Rules in addition to the ones already given or clearly known
- You will be required to use hand gel (provided) or disposable gloves.
- Cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged (not surgical masks). Ideally, please provide your own, although coverings are available on request.
- TOILETS remain CLOSED at this time.
- Communion in the hand ONLY, and under one kind only - the precious Host.
- Stretch your arms full length to receive communion.
- Those seated in the far left and far right aisles (nearest the windows) will remain in their pews to receive communion/blessing. The Priest/Deacon will come to you. Please stand in your pew to show that you would like communion/blessing.
- Those in the central aisle will approach the altar, when directed to, by the stewards.
- Please consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister. Restrictions on those in vulnerable groups will apply. Face visors or disposable masks will be available.
- Collections will NOT be taken during Mass or offertory procession.
- Collection envelopes will be available at the entrance for members of the parish who do not currently donate by direct debit/standing order.
- Two types of envelope are available: Gift Aid envelopes for those who pay tax (so the Parish can claim an additional 25% tax, at no extra cost to you), and plain envelopes for parishioners who do not pay tax.
- Please consider making a regular donation by direct debit/standing order - details in the newsletter. This will ensure a regular income for our parish, especially during these uncertain times.
- Clearly marked collection bags will be placed at the exit of the church, into which collection envelopes may be placed.
- Monetary contributions to help cover the costs of the specialised cleaning materials/hand gel etc. would be greatly appreciated. This is currently being generously covered by a few parishioners.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Masses & Services [Sundays: Yr A, Weekdays: Yr 2]
Some Useful Catholic Liturgy Links
Find Us on Facebook
This is a very good time to join the parish Facebook group (if you haven’t already).
Over the coming weeks it will provide us with a place to keep in touch.
Simply click on the following link and request to join the group.
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for July 2020
Our Families We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
Our weekly Bible Study will obviously NOT take place at the present time. Even so, the Bible remains a treasure that can give us what we need. The readings for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time are:
- 1 Kings ch 19 vs 9-13
- Psalm 84 (85 in most Bibles)
- Romans ch 9 vs 1-5
- Matthew ch 14 vs 22-33
These readings can be most easily found in an ordinary Sunday Missal.
JESUS OUR HOPE AND SOLACE
Happy Easter,the Lord is truly Risen, Alleluia Alleluia. As we celebrate Easter a time when at the fullness of time God sent His only son into the world to redeem us, we as well mark a historical moment in our liturgy and int the world when we celebrate Easter not in our churches but in the now sanctuaries of our homes, and our dinner tables have become our altars. With the human situation of covid-19 which has made us to retreat into our homes and the threat it poses to our well being we remember in a special way all those who have developed new working relations to fight this enemy.Families who have lost their loved ones, Jesus understands every human situation and his suffering on the cross a moment of shame and isolation and the cry of abandonment, leads to our Easter celebration when, Jesus meets the women who went early in the morning to anoint His body, in return it is Jesus who heals them and unites the apostles... [read more]
The Recent Closure of Churches
Our church will remain closed in regard to the public regulations which is for the mutual well being of one another. Please I encourage you to keep following the public health regulations. A simple act of sacrifice and hygiene like washing of hands, staying at home, and remembering to keep social distance can save a life.
Like during the time of the apostles who remained in the house under closed doors waiting for the holy spirit, we have been encouraged not to forget those who need our practical help, the poor, the old, the unemployed, the lonely, families who may not have enough of the daily bread. It is a moment to pray together like the apostles to experience the abiding presence of our Lord in our time of self-isolation and social distancing, I have to be honesty with you it is not easy. For us here at the presbytery it is really a trying moment. Your words of encouragement, your messages, your phone calls have helped us to realise how... [read more]
Parish Pastoral Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dear Parishioners and all people of goodwill, this is a most difficult time and it tries our faith and our Christian friendship. With the threat of coronavirus and aware of the vulnerability of some of our parishioners, of course all of us as human beings are delicate and vulnerable to risks that come our way. I am suggesting that if the crisis worsens, let us identify people who may need our prompt response. Take a phone number, know the address, enquire from a family member so that in case of a worse case scenario we are able to offer material support, hope and words of closeness to those who may remain at home - a telephone conversion is a pastoral response. Or we can use Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram to keep up-to-date. I am appealing for volunteers for this. I know we have wonderful people. We can share information but be careful not to create unnecessary fear or panic. Do not be afraid, Jesus always reminds us, he is with us... [read more]
saint joseph’s catholic church
If you’re a first time visitor, welcome to our website. If you’re a regular, welcome back. For a general overview of the site, or for help to find what you’re looking for more quickly, use the menu below.
- links - links to websites for children.
- art - christian art by the masters, plus a short reflection.
- books - book recommendations covering serveral categories.
- poetry - original poetry, mostly by people in the parish.
- photos - original photography, mostly in and around cardiff.
- stories - original prose/fiction by people in the parish.
- q & a - why fast? what does ‘magnum pietatis opus’ mean? etc.
- services - times of masses and confessions in the parish.
- joseph - a short article about our patron, saint joseph.
- sisters - a little bit about the Sisters of st. joseph of annecy.
- clergy - a little bit about the clergy in our parish.
- chaplaincy - information about hospital chaplaincy services.
- contact - a few ways to contact us.