St Joseph's - Roman Catholic Parish - Port Talbot
 

The Presbytery, Water Street, Port Talbot, SA12 6LE, Wales
Tel. 01639 882846
Diocese of Menevia
Parish Priest: Monsignor J Cefai, MA, PhD

Pastoral Letter — Menevia 22 November 2021 (pdf)

Honouring Sunday (pdf)

Pastoral Letter re COP26 (pdf)

Gift and Legacy (pdf)

 

Christ the King, 21st November 2021

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year and the Solemnity of Christ the King. This feast reminds us that whatever earth powers may do or ask of us, Christ is the true king who should reign in our mind, will and heart. May He be in all we think, say and do in private and in public. In the aftermath of the First World War and in the midst of the rise of Communism in Russia, Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925.  While the world was increasingly telling Christians that they must compartmentalize their religion and give their highest allegiance to the government, Pope Pius XI wrote regarding the feast: If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone.

The end of the liturgical year reminds us of the importance of confronting our own death: “Spiritual traditions recommend that we move our death from something in the future to right now. In this position of nearness, death can test our lives and teach us what to do. And it has many lessons to contribute to our education. It weans us away from the illusion of immortality. It encourages us to prioritize our activities and focus on what is most important. It instils a sense of freedom, reaffirming our ability to lead a life of integrity. It awakens us to the dangers of procrastination, telling us to get out of our chair and deal with unfinished business. There are relationships that need reconciling, and people who need to be thanked. Finally, it opens us to each moment, cherishing whatever arises in all its fragility. No one knows how he or she will die. So, meditating on our death is not preparation for a future event. Rather it tells us how to live so that whenever and however we die, our life will be fulfilled.”

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Times of Service

Mass Intentions
This week
Cwmavon Saturday 5.00pm (NADL); 6 00pm (Kate Donovan)
Sunday 8.30am (NADL); 10.00am (People of the Parish)

Next weekend
Cwmavon: Saturday 5.00pm (NADL)
Saturday 6.00pm (Jim Monahan)
Sunday 8.30am (People of the Parish); 10.00am (NADL)

Baptisms:
Saturdays at 11.30am. Next available dates after Christmas.

Confession and Holy Communion to the sick:
for those who are unable to go out because of ill health. I made three visits this week. Please continue to keep the sick in your daily prayers.

Please pray
for those whose Anniversary occur during this time of the year and all those who are on the November altar Dead list.

Announcements

Cwmavon Church:
Mass on Saturdays at 5.00pm.  Thanks to all those who are helping and supporting us.

Sacraments:
Parents who have baptised children eligible for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, please contact the Parish Priest. They are expected to attend Mass regularly.

Your contributions for the upkeep of the Parish:
We encourage our parishioners to consider contributing for the upkeep of the Parish by making a Standing Order and encourage those who pay income tax to join the GAD. Forms available as you leave. The appeal goes also to those who have been following us by livestreaming and stopped contributing.

Last weekend’s Offertory collection (3 Masses):
£154. 25 (plus a donation of £80).  Cwmavon £36.30 (plus a donation of £260; another of £50). Nearly New shop £140 and £25 =£165.

Readers:
please sanitise your hands before and after the Reading. On entering and leaving the Church please keep social distance. Thanks.

Synod:
Phase One is about to begin in our Parish. Information from the back of the Church. Please reflect on and write some answers to the 10 questions from Rome. Questions distributed last week.  Copies still available in the Porch. Thanks.

Mission Boxes (Red):
please return these boxes to Church to be emptied.

Please pray for me as I pray for you and God bless you.