MASS SCHEDULE 22nd AUGUST – 3rd SEPTEMBER.
Amended mass schedule
during the time of Fr. Matthews absence from the parish.
Monday 22nd – 9.30am Fr.
1.15pm FUNERAL SERVICE FOR PAT McGreevy.
Tuesday 23rd -9.30am Fr.
Matthew (No evening Mass.) (Fr. Matthew leaves.)
Wednesday 24th – No mass.
Thursday 25th –No mass.
Friday 26th – 7.00pm Fr.
Saturday 27th – 11.00am Fr.
Abbot (No confessions.)
Sunday 28th – As normal,
Fr. Archie Casey-Xaverian Missionary Priest.
Monday 29th – No mass.
Tuesday 30th – 7.00pm Fr.
Wednesday 31st – No Mass.
Thursday 1st Sept – 9.30am
Friday 2nd Sept – No mass.
Saturday 3rd Sept –
11.00am Fr. Jonathan. (No confessions
Sunday 4th Back to normal,
Fr. Matthew back.
YOUTH DAY. FINAL REFLECTION - KATE
To summarise WYD in a word,
sentence of even a paragraph is impossible. As our Cardiff pilgrims arrived
back into a rain soaked Wales it was evident to see the change in each and
every one of them. Every pilgrim had clearly been affected by their WYD experience
and each for different reasons. It was obvious to see the physical exhaustion
caused by WYD with pilgrims bandaged and other limping with the soreness of
their feet. However, the emotional effects of WYD were also evident, people
were reflective, open to discussion and filled with joy and song. Despite the
long coach journey home the pilgrims were still jovial and continued to chant
and sing keeping spirits high.
The impact and atmosphere of
WYD was present in our young pilgrims, and how could they not have been
affected by what they had experienced. Numerous reports gave varying scales of
how many pilgrims were present (at last count over 1.5 million at the final mass)
and each talked about the vastness of the event. It was always clear just how
large scale this event was. Beginning with the day in the diocese in
Bialostocka, the group were surrounded by other pilgrims from across the world.
Sharing stories and faith, reminding everyone present of how multi – national
this event was. Although the first week was nothing close to the size and scale
of the week in Krakow. The second week in Krakow was an intense test for all
pilgrims and certainly came with challenges. It was both a physical and mental
challenging as well as a challenge of faith and commitment. However, this was
continually eased when chants and songs booming from other nations, pray and
worship and the smiles and greeting from volunteers and pilgrims alike.
The presence of Pope Francis
was also an uplifting and enhancing experience for everyone in Poland. His
presence was constantly felt and the words from his speeches and homilies
ringing in the ears of all pilgrims. Each speech centred on a different topic,
saint or gospel passage but the continuous theme and message of mercy was ever
present. Pope Francis talked about the mercy we need to show those who have
hurt us, show mercy to those who need our help and to continue to show mercy
even when it seems violence is the only answer. He spoke movingly about the
refugee crisis and the movement of migrants, the wars and conflicts in the
Middle East and the persecution of religious and oppressed minorities. He spoke
about all these issues with great grace and dignity, never persecuting or
blaming sections of society but instead talking about our need to unity and for
all races, nationalities and religions to join together in one bond to emit
mercy and love. Another prevalent message of his Papal talks was that of the
power and joyfulness of the young. He spoke about the joy it gave him to see so
many young people engaging with faith and just enjoying life. He spoke about
the greatness of hope and excitement shown by all young pilgrims. His message
for the young was simple; stay joyful, continue to engage with world issue and
to challenge any form of injustice. He spoke about the shame in seeing young
people “retire early” in life and lead lives that are filled with boredom. He
challenged everyone there to continue to have faith, don’t stray to dark short
term thrills, speak up and talk about causes and to continue to live a life
full of joy, faith and purpose.
“Jesus can give you true
passion for life. Jesus can inspire us not to settle for less, but to give the
very best of ourselves. Jesus challenges us, spurs us on and helps us keep
trying whenever we are tempted to give up. Jesus pushes us to keep our sights
high and to dream of great things” (Pope’s opening address).
He spoke about seeing nothing
more beautiful than the enthusiasm, dedication and energy with which so many
young people live their lives and encouraged everyone to continue to live like
this. His speeches were simple with key messages of mercy, engagement, grace,
faith, commitment and compassion. Whenever Pope Francis spoke more than a
million pilgrims fell silent and listened, hooked on every word he said. He was
engaging and passionate with every talk he gave, smiling, joking and
encouraging audience participation and response. The effect his words had on
all pilgrims was evident with constant discussions about his talks taking place
and the renewed vigour and energy he had instilled.
The two weeks consisted of a
variety of different activities all challenging and educational in different
ways. The trip was filled with adventures centring around the various Polish
saints, Poland’s religious history and about the Catholic Church itself and the
messages we are called to follow. Whatever the activity was there was a
constant reminder of faith and the message of mercy. The scale of this event
was beyond comprehension, however the effect it has had on our Cardiff pilgrims
is noticeable and life – long. Everyone left Wales slightly apprehensive, with
numerous questions and expectations. Weather these exact expectations were met,
each pilgrim was challenged and gained from their time in Poland. The
atmosphere and size of the event was incredible and the opportunity to meet and
learn from so many people, from some many parts of the world is life changing.
Experiencing WYD is a privilege and one that is hard for any pilgrim to forget.
Over the two weeks each pilgrim had the opportunity to talk to new people and
share their stories and to trade gifts and mementos by which to remember each
The pilgrimage to Poland was
challenging mentally and physically. There were moments when people’s faiths
were tested, but seeing the mass number of like – minded young people all
sharing in joy and excitement made the memory of any kind of pain soon
disappear. The two weeks we shared in Poland will be one’s that won’t be
forgotten easily. The trip enhanced people faith, encouraged conversations with
a global audience and also built lasting friendship amongst our own pilgrims.
As everyone begins to return to normality, the messages or Pope Frances and the
interactions with others will live in the memories of our pilgrims and
hopefully aid in future decision making and in shaping everyone’s lives.
It’s been an
enhancing trip with life long memories and hopefully these types of
encounters can be experienced by all pilgrims travelling to WYD in Panama in