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feast day Tuesday 11th August
9th August 2020
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
75th Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki
9th August 1945
Please remember in prayer all those who have died in wars and conflicts across the world in modern times.
Saint David and Saint Mair
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Croeso and welcome to all. We hope everyone is keeping safe and well, despite the increased challenges with social distancing in public spaces. The theme of the readings today is ‘His Voice That Speaks of Peace’. We are reminded that in times of great anguish, Christ is always with us, calming the storm and bringing peace. What reassuring words for us given the recent events of the last few days in Lebanon and our continuing struggle with the impact of the corona virus. The Psalmist cries out: ‘Look to your covenant O Lord, forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you.’ In today’s Gospel, the disciples entered the eye of a mighty storm, Jesus comes strolling across the water towards them - he shouts ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid!’ Following the Lord’s instruction ‘Come’ Peter climbs out onto the water but is overcome by fear and the forces of nature. ‘Lord! Save me!’ he cries. Jesus just reaches out a hand and held him.
In our lives too the Lord gently calls us to step out of our place of safety and he holds us up on the uncertain waters. Each time we do this our faith is tested and strengthened. Perhaps over time we begin in part to realise that it is only by Jesus holding us we come through.
The writer Thomas Merton perceived these incidents as integrated parts of our life’s journey. The easy and comfortable path is not meant for us. God chooses the places for us where we can be most effective conductors of his Love and Mercy.
It is this trust in the Lord that the world needs to discover. Knowledge and experience have their value in dealing with trauma, but it is malleability in the Lord that helps us to endure and brings us to salvation.
PAX CHRSTI are arranging a Zoom service to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki today [Sunday] at 8 am. Please see the memorial page in this week’s Sunday Extra for the link. Please pray for the souls of victims of wars and conflicts in the modern era. CAFOD and Church in Need UK have sent urgent requests for funds for the DEC Appeal for Yemen, Syria and Bangladesh and the Beirut explosion which has made many Christian communities homeless and destitute. Please can we also remember Peggy Davies of Aberdyfi who is quite unwell and is currently in Wrexham Maelor Hospital.Please continue to take advantage of our streaming of the Sunday and daily Mass.
Penwythnos bendithiol i bawb!
A blessed weekend to all!
The Parish of Saint David and Saint Mair is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wrexham.
The Parish provides a Christian outreach to local residents and holiday visitors in Tywyn and Machynlleth. It is a focal point for Catholics to meet in fellowship and worship. It has a ministry to support the Faithful through the celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church.
Hoffwn roicroeso cynnes i chi o ran cymuned ein plwyf yma ar lannau gwych Bae Ceredigion.
Mae plwyf Dewi Sant gyda Santes Fair, sy’n rhan o esgobaeth gatholig Wrecsam, yn estyn dwylo i ymwelwyr a’r rhai sy’n byw yn Nhywyn a Machynlleth; a ganddo weinidogaeth i gynnal y ffyddloniaid trwy weinyddu’r Offeren a sagrafennau eraill yr Eglwys Gatholig. Hefyd, mae ei ddwy eglwys yn gweithredu fel ganolfannau y mae catholigion yn cymdeithasu ac addoli ynddynt.
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Saint Mair Catholic Church, Maengwyn Street, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8EF
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Parish of Tywyn and Machynlleth Registered as a Charity in England and Wales No 700426 Diocese of Wrexham
Feast day of the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother
Saturday 15th August
Reflections of the Gospel for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
[Matt 14: 22 - 33]
This week's Gospel reflection is provided thanks to Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.
In today's Gospel there is a necessary lesson in this incident. It is that we must continue to trust in Christ and his loving Father, even when God seems to have deserted us. Most of the troubles and trials of our lives are caused by the injustice and lack of charity of our fellowmen. The remainder can be attributed to our own defects and sins or to some weakness in our mental and bodily make-up. But God foresees all these misfortunes, and can prevent them. Instead he lets them take their course, because they can and should be the means of educating us in our knowledge of life's true meaning and they should draw us closer to him.
Christ foresaw the storm and the grave risk His Apostles would run when He sent them off across the lake. But that trial and the grave danger they ran was for their own good, because they learned to realize that He was from God and they could always trust Him.
This they will do, and in the same way for us if we accept them and bear with them until He comes to our aid. Our troubles in life are like the growing pains of our youth — they are necessary if we are to arrive at our full stature as sons of God. They form, mold and shape our religious character and bring us closer to God — if we allow them to do so. For the lukewarm Christian who rebels against God because of his earthly sufferings, they can do the opposite. He cannot see the purpose and value of suffering because he has never seriously pondered or grasped the real meaning of this life and God's loving plans for him.
As in the first reading today, God may not be in the tornadoes or earthquakes or roaring fires, nor does He cause them perhaps, but He is ever near to His true children when such calamities occur. He has a purpose in every trial or tribulation which crosses the path of our lives, a purpose always to our eternal advantage if only we will see and accept his will in these trials.
"Excerpted from The Sunday Readings
by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.
Courtesy of catholicculture.org
will be hosting a quiet, reflective time of prayer on Zoom at 8am Sunday 9th August.
The link to the liturgy of the service can be accessed
The 9th August is also the anniversary of of the execution of the martyr Franz Jägerstätter.
The link to the liturgy of the service can be accessed
75th Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki
9th August 1945
11.02 am [local time]
Come and join us!
Every Friday afternoon at 5.00 pm we will be having Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. See the stream diary for more details.
This another way of watching Sunday and daily Mass. It also features morning and evening prayers and Eucharistic Adoration.
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CAFOD as part of Disaster Emergency Committee [DEC] are making an appeal on behalf of the people of Yemen who are experiencing great hardship because of COVID 19 and the continuing civil war. TO DONATE
If you have the time may we encourage parishioners to join the weekly rosary Zoom each Thursday at 3.15 pm. We need to pray for the poor and vulnerable who lives are being effected by the corona virus.
Parishioners wanting to make contributions for the Foodbank will need to deposit them at your local CO-OP.
At Tywyn donations can also be left in the basket at the SPAR supermarket.
Book of Remembrance
The names of all those souls who have been enrolled into the Book of Remembrance will be mentioned in the Sunday and daily private Masses said by Fr Nicholas. If you remember any former parishioners buried in Tywyn cemetery who might not be known to us please contact Fr Nicholas with the details.
On Sunday 16th August Rev. Steve Rollins will be ordained a priest of the Church in Wales during the 9.30 am Sunday Service at St Cadfan's Church in Tywyn
Tony McNichol of St Mary's Catholic Church in Holyhead has informed us that open ZOOM meetings of PAX CHRISTI will take place this weekend. It is the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6th and 9th August respectively. It is also the anniversary of the execution of Franz Jägerstätter on 9th August.
See the PAX CHRISTI Memorial page in the SUNDAY EXTRA
Corona virus restrictions
It is regretted that magazines/books or items for the sale can no longer be left at either church. All extraneous items which includes Mass/hymn books will no longer be available. Whenever LIVE Mass restarts the readings will be found on the reverse side of the newssheet.
Best wishes to Rev. Steve Rollins
Church in Need
Following the devastating explosion in Beirut the Charity have an urgent need of extra funds to respond to the requests for help from the Christian neighbourhood wrecked by the blast.
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Fr Nicholas' Homily
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Bishop Edwin Sunday Mass in Welsh
Sunday 9th August
Kathryn Jean Lopez| Aug 08, 2019 |Aleteia
St. Dominic had tremendous vision: Without denying the troubles of the soul, he eases them, transforms them, and elevates them little by little.
On Sunday, I went to an early morning Mass. Just as the Mass had ended, a priest of the church, who was not the celebrant of the Mass, ran down the aisle. “Wait a second!”
As he approached the front, he explained: “There’s been another shooting. In Dayton, Ohio.” Just hours before, as most of us well know, there was a shooting at a supermarket in El Paso.
He led the congregation in the St. Michael Prayer to counter evil and a Hail Mary for God’s mercy and consolation for those who were murdered and those who love them. He talked about the absolute urgent need to pray for an end to the violence in our society. And he pleaded: “I beg you to pray a rosary today for an end to evil and for God’s mercy on those who have died and who suffer terrible pain.”
He said it like someone who truly believes in the power of prayer.
He said it like a priest who truly believes in the power of the Rosary and how much Mary wants to stamp out evil in this world.
Today’s the feast day of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, who was the popularizer of the Rosary.
Want a counter to the culture of contempt? Pray the rosary, for the world, and your own heart
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Fr. Abroise Gardeil, OP. in his book entitled The Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Dominican Saints, , focuses on how the Rosary can be transformative when it comes to ongoing human formation.
That which makes the Rosary so powerful a lever is its basis, chosen with a remarkable knowledge of the organization of our human nature. The Rosary comes to lay hold upon us where we are struggling amidst worldly, sometimes dangerous, joys; amidst sorrows, always unreasonable, often crushing, and nearly always badly borne; amidst earthly hopes of every kind.
Joy, sorrow, hope, these are indeed the three shores against which our agitated soul beats in turn. Dominic knew this and with an insight of remarkable precision saw all human life enclosed within these three sentiments.
And how’s this for a commercial for the Rosary?
[H]e gently lifted this poor life toward better joys, hopes, sorrows; he does not crush us with the splendors of Sinai or of Tabor. He draws us with the vision of joys holily understood, of sorrows divinely borne and of true hopes. Without denying the troubles of the soul, he eases them, transforms them, and elevates them little by little.
He says, too, that “The soft prayers of the ‘Our Father’ and the ‘Hail Mary’ rise like the music of love which, at each repetition, accentuates its insistence.” What a counter to the culture of contempt, which often seems the very air we breathe on so many platforms and in so many places.
Fr. Gardeil further observes about the life of Saint Dominic:
How great a knowledge of divine things, of the human heart and the secret of adapting them was needed to compose the Rosary! Who could know how to proportion the divinest remedies to the most human of needs and unite them, the one with the other, by that most efficacious and consoling of ties, prayer? Who but the disciple inspired by Him who, being God and having created man, knew at once all that God could be to man and all the need which man has of God?
So many human hearts are aching. And so much in the news doesn’t help. So much in our daily lives can add to the pressure and pain. The Rosary is a lifeline not only for our own lives but for everything that is so out of our control. In prayer, we work together in the Divine mysteries of the Church to save the souls of men and women and precious innocents who might otherwise be in utter misery.
If we’ve got the Rosary, why not use the Rosary, every chance we get? For our souls, the souls of those around us, and the souls of those we pass by … and those a block or a state or a world away we may never meet. Pray the Rosary more, and in community when we can. Make a hashtag for it if it helps get us all praying with this weapon against evil, this weapon against our own succumbing to evil — including the evil of despair that the onslaught of anger and violence in news and politics can tempt.
With thanks to Aleteia.org
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St Maximilian Kolbe
This important 20th century saint has his feast day on Friday 14th August. Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894. Some thirteen years later he joined the Franciscan order and took the name Maximilian.He loved his vocation very much, especially loved the Blessed Mother. He added the name "Mary" when he pronounced solemn vows in 1914. Father Maximilian Mary was convinced that the world of the twentieth century needed their Heavenly Mother to guide and protect them. He used the press to make Mary more widely known.The Mother of God blessed Father Maximilian's work. He built a large center in Poland called "City of the Immaculate”. Very soon there were eight hundred Franciscans living there and they laboured to make the love of Mary known. Father Kolbe also started another City of the Immaculate in Nagasaki, Japan. Still another was begun in India. In 1938, the Nazis invaded the Polish City of Warsaw. They stopped the wonderful work going on there. In 1941, the Nazis arrested Father Kolbe. They sentenced him to hard manual labour at Auschwitz. He was at Auschwitz three months when a prisoner successfully escaped. The Nazis made the rest of the prisoners pay for the escape. They chose ten prisoners at random to die in the starvation bunker. All the prisoners stood at attention, while ten men were pulled out of line. One chosen prisoner, a married man with a family, Raymond begged and pleaded to be spared for the sake of his wife and children. Father Kolbe, who had not been picked, listened and felt deeply moved to help that suffering prisoner. He stepped forward and he asked the commander if he could take the man's place. The commander accepted his offer. Father Kolbe and the other prisoners were marched into the starvation bunker. They remained alive without food or water for several days. One by one, as they died, Father Kolbe helped and comforted them. He was the last to die. An injection of carbolic acid hastened his death on August 14, 1941. Pope John Paul II proclaimed him a saint and a martyr in 1982.
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Zelda Caldwell| Jul 30, 2020
Researchers believe the church was part of a monastery near the Lower Galilee village of Kfar Kama.
Archaeologists discover 1,300-year-old church near Jesus’ Mount of Transfiguration
Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,300-year-old Byzantine church at the foot of Mount Tabor, which, according to the New Testament, is the site of Jesus’ Transfiguration.
The Israel Antiquities Authority, along with the Kinneret Academic College, conducted the excavation that led to the discovery of the church in the Lower Galilee village of Kfar Kama, reported The Algemeiner.
Lead archaeologist Nurit Feig said, “The church, measuring 12mtr × 36mtr, includes a large courtyard, a narthex foyer and a central hall. Particular to this church is the existence of three apses, including prayer niches, while most churches were characterized by a single apse,” according to the report.
Researchers believe that the church was part of a monastery that was built on the outskirts of the village.
Since the early Byzantine era, the site has been a sacred one for Christians, who believe it is the location of Jesus’ Transfiguration, described in scripture.
In Mark, Matthew and Luke, Jesus takes Peter James and John to a high mountain where he becomes bathed in radiant light, a sign of his glory.
According to the Times of Israel, pottery found at the site indicates that the church was builtin the 6th century, during a “building boom” of churches in Galilee.
During the excavation, archaeologists discovered colorful floor mosaics, in geometric patterns, with blue geometric red tiles. A saint’s reliquary was also unearthed, but researchers so far have not been able to determine which saint’s bones were contained in the small stone box found at the site.
The excavation is part of an archaeological research project on churches in the Holy Land and eastern Mediterranean, which is being funded by the Israel Science Foundation.
Sunday 9th August
Nineteeth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 10th August
Tuesday 11th August
Wednesday 12th August
Thursday 13th August
St Pontian, Pope
Friday 14th August
St Maximillian Kolbe
Saturday 15th August
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday 14th August feast day of St Maximillian Kolbe
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