Saint David and Saint Mair
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Prayer that a deceased person will reach the joys of Heaven
"Dewch ataf fi, bawb sy'n flinedig ac yn llwythog, ac fe roddaf fi orffwystra i chwi."
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The Sunday Extra
1st November 2020
ALL SAINTS DAY
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Croeso and welcome to all. We hope everyone is well and keeping safe. We offer up our Mass intentions and prayers for all those whose lives have been affected or lost as a result of the corona virus. We pray for the spiritual and physical welfare of our nation in this time of difficulty and sadness, for those with professional or voluntary caring responsibilities and for those involved in the research and development of possible vaccines which will help to bring the pandemic under control.
Today we celebrate the Feast day of All Saints, with all the redeemed in the heavenly kingdom and all our Christian brothers and sisters across the world. We are reminded of the bond we share through prayer and love between ourselves and the multitude without number. Our first reading puts it this way “ … a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language … standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands.”
In the second reading, St John’s letter, he tells us “My dear people, we are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed”. We are not quite there yet but we are on our way. “Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ”.
St Teresa of Avila offers us some useful and encouraging advice. “’We are not angels’, ‘we are not saints.’ Remember that though we are not, it is well to think, that God helping us, we could, if we made the effort, become so; and we should have no fear that He will fail us, if we do our part.” She adds that if we have God’s grace working in us it is no presumption on our part to maintain this hope. She urges us “maintain a holy audacity, for God helps the valiant”. God will surely reward us for our efforts, and we will surely proclaim with the white robed throng “Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
At 4 pm today our parish is joining in the Rosary Relay Rally of England and Wales. This is to pray for the protection of our isles and its peoples, for the Church and its Gospel message, the conversion of our people to the Christian faith and the stemming and eradication of the global COVID pandemic. Open the link to join us
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Please remember Peggy Davies of Aberdyfi who has shown some slight improvement though still remains unwell. She is currently in Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
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.
Saint David Catholic Church, Corbett Avenue, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 0AH
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
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St David at Tywyn
Sundays 11.00 am [Zoom]
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Tuesday - at 1.00 pm [Zoom]
Wednesday at 1.00 pm [Zoom]
Thursday at 1.00 pm [Zoom]
Rosary Group at 3.00 pm [Zoom]
Friday at 1.00 pm [Zoom]
Eucharistic Adoration at 5.00 pm [Zoom]
Saturday at 1.00 pm [Zoom]
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St Mair at Machynlleth
Sunday at 11.00 am [Zoom only from Tywyn]
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Tuesday at 1.00 pm [Zoom only from Tywyn]
Wednesday at 1.00 pm [Zoom only from Tywyn
Thursday at 1.00 pm [Zoom only from Tywyn]
Rosary at 3.00 pm [Zoom only from Tywyn]
Friday at 1.00 pm [Zoom only from Tywyn]
Saturday at 1.00 pm [Zoom only from Tywyn]
All Saint’s Day
Sunday 1st November
During the year, the Church celebrates one by one the feasts of the saints. Today she joins them all in one festival. In addition to those whose names she knows, she recalls in a magnificent vision all the others "of all nations and tribes standing before the throne and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, proclaiming Him who redeemed them in His Blood."
The feast of All Saints should inspire us with tremendous hope. Among the saints in heaven are some whom we have known. All lived on earth lives like our own. They were baptized, marked with the sign of faith, they were faithful to Christ's teaching and they have gone before us to the heavenly home whence they call on us to follow them.
The Gospel of the Beatitudes, read today, while it shows their happiness, shows, too, the road that they followed; there is no other that will lead us whither they have gone. "The Commemoration of All Saints" was first celebrated in the East. The feast is found in the West on different dates in the eighth century.
It was Pope Gregory IV (827-844) that initially extended the observance to the whole of Christendom; it seems certain,
however, that Pope Gregory III (731-741) preceded him in this. At Rome, on the other hand, on May 13, there was the annual commemoration of the consecration of the basilica of St. Mary and All Martyrs. This was the former Pantheon, the temple of Agrippa, dedicated to all the gods of paganism, to which Pope Boniface IV had translated many relics from the catacombs.
Pope Gregory VII transferred the anniversary of this dedication to November 1.
Things you can Do: - Visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead during the Octave of All Saints' Day (November 1 through November 8) will gain a plenary indulgence that can be applied only to the souls in purgatory. On other days, this work gains a partial indulgence. - Spend a little time after Mass thanking God for all the unnamed saints, some of whom could be our own relatives. - Pray the Litany of the SaintsWith thanks to catholic culture.org
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On Friday afternoon at 5.00 pm we will be having Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE ZOOM
ROSARY RELAY WHIRLWIND RALLY This will take place on Saturday 31st October. Parishes in the Wrexham Diocese are asked to join in the event at 4 pm . This will be a Holy Hour. The event will involve all the Dioceses of England and Wales who have been allocated individual hours. If you are able please join in at home at 4 pm on our ZOOM.
The purpose of the Rally
1. Pray for the spiritual wellbeing of the British Isles
2. Pray for our Church and the Gospel vision
3. Pray for our isles and the conversion of its people.
4. Pray for the deliverance from COVID 19 pandemic.
On All Souls Day There will be three Masses from Tywyn.
11 am/11.30 am
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Parish Rosary Group
Join us on Zoom at 3.00 pm on Thursdays. We need to pray for the poor and vulnerable who lives are being effected by the corona virus. If you don't have the link CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM
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.
The Welsh Martyrs remembered
ALL SOULS DAY
Fr Nicholas will be making an informal visit to Tywyn and Machynlleth [St Peter's] Cemeteries. if there is any Catholic grave that needs blessing please contact him with the details and location.
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Corona virus restrictions
The liturgy for today's Mass will be found on the reverse side of the the newsheet. For the foreseeable future there will be no refreshments after Mass. 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.
Reflections of the Gospel for All Saints Day [Matt 5:1 - 12]
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Today’s gospel reading comes from the beginning of Jesus’ famous “Sermon on the Mount.” We hear today, in particular, the beatitudes, which teach us how Jesus wants us to live as His followers. As was expressed in the second reading, to be a Christian means to live contrary to the ways of this world. The beatitudes show us just that. The world says success is based on wealth, but Jesus says we are to be “poor in spirit.” Money itself is not bad, but “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Jesus calls us to be detached from wealth. Furthermore, the world tells us that to seek pleasure. Just think of the popular phrase, “If it feels right, do it.” Rather, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn.” The world tells us to seek power, but Jesus says be “meek.” Moreover, the world says honor and the approval of others is important, but Jesus says, “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness.” Simply put, the beatitudes are the “how to” of sainthood. Saints are “meek;” they are “pure of heart;” saints are “merciful” and “peacemakers;” they “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” God’s children are even willing to be persecuted and insulted for the sake of Christ. Therefore, if you want to be a saint, seek these things. Strive to align yourself with the beatitudes and, if you find it difficult, just remember, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” In other words, it’s all worth it in the end.
The commentary on today's Gospel comes by courtesy of St Joseph's Catholic Church in Marion Iowa
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These ordinary men and women are being rewarded for their extraordinary selflessness and compassion.
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Every year the British sovereign honours those who’ve gone above and beyond for their country. Normally the list of the prestigious honors contains a myriad of famous famous faces from the entertainment and sporting industries, and often those working tirelessly for charitable organizations.
This year, however, the list of recipients was a little different. It contained regular people who made incredible efforts for others during the pandemic
— similar to the 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who was knighted in July for raising over £30 million for the NHS after walking around his garden 100 times.
Now the Queen wants to acknowledge the unusual work of other individuals who made life more bearable for others over these past six months.
To meet some of the men and women, featured by the BBC, who now have a few extra letters to add to their names, take a look at the slideshow. You’ll notice that all of them have one thing in common: selflessly thinking of others.
If you’d like to learn more about the Queen’s honor system click here
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It isn’t about being down on ourselves. To be humble means that we recognize that each of us is God’s beloved creation.
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“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
“Humility” is a word that isn’t regarded too kindly in our world today. Unfortunately, when many people hear words like “humility” and “humble” they immediately think of “humiliation” or of becoming a doormat to be walked on by someone else. In fact, a large part of our contemporary culture tends to celebrate actions and values that are opposed to humility, particularly in celebrities and political figures. That’s truly an unfortunate perspective because, as Saint John Cassian observed, “Humility is the mother of all the virtues.”
So, then, what is humility?
Humility comes from the Latin word humus, which simply means “earth.” And, in a sense, this tells us all that we need to know about humility: to be humble means that we remember our “earthiness.” Or, to say it another way,
it is to honestly accept and admit who and what we are.
Genesis tells us that when God made Adam, God formed him from the dust of the ground. And while Adam recognized God as his Creator, God loved Adam and saw him as “good.” Humility, then, isn’t about being down on ourselves. To be humble means that we recognize that each of us is God’s beloved creation—his children—and that we rely on God’s goodness and mercy every moment of every day as we journey through life. Humility, however, also means that we admit that each of us a work in progress.
Why are we so afraid of humility?
Every man, women, and child is made up of diverse gifts, talents, graces, and virtues, but each of us is also in need of forgiveness and mercy for the times when we have made bad decisions, given in to temptation, and sinned. Humility is the virtue that allows us to recognize that we are equal in the sight of God, who loves each of us and continuously invites us into a deeper and richer relationship.
Humility is at the core of this Sunday’s Gospel as Jesus tells us about two men—a Pharisee and a tax collector—praying in the temple. Jesus’ audience would have immediately understood what these two characters represented. The Pharisees were respectable and known for their piety. And the Pharisee in Jesus’ story is man who fasts and tithes above and beyond what is required by the religious laws. And yet, in a brilliant play on words, Jesus observes that the Pharisee “took up his position and spoke this prayerto himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity.” His prayer—offered to himself and not to the God who created and sustained him—was a tribute to his self-righteousness and also showed that he had no understanding of humility.
The tax collector on the other hand, is a public sinner and social pariah. He would have been looked down on and reviled by those in his community. And yet, Jesus tells us that this man “stood off a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven… and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’”
Unlike the Pharisee, the tax collector has no illusions about who he is or about his life and work. But his prayer is focused on God and it expresses the man’s desire for mercy which, as commentator observes, “has the power to transform his sinfulness.”
This Sunday’s parable ultimately invites us to reflect on how we see ourselves and to be open and honest about our relationship with God and with others. That honesty is, as we’ve seen, at the heart of humility and it is what allows the tax collector—the sinner—to be in right relationship with God. The challenge for us to recognize those times in our lives when we close ourselves off to grace and try to “go it alone,” forgetting that each of us is blessed and in need of God’s healing and redeeming love.
How have you understood humility in the past? How do this Sunday’s First Reading and Gospel invite you to see it in a new way?
How often do you use the “I” in your prayers? How do you express gratitude in your prayers?
Is there something in your past—or in your life now—that you haven’t asked to be forgiven? How does the witness of the tax collector invite you to trust in God’s mercy?
Words of Wisdom: “We belong to the humus, the soil, and it is in this belonging that we can find the deepest reason for gratitude. Our prayer must be, ‘Thank you, God, that I am worthy to be part of your creation. Be merciful to me a sinner.’ Through this prayer we will be justified, that is, find our just place in God’s Kingdom.”—Henri Nouwen
To read the full article at Aleteia
Humility is the virtue that allows us to recognize that we are equal in the sight of God, who loves each of us and continuously invites us into a deeper and richer relationship.
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