Holy Week with Archbishop Stack

Due to difficulties in establishing a live-streaming capability at the Cathedral, it has been decided that the Archbishop will celebrate the liturgy of Holy Week at St Mary of the Angels. https://cardiffwestcatholics.org.uk/

5th April  Palm Sunday; 9th April Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper;

10th April Good Friday, The Liturgy of the Passion; 11th April Easter Vigil; 12th April Easter Sunday

 

News and Dates of interest in April

‘The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word’

Timeline April 2020:  http://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/

Listening to the God who Speaks

Friday, March 20th, 2020

In the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. Here's an update from our campaign's National Planning Team on how we're responding to the current situation as well as an invitation to participate in a period of joint discernment. Follow for more:

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/listening-to-the-god-who-speaks/

Word at Home

Here you will find ideas to help you create a prayerful, scriptural and reflective time at home during this difficult period. Link: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/word-at-home/

Word 360

Take a look around this section to engage with our three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God's word. Link: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/word-360/

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The Pope Video

Pope Francis’ special video to pray for an end to the pandemic #PrayForTheWorld

 

In a special edition of “The Pope Video“, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected.  (Vatican City, 24 March 2020) – The Holy Father Pope Francis wanted to share a particular prayer message in a special edition of The Pope Video, in an initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. In a context marked by the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, the Pope spoke last Wednesday, 11 March, to thank all those who pray in these difficult moments, regardless of their religious tradition. With a special emphasis on the sick and those who are suffering most, he asked that we all pray the prayer “Under Your Protection” to the Virgin Mary, imploring her protection:

“We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.”

Each month the Pope entrusts prayer intentions to his Worldwide Prayer Network, the Apostleship of Prayer. These intentions express his great concern for humanity and the mission of the Church. His monthly prayer intention (one month is universal and the next month is for evangelization) is a global call to transform our prayer into “concrete gestures” of service. It is a monthly action plan mobilizing us to work together to build a more human and caring world.

See: Pope’s prayer intentions 2020 – 2021; Comments intentions 2020

 

The Pope’s April Universal prayer intention - Freedom from Addiction

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied. 

The Pope’s Video: https://thepopevideo.org/

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The Cycle of Prayer

During Lent we are asked to pray for these intentions:

Candidates for the Sacraments especially on the Sundays of Lent; The Needy and Hungry of the World especially on Lent Fast Day (Friday after 1st Sunday of Lent); Women's World Day of Prayer (1st Friday in March); Survivors of Sexual Abuse especially on Friday of 5th Week of Lent; Penitents and Wanderers.

Survivors of Sexual Abuse - especially on Friday of 5th Week of Lent, 3 April 2020

Background It was a survivor of clerical child sexual abuse who, in fact, first made the proposal to the Commission for a “Day of Prayer” for all survivors of abuse. The Members then tasked the Working Group on Theology and Spirituality with drawing up the proposal. The Members accepted the proposal at the February 2016, Plenary Assembly and submitted it to Pope Francis for his approval. The Holy Father welcomed the initiative and has asked that each episcopal conference choose an appropriate day in their nation or territory to hold a "Day of Prayer" for the survivors of sexual abuse.

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse 2020

The Bishops have chosen the Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent as the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. The Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse will be marked this year on Friday, 3 April.

The resources below can be used on the day itself or the surrounding days. Resources may also be used at other times of the year. Indeed, the Service and the Mass, if offered across the deaneries of a diocese, would be celebrated throughout the year. This year’s resources has three points of focus:

         A Prayer

         Let’s Be Honest  — A Service of Sorrow and Acknowledgement of Abuse

         A Diocesan/Deanery Mass

For more details go to: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/day-of-prayer-abuse-survivors-2020/

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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy as a Novena

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy as a Novena (Good Friday 10th April to 18 April) St Faustina wrote in her Diary: “The Lord told me to say this chaplet for the nine days before the Feast of Mercy. It is to begin on Good Friday. By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls. (II, 197)

The Chaplet: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet

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The Cycle of Prayer

During Easter we are asked to pray for these intentions:

New Members of the Church; Vocations especially on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations (4th Sunday of Easter);  Human Work especially on St Joseph the Worker (1 May); The Right Use of the Media especially on World Communications Day (7th Sunday of Easter); The Church especially on Pentecost Sunday (31 May)

New Members of the Church

Background The Easter Vigil is the usual time to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) with Adults. The Easter Season is therefore the time for post-baptismal catechesis or 'mystagogy' with the newly baptised or 'neophytes'. This is a time for the community and the neophytes together to grow in deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the eucharist, and in doing works of charity. RCIA 234