This page has been added to enable us to give up to date advise and status regarding the affects of the Coronavirus. We will hopefully include messages from the fathers and the Bishop when ever possible as well as details of what is happening around the community
See letter from Father Steven on Home page
The Propers for the Nineteenth Week of the Year (Psalter Week 3)
Monday Ezekiel 1: 1-5, 24-28
Matthew 17: 22-27
Tuesday Clare of Assisi Ezekiel 2: 8 – 3:4
(Sisters of Poor Clares) Matthew 13: 36-43
Wednesday Ezekiel 9: 1-7 – 10: 18-22
Matthew 18: 15-20
Thursday Ezekiel 12: 1-16
Matthew 18: 21 -19.1
Friday Ezekiel 16: 1-15, 59-63
Matthew 19: 3-12
Saturday Mary the Mother Isaiah 6: 1, 10-11
Of our Lord Galatians 4: 4-7
Luke 1: 46-55
Mary was a young Jewish girl living in Nazareth when a messenger from the Lord announced that she was to be the bearer of the Son of God to the world. Her response “Let it be to me according to your word” revealed her natural sense of obedience to God and her reverence for his Word, showing her worthy to be the bearer of the Word made flesh. This day is now celebrated as the major feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout most of Christendom.
Parish Matters update for May 2020,from Father Steven, below
The Parish of Ystrad Mynach and Llanbradach
NOTICES for May 2020
Vicar Father Steven Kirk 01443 813246
Assistant Priest Father Keith Hemmings 01443 830662
Reader Sarah Steadman 01443 816276
Church Wardens Edward Williams-Price 07715 103273
Fiona Silverthorn 07593 858305
Treasurer Lorraine Batten 01443 813874
Our Life Together
Whilst the Church building is closed, it is quite clear that the community of the Church is very much alive and active. The Pastoral Team are keeping in touch with our parishioners and letting me know of any matters which need my attention. Please let me know directly if anyone has been missed out, or if there are any pastoral needs which have not been identified.
The Prayer life of the parish continues with Morning Prayers (at 8.0am) and Evening Prayers (at 6.0pm) daily and everyone is invited to join in at those times. In addition, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated every day on behalf of the whole parish, offered for the Parish, the Church and the world, with a blessing for the whole of our community. The Blessed Sacrament is still continually present in the Parish Church.
Remember to pray for our Church community and for the whole of our parish. Father Keith continues to offer Friday Parish Prayers and he is always pleased to hear of any particular needs for prayer.
Our finances have suffered somewhat since the Church has been closed to worship and at the moment we are paying only essential bills. Whilst we have a good number of people who give to the Church through “Gift Direct”, this will not be sufficient to keep us going indefinitely. If you would like to make a direct payment to Church funds, please speak to Lorraine or Fiona; otherwise, please save your weekly giving until we return to Church. We shall have to make an urgent appeal for funds when that day comes.
On a brighter note, we have paid all the bills for the work on the Church relating to the installation of the new organ, although our appeal fell about £5000 short. Although the organ has not yet been installed – the ‘lockdown’ came just as it was to be delivered – it will be in place before we are able to return to Church for worship.
The annual Reader’s Service was to have taken place in Holy Trinity on Thursday when Sarah Steadman was to have been licensed by the Bishop. This will now take place at a later date, yet to be arranged, and will enable us to celebrate Sarah’s ministry in style. In the meantime, please continue to pray for her as she begins this ministry among us.
Annual Vestry Meeting
The Church in Wales has extended the deadline for this to take place until 31 October, so if we are able to gather before then, the meeting will take place in the usual way. Until then, you Wardens have had their term of office extended.
All pilgrimages planned for this year have been cancelled, and will take place next year.
Both the Church and Church Hall are closed to everyone, including those who are key holders, until further notice. However, a close watch is being kept on the building to ensure that they are problem free and, of course, the insurances are being payed and kept up to date. I have taken the opportunity of tidying all the cupboards and drawers during this time!!!
Foodbank and Fareshare
Whilst our contributions to the Foodbank have stopped for the time being, the Fareshare distribution has continued throughout the lockdown and a number of people locally receive weekly parcels of foodstuffs. Please pray for those who distribute and those who receive these parcels.
Attached with these notice are two documents addressed to members of the Mothers’ Union. There is a letter from Sue Rivers, the Diocesan President, and some prayers for members and others to use in place of the Deanery Festivals which cannot now take place. Our Deanery Festival would have taken place on Monday of next week, 18 May in S John’s, Nelson.
Return to Church
There is, as yet, no news about when we shall be able to return to worship and although much comment is being made at diocesan and provincial level, this is merely speculation at this time.
The life of the wider Church continues and there are many “zoom” meetings taking place at many levels, so your clergy are not idle!
Father Ben Andrews
Many of you will know Father Ben, especially from Walsingham and CBS, but you may not have heard that he is moving from Barry to become Vicar of S Theodore’s, Port Talbot in the Rectorial Parish of Aberavon. We wish him well with his move which, if present restrictions are eased, will take place in August.
The ministry team and the pastoral team, are seeking to keep in contact with all parishioners by telephone and to respond to any spiritual or pastoral needs. If anyone has not been contacted for whatever reason, please let me or Father Keith or Reader Sarah know and we will follow this up immediately.
With my continued prayers,
Holy Trinity Church – Friday Parish Prayers
For those of you that would like to join us we are continuing, in our minds eye, to meeting at 12 noon for our usual parish prayers using the Yellow Midday prayer Booklet that we all received a little while ago. You can of course use the Green Prayer Book if you prefer.
We will also continue with our intercessions and if you would like to commend someone then please email me with the details of their name, intention etc. We are of course continuing to remember the recently departed and the “Years Mind” each week.
If you are aware of any church member that are not receiving these emails and would like to do so please let me have the names and email address and we will amend our lists.
A number of people have said how important the psalms are to them, and how the psalms seem to articulate so many of our feelings, both sorrowful and joyful, at times like this. Read them slowly and prayerfully:
at times of worry: Psalms 22, 27, 130
of longing: Psalms 42 and 43
of hope: Psalms 46, 121, 123
of faith and confidence: Psalms 16, 18, 23, 84, 90, 91, 113
of praise, faith and love: Psalm 8, 19, 24, 40, 47, 100, 103
A message from Bishop June – Bishop of Llandaff
Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance
Daily Prayers – useful resources