Welcome to St Helen’s Parish Church, Caerphilly

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First National Family Groups Mass

Thank you and congratulations to the Family Groups who trecked to England to join in the ‘First National Family Groups Mass’ in Northampton. Gloria Moruzzi received a candle from Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton on behalf of our group: The candle is
on display this weekend and will be used in future Family Group events. The Group also brought back copies of the Order of Service, which are available in the porch.

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Explore the Catholic Faith with us

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Adults who wish to explore becoming a Catholic, or who simply wish to find out more about the Catholic faith, are welcome to ‘come and see’, as Jesus invited his first followers. The Looking Into The Faith group is aimed at those who would like to become Catholics or who would just like to know more about the faith. We should hasten to add that the group is also made up of people from the parish who come along to learn and to support those who may enter into the church. Our meetings are very informal and take place every Thursday – we’ll even make you a cup of tea and offer you some biscuits! Father John is always there (except when he attends meetings) as we explore the faith through a course called Evangelium (and the excellent Catholicism series), which offers an excellent grounding in the full panorama of Catholic beliefs. This course is delivered through a PowerPoint presentation and covers many of the questions you have about the Catholic faith.

If you’d like to know more, visit our Looking Into the Faith page on this website. And please let your friends and family know about this group.

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Sunday Mass (with a difference)

We’d like to share one of our Facebook posts that shows some pictures from the outdoor mass which we held on the lawn of the presbytery on Sunday. It was a lovely event and enjoyed by all who attended. Please follow us on Facebook for more updates like this (just click on the link below and follow when on Facebook).

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Great Three Days of Easter – Holy Saturday

Victory over the Grave by Bernard PlockhorstWe continue our fasting in exited anticipation until … The Easter Vigil, waiting and watching, starts after nightfall. This is the time, above all others, for us to recommit and dedicate ourselves again in faith. An Easter fire is lit, and lights up every thing around. From it, we light the Easter Candle. The Candle is solemnly carried into church as the sign of the Light of Christ which overcomes the darkness of sin and death. In that light we read the story of what God has done for us from the dawn of creation until today, in the scriptures. We all renew our faith, and our Baptism into the Risen Christ. And so we go forward together to share in the food and drink of Life. As we make our prayers and sing our praises, our hope is that the Holy Spirit will free in our lives the full power of Christ’s Rising from the Dead.

Our Services
10.00 am – The Office of Readings and Morning Prayer of the Church
11.00 am – Blessing of Easter Baskets
8.30 pmThe Solemn Vigil and Mass of the Resurrection of Our Lord

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Great Three Days of Easter – Good Friday

Christ Carrying the Cross, El Greco (1580)On Good Friday Jesus Christ gave his life for us. Though innocent, by allowing himself to be a scapegoat he showed the depth of his love. His example of loving service shows us how we are to live too. A day of fasting and abstinence, in eager anticipation of Easter.

But if we just felt sad that our sin put him on the cross, then we would be missing the point. Good Friday is not meant to make us feel bad. On ‘Good’Friday we remember that we are sinners, but we also glory in the victory that Christ won over sin and death, to set us free. This is not a passion play, and we gather knowing that Christ rose from the dead. So even on Good Friday we rejoice in the triumph of good over evil.

Our Services
10.00 am – The Office of Readings and Morning Prayer of the Church
12 noon – ‘Pop-up’ Stations, starting outside Morisons
3.00 pmThe Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion
7.00 pm – The Way of the Cross

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Maundy Thursday

Última_Cena_-_Juan_de_JuanesThe word “Maundy” is from the Latin word for “command”: This night we recall Christ’s command to do what he did at the last supper: He washed the feet of his disciples, as a sign of service. If we wash feet in our liturgy it is not as play-acting or as a welcome diversion from the praying: It is a sign that we want, and are beginning, to serve all our brothers and sisters just as Christ himself did.

The second part of our celebration this night is “Eucharist”, thanksgiving. We remember that Jesus gave us bread and wine to be his Body and Blood this day. Strangely enough, the washing of the feet and the breaking of bread are inseparably linked. Only if we agree to serve each other can we share communion. Attending the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is an invitation to be nourished by the food of life. But it also involves a commitment to become part of a community that grows by loving.

The Mass of Our Lord’s Supper: 7.30 pm

Watching with Christ in the Place of Repose, in the Hall: 8.30 pm – 11.45 pm

Compline (Night prayer of the church): 11.45pm

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