Join us for Coffee this Sunday

This week is Pentecost and apart from Sunday Mass we will also be holding a Pentecost Vigil on Saturday. Hymn sheets will appear on the website shortly.
On Sunday we will be trying something new – a Virtual Coffee Morning!

We invite everyone who can to join us around 10 minutes after mass and we will meet up on Zoom. If we have large numbers the plan is to divide people in to smaller breakout rooms where they can more easily have a chat with smaller groups of people – as you would on a Sunday morning. Father will be popping in and out of rooms to say hello!

We will not publish the details openly online but would ask that you send us a message through Facebook, leave a comment below or email us. We will then send details on how to join and some quick Zoom tips.

See you Sunday!

Spring Comes To St Helen’s

Spring has brought an abundance of colour to St Helen’s and, as you are unable to come to us, Father John decided to take his camera out to the gardens to ensure that the glories of Spring can be brought to you. We do hope you enjoy this selection of photos and that they bring a smile to your faces. Feel free to let him know, in the comments below, what you think of his gardening skills in this difficult ‘lockdown’ period.

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord 12 April

 Let us receive the special grace of this moment. We pause in reverent silence before this empty tomb in order to rediscover the grandeur of our Christian vocation: we are men and women of the resurrection, not of death. From this place we learn how to live our lives, the trials of our churches and of the whole world, in the light of Easter morning. Every injury, every one of our pains and sorrows, has been borne on the shoulders of the Good Shepherd who offered himself in sacrifice and thereby opened the way to eternal life. His open wounds are like the cleft through which the torrent of his mercy is poured out upon the world. Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the basis of our hope, which is this: Christos anesti! Let us not deprive the world of the joyful message of the resurrection! And let us not be deaf to the powerful summons to unity that rings out from this very place, in the words of the One who, risen from the dead, calls all of us

“My brothers” (Pope Francis, The Gospel of Matthew—a Spiritual and Pastoral Reading p 239).

Become silent, aware of the awesome presence of God who never ceases to be with us.

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Easter Vigil – Live Mass Tonight

 We celebrate the Paschal Mystery of the saving Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ and our own Sacramental Initiation with the marks of Baptism into his new life and Confirmation in the Communion of his Body the Church. 

Sadly this year we have a very limited, virtual celebration.  

We remember with sympathy Evie, who was due to be baptised tomorrow, and her family,  the 21 children who hoped to celebrate Communion this Easter-tide, and the 9 young adults who hoped to be Confirmed in the Communion.

Despite disappointment and distance, we are invited to be renewed individually and as a community by all these gifts and graces of our original and annually repeated  initiation into Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

🎥 Don’t forget that Mass will be broadcast live this evening at 8.30pm. You can either watch it live on this site (just turn up a little before 8.30 pm) or you can head over to our Facebook Page.

✝️ If you would like to download tonight’s liturgy, please click on the link below. You will be able to follow the services on your tablet, smartphone or computer. Alternatively, you might want to print it off and have it by your side (that’s what I’ll be doing!).

Liturgy for the Easter Vigil (Pdf)

Liturgy for the Easter Vigil (Microsoft Word).

Palm Sunday – 5th April

This ‘Mini Retreat’ is an attempt to ease the burden on those who are unable to watch streamed Masses and other liturgies. The posts we publish on this site are intended to help us journey through Holy Week by using the Gospel passages of the day taken from Holy Mass. They offer a structure for your prayer time and suggest that you choose a time during the day that suits you best. This could be the time that you would usually attend Mass or, early in the morning, midday, whatever suits you.

 It is a moving experience each year on Palm Sunday as we go up the mountain with Jesus, towards the Temple, accompanying him on his ascent. But what are we really doing when we join this procession as part of the throng which went up with Jesus to Jerusalem and hailed him as King of Israel? Does it have anything to do with the reality of our life and our world?

To answer this, we must first be clear about what Jesus himself wished to do and actually did. He was journeying towards the temple in the  Holy City, towards that place which for Israel ensured in a particular way God’s closeness to his people . The ultimate goal of his pilgrimage was the heights of God himself; to those heights he wanted to lift every human being. Our procession today is meant, then, to be an image of something deeper, to reflect the fact that, together with Jesus, we are setting out on pilgrimage along the high road that leads to the living God.

Pope Benedict XV

Become silent, aware of the awesome presence of God who never ceases to be with us.

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A Mini Retreat For Holy Week

Holy Week 2020 is being celebrated amid extraordinary circumstances. There are probably few, if any of us, who can remember such a time as this, when we have been directed by the Government and the Church to self isolate in order to protect each other from being infected with the Covid-19 virus. Hopefully our cooperation with these directives will significantly help to slow down and prevent the spread of the virus meaning that fewer people will get sick and still fewer people will succumb to the virus.

Many of our clergy have taken the initiative to live stream their Masses and prayer liturgies. This has proven to be a source of great comfort for those with access to technology and are able to use it. For others, not being able to get to church for Mass increases the sense of isolation and loneliness.

This ‘Mini Retreat’ is an attempt to ease the burden on those who are unable to watch streamed Masses and other liturgies.

The pages of this booklet are intended to help us journey through Holy Week by using the Gospel passages of the day taken from Holy Mass.

We offer a structure for your prayer time and suggest that you choose a time during the day that suits you best. This could be the time that you would usually attend Mass or, early in the morning, midday, whatever suits you.

This may supplement your usual daily prayer so please don’t stop praying your everyday prayers.

Each day is structured in the following way:

  • Be still and become aware of God’s presence
  • Opening prayer
  • Psalm
  • Thanksgiving to God
  • Reading the Gospel of the day (Bible reference will be given)
  • Dig out yourBible!
  • Reflecting and praying with the Gospel
  • Act of Spiritual Communion
  • Closing prayer

Take things at your own pace, take as long as you wish, there’s no rush.

May God’s blessing be with you and on your home.

Mini Retreat – Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Monday of Holy Week 6 April

Tuesday of Holy Week 7 April

Wednesday of Holy Week 8 April

Holy Thursday 9 April

Friday of the Passion of the Lord 10 April

Holy Saturday 11 April

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord 12 April

Help us spread the word!

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For those who don’t know St Helen’s has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. In order for us to communicate with as many people as possible, we are pushing to increase the number of people who follow us on Facebook to 250 (300 if we can!).

For those who haven’t yet followed/liked our page, this is your chance to follow/like us.
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For those who already have followed/liked us, could you please encourage your family and friends to follow us? Here are the instructions on how to do this – it’s easy!

Here we go:

  1. Go the St Helen’s Caerphilly Facebook page.
  2. Look to the panel on your right and you will see a section called ‘Community’
  3. Click the words, “Invite your friends to like this page”
  4. Select all your finds who may be interested (the ones who like it are already “Liked”)
  5. Click “Send Invitations”

There is a message with the “Invite your friends” window which you can modify if you wish. You can invite friends of yours who go to church, or who are associated with St Helen’s or Cardinal Newman or any of the church groups.

And that’s it!