Bulletin No.601 February 21st 2016

The Parish Council Meeting which was scheduled for 10th of March will now take place on 17th of March.

A diocesan day of Recollection for Ministers of Communion and our CatechistsTo be held at St Illtyd’s School, Cardiff next Saturday between 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.  Please let Treena know if you intend to go; Tel No 756598.

Year of MercyTime with the LordAs requested by Pope Francis for the whole Church, The Parishes of Abergavenny, Pontypool and Usk will come together on Saturday 5th March for Mass, Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Our Lady and St. Michael’s Church, Abergavenny.  There is a poster at the back of the Church with details and a list for volunteers to put their names down for specific times of Adoration.

Holy Doors in the Year of MercyDuring Jubilee Years, such as the Year of Mercy, doors designated by the Holy Father and the bishops throughout the world are opened as ‘Holy Doors’ through which we make pilgrimage as a sign of transition from a life of sin to a new life of grace in Christ.  Jesus himself said ‘I am the door; If anyone enters through me he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture’.  By walking through the Holy Door in this Year of Mercy, we physically demonstrate our need for God’s Mercy in our lives and our willingness to be transformed by His great gift of Mercy.  On Thursday 10th March you are invited to make a pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy in Belmont Abbey, and to join Archbishop George and the Belmont Community for the celebration of Mass at 7 p.m.  If you would like to avail of transport please sign up at the back of the Church.

Alive – A Retreat for Young Adults 16 – 35:  at St. David’s Catholic Sixth From College, Ty Gwyn Road, Penylan Cardiff on 11th  – 13th of March. – Live Worship, Powerful Services, Engaging Talks, Creative Workshops, Friendships – contact Youth 2000 office on 02072212124 or info@youth2000.org

Lent Fast Day:  Your donation to support the work of CAFOD cam be put in the retiring collection this weekend.  If you are able to Gift Aid your contribution, please collect your Fast Day Envelope from the back of the Church. Your generosity will go a long way, especially when match-funded by our Government, and by enabling CAFOD to reclaim the tax paid on your donation.

Collection of food for the Eastern Valley Foodbank will take place next weekend in both St Alban’s and St Felix communities.  Your contributions go a long way in helping our local Foodbank to feed our neighbours in crisis.  Please remember to make sure all food is non-perishable, in date and undamaged..

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