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Christmas Events and Mass Times

Christmas Mass Card

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are at St David and St Patrick’s Church.

Thursday 10th December, 7:00pm: Youth Christmas Concert with Neyland Ladies Choir.

Friday 18th December, 6:30pm: Penitential Service with visiting priests.

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th December: Youth Retreat – Charismatic gifts of the Spirit.

Sunday 20th December 10:00am: Sunday Mass led by the Youth.


Wednesday 23rd December 10:00am: Mass

Wednesday 23rd December 10:30am: Confessions


Thursday 24th December, Christmas Eve, 10:00am: Mass

Thursday 24th December, Christmas Eve, 9:30pm: Congregational Carols

Thursday 24th December, Christmas Eve, 10:00pm: Midnight Mass


Friday 25th December, Christmas Day, 10:00am: Mass

Friday 25th December, Christmas Day, 11:30am: Mass (Immaculate Conception Church, Narberth).


Saturday 26th December, St Stephen’s Day, 6:00pm: Vigil Mass of Sunday


Sunday 27th December, Feast of the Holy Family, 10:00am: Mass

Sunday 27th December, Feast of the Holy Family, 5:00pm: Mass (Immaculate Conception Church, Narberth)

Starbucks Red Cup.

There seems to be a lot of ink being spilled over the controversy that is the ‘red cup’ of Starbucks and whether it is for or against Christmas. While not getting much attention in the UK, it’s a hot topic in the US!

red cup 2

For those who don’t know, Starbucks have a new Christmas cup and it’s plain red. That’s it, no holly, no snowflakes and certainly no baby Jesus. But is it making an anti-christian statement by being so plain, or is it trying to do something Christmasy by being red (and not white)?
Perhaps it’s time, as Advent approaches, that as Christians we stopped criticising the colour of cups and what they may or may not stand for, and stood up for ourselves and what we stand for. We stand for our wonderful Christmas message that God became man – for us. What a great gift. Do we know what we are for and do we proclaim that message?

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to you and all your families! With every good wish and blessing for 2015!

Fr Owen, Fr Liam and Deacon Tony would like to say thank you for all the many messages of good wishes, cards, boxes of chocolates, bottles of wine and financial gifts you have given us over this Christmas season. You have been very kind and most generous to us all, and we keep you very much in our prayers. Thank you.

Gaudete Sunday – Rejoice!

Pink advent candle

Today is Gaudete Sunday. Here’s a twist on the ancient hymn of today with, the translation given below! Enjoy!

Latin English
Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!
Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
(Out) Of the Virgin Mary – rejoice!
Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.
The time of grace has come—
what we have wished for,
songs of joy
Let us give back faithfully.
Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.
God has become man,
(With) nature marveling,
The world has been renewed
By Christ (who is) reigning.
Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.
The closed gate of Ezekiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is raised,
Salvation is found.
Ergo nostra contio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.
Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.

The Prince on ISIS

Bishop and Prince

The Prince of Wales has told Iraqi Christians that they “are quite literally following in the footsteps of the Holy Family” at a Mass organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). For the whole story, click here. Prince Charles said:

“At this most agonising of times we have to struggle not to forget that Our Lord called upon us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute. But by being with you this Christmas time I wanted to assure you of my constant thoughts and sympathy. As you know, the story of the Nativity ends with the Holy Family fleeing for refuge from persecution. You and your families are quite literally following in the footsteps of the Holy Family” HRH the Prince of Wales.

(Image, ℅ PA. Prince Charles with ArchBp Habib of Basra).

To listen to the Prince’s actual words, watch this video clip from the Royal Channel

The Royal Channel