25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

20 September 2020, Year A


This Week's Services

As the angel said to shepherds, "I bring you news of great joy!" (Luke 2:10).  On Thursday 16th July the Diocese gave us permission to open for public worship once again - that is, for Holy Mass, adoration and benediction, baptisms, funerals, weddings etc.  Things will look different for a while, but this is a wonderful time for the parish.  Thank you for your patience and prayer over the last few months which has 'turned over the soil' in preparation for this moment!  

Some of you may choose to stay away from the church for whatever reason, and please note the obligation to attend holy Mass on Sunday is currently suspended. However, you're so welcome should you feel able to pray in the church, and we've done our best to make it as safe and prayerful as possible with the current restrictions.

Due to the limited capacity of the church at this time, seating at all Masses - including at Sunday Masses - will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Please arrive in good time to aid the stewards collecting information for the track and trace system.  If you arrive and the church is already full, you are welcome to stand outside at a safe distance from others.

There are two stewards at each Mass.  Please feel free to ask them any questions if you're unsure of anything.  Track and trace information will be kept securely for one month, and then destroyed in accord with GDPR legislation.

Watch Fr Matt's talk 'Why go to Mass after lockdown?'

From 14th September it is mandatory for everyone coming into church to wear a face mask.  Thank you for your co-operation.  

Key: (S) St Bride's, Saundersfoot;  (T) St Teilo's, Tenby

Saturday 19 September

11am (T) Mass

10:30am - 2pm St Teilo's open for private prayer

11:30am - 12:30 Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions

Sunday 20 September, 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

9am (T) Mass

11am (T) Mass

2 - 6pm St Teilo's open for private prayer and Adoration

Monday 21 September, St Matthew

10am (T) Mass

10am - 12pm St Teilo's open for private prayer 

Tuesday 22 September

10am - 12pm St Teilo's open for private prayer 

7pm (T) Mass

Wednesday 23 September, St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

10am (T) Mass

10am - 12pm St Teilo's open for private prayer 

Thursday 24 September, Our Lady Star of the Sea

No Mass

Church closed

Friday 25 September

10am - 12pm St Teilo's open for private prayer 

7pm (T) Mass

Saturday 26 September, Votive Mass of Our Lady

11am (T) Mass

10:30am - 2pm St Teilo's open for private prayer

11:30am - 12:30 Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions

5:30pm (T) Vigil Mass

Sunday 27 September, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

9:30am (S) Mass

11am (T) Mass

2 - 6pm St Teilo's open for private prayer and Adoration

For Holy Communion:  during this extraordinary time, the priest alone will move around the church, going from pew to pew.  The bishops have stated that Holy Communion is only to be distributed on the hand during the Mass.  Please lay your hands flat, receive Holy Communion before the priest moves away, and then check your hand to see that no fragments of the Sacred Host remain.  If I make contact with anyone's hands during distribution of Holy Communion, I will return to the sanctuary, purify my fingers, resanitise my hands, and then continue from where I stopped.  If you would like to speak to me about any of this, please do so.

Please respect these guidelines for your health and safety, and for everyone else's, thank you!  Let's pray that we can return to public worship as soon as possible.

Feel free to come to church any time in the opening hours as long as you're not feeling unwell with any illness.  Please bring something warm as all the doors and windows are left open throughout to aid circulation of fresh air.

Please sanitise your hands on entry and help yourself to a prayer sheet.

The steward will guide you, but make your way to any pew that's not taped off, and sit in the far end of the pew (so that you're furthest from the aisle).

Feel free to stay as long as you like, although if the church is very busy just be aware there may be people queuing!

If you'd like to light a candle, please let the steward know and they will light one on your behalf.  Please don't touch any statues and keep general touching of other pews etc to a minimum.

When you're ready to leave, please ensure the aisle is free of anyone coming in or out. As you leave please sanitise your hands again and make your way out via the exit door (which is the original church entrance now in use again!).




Holy Father's prayer intention for


Watch his September video appeal


Sunday Mass Times

Please note that we are returning to normal pre-lockdown Sunday Mass times for the weekend 26-27 September.  However, in order to make this possible we are required to have two stewards at each Mass.  Please consider joining the volunteer rota, thank you.

CAFOD Beirut Emergency Appeal

The recent explosion in Beirut has added to the desperate situation in Beirut caused by coronavirus and an economic crisis.  Please support CAFOD's Beirut appeal

Year of the Word

To celebrate the Year of the Word, Fr Jerome Ituah OCD had set up a great schedule of talks happening all around the diocese – but Covid-19 put a stop to those plans!  He has now released a new schedule to cover the four Gospels – each of the talks will be happening on the Diocese of Menevia School of Evangelisation and Catechetics (DOMSEC) website via livestream instead of in person.  The new dates and speakers are as follows:

  • August 22nd 2020:  The Gospel of Matthew, Fr Matthew Roche-Saunders.

  • September 19th 2020:  The Gospel of Mark, Fr Jerome Ituah OCD.

  • October 17th 2020: The Gospel of Luke, Fr Robert Davies.

  • November 14th 2020: The Gospel of John, Fr Michael Akpoghiran.

St Vincent de Paul Society

If anyone would like a friendly contact to talk to, especially in these times of isolation, you can reach out to two members of the SVP in Haverfordwest:

Gustavo  01834 861322

Don  01437 763711

Pembrokeshire Food Bank

The Narberth branch of the Foodbank accept food donations on a Wednesday morning (location in teh link below).  Otherwise, please consider donating financially at this important time.  Please visit the  Pembrokeshire Foodbank website to donate on-line, and don't forget to enable Gift Aid if you are eligible. 

Thank you.

CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal

Pip Large has asked for us to join in CAFOD's pandemic response in prayers and donations: "As the parish CAFOD rep I'd like to encourage support for those living in already desperate conditions and the local experts who will be trying to fight the disease with them.  It's shocking enough watching our NHS trying to cope, but the effects in refugee camps and communities in developing countries will be devastating."  

Examination of Conscience

Here is the Examination of Conscience based on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, that Fr Matt used in the service before Pentecost.

Useful links


Single Points of Contact

Please see list of contacts.


Catholic Singles

See the poster and website

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A Prayer for our Diocese

Almighty and eternal God, give us the grace and strength to carry out the work entrusted to us in the Diocese of Menevia.  Bless our families and our parishes.  You call men and women from our families to serve you as priests, deacons and in the religious life.  May we read the signs of these vocations in others and help them to follow you.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.