5th Sunday of Lent

29 March 2020, Year A


Coronavirus resources

Updated 31 March

This Week's Services

Coronavirus resources

27th March 2020:

Dear People of Tenby and Saundersfoot

Fr Mansel has suffered the bereavement of a close friend in recent days, and he is staying with his family through these difficult times.  While he is away from the parish the Archbishop has asked me to be resident in Tenby to accompany you at this time, a moment of uncertainty for the whole world and a moment in which we are learning to trust more and more in God's providence.

St Faustina's words seem more powerful now than ever before and could perhaps find a place in our daily prayers as we pray for all those affected: Jesus, I trust in you.

It's a great privilege to be praying for you and your intentions as I offer Holy Mass each day in St Teilo's church. If there's anything at all I can help with, please feel free to reach me in the presbytery on the usual number 01834 842692, or on my email address, haverfordwest2@menevia.org.


I hope to add some images and perhaps some reflections on the parish website as we go along.

Please pray for me too! God bless you.

Fr Matt Roche-Saunders

29th March, 5th Sunday of Lent

Fr Matt has recorded the readings and his homily for this Sunday's Mass.

Dates for your Diary

First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2020

Parents and guardians of children who are eligible and wish to receive the Sacraments of Holy Communion (Yr 2+) and Confirmation (Yr 6+) should speak to Fr Mansel after Mass to obtain the necessary application form.

St Teilo's repairs and restoration

Work has commenced on the restoration of the west wall of St Teilo's Church.  The organ is now out of commission to facilitate this work.  Any disruption to the liturgical life of the church will be kept to a minimum.  Please be patient while this work is in progress.  Thank you for your
understanding and cooperation.

19-24 July:  National Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Pilgrims depart Cardiff Airport
by chartered flight and are transferred from Lourdes Airport to the town by prearranged transport. The cost of the pilgrimage includes full board accommodation in one of the hotels in the town. Whether you are able-bodied, sick or young Lourdes holds something for you and Our Lady invites you to experience this special place. Able bodied and young pilgrims may wish to volunteer to work with the sick pilgrims throughout the pilgrimage. Aiding the sick adds to the experience of Lourdes. For more information please contact the Pilgrimage Director, Fran Mainwaring by emailing

2020 Pilgrimages

May 4-11: Medjugorje.

Oct 9-16:  Fatima & Santiago Compostela.

Contact Sr Margaret Fitzgerald for details, 01792 473453.

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Holy Father's prayer intention for


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Future of Menevia: Update 17 Nov 2019

The meeting held with the clergy and Archbishop George Stack last week proved more constructive than the previous meeting.  A vote was taken by the clergy of the diocese who were unanimous in declaring their preference to keep the Diocese of Menevia unchanged and to appoint a new bishop.  Archbishop Stack will now send a report to the Papal Nuncio for England and Wales who will in turn report back to the Congregation of Bishops in Rome. We await their decision on the future of Menevia.

September 2019:  The Future of our Diocese

Archbishop George Stack, the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Menevia recently held a meeting with the Clergy of Menevia to discuss the future of the diocese in light of the Instruction from Rome to the Apostolic Administrator “To carry out all the necessary steps with the clergy and people of God in the Diocese of Menevia, and in close contact with the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and its President, to verify the hypothesis of a union - now in Persona Episcopi - of the said Diocese with the Metropolitan
Archdiocese of Cardiff”.  Further instructed: “To inform the Congregation of Bishops, by the end of this year, through the good offices of the Apostolic Nunciature, the preliminary results of this consultation”.  Bearing in mind the information /analysis / experience outlined above, the options seem to be:

A. The appointment of an Ordinary (Bishop) to the Diocese. In making such a proposal, the consultees would need to present a strategy as to how these issues are to be resolved.

B. The establishment of a joint Diocese of Cardiff and the current Diocese of Menevia, each maintaining its own identity under the authority of the Metropolitan. The consultees would need to analyse the various modes of administration / relationships / organisation of such a model.

C. The absorption of parts of the current Diocese of Menevia with the Archdiocese of Cardiff and parts of the said Diocese with the current Diocese of Wrexham.  In addition to the above, the consultees would need to reflect on the geographical and demographic boundaries of such a division and the implications thereof.

D. Any other permutation, structure or suggestions as to the best way of providing episcopal oversight and pastoral care for the People of God in this part of Wales.

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.