This week’s notice sheet

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Dear Parishioners 

I do hope you are all staying well – and in love and charity with those you are at home with! I know you are all supporting your neighbours but it may be easier to be patient at a social distance than when cooped up close at hand (or am I the only one whose temper is fraying???)

Regarding neighbours, you may like to know that Revs Tim and Karen Dack, the new ministry area leaders for Monmouth Town and Monmouth Rural Group are now installed in the vicarage at Penallt and have been virtually licensed to their respective parishes. Here’s the link to the press release:
https://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk/news/2020/04/first-virtual-licensing-in-the-diocese.
Tim will be vicar of the Monmouth group of parishes and Karen vicar for Penallt & Trelleck and other rural parishes currently without a priest. Within the ministry area, we are part of the Monmouth Rural group and look forward to working with Karen.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.
I attach Bishop Cherry’s Easter message.+Cherry has let us know that she will be joining with the Cathedral team this year (as was originally planned) to provide the following:
11am Palm Sunday – Eucharist from Bishopstow
5pm Monday – Holy Week reflection given by the Dean
5pm Tuesday – Holy Week reflection given by the Bishop
5pm Wednesday – Holy Week reflection given by the Precentor
5pm Maundy Thursday Eucharist from Bishopstow
12 noon Good Friday – Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday* – no broadcast, but a suggestion of renewing baptismal vows, lighting the Paschal Candle and at 9pm all who can, singing (loudly) the Exultet!
11am Easter Day Eucharist from Bishopstow

All will be available via the Monmouth Diocese and Cathedral websites

*I will put the baptismal vows and the words of the Exultet on our website.

On both these Sundays, I will pray morning prayer at 12noon following the Eucharist from Bishopstow.

Other links you may like to know about

For a short, helpful daily reflection, I have been tuning in to the facebook page of Cyncoed Ministry Area https://www.facebook.com/cyncoedma/ 

For Holy Week, a friend of mine, Rev Prebendary Nick Helm of Hereford diocese, is doing a series of 15 minute podcasts which I shall be listening to. Called On Stony Paths, they start on Palm Sunday and go through to Easter Day. Nick says, “they will offer a space for engaging with the gospel narrative of Jesus’ passion and resurrection. Using, readings from the gospels, each meditation will invite reflection and prayer to enable you to journey with Jesus, being with him.”
You can find them on https://soulspark.online/home/by-stony-paths

And thanks to Jadwiga who sent me this link to the BBC programmes for Easter https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/easter

I am aware that these are all online resources and not everyone is able to access them. Given the current restrictions on movement and visiting I don’t now what else to suggest but if you are able to safely share something with a neighbour, I hope you will.

As we continue to be ‘together apart’, more than one person has drawn attention to the increasing isolation of Jesus as he walks these last steps to the cross. May this be a year in which we each walk with him in humble trust and earnest supplication for the world which is both ours and His. 

With my love and prayers
Janet