3 Churches News

Sunday 19 March 2023

4th Sunday of Lent (year A)

Christ the King
Newborough Avenue
CF14 5AA
St Brigid's
Crystal Glen
CF14 5QN
St Paul's
Cyncoed Road
CF23 6AF
Priests: Canon Fr Matthew Jones & Fr Andy Bord
Assisting: Fr Peter Davies

Naming the nameless

This Sunday we hear the story of the healing of the man born blind. Like many of the people mentioned in the Gospels, especially those who meet Jesus, he is not named. However, by the early centuries Christian tradition could not resist giving names to all those who are nameless in the Bible. Many of the names have disappeared from current devotion but some endure. Which ones have you heard of?

Here are some of the names of the nameless…

• The Wise Men, Magi or Kings from Matthew 2: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.

• The Shepherds from Luke 2: Asher, Zebulun, Justus, Nicodemus, Joseph, Barshabba, and Jose

• Two of the Innocents who were massacred from Matthew 2: Sicarius and Memorius

• .A well-known one, Herodias’ daughter from Matthew 14 and Mark 6: Salome

• The Syrophoenician woman healed in Matthew 15 and Mark 7: Justa

• The child with Jesus in Mark 9: Ignatius, perhaps St Ignatius of Antioch

• The Woman with a hæmorrhage from Matthew 9 etc.: Berenice or Veronica

• The Samaritan woman at the well from John 4: Photini

• Woman taken in adultery from John 8: Mary Magdalen – this identification is discounted nowadays

• Pontius Pilate's wife from Matthew 27: Claudia Procles

• Thieves crucified with Jesus: Dismas and Gestas or Gesmas

• Soldier who pierced Jesus with a spear in John 19: Longinus

• Man who offered Jesus vinegar on the Cross: Agathon

• Guard(s) at Jesus' tomb in Matthew 27: Centurion Petronius and soldiers Issachar, Gad, Matthias, Barnabas, Simon

• And, last but not least, our man born blind in John 9 was often referred to as Celidonius

Fr Matthew

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3 Churches notices and events


Stations of the Cross Stations continue at 9.00 on Fridays at St Paul’s and 9.30 on Saturdays at St Brigid’s (also live-streamed)

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Tuesday 4th April 11.30am

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Maundy Thursday 6th April 7.30 at St Brigid’s.

Commemoration of the Passion: Good Friday 3pm at Christ the King and St Paul’s.

Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter Saturday 8th April 8.30pm Christ the King

Confirmation 2023

As announced, preparation will take place between Easter and 8th July for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Watch the newsletter for the invitation to put your name down.

Crystal Glen traffic

It seems that the 18 month trial of restrictions on traffic in Crystal Glen may start soon. The accompanying yellow lines and markings have been put down. We will let you know when and if the restrictions come into force, so that we can make preparations.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross, led by the children of Christ the King primary school will take place at Christ the King on Wed 22nd March at 2pm. All are very welcome to attend.


The Quiz night at Christ the King has now become a vibrant, regular fixture on our Churches social calendar. It runs for 10 months of the year (no quiz in July/August), generally on the first (or second) Thursday evening of the month. We have 7 groups/people volunteering to be quiz masters at the moment but it would be great to have another 3 so that each group/person would only be hosting it once a year. The question is “excuse the pun” Could you be a Quiz Master at our monthly quiz? No previous experience needed!! If anyone is interested, please contact Simon on 07394 931097 or

The Grapevine Magazine
The new quarterly magazine focusing on faith, hope and love in the 21st century church and wider faith community, can be accessed on the 3 Churches website. Work has started on the May issue and articles for inclusion (no more than 2 pages long) should be submitted by 31st March. For further information or to submit copy email

Virtual coffee

There will be a “Virtual coffee” at approx. 11.30 every Sunday on Zoom. Use ID 865 017 3340 and passcode coffee to join.

Baptism preparation course
At Christ the King - for parents wishing to have their children baptised. It will be held over 2 sessions on Saturdays 1st and 15th April. You will need to attend both sessions which will start at 4pm and last about an hour. If you would like to attend please contact Brigid Lee at

50 Club winners (Christ the King)


112 Patsy Lydon

88 Bernard Adshead

25 Geraint Porter


7 Kath Lush

75 Mo Bryon

72 John Foran

Junior Club

The Junior Club at Christ the King will meet again after the Easter break.

Children's Liturgy at Christ the King

An informal exploratory meeting about restarting Children's Liturgy at Sunday morning Mass, this Thursday 23 March at 8pm at the Ty Mawr pub in Lisvane. Anyone interested is invited to come along. For further information contact Elizabeth Taylor (2075 1401) or the Parish Office.

Help needed at Christ the King

Grace Thomas, organiser for the APF (red missionary boxes) collection is stepping down. A new organiser is needed - not an onerous responsibility but some re-set required post pandemic. Offers of help please to the Parish Office. Bernard Adshead is stepping back from most of his responsibilities for the maintenance and running of the Parish Centre. Offers of help invited, particularly from anyone with building maintenance experience. Please contact the Chair of the PAC (Elizabeth Taylor - 2075 1401).

Family Mass

Please note that Easter Sunday morning Mass at Christ the King will take place at 9.30am and will be a family Mass. If any child or young person would like to take part please contact Marie (07753 439567 or email

Christ the King Parish Advisory Council meeting on 14 March

The main issues discussed included:

- the financial position, with approval given for replacement of the projector in the Parish Centre, replacement of the external CCTV system and repairs to 71 Heol Hir

- changes to diocesan safeguarding arrangements

- updates on the warm space and sustainable clothing and books projects and changes to the newsletter


To Oliver Todd of Christ the King, on the birth of his second daughter - Yara Nell Todd, who was born last week.

Easter flowers

Retiring collection for Easter flowers after 9am Mass at St Paul’s, next Sunday 26 March. Many thanks for your contributions!

St Paul’s Ladies Group
Wednesday 22 March at 2pm at Pearl’s home.

Diocesan and external events

Youth Mass

The young people of St Joseph’s, Cathays invite all young people (and the young at heart!) to a Youth Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Joseph at 7pm this Monday 20th March, followed by a shared table of food and good company in the meeting room. Mass will be youth led with inspirational music from gifted young people. Come and be inspired for mission! The Lord Jesus is calling you by name to be present. Celebrant: parish priest Fr Jose Kuttikkatt, assisted by Deacons Mark Howe & Christian Mahoney.

Easter Tea Party

Seeds for the Future (Lesotho) is holding an Easter Tea Party - on Sunday 2 April from 3pm to 5pm in the Parish Centre at Christ the King to raise funds to support high school students and families living in the village of Ramabanta in Lesotho. Tickets £15 with a donation on the day for children. Booking required. For further information and to request tickets please contact Elizabeth Taylor (2075 1401 or email

There is also the opportunity to run or walk between our 3 churches - finishing with tea at Christ the King. For details of the run/walk and to register to take part please go to

Cycling for World Youth Day

Kath Crossman, a teacher at Archbishop McGrath High School, Bridgend, and her husband Marcus, are cycling 450km along the Portuguese Camino in April. They are looking for sponsorship to raise funds for young people to travel to World Youth Day in Portugal this summer. Many young pilgrims need financial support. Details about the pilgrimage and cycle fundraiser can be found on the Archdiocese website or email us at with any questions. You can use the following link to donate directly

Please help if you can and pray for a successful, safe pilgrimage

Prayer Link

The next Prayerlink meeting will take place at Park End Presbyterian Church, Llanishen (by Rhydypenau roundabout) at 10am on Saturday 1 April. All are welcome.

Christian Aid sale

Saturday 25 March 10am - 12 noon
Llanishen Baptist Church.

Belmont Abbey Night Procession

St Teilo's are hoping to organise an evening trip on Wednesday 10 May, and wonder whether any 3 Churches parishioners may want to join them. If you would be interested please contact Carole (07747 562847 /

Weekly schedule of masses and services

Masses and services at St Brigid’s and Christ the King are also live streamed.

Saturday 18 March (St Cyril of Jerusalem)

6pm Christ the King (Vigil mass of Sunday) - Betty Bailey (A Rees)

Sunday 19 March (4th Sunday of Lent)

9am St Paul’s - Glendinning Family (Slowikowska)

9.30am Christ the King - Family Mass; Brendan Murphy (T Evans)

10.30am St Brigid’s - Marie York (Williams)

6pm St Brigid’s - People of the Parish

Monday 20 March (St Joseph)

9.30am St Brigid’s - Anne Guillat (Daley)

Tuesday 21 March

9.30am Christ the King - Sinnot Family (C Bailey)

11am St Paul’s - Funeral: Eleanor Dean

Wednesday 22 March

9.30am St Paul’s - Eleanor Dean

Thursday 23 March (St Turibius)

9.30am Christ the King - Tony Pinnell (M Pinnell)

7.30pm St Brigid’s - Marie York (Daley)

Friday 24 March

9.30am St Paul’s - Angela Baker

Saturday 25 March (The Annunciation)

9.30am St Brigid’s - Stations of the Cross

6pm Christ the King (Vigil mass of Sunday) - Michael Quigley (C Bailey)

Sunday 26 March (5th Sunday of Lent)

9am St Paul’s - Edna & David Wharry

9.30am Christ the King - Diana Donovon (M Pinnell)

10.30am St Brigid’s - Thomas Anthony Sherry

6pm St Brigid’s - People of the Parish


Prayers for the sick

Please remember in your prayers the following who are unwell at this time:

Mary Amugan, Chris Babu, Bill Brown, EAB, John Campbell, Dennis Cooke, Corey-Jay Coles, Terry Culbertson, Sid Daw, Pat & Dennis Donovan, Emily, Norbert Flynn, May Foley, Baby Francesca, Sheila Hanson, Maria Hill, Betty Hoyle, Liz Leconte, Liz, Avirachen Mathai, Una Meades, Miranda Meldrum, Sarah Morris, Kate Murphy, Niamh Murphy, Kieran Ollin, Steve Prince, John Reardon, Claire Richards, Anne Roach, Oliver Roberts, Adela Rogers, Shaun Stone, Hilary Tracey, Mike Tracey, Anne Wake, Gemma Ward, Emma Warlow, Dorothy Warren & Chris Williams.

Prayers for our neighbours

During the coming week, please pray for our neighbours in Ty Gwyn Crescent.

Sacrament of Reconcilliation

St Brigid’s - Saturday 10.00am

Christ the King - Saturday 5.40pm

St Paul’s - Friday 10.00am

or by request...


Canon Matthew Jones and Fr Andy Bord

Assisting Fr Peter Davies

Priests, general, St Brigid’s, St Paul’s enquiries

Telephone: 029 2075 2389


Christ the King enquiries

Marie O’Brien (secretary)

Telephone: 029 2075 3945


3 Churches Parish Council chairs

Sts Brigid and Paul

Karen Sylvester

Christ the King

Elizabeth Taylor 2075 1401

Christ the King Primary School

Headteacher Mrs S Miles 2075 4787

Corpus Christi High School

Headteacher Mr Patrick Brunnock 2076 1893

St David’s College

Principal Mark Leighfield 2049 8555

Safeguarding Representatives

St Brigid

Pat Williams 2061 7374

St Paul

Carl French 2075 4418

Christ the King

Christine Williams and Neil Powell

Bereavement Support Group

07594 217098

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