CANON PATRICK’S 71st LETTER

THIS SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER: 9.15am HOLY EUCHARIST in Church with a Christmas Story
(‘Cosmo and Colin’s Covid Christmas’) The Nativity Play is postponed for a week and
transferred to Zoom (see below); 11am ZOOM EUCHARIST (with the Cosmo & Colin story);
5pm ZOOM EVENING PRAYER. Wednesday 16 December: 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST in
Church. SUNDAY 20 DECEMBER: 9.15am ANGEL EUCHARIST in Church; 11am FAMILY
ZOOM NATIVITY; 5pm ZOOM 9 LESSONS & CAROLS. Wednesday 23 December: 10.30am
HOLY EUCHARIST in Church. CHRISTMAS EVE: 5pm ZOOM CHOCOLATE NATIVITY with the
Reverend Delyth; 11.30pm ZOOM MIDNIGHT MASS. CHRISTMAS DAY: 8am CYMUN
GWAWR Y NADOLIG/CHRISTMAS DAWN COMMUNION.

Please note that the ‘Chocolate Nativity’ is now on Zoom, rather than in Church.
The alterations have been made to help ensure the safety of all church members, especially
the most vulnerable, during the present difficulties. Please always make sure that you
reserve a place in good time, as seats for church services are limited to ensure social
distancing. Seats are allotted on a first come first served basis, and can be booked by
contacting Delyth, Kristie, Rosemary Bowen, Malcolm Jones, or myself. Delyth and Kristie
can help people to connect with Zoom.

The December 20 th ‘Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol’ programme on S4C has been recorded
at St David’s Cathedral, and includes a conversation between me and Huw Edwards. We also
had a wonderful chat (off camera) about the vanished Welsh Anglican churches of London,
including Dewi Sant, Paddington, where I once preached at the cyrddau mawr. Incidentally,
the cameraman was the brother of one of my former church members in Brechfa. TV
recording involves a lot of waiting around (a good opportunity for some meditative prayer if
you happen to be in a cathedral). While I was vaguely lost in contemplation, the Dean came
up to me and began chatting. She was wearing a mask, and, at first, I didn’t recognise her. It
struck me later that the same sort of thing must have happened on many other occasions
over the past few months, and I must have unwittingly ignored or unknowingly snubbed
many faithful (but masked) parishioners. If so, I apologise profusely.

While I was writing this letter, I had a phone call from Mr Cyril Jones (a faithful member of
our Welsh congregation until he moved to North Wales) to inform me of the sad news of
the sudden death of the Reverend Lloyd Jones, a former curate of our parish, who was now
serving in the Bangor diocese. Lloyd was 54 years old. Our deepest sympathy goes to his
wife Casi, and their family.

Canon Patrick

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