Worship & Services
Worship is at the heart of Church life. It is the springboard for all other Christian action, and every Christian is expected to place their worship of God before all else. The parish has a modern Catholic approach to liturgy and worship.
Parish worship is centred on the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is the central act of worship for Christians, and was instituted by Jesus himself at the Last Supper when he took bread and wine, blessed it, and gave it to the apostles.
This service, also called the Holy Communion, the Mass and the Lord’s Supper, gives Christians the strength they need to live their lives in obedience to God.
We believe that God pours out his Holy Spirit upon the gifts of bread and wine that are brought to the altar and so they are filled with the real presence of Jesus. Each person receives them as the Body and Blood of Christ.
The 2004 Church in Wales Order for the Eucharist is used at every celebration, and the parish uses the Revised Common Lectionary on Sundays and the Daily Eucharistic lectionary on weekdays.
The Importance of Holy Days
The keeping of holy days to mark stages in the life of Jesus, or to commemorate the lives of holy men and women is an ancient practice of the Church which was maintained at the Reformation.
Over the last four hundred years the Calendar has changed, and today reflects the lives of men and women who have not been officially declared Saints by the Anglican Church (which has never had a means of ‘canonisation’ similar to that of the Roman Catholics) but who nonetheless have helped to promote the faith, witnessed to their love of God even to the point of martyrdom, and brought people to the love of Jesus.
The keeping of these days should be part of the discipline of the Christian life, as it helps us to learn not only about the people we remember, but also about ourselves.
Pilgrimage has long played a part in Christian spirituality and worship.
The parish joins the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham every July. There is also an annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Penrhys in the Rhondda Valley.