“That in its beauty Cardiff may rejoice!”
St Mary the Virgin, Butetown
Lockdown: Please note that, during Lockdown, churches are allowed to remain open for worship (if they choose and are able to do so). At St Mary’s, all Masses, including Sunday and weekdays continue as normal (according to Welsh Government conditions). Please check in for Sunday Mass.
Our Parish Life
The Eucharist is at the heart of our life together. Mass is celebrated here daily, along with other prayers and devotions
Morning and Evening Prayer, Rosary and Eucharistic Devotions form part of our prayer life, and we worship within the catholic tradition of the Church in Wales.
Butetown is a brilliant and diverse community. At one time, over fifty different languages were spoken here.
St Mary’s Church continues to thrive as a diverse congregation in the midst of this multicultural community, working together with local churches and people of other faiths and none to strengthen community life and help improve the lives of all who live and visit here.
Built in 1843, St Mary’s Church replaces the former Priory Church of the 1100s and tells the story of a thousand years.
From Norman Conquest to the Reformation, from Civil War to the Industrial Revolution, and celebrates the place that faith has played in the growth of Cardiff.
We are a parish of the Diocese of Llandaff in the Church in Wales.
We do what we are!
Each day we live and move to the rhythm of Prayer and Eucharist
Each year we pledge to give away at least 10% of our direct income
We work with others to serve the community of which we are part
We are concerned about people and places and the natural environment
Visiting St Mary’s
Whether you’re looking for a church for worship and prayer, curious about the Christian life, or simply interested in history and heritage then you’re welcome!
We are open each day at different times for Mass and we’re working towards being able to keep our church open for longer each day.
If you’d like to arrange a visit outside of public worship times then please get in touch. It will be great to see you!
By the way, looking at St Mary’s Church from Bute Street, you may be given the impression that it’s closed! Actually, the large two central doors are not doors at all! They are simply a façade. Both the ‘doors’ and large windows face onto the back of a large internal apse.
At one time, the church was surrounded on all sided by streets of terraced housing, pubs and shops. The built landscape has changed so much but we’re still here!
“People of all ages”
“Peace and quiet
As we look forward to the time when St Mary’s Church can be opened to welcome schools and many other visitors including the many tourists to Cardiff, we’ve been doing a little work in the background! Here’s a little resource, the first of many we hope, to help children explore the history and mystery ofContinue reading “The Mystery of the Stone Head”
As you may know, there is an LA consultation in place regarding the proposals to create 92 pay and display parking spaces along the length of Lloyd George Avenue in Butetown for visitors to the city centre and the Bay. You can view the details of this here Whilst the following does not represent theContinue reading “Lloyd George Avenue”
In a few days time, we will light the Paschal Candle, and hear the beautiful words of the Exsultet, the Easter Proclamation. We use some of the words from that beautiful proclamation to explore some of the days of Holy Week Have you seen those ‘video trials’ where children are left in a room withContinue reading “Necessary Sin?”
The Matter of Faith
Our life as Christians is nourished and sustained by the Sacraments. These are grace filled gifts from God by which, through the use of material things, we encounter Jesus and receive his loving touch.
Within the traditional teaching of the church there are seven sacraments. Some of these are once in a lifetime (such as baptism and confirmation) whilst others (like the Eucharist and Confession) are regularly celebrated.
Baptism and Confirmation
If you’d like to explore baptism and confirmation for yourself or your children then please speak to a member of the clergy after the Sunday Mass.
Mass is celebrated on Sundays and throughout the week, and all are welcome whether you are able to receive Communion or not. We can offer a simple preparation for receiving Holy Communion for the first time,
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available every Saturday after the 1130am Mass or by arrangement with the priest.
We’d be delighted if you wanted to explore celebrating your wedding here at St Mary’s. Please get in touch using the details on our Contact page.
Sacrament of the Sick
Those who are sick may receive the Sacrament of the Sick along with Communion at home or hospital. We also celebrate a monthly ‘Mass of the Sick’ during which we offer the Ministry of Laying on of Hands and Anointing with holy oil. We pray for the sick each day at Mass.
If you’d like to be part of what we do by making a financial contribution then please get in touch.
We encourage members of our congregation to give regularly and in a planned way (if they are able) but also welcome one-off donations either for a particular project or for our mission and ministry which includes the upkeep of the building .
We thrive on relationships and working together with others in our community to address need, bring change, and help create a better world for all of us.
If you would like to reach out to us then we’d love to hear from you either about one of our areas of activity or with a bright new idea!
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