We’re back with our weekly bulletin with details about the week ahead, what’s been happening in the parish, and what’s to come!
At the heart of our life together is prayer, particularly our celebration of the Mass but we also like to keep busy and, as you’ll see, there is so much in the diary!
Worship this Week!
Sunday 11th July | 15th Sunday / Sea Sunday 11am: Mass (with Act or Remembrance) Monday 12th July | St John Jones, Martyr 6pm: Mass Tuesday 13th July | of the day 7pm Mass Wednesday 14th July | of the day 11am Mass Thursday 15th July | St Bonaventure, Bishop, Doctor **Please note that there is no Mass today** Friday 16th July | of the day 10am Mass Saturday 17th July | Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary 11am: Morning Prayer and Rosary 11.30am: Mass Sunday 16th July | 16th Sunday 11am Mass
Join us on Sunday for a Sea Sunday Special. We’ll be joined by members of the Merchant Navy Association and, hopefully, some members of the Sea Cadets, to pray for and remember all who have served and those who continue to serve us in their life at Sea.
There’ll be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in our Gardens, and we’ll also be laying a Wreath at the Russian Convoy Memorial Window. We’re still following COVID restrictions so remember the mantra Hands, Face, Space – although we can, of course sing together now but we will have to review the advertised refreshments after Mass because of the restrictions still in place.
Full of Grace
We’re getting ready for a great event at St Mary’s. Weather permitting, we’ll spend as much of it as possible outdoors in our gardens with a whole programme throughout the day. Stay for the whole day or just pop in at your leisure – but we do ask that you book with us first. You can do this at Eventbrite or by contacting us directly.
The day kicks of with Prayer of Arrival and a session called Back to Nazareth as we are guided through Holy Scipture and the incident of Jesus being lost (and found!) in the Temple of Jerusalem when he was 12 years old.
Mass is scheduled for 12 noon – our preacher is Fr Ben Rabjohns SSC, Vicar of Penrhiwceiber, and we have Eucharistic Adoration in the afternoon, ending the day with Rosary. (An additional Mass is pencilled in for 1pm depending on the numbers attending)
All our outdoor space will be available – both the gardens and the area outside the main doors on the other side of the church to create a courtyard with tables and chairs.
The Ministry Area Trasformation Team (MATT) is going full steam ahead to draw together the parishes of Splott St Saviour, Grangetown St Pauls, and Sts Dyfrig and Samson, and St Mary’s.
The diocesan deadline for the emerging Ministry Area is December 31st but we’re already ahead of schedule, and will you keep you updated about news and development.
Last week our PCC met to pass the declaration required to move towards a formal merging, and we also elected a fourth member to the MATT which means that your representatives are now Georgina Partridge, Rachel Williams, Iris Musa and Glyn Perryman. Please continue to pray for the MA Transition Team, and for all the parishes in the grouping.
We continue to work on our Wild Side and gardens, and its been great to be able to use our outdoor space after Mass and for other events, and this week we are submitting a new grant application for a Growing package.
If you’d like to volunteer in the gardens then please speak to Fr Dean or Glyn Perryman
On Thursday evening, we welcomed members of Cardiff QuayNotes Choir for an outdoor rehearsal and it was great to see people stopping on Bute Street to watch and listen – although we did have one complaint from one of our closest neighbours!
Stations of Creation
Soon, we’ll have a new addition to our Wild Side and Website. Stations of Creation and God’s Garden Adventure will invite adults and children on an audio tour, exploring our life with God and how we are called to value all that he has created!
Hopefully, it will be ready in time for the Walsingham Festival, and we aregrateful to Matt Batten, the Diocesan Communication Offcier, and Nicky Prichard (Headteacher of St Mary’s) and Daniel Ready for narrating the tour!
We also hope too that we will have our QR Code Trail installed in the gardens. But all will be revealed soon! Watch this space!
As well as our self guided walks through Faithful Butetown and other parts of th city, we also kicked off the first of our group walks last Saturday. It was fully booked so we added another for Saturday July 10th, setting off at 12.30pm.
However, we will review when is the best day and time for the group walks – for example, we had an enquiry from a Jewish friend if a walk could be organised that didn’t take place on a Saturday – their Sabbath, of course!
Bookings for this week’s walk can be made at the Eventbrite page