Parish News.

Last updated: 9 February, 2020


Pilgrimage to Llandaff Cathedral



On Sunday 16th February 3.30pm Huw will be reading the 2nd lesson at Evensong as the Cathedral prays for our parish. All are welcome and it would be good isf a group of us were there to support him and our parish.


CADOC and The Drowned Boys. - Contemporancient Theatre



Contemporancient Theatre - CADOC and The Drowned Boys. A comedy drama by Vic Mills, based on research by a university professor seeks to unravel the history of Saint Cadoc, the founder of Christianity in Wales.

Before the performance St. Catwg's Church will be open from 5.30pm for people to visit and enjoy refreshments, Cheese and Wine. The performance will then take place at 7.00pm at Neuadd St. Catwg's Hall.

Everyone is invited to come along and support the Church and Local Theatre.





Our new Arts and Crafts group will meet for the first time in St. Margaret's Church the first Friday in September. More details to follow. Everyone is welcome, if you are interested please come along.


Christian Aid Week - May 2019



This week has been Christian Aid Week. This is an inportant Christian charity which deserves our support. For those who wish to contributeto the work of Christian Aid there will be will be a retiring collection at our celebrations of the Holy Eucharist in both Churches today and next Sunday (26/05/19). You can learn more about the Christian Aid Charity and what they do by clicking on the link on our home page. Thanking you in anticipation for your generousity.


LENT 2019 in the Diocese of Llandaff


Diocesan Lenten Talks "WHERE FAITH MATTERS" will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Ystrad Mynach, @ 7.00pm on:

Tuesday March 19th, Introducing the Diocesan Vision, Bishop June's Address

Tuesday March 26th, "Telling a Joyful Story", Archdeacon Christopher Smith

Tuesday April 2nd, "Growing the Kingdom of God", Archdeacon Peggy Jackson

Tuesday April 9th, "Building our capacity for good", Archdeacon Micheal Kormor

All are warmly invited to attend any of the talks to learn more about our Diocesan Vision which will guide our work in the Parish and the Diocese for th e next five years

Bible Study


We will be holding a Bible Study Group through November and leading into Advent. We will meet at 6.30pm every Wednesday at St. Margaret's Church and at 11.00 am every Thursday morning at St. Catwg's Church, beginning on Wednesday 7th November and Thursday 8th November. All are welcome.


Parish Flower Arranging Group


There will be no class during November, however there will be a Christmas Workshop on Thursday 13th December starting at 10.00am, We will have a chance to make two Christmas arrangements, a Christmas Ring which can be hung up or placed on a table top and a candlestick arrangement. Please bring a small plate of goodies to share for lunch. Our Christmas lunch is at the Scholars Restaurant, Ystrad Mynach on Friday 30th November at 12pm. Any member wishing to join us please speak to Nesta or Hilda. Thank You.

Rhymney Valley Music Club Concert


The Rhymney Valley Music Club have a concert featuring the Gwent Chamber Orchestra on Saturday 20th October at 2.30pm in Lewis Girls School. Tickets £8 on the door.




If you have any used or unused postcards that you no longer need please bring them to Church. Audrey Phillips is collecting them to raise funds for MAF which is an international Christian aviation organisation which provides much needed food, water and medical supplies to isolated communities in remote areas of the world. Thank you for supporting this important work.



The local branch of the SOCIETY OF OUR LADY OF WALLSINGHAM will meet on Tuesday 7th August at 7.00pm in St. Catwg's Church to celebrate Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.



A day trip to Wells is being organised from Holy Trinity Church Ystard Mynach on Staurday 22nd September 2018. There is the opportunity to visit the town of Wells and, if you wish, to join the group for Evensong in Wells Cathedral.

The estimated cost is £15 per person. If you would like a day out to Wells please give your name to Carolyn by Sunday 5th August.

Macmillan Nurses Strawberry Tea


A Strawberry Tea is being held this week in support of MacMillan Nurses. It will be held in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Ystrad Mynach on Thursday 28th June 2018 at 2.30pm. Please come along and support this wounderful charity which does such important work within our community. All are welcome.



The local branch of the RAF Association is holding a celebration of the centenary of the establishment of the Royal Air Force. This will be held on Thursday 21st June at Heolddu School. Doors will open at 6.30pm with the celebration commencing at 7.00pm. Programmes are available on the door. All are welcome.



Three Choirs Evensong


Sunday 29th April four of us travelled to Llandaff Cathedral to attend the normal Evensong service. However, this evening was very special indeed. We were privileged to have the combined choirs of Brecon, Llandaff and Newport Cathedrals - approximately 65 young choristers - girls and boys, and 30 or so men. We heard beautiful singingof well known hymns and anthems. The choir even sang the repeat chorus of Cwm Rhondda just as happens at rugby matches - very uplifting! This was actually the second service involving the three Cathedral choirs and the plan is to sing annually at different venues - next years event will be held on 19th May 2019 at Brecon Cathedral.


We all enjoyed the service, the singing and the superb music and plan to be at Brecon next May!


Ascension Day Services



On Thursday May 10th 2018 (Ascension Day) a united celebration of the Eucharist was held at St Catwg’s Church. Congregants from the  parishes of Gelligaer, Ystrad Mynach and Treharris, Trelewis, Bedlinog and Llanfabon attended the service.  

The service was a sung Eucharist and servers from Holy Trinity assisted with the incense thurible. Father Gary’s sermon took as its theme “Bidding farewell to a loved one”. Father Gary compared how we may feel when we say goodbye to someone close to us when they move to another country or pass away, to the feelings of the disciples when the risen Christ left them for the last time as He ascended into heaven. He told his disciples that they must now carry his message out into a hostile world but not before the Holy Spirit had come to them.

At the conclusion of the service refreshments were served in the form of cheese and wine. All those present felt that this had been a truly uplifting experience.

Huw Thomas

Christian Aid Week


This week is Christian Aid Week so please take an envelope from the back of the Church. There will be a retiring collection next Sunday



Thank You


A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard this week to prepare for the Mothers,Union Deanery Festival and for Ascension Day which were a great success and enjoyed by all who attended.

Father Gary

Parish Annual General Meeting


The Parish Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 29th April 2018, following the Joint Parish Eucharist - St. Catwg's Church

(Nomination forms for the election to the positions of People's Warden and for the election to the Parochial Church Council will be available Sunday 8th April)




Congratulations to the Bowls Club Team who are our Parish Quiz champions for the year. Thanks to everyone who came along, It was a good night enjoyed by all.

This year’s quiz took place on the 21st. February, at the Gilfach Bowls Club and our Quizmaster for the evening was,once again, Father Gary.  He informed us that the questions were to be divided into five categories, namely History, Words, Music, Sport and Leisure and lastly General Knowledge.  There would also be, he told us, a separate picture quiz of distorted images of famous people.

To say the least, we thought this year’s quiz was the most difficult yet, and I felt that all those general knowledge crosswords that I had completed had not made much difference to my IQ.  The winning teams eventually were, in joint 3rd place the teams of Dumber and Dumber and David’s Dollies, in 2nd place team Famous Five and 1st place went to team Gilfach Bowls Club, well done to you all.

This year Father Gary had provided a superb plaque with spaces for the name of each year’s winner and also a small trophy to be given to the winning team.

Our thanks must go to everyone who provided an excellent buffet, to Father Gary for compiling the quiz, for being our Quizmaster and especially this year for giving us that lovely plaque, which was such a surprise as we had no idea until he arrived at the club. Lastly our thanks must go the committee of the Gilfach Bowls Club for once again allowing us to use their club for the evening, we were really grateful and hope that, maybe, we can return again next year.



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