to the Catholic parishes of Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye

Welcome to Visitors: we extend a very warm welcome to you and hope you enjoy your time in these areas of outstanding beauty. Both our churches, one in Wales and one in England, are in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

We are a Catholic community growing in faith, spreading the Gospel message of Love through our daily lives and by supporting one another and the wider community through prayer, fellowship and service.

We welcome you to our website and hope you enjoy learning more about our communities.  We warmly welcome both new parishioners and visitors from all over the world to our parish.

2nd October 2022

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sat 1st Oct, 6:00 pm: VIGIL MASS, Monmouth (Intention: Carole Pierce)

Sun 2nd Oct, 9:15 am:  MASS in Monmouth (Intention: Josephine Page)

     11:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: People of the Parish)

The 11:00 am Mass is LIVE STREAMED. To view Mass online, click HERE.


WEEK 3rd-9th Oct

Mon 3rd, 10:00 am: MASS in Monmouth (Intention: Vic Gambin)

Tues 4th – St Francis of Assisi, 10:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: Ellen van der Knaap)

Wed 5th, 10:00 am: MASS in Monmouth (Private intention)

Thurs 6th, 10:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: John Armstrong) **St Joseph’s Primary School Mass

Fri 7th – Our Lady of the Rosary, 10:00 am: MASS in Monmouth (Intention: Jean Pitt-Lewis)

Sat 8th Oct, 6:00 pm: VIGIL MASS, Monmouth (Intention: Gillian Walton)

Sun 9th Oct, 9:15 am:  MASS in Monmouth (Intention: People of the Parish)

     11:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: Susan Williams)



Father Nick is normally available for confessions as follows:

Ross-on-Wye: Tuesdays, after the 10:00 am Mass (10:30 – 11:00 am)

Monmouth: Saturdays, before the 6:00 pm Mass (5:15 – 5:45 pm)


Should you need to contact Father Nick, please do so by phone (01600 712029) or by email (monmouth@rcadc.org)

If you are new to the parish and would like to be included in the parish register, please contact the parish secretary (sec.stmarysrc@gmail.com).


Please pray for the repose of all who have died at this time, especially for those of our parishes who died very recently.


Please pray for all those in our parishes who are not well and would like to be remembered, especially:

Monica Mullan (Monmouth)

John Cotterell (Ross-on_Wye)

Pat Fennessy (Ross-on-Wye)

Kathleen Robinson (Ross-on-Wye)

Michael Hargaden (Monmouth)

Bernadette Price (Monmouth)

Caroline Walters (Ross-on-Wye)

Eithne Holcom (Ross-on-Wye)

Honor Houghton (Ross-on-Wye)

Elizabeth Allcock (Monmouth)


Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour, and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be to You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.               Amen

Canticle of the Sun, composed by St Francis of Assisi (composed in 1224 approx)


A Church Open to Everyone

We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

War in Ukraine

We share the world’s dismay at the terrible events taking place in Ukraine. We pray for peace and a change of heart in those who wish to pursue a path of violence and destruction.


Loving God,

We pray for the people of Ukraine and for the people of Russia,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.

We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.

We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine and Russia
and for all the world.                                                              Amen.

Click KYIV  to read about OUR LADY OF KYIV, probably the most famous icon in the world, made by a Byzantine artist about the year 1132.


(UPDATED 30/9/22)


Sun, 2nd October, 4:45 pm: Padre Pio Prayer Group begins meeting again in Ross-on-Wye Parish Room. We hope many of you will join us to pray especially for the parish, the sick and the lonely, the housebound and deceased members of our community and their families. Followed by the Rosary in the church.

Mon, 3rd October, 6:00 pm. ROSS-ON-WYE ENVIRONMENT GROUP are doing a litter pick. Meet at our Church, wear gloves and high vis jacket if you have one, we have a few litter picks but please bring your own if you can. Bags provided.
Further details contact Kimberley Howell:  k_howell@hotmail.co.uk

Fri, 7th October, FAMILY FAST DAY. Envelopes for donations from the Fast Day will be available on 8th and 9th October at Masses.

Sat, 8th October, 11:00 am: Memorial Mass for Father Christie Fox in St Margaret’s Church, Welsh Bicknor. Fr Fox was Rector for the Mill Hill missionary order at Courtfield (1996-2003). All welcome to attend. (Jeremy Vaughan)

Fri, 14th October, 7:30 pm: SKITTLES EVENING at the Royal Oak, Hereford Road, Monmouth. All welcome. Full details HERE.



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PAKISTAN FLOOD APPEAL: DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) appeal

Devastating floods have hit Pakistan, leaving millions in urgent need of
help to survive, a third of the country is now underwater (that’s an area
almost the size of Great Britain). Your donation will help CAFOD’s local
partners support communities with clean drinking water, food,
emergency medical assistance and shelter. Please pray for those affected.
Donations can be made at: https://cafod.org.uk/donations/
The UK Government will match fund public donations up to £5 million.

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