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.

20th June 2021

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Every Sunday Mass is live-streamed  at 11:00 am.

To view the Mass, click here.



Saturday (Vigil) Mass at 6:00 pm (MONMOUTH). Booking essential.

Sunday Mass at 09:15 am (MONMOUTH) Booking essential.

Sunday Mass at 11:00 am (ROSS-ON-WYE) Booking essential.

Wednesdays: Mass at 10:00 am (MONMOUTH). No need to book.

Thursdays: Mass at 10:00 am (ROSS-ON-WYE). No need to book.

Fridays: Mass on Friday, 11th June at 09:15 am. From Friday, 18th June, Mass will be at 10:00 am. No need to book.



Applications for the following weekend’s Masses open on Mondays and close on Thursday evenings.

Applications for Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June now CLOSED.

Applications for Mass on 26th and 27th June will open on Monday, 21st.

Click MONMOUTH to apply for places at Masses on Saturday 6:00 pm or Sunday 09:15 am.

Click ROSS to apply for places at Mass on Sunday 11:00 am.

If there are more applicants than places for any service and you are not allocated a place this week, when you apply for another week you will be put at the front of the queue.


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).

A Message from Father Nick 66

Roman Statue Wars …

It is difficult not to feel sorry for the Roman emperor Julian (361-363): known to history as “Julian the Apostate”. Although he was a nephew of Constantine, he resented Christianity’s growing influence and did his best to reinstate the old philosophy and worship. His short reign was Paganism’s last hurrah.

His efforts were doomed to fail, and Antioch – or rather the sacred groves at Daphne – would be associated with that failure. This was Apollo’s own special shrine, with a magnificently gilded wooden statue over forty-two feet tall. Julian decided that Antiochene Daphne would offer both a setting and a symbol for his restoration programme. Alas for him, that proved to be true.

Julian planned a great event. He later said in dismay, “I saw in my mind’s eye, the sort of procession it would be, like a man seeing visions in a dream – beasts for sacrifice, libations, choruses in honour of the god, incense, and the youths of your city attired in white and splendid raiment surrounding the shrine, their souls adorned with all holiness.” He arrived to find that nothing had been prepared. When he asked what sacrifice the city proposed to make, the priest came forward with a goose he had brought from home.

In a way, this was the end of the ancient world. But some changes would prove more controversial. Among them was the de-paganization of the senate, and the emergence of a new kind of bishop.

From 294 BC, there had been a temple to the goddess of Victory on the Palatine hill. After the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, Augustus placed a statue of Victory in the Senate house, with an altar where senators could offer incense and pray for the welfare of the empire. Here they pledged their loyalty, remembering Rome’s past and looking forward to its future. Obviously, this engendered strong emotional attachment.

 (continued in the next column)

A Message from Father Nick 66 (contd)

At first, Christians did not object, but over time their mood changed. In 382, Bishop Ambrose of Milan, teacher of St Augustine and one of the four great western Fathers of the Church, insisted on a permanent removal of such symbols. Despite an apparent majority in the senate, Christian senators seem not to have tried to impose their will. Ambrose was uncompromising.

He was equally firm against the empress when she demanded that a church be handed over to “Christians” who denied Christ’s divinity. Ambrose refused to comply and staged a sit-in in the disputed building (While there, he urged his followers to sing – possibly the beginning of our practice of congregational hymn singing).

Ambrose exercised a different kind of power. Of noble family himself, he understood Rome’s structures well – and also how the Church could use them. Meanwhile, popes too grew more powerful. Papal jurisdiction became a world-defining force (for good and ill). And in 1660 the Senate’s old bronze doors dating from the reign of Domitian (81-96) were moved at the pope’s request to his own cathedral, the basilica of St John Lateran. There, in the middle of its façade, they may be seen by visitors to Rome today.


NOTE: All of Father Nick’s Messages can be accessed through the tab “E_Bulletins” at the top of this page, or by clicking HERE.



1. CHASING THE WIND: The Bible, philosophy and the Problem of Evil on Zoom with Dr. Gregory Stacey. Does the extent and variety of evil make belief in God irrational? Can the Christian story help us to make sense of suffering?

A series of Five Talks will introduce accessible answers to these and other questions, in dialogue with Biblical texts.
Mondays from 14th June online – 7-8pm.


2. New Archdiocesan programme: SPREAD THE GOSPEL – Developing a Missionary Parish. 

Diocese of Menevia 2021 – Programme of Scripture Talks 2021

Click ARCHDIOCESE for further information on all of the above.


Kim Howells (Ross-On-Wye) has set up a website https://mossfoodstories.wordpress.com which contains a CONTACT form on which you can send her your Friday non-meat recipes and food stories. These will then be made accessible to all on that website. In compliance with the data protection rules, Kim will not publish the donors’ contact details.


(updated 21/6/2021)


MASS IS NORMALLY CELEBRATED every Saturday (Vigil) Mass at 6:00 pm; Sunday Mass at 09:15 am.

Saturday (Vigil) Mass, 6:00 pm and Sunday Mass, 09:15 am. Booking is essential for both Masses.

Applications for weekend 19th/20th June are now CLOSED. Applications for Mass on 26th and 27th June will open on Monday, 21st.

Click MONMOUTH for application form.

Wednesdays and Fridays: Mass at 10:00 am. No need to book.

St Mary’s 100 Club continues! For the latest update: Click 100



Altar, St Frances of Rome

MASS IS CELEBRATED every Sunday at 11:00 am (live-streamed).

Sunday Mass: Booking is essential if you wish to attend the Mass in the church. Booking now closed for Sunday,20th June. Applications for Mass on Sunday, 27th June will open on Monday, 21st.

Click ROSS for application form.

Thursdays: Mass at 10:00 am. No need to book.


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

Carlo Paganuzzi (Ross-on-Wye)

Denis and Elaine O’Connor (Ross-on-Wye)

Jacob Sprackling (aged 2 1/2 years), great-grandson of Nell Tregaskis (Monmouth)

Eithne Holcom (Ross-on-Wye)

Honor Houghton (Ross-on-Wye)

Claire Doherty, sister of Broo (Monmouth)

Sheila MacEwan (Monmouth)

Elizabeth Allcock (Monmouth)


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

Tony Allen (Ross-on-Wye), R.I.P. His funeral will be held on Tuesday 22nd June at 11:00 am in St Frances of Rome church and will be live-streamed on https://www.twitch.tv/stmarysfrancesofrome

Sadly and inevitably because of the pandemic all funerals are subject to severe restriction but we hope, when it is again possible, to celebrate a memorial mass for each of those we can now only acknowledge in prayer.



Click here for full details of ways of contributing to St Mary’s.


For full details of how to contribute to St Frances of Rome, click here.

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