Welcome

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.

Trinity Sunday, 7th June 2020

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CELEBRATING MASS FOR OUR PARISHES

NOTE: Mass will be said every Sunday at 10:00 am.

Click here to watch the live streaming of mass.

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A message from Father Nick 12

Cross of San Damiano, Basilica of St Clare, Assisi, Italy (12th century)

(Click on image above to see enlarged version of the Cross)

This week’s image comes originally from the little church of San Damiano just outside Assisi. Praying there one day, a young Francis Bernardone heard Jesus say: “Francis, go and repair my house, which is falling into ruin.”  Francis’ response to his Master’s call brought renewal to the universal Church, so this is a very special artefact indeed. It would later be taken to the convent of St Clare.

The crucifix is a painted image; in fact it is a kind of icon. We can’t be sure, but it seems to have been made in the twelfth century by a Syrian monk (at the time there were a number of such monks living in that area). An icon is more formal than a painting, with complex rules of symbolism – we talk about “reading” an icon rather than looking at it. But the special beauty of this cross with its lovely image of Christ is the increased naturalness of the figure. In a way, it represents a stage in the development of western art.

Yet the emphasis here is not on Christ’s suffering. The Lord stands before the cross facing us with head inclined, in a gesture of universal embrace. He seems to be the Christ of John’s gospel (no crown of thorns, but with a spear wound in his side). This is an image of enormous compassion.

Around him are the coded details of his glory, some too tiny for us to make out in this reproduction. There are gospel figures, including Our Lady, and local saints, and angels to complete the cosmic significance. A border of seashells runs around the cross – these were renowned for beauty and endurance: qualities of heaven.

In a circle at the top of the cross, Jesus is shown ascending to his Father (represented by a hand extended in blessing). And, almost imperceptible against the forehead of his main image, we are meant to see the shape of a descending dove – Father, Son and Spirit are all involved in this work of our redemption. No detail is without its meaning.

The crucifix of San Damiano offers us a panorama of salvation; it forms a little summary of faith. But its beauty has a language of its own. It is a timeless reminder of the Lord’s unfailing compassion, and in that sense it speaks to us still.

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD AWARDED THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE.

HATW, the Monmouth-based charity that runs centres supporting 3000+ vulnerable children in 5 different countries ensuring they are clothed and fed, have a home and are receiving an education have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. They are absolutely DELIGHTED to receive the Award as it recognises the commitment and hard work of all of its volunteers. Mary Boase (Monmouth parish) is one of the many volunteers to go out and assist the charity. She volunteered in Benin in 2014 and 2019.

Click here to read the press release from Bishop Dominic Walker DL (Deputy Lieutenant and QAVS lead).

MONMOUTH CHURCH MAINTENANCE

Parishioners were made aware before the lockdown that we had plans to redecorate the church and do some minor works over some 12 weeks this summer.

The early guidance on the Archdiocesan website is not encouraging for smaller churches such as ours where social distancing will have a major impact on congregations when Mass resumes. As a result the decision has been taken to instruct the builder, I J Preece, to commence work as soon as possible.

This will remove the difficulty of finding an alternative venue for Mass during the works during continuing restrictions.

In the unlikely event that work will not complete before Mass can be resumed, we will continue to live-stream Mass from Ross into parishioners’ homes.

A People who Hope in Christ

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Please click here for the full text of the message.

DO YOU NEED HELP WHILE IN ISOLATION?

To find out what help is available in Monmouth, click here.

To find out what help is available in Ross-on-Wye, click here.

MONMOUTH & DISTRICT FOODBANK

and

ROSS-ON-WYE COMMUNITY LARDER

Click here for further information.

WHY NOT … TRY CHRISTIAN MEDITATION?

To learn more about this form of prayer click here!

Hymns for this Sunday to sing at home

A number of parishioners have been singing before and after the Masses. We all sing the same hymn at the same time but unconnected by social media.

Hymns for Sunday, 7th June, will be announced shortly.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Many congratulations to Patricia and Martin Milling who celebrate their Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, 6th June. Mass on Saturday (not streamed) will be offered for them.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE

Please pray for the repose of all who have died at this time. 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.

Duncan Wills, Monmouth, R.I.P., who died this week.

Parishes’ Income and the Coronavirus

Please click on the relevant entry below for details of how to support our parishes during this exceptional period.

ST FRANCES OF ROME – PARISH INCOME AND THE CORONAVIRUS

ST MARY’S MONMOUTH – Collections update

SPECIAL PRAYERS DURING THIS CRISIS

Children’s Liturgy

Unfortunately, we cannot now provide any services for our children face-to-face. But all is not lost! CAFOD has made available valuable resources and activity sheets for children’s liturgy for every Sunday of the year.

You can access the resources online or sign up to have them delivered by email.

Click here for further information.

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