Our Lady and St. Michael Church Abergavenny

Father James Norris

Telephone: 01873 851 051

Our Groups

Parish Choir: This group supports the liturgy at the morning Mass on Sunday each week apart from a summer break in the month of August. Members of the choir also sing at some of the weddings that take place at the church during the course of the year. Practices are held most Friday evenings in the church. For more information about the choir if you are interested (new members are always welcome) please contact Janette and Rob Disson by telephoning: 01873 831534. 

Cafod: Parishioners support the work of the Church in the developing world through this body from the monies raised from teas and coffees after the Sunday morning Mass. 

APF-Red Boxes: The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) assist every one of the Catholic Church's 1,069 dioceses to provide pastoral care and preaching the Gospel effectively. APF was founded in Lyon, France, in 1822 by Pauline-Marie Jaricot. She began by persuading local working people to support overseas mission by giving a farthing a week. A century later, when APF was established in almost every country in the world, Pope Pius X11 made it the official fund-raising society for the Catholic Church. In England and Wales, funds for overseas mission are collected through the famous Red Boxes. APF work closely with the Mill Hill Missionaries founded by Cardinal Herbert Vaughan in 1866 whose members are sent to the most remote places in the world to share the love of Christ with those in need, both spiritually and materially. If you would like one of the Red Boxes to collect your loose change please contact Peter Evans (01873 855427) who is our APF secretary responsible for distributing the boxes, collecting and banking the Red Box contributions which in 2013 our parish was the total of £2,226.

 

SVP: The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) was founded in 1833 by Blessed Fredric Ozanam (beautified by Pope John Paul 11 in 1997), a French lawyer, to help improvished people living in the slums of Paris, France. The society took Saint Vincent de Paul (1580-1660) as its patron and was influenced by Sister Rosalie Rendu (1786-1856; beatified by Pope John Paul 11 in 1999) a member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul who was a leading worker and organiser of care for the poor in nineteenth century Paris. In England and Wales the promotion of the SVP was made possible by the writings of Father Ignatius Spencer (a relative of the late Diana, Princess of Wales) in the Catholic Magazine in the 1840. In January 1840. In January 1844 the first English SVP conference was formed. In 2013 there were more than 10,000 members in more than 1,000 conferences in the United Kingdom. The focus of the SVP in the parish which normally meets every second Friday in the presbytery for most months of the year at 10.45am. They visit the sick and the housebound as well as delivering contributions for the local Food Bank to depot in Abergavenny. If you are interested in joining our local conference please telephone Robin Pascall on 01873 856414 

Children's Liturgy: Takes place at the beginning of the morning Mass on Sunday. The children receive a blessing at the beginning of Mass and then go to Saint Michael's Centre for reflection on and activities on the reading of the day. They come back into church to bring forward to the altar the gifts of bread and wine. There are five parishioners who lead the liturgy and all have received clearance from the Safeguarding Commission of the Archdiocese of Cardiff to work with children. Children's Liturgy takes place every Sunday except during the school summer break and certain other times during the year and is open to children who have not made their First Holy Communion. More information on Children's Liturgy can be obtained from the following: Anu Pinto e-mail: anufern@aol.com; Janet and Ian Horrell on 01873 856428; Stephanie Elias e-mail: stephelias12@yahoo.co.uk; Mary Ring on 01873 853484. The age range for children to take part in their liturgy is from their third birthday until the age of eleven. 

Priests for Tomorrow: Parishioners generously support the training for men aspiring to the priesthood in the developing world. Thanks to the kindness of individuals in the parish Priests for Tomorrow (PFT) was able to send two donations of £500 each, in 2017, to seminaries in Peru and Iraq. In 2016 denotations received by PFT came to £2,248. If you would like more information on PFT or to support their work please contact Jocelyn Prys-Williams on 01873 850861. 

Parish Ministry: There are four different groups who, on a weekly basis beginning on a Sunday and ending on a Saturday, wash and iron the linen used for Masses in the church. New members are always welcome and if you wish to assist with this important work please contact Sister Josephine on 01873 853320.