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St Dyfrig's Parish Directory


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Contents

Welcome to St Dyfrig's Parish Directory

APF Mission Red Box

Baptism

Catholic Society, University of South Wales

Children's Liturgy

Church Hall Hire

Cleaning Team

Confirmation

Eucharistic Ministers

Facebook

Faith Group

Family Group

Flower Arrangers

Food Bank

Fundraising

Gardening Team

Health and Safety Team

Hymn Selection Team

Let the Children Live!

Marriage

Parish Administration Team

Parish Advisory Council

Parish External Grant Application Fund Raising Team

Play & Pray Group

Pontypridd Christians Together

Readers' Rota

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Sacramental Preparation, Reconciliation and Communion

Safeguarding/Child Protection

Shoebox World

St Dyfrig's Website

St Vincent de Paul Society

Sunday Café

Sunday Mass Choir

Sunday Tea and Coffee Team

Ushers

Welcoming and Greeting Team

Youth Club

 

Welcome to St Dyfrig's Parish Directory

Everyone is welcome at our services.  St. Dyfrig's is the Roman Catholic Church serving the whole of Pontypridd, Treforest and Llantwit Fardre.  We are part of Pontypridd Churches Together and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff.  Additional information is available on our Parish Website Register and Archive section.  This section of the website provides information on the registers held at St. Dyfrig's; a collection of historical documents and materials reflecting the developments that have taken place within the parish. 

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APF Mission Red Box

APF  is a Catholic Organisation which supports overseas missionary work throughout the world. It brings help and support to the poorest and most in need and involves spiritual, educational, medical and welfare projects. All of Missio's funds come from donations. One of the most significant ways in which donations are gathered is via their 'Red Box' scheme which many of St. Dyfrig's parishioners currently support. The Red Box, held at your home, collects any spare change which you, your family or guests can offer. At present, the Red Boxes are collected in twice a year and all the money donated is paid into the APF head-quarter's bank account. There are currently over 200,000 Red Boxes in Catholic homes in England and Wales; it is one way in which we share our common Catholic faith with other parishes.

Contact:

If anyone would like a Red Box, contact Allan Reeves on 01443 206767 or email cotelms@aol.com. There is much more information on the APF Missio website: missio.org.uk   

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Baptism

BAPTISM: the Catholic Church recognises infant baptism where at least one of the parents is sincere in their wish to bring up their child(ren) in the practice of their faith.  

To attend a parish course which involves 2 sessions, each lasting one hour. For more information contact Father Allan either after the Mass or telephone 01443 402439

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Catholic Society, University of South Wales

The University of South Wales Catholic Society is the home of Catholicism at USW.

A student-led organisation for Catholic Students within the University, representing the Catholic community on campus.

Contact:

Presbytery Office on 01443 402439

 

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Children's Liturgy

The 'Liturgy of the Word with Children' is undertaken during the Saturday and Sunday Mass.  The readings and Gospel of the Mass are delivered by adult leaders in the Annex of the Church hall.  This ensures the Liturgy of the Word is provided at an appropriate level of understanding.

SAFEGUARDING - All adults who volunteer to participate in the children's liturgy must undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previous referred to as a CRB check).   Rotas and appropriate materials are provided for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning teams.

Contact:

If you wish to volunteer for this ministry please contact either Sue Cleary on 01443 409083 or email scleary@talktalk.net (for Saturdays), or Maggie White on 01443 410593 or email Maggieellen@aol.com (for Sundays). 

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Church Hall Hire

The Church Hall is available for hire and is able to accommodate a variety of venues. More information.

Contact:

Dave Rossiter on 01443 491397 or email crossiter90@gmail.com

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Cleaning Team

There is a Church cleaning team who work on a rota basis.  This includes cleaning altar linen, candles stands and brass cleaning.

Contact:

Presbytery Office on 01443 402439

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Confirmation

Confirmation candidates are usually in Year 8, or above, in secondary school. They will have received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist and practice their faith. Candidates are expected to have a sincere desire to receive the sacrament as well as an appreciation of sacramental life. They are expected to register for Confirmation, with the parish, in the January prior to the commencement of the programme. The Confirmation date is set in consultation with Archbishop George Stack. 

In recent years the Confirmation programme has been conducted in collaboration with All Hallows, Llantrisant and the Rhondda parishes. Sessions, of an hour and a half, are held weekly at an appointed venue.

SAFEGUARDING - All adults working with young people in the parish have been cleared through the safeguarding process in line with the Archdiocese of Cardiff safeguarding policy.

Contact - Fr Allan on 01433 402439, or Maggie White (Safeguarding representative) on 01443 410593 or email Maggieellen@aol.com.

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Eucharistic Ministers

Parishioners who have accepted the invitation to be Eucharistic Ministers in the parish (or to give them their correct name "Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist") are most visible to the parish at the weekend Masses where they distribute the body and the blood of Christ along with the Priest.  Many of these ministers also take communion to those in the parish who are unable to attend Mass because of ill health, old age and frailty.  This is a very important duty, carried out on behalf of the parish, since these parishioners are part of the parish community and should not be forgotten.  To remind us of these parishioners the names of the sick and housebound are read out on the last Sunday of each month, during our prayers for the sick. 

Contact:

Presbytery Office on 01443 402439

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Facebook                                 

St Dyfrig's has two profiles on Facebook.

Our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StDyfrigsTreforest, is the "official" face of St Dyfrig's on Facebook. Here you can find news and updates from the parish. Only recognised editors can place information on this page, so it can be trusted to be accurate.

Our Facebook group is where members of our Parish can communicate with each other, post information related to Parish and community life, and discuss topical issues. Any member of the group can post but to become a member you must either request to join or be added by a current member. It is an open (public) group, and anyone on Facebook can see our posts and our members.

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Faith Group

We meet on a monthly basis to come together as part of the community within St Dyfrig's parish. Our meetings take place in each others homes to share our faith and support one another.  During our meetings we pray, read and meditate whilst reflecting upon the Gospel for the coming Sunday.  We share our thoughts on what God is trying to teach us through the Scriptures.  The meditation is a peaceful experience and enriches the discussions that take place during our meeting.  We gain strength and support from each other to help us to continue to live out our faith in our daily lives.

Contact:

Cath Carroll on 01443 207576 or 07796652319.

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Family Group

What is a Family Group? A Family Group is a parish friendship group drawn from the Catholic community open to any parishioner irrespective of age or personal circumstances. The Family Group is made up of young, mature, single, widowed, married, separated and divorced parishioners who commit to spending time together once a month for low cost activities. The group is linked by a common faith bond but is not exclusive to Catholics. Some group members bring along their non-Catholic partners who are integral to the group’s success.

The concept of a Family Group is simple. We meet every six to eight weeks for a variety of activities decided by our members. These include film nights, games, walks, music, themed events, and lots of shared meals. The group is a valuable source of parish outreach as well as offering invaluable support and fellowship to their own members.

Contact:

For more information about St Dyfrig’s Family Group please contact: Teresa and Alan de Ste Croix on 01443 406564 or email Teresa.destecroix@gmail.com

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Flower Arrangers

A small team meet regularly throughout the year, usually a Thursday evening.

Contact

Maureen Carter on 01443 201834

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Food Bank

St. Dyfrig's support the local food bank in Pontypridd.  Parishioners donate non-perishable, in-date food to the food bank. A number of parishioners' co-ordinate the collection and delivery of food that is donated.

Contact:

Pontypridd Foodbank on 07411965958 or email info@pontypridd.foodbank.org.uk 

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Fundraising

Social and activities fundraising team

The Social Activities and Fundraising Group raise funds through a number of events which taken place throughout the year.  Members of the team co-ordinating and run a number of social gatherings to raise funds for the Parish.  They put together a variety of social events, such as: afternoon tea dances, quiz, choir, race night, sixties disco and a coffee morning for Mother's day.  You are welcome to join the team and support these events as they bring us together as a community, and at the same time raise funds for repairs and work that takes place within the Parish. 

Contact:

Roy Mayo on 01443 209850 or email mayofam@btinternet.com

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Gardening Team

A number of people make up the gardening team based upon an ad hoc basis.  More volunteers are welcome. 

Contact:

Presbytery Office on 01443 402439

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Heath and Safety Team

The parish is currently seeking members to form a Health and Safety team who will monitor the health and safety issues that affect the parish.  Support is provided and guidance is available on  the Health and Safety Executive website.

Contact:

If you would like more information or interested in forming a Health & Safety team please contact the Presbytery Office on 01443 402439.

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Hymn Selection Team

Members of the hymn selection team meet once every 3 months.  Current members are Gianni Orsi and Christine Preston-Meek. Hymns are chosen for the entrance and recession that are appropriate for the theme of the Mass and readings.

Contact:

Presbytery Office on 01443 402439

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Let the Children Live!

Let the Children Live! This is a charity that works in Colombia with children from the streets and shanty-towns of the city of Medellín. The charity aims to safeguard the lives of these children from the poverty and violence of the streets and to make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future. It is currently working with 600 children and young people, both boys and girls.

Contact:

Stella Miller via the Presbytery on 01443 402439   

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Marriage

Marriage preparation courses are held at regular intervals in the Deanery and Cardiff Deanery.  Anyone contemplating marriage within the Catholic Church should make themselves known to the parish priest as soon as they have set a date.

Contact

Father Allan on 01433 402439

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Parish Administration Team

The parish administration deal with the day to day duties involved in running the parish.  If you would be interested in joining this team please contact the Presbytery Office on 01443 402439.

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Parish Advisory Council

The Parish Advisory Council (PAC) is a representative body of St Dyfrig's parish. The parish priest and the PAC work in collaboration and support the on-going activities within the parish. 

Members of the Parish Advisory Council

Contact:

PAC Chair Roland Fletcher on 01443-204496 or email fletcherfletcher@btinternet.com

PAC Vice-Chair Roy Mayo on 01443 209850 or email mayofam@btinternet.com

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Parish External Grant Application Fund raising Team

The team co-ordinate and prepare external applications for funding from various bodies who provide grants which will support the repair and modernisation of the Parish buildings.

Contact:   

Roy Mayo on 01443 209850 or email mayofam@btinternet.com

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Pray & Play Group

A group of parents and grandparents from St Dyfrig's have started a bible study and prayer group. It is open to everyone but especially anyone who is involved in raising children in the Catholic Faith.We meet weekly in the church hall annex on a Wednesday Morning from 10.15am (after Mass). We reflect on the forthcoming Sunday Gospel and how it relates to our daily mission to bring up our children to love and follow Jesus. We pray together for our children, the parish, the schools and the wider community, and share a cup of tea or coffee. Children, of course, are very welcome too: toys provided!

Contact:   

Teresa de Ste Croix on 01443 406564 or email teresa.destecroix@gmail.com

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Pontypridd Christians Together

Meetings take place three times a year and support each other in publicising event such as Good Friday Christian Walk of Witness and Street Pastors.

Contact:

Peggy Howells on 01443 400650

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Readers' Rota

Members of the Reading Ministry proclaim the Word of God.  Parishioners are welcome to put their name forward as a candidate for this ministry.

Contact:

Brenda Slaughter on 01443-202959. 

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults):  Any adult wishing to enquire further about the faith as a possible precursor to becoming a Roman Catholic is invited to attend weekly sessions run throughout the year from September to Easter.  (Easter being the traditional time for any Catechumen to enter the church.)

Contact:   

Cath & Tony Carroll on 01443 207576 or email carrollstc@gmail.com

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Sacramental Preparation, Reconciliation and Communion

Reconciliation and Holy Communion are the next steps, after Baptism, for the full initiation of children into the Catholic Church. These sacraments are available to children baptised in the Catholic tradition. Children not yet baptised are required to arrange for Baptism, prior to or during the preparation programme.

Children eligible for preparation are usually in Year 3, and upwards, in primary school. Children who are intending to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion must be registered with the parish by the end of September preceding the commencement of the programme.

SAFEGUARDING - All adults working with children in the parish have been cleared through the safeguarding process in line with the Archdiocese of Cardiff's safeguarding policy.

Contact:   

Maggie White on 01443 410593  Maggieellen@aol.com

Cath Rossiter at St. Michael's School on 01443 486840

Brenda Slaughter on 01443 202959

 

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Safeguarding/Child Protection

 The Catholic Church uses Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS - formally known as CRB) to ensure that those working with vulnerable groups within our parish activities have been recruited on a fully informed basis. Volunteers (for Children's Liturgy, Reconciliation and Holy Communion, Confirmation, Youth Club, Sacristy Supervisors, Home visiting Eucharistic Ministers, Home visiting St. Vincent de Paul) are required to undertake the following screening prior to participating in the desired activity.

Contact:

Safeguarding Parish Representative Maggie White on 01443 410593 or email Maggieellen@aol.com

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Shoebox World

Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest children's Christmas project, run by the Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan's Purse. 

Contact:

Teresa Jones on 01443 207108

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St Dyfrig's Website

Check out the treforest.pontypriddRCdeanery.org.uk website. The website contains information about various aspects of Parish life including: Clergy at St Dyfrig's; Service Times; Sacraments; Newsletters; USW Chaplaincy News; Hiring the Church Hall; Safeguarding; "Who was St Dyfrig?" Archives & Registers and Parish Links.

If any changes or additional information is required, please contact our web editor, Teresa de Ste Croix at Teresa.destecroix@gmail.com

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St Vincent de Paul Society

The SVP is a worldwide Christian community, founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young Catholic lay people and inspired particularly by Blessed Frederic Ozaman, who met together to decide how they could help in ministering to the poor people living in the streets of Paris at that time.  On a local level, here in St Dyfrig's, a very small band of people, but with very good support from the Parish, do what they can to achieve these high ideals.  New members are very much needed and would be welcomed at the meetings held in the Parish Hall on the last Wednesday of each month @ 7.30. 

Contact:

Anne Parker on 01443 842825. 

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Sunday Cafe

The Winter Café is run by St. Dyfrig's parishioners and is located at St David's United Church, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd.  It opens on a Sunday evening and provides a hot meal and drink for the homeless, roofless and lonely people in the local area. 

Contact:

Richard Boyle on 01443 400189 or Angela Hunter on 01443 207935

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Sunday Mass Choir

A small group meet every other Wednesday at 7pm. 

Contact:

Ann Elson on 01443 405088

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Sunday Tea and Coffee Team

The tea and coffee team provide refreshments after Mass on Sunday morning. We meet in the Annex of the Church Hall and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with other parishioners. This provides an opportunity to come together as a community. Everyone is welcome and if you would like to join the team we would be happy to add you to the rota. Please contact either Lesley Hughes 01443-205077; Sue Cleary 01443-409083 or Cath Rossiter 01443-491397. Alternatively, speak to one of the team on duty.

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Ushers

Ushers co-ordinate and support the ministry during the Vigil and Sunday Masses.  We welcome your support and would provide further information in undertaking this role. 

Contact:

Presbytery Office on 01443 402439 or one of the current ushers for more details

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Welcoming and Greeting Team

The welcoming and greeting team greet parishioners and hand-out hymn books and supporting literature before Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  If you would like to be part of this team you are more than welcome. 

Contact: 

Presbytery Office on 01443 402439

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Youth Club

St Dyfrig's youth club is open to all young people in Year 7 and above and meets during term time in the church hall on a Friday between 6.30pm-8.00pm

Contact:

Sue Cleary on 01443 409083

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