Welcome to  St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Ynyshir.  

The Parish St Mary Magdalene services the communities of Tonyrefail, Ynyshir and Porth with their surrounding districts in the Rhondda Valley.  

We are linked with Ss Gabriel and Raphael, Tonypandy

Sunday Mass:

9.30am Every Sunday. 


The parish is cared for by the Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy - Sister Berenice and Sister Joanne. 

Ministering Priest - Rev. Dermot Tredget

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 17th 2022

To celebrate the feast of the Assumption the priests from the Deanery are planning to celebrate Mass at the Marian Shrine in Penrhys, on Sunday 14th August at 3pm. Parishioners from neighbouring Deaneries are also interested in attending so the details will soon be on the Archdiocesan Website. As you know in former times this Shrine was a very popular place of pilgrimage so it would be great if we could revive some of these devotional practices. All are welcome.

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 26th 2022

We extend a warm welcome to our new Archbishop, Mark O’ Toole, who was Installed as Archbishop of Cardiff and Bishop of Menevia last Monday 20 th June at St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff. We wish him every success in his new Ministry and look forward to welcoming him to the Rhondda.

June 19th 2022

Congratulations to the twenty on young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday and to the twenty one children who will receive their first Holy Communion on Saturday. We pray that God will protect and care for them in the years ahead.

June 12th 2022

june 5th 2022

May 29th 2022

May 22nd 2022

May 15th 2022

Third Sunday of Eastertide - 1st May 2022

Mass for Canon Patrick Daly

On Saturday 21 st May at All Hallows, Llantrisant, there will be a special Mass at 12.00 noon to receive the ashes of Canon Patrick Daly. Canon’s ashes will be preserved in the crypt in All Hallows Church.

Archbishop of Cardiff.

Archbishop George Stack will soon be retiring from The Diocese of Cardiff. He will be replaced by Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth Diocese. We thank Archbishop Stack for his faithful service to this Diocese. He will be living in Caerleon and will continue to help out in the Diocese.

See the newsletter for futher details.

Divine Mercy Sunday - 27th April 2022

Today the candidtaes for confirmation will be presented to the church. 

This weeks newsletter

Easter Sunday - 17th April 2022

A very happy Easter to all of our parishoners

This weeks newsletter

Palm Sunday - 10th April 2022

Please see the newsletter for times of the services during Holy Week. 

5th Sunday of Lent - 3rd April 2022

Father Allan Davies-Hale will be covering for Masses in both churches during the month of April commencing on Sunday 3 rd April. We thank all the clergy who take it in turns to come and celebrate Mass for us. It is greatly appreciated.


3rd Sunday of Lent - 20th March 2022

Holy Hour

Pope Francis has asked the world to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. To this effect we are organising an Hour of Prayer and Adoration in Ss Gabriel & Raphael’s Church, on Sun 20 th March, time 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join us in prayer. If you are unable to stay for the whole hour please feel free to come for part of it.


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary time - 13th February 2022

As part of our preparation for the coming Synod we invite you to consider the following questions:

1. If you could change one thing in your parish what would it be and why?

2. What do you think works well and makes you proud to be a member of your parish?

3. How can participation be broadened and strengthened in the life of your parish as we move forward into the future.

Please see the questionnaire sheet, which can be completed and posted in the box at the back of the church. 

More details in the Newsletter

Synod information sheet

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary time - 6th February 2022

As part of the upcoming Synod, meetings have been arranged in the parish. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Tonypandy - 26th February 12.30-1.30pm

Ynyshir - 6th March 10.30 - 11.30am

Please see the newsletter for more information. 


Fourth Sunday in Ordinary time - 30th January 2022

Synod 2023 - How can I be part of this process? The Synod is a wakeup call to all of humanity. Pope Francis is asking us to wake up, to let go of apathy and see that we have an opportunity of transforming ourselves and our Church of the future. A synodal process at this time is not just a church exercise . It is a call to renew the world. Pope Francis has reminded us “If the Spirit is not present there will be no Synod” We can pray every day ‘Lord, what do you want of us’

More details can be found in the newsletter. 

Third Sunday in Ordinary time - 23rd January 2022

The first lesson for those who wish to be confirmed in Ss Gabriel and Raphael’s Church, in June 2022, took place in the Church at 3pm on Saturday 22nd January. The next meeting will be on Sat 26th February.

Information about the Synod Meetings can be found in the Newsletter. 

Second Sunday in Ordinary time - 15th January 2022

Meetings to prepare for Synod: These will be organised as soon as we get an update from the Government re social distancing.

Newsletter contains more imformation

Baptism of the Lord - 9th January 2022

*Social distancing in churches is again obligatory. To ensure a place, please book beforehand on Tel 01443 421929. Likewise, if you have booked but for various reasons are unable to attend, please inform us so that the place may be allocated to someone else. Thank you.*

The first lesson for those who wish to be confirmed in Ss Gabriel and Raphael’s Church, in June 2022, will take place in the Church at 3pm on Saturday the 22 nd January. Please bring your Confirmation book with you to the lesson.


The Second Sunday of Christmas - 2nd January 2022

As we begin this New Year we pray for all our parishioners and ask God to care and protect throughout this coming year.

See newsletter for updates

*Christmas Mass Times 2021*

Christmas Eve - Friday 24th December - 7pm in Tonypandy.

Christmas Day - Saturday 25th December - 9.30am Ynyshir/11.15am Tonypandy

Sunday 26th December - 9.30am Ynyshir/11.15am Tonypandy

Please book in advance as spaces are filling. 

19th December - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Final Week of Advent; as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas let us pray that the joy of this festive season may reach and spread to everyone.

Times of Christmas masses can be found in the newsletter

12th December - Third Sunday of Advent

Pope Francis has reminded us that prayer is an important part of our preparation for this Synod. Hence we will have a Holy Hour in Tonypandy on Dec. 15 th at 6pm. All are welcome to come as we begin this special journey together.

Please see the newsletter for more information about the Synod. 

5th December - Second Sunday of Advent

Pope Francis has reminded us that prayer is an important part of our preparation for this Synod. Hence we will have a Holy Hour in Tonypandy on Dec. 15 th at 6pm. All are welcome to come as we begin this special journey together.

Please see the newsletter for more information about the Synod. 

28th November - First Sunday of Advent

Two representatives from our parish Katrina Rees and Alun Rees are undergoing specific training in preparation for the forthcoming Synod in Rome in 2023. As part of the Universal Church it is essential that every parish is engaged in discerning a vision for the church of the future. To this end we will be arranging meetings for all parishioners after Christmas and we hope that as many people as possible will attend and be involved in the process. Dates of these meetings will be arranged later. Katrina and Alun will be facilitating these meetings and we thank them for their generosity in taking on this role.

Information for the upcoming masses can be found here. 

14th November - 33rd Sunday of the Year

Pope Francis extends a world-wide invitation to the whole Church to consider how we might walk together and work together as God’s people in greater synodality.  This means “journeying together”. Journeying together involves good communication: listening and really hearing what the other is saying, and thus proceeding in harmony, appreciating the insights and experiences of each other.

Newsletter can be found here. 

7th November - 32nd Sunday of the Year

This week there is a collection for sick and retired clergy. You are also encouraged to pray for all clergy- active and retired.

See the newsletter for further information.

31st October - Feast of All Saints

Mass for All souls day will be November 1st 10am in Tonypandy. 

For more information please see our newsletter

24th October - 30th Sunday of the Year

We pray for world leaders delegated to make decisions, so that the web of life may be mended through their courageous decisions and our efforts to limit carbon emissions. COP26 31st October to 12th November.

See Newsletter for further information.

17th October - 29th Sunday of the Year

For updates please see the newsletter

10th October - 28th Sunday of the Year

This weekend Pope Francis is holding a 3 day Synodal Journey of consultations and discernment culminating with the Assembly in October 2023 in Rome. The word Synod means ‘walking together’. The theme will include; Communion, Participation and Mission. We are asked to pray for the work of the Synod and we will all be invited to share our vision for the Church of the future as it undertakes this important journey.

Further details in this weeks newsletter

3rd October - 27th Sunday of the Year

A Synod of the catholic church will open in Rome on 9th & 10th October. The themes will involve; Communion, Participation and Mission. We are asked to pray for the Church as it undertakes this journey.

See Newsletter for more information.

26th September - 26th Sunday of the Year

Today 7 children recieved their First Holy Communion. We pray for them. Thank you to Father Hathaway for the service. 

Newsletter updates can be found here.

19th September - 25th Sunday of the Year

If you wish to be confirmed in June 2022, please fill in an Application Form available at the back of the Church.

all information can be found in the newsletter

12th September - 24th Sunday of the Year

Seven children will be making their First Communion on Sunday Sept. 25th . Please remember to pray for these children.

Further information can be found in the newsletter

5th September - 23rd Sunday of the Year

Please see details about 2 retreats taking place at Belmont Abbey. 

Weekly updates and information cab be found in the newsletter

29th August - 22nd Sunday of the Year

Creation time runs from 1st Sept. Until 4th October. Pope Francis has designated this month as a period to reflect carefully on the gift of God’s Creation. He asks us all to make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

Updates can be found in the newsletter

8th August - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For updates please see the newsletter

1st August - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We thank Fr. Alexander for joining us to celebrate mass this Sunday. 

For details of this weeks masses please see the newsletter

25th July - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are very grateful to Archbishop George for coming to celebrate Mass in Ynyshir and Tonypandy during the month of July.

For upcoming mass information please see the newsletter.

18th July - 16th Sunday of the Year

We wish the schoolchildren, parents and teachers a very happy and relaxing holiday. Also happy holiday to all parishioners who are on vacation at this time.

Enjoy your break and stay safe.

This weeks newsletter

11th July - 15th Sunday of the Year


*Booking a place*

To ensure correct seating arrangements, if you are a newcomer to the parish is it necessary to book a place if you intend coming to Mass either to Ynyshir or Tonypandy.
Likewise, if you are a regular but unable to attend the Services please inform us so that your place can be offered to someone else. Thank you. 

The newsletter has more details.

4th July - 14th Sunday of the Year

*Change in times*

Echsristic Service - 3rd July 6pm Tonypandy

Mass - 4th July - 9.15am Ynysihir/11.15am Tonypandy


Pope Francis has decided to institute a church wide celebration of a world day for Grandparents and the Elderly. This will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. Please see the newsletter for more information. 

27th June - 13th Sunday of the Year

Right to Life include some prayers for the coming month in order to encuorage more discussion and active prayer for the pro-life movement. See newsletter for more details.


*Change in mass times*
From 3rd July the following applies: 
Eucharistic Service 6pm Tonypandy - 3rd July
9.30am Mass at Ynyshir - 4th July
11.15am Mass at Tonypandy - 4th July

20th June - 12th Sunday of the Year

The Family Life Team for the Archdiocese would like to invite YOU to a ‘Drop in Zoom’ if you would like a bit of advice, support or information or just chat with likeminded parents/grandparents about the joys and challenges they face within their families and maybe discover how the Church can support the families of our community, directly or through signposting to appropriate organisations.

See the newsletter for updates and more information

13th June - 11th Sunday of the Year

The newsletter contains information about a series of talks on the problem of suffering, Chasing the Wind: The bible, philosophy and the problem of Evil. There is also information on the SPUC mass lobby 16th/17th July. 

Feast of The Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Mass in Ynyshir at 9am instead of 9.30 for the forseeable. 

See the newsletter for updates

The Most Holy Trinity Sunday

During the month of June Mass in St. Mary Magdalene, Ynyshir will be at 9.00am. Bishop Tom Burns has agreed to supply but he is saying Mass in Aberavon later and needs sufficient time to get there. We are very grateful to Canon Bob Reardon for coming to Ynyshir for Mass during the month of May.


Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday is a significant day when prayers are recommended for the Church. The coming of the Holy Spirit marked a new begininning for the Apostles. 

Please the newsletter for notices.

7th Sunday of Easter

There was a celebration for marriage held at All Saints Newport. The link to the mass can be found here:  


*Reminder* Please can you book in advance if you wish to attend mass, this is to ensure that we are Covid safe. 

Please see the newsletter for more information

6th Sunday of Easter

During May the Rosary will be said on Saturdays at 5.30pm. It will also be said on a Monday and Wednesday after the service. More information in the newsletter.

5th Sunday of Easter


Throughout the month of May there will be mass at Ynyshir every Sunday 9.30am.


4th Sunday of Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday

During the month of May we will recite the rosary on Saturday evenings at 5.35pm prior to mass at 6pm. See the newsletter for more information.

3rd Sunday of Easter

If you are celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary this year you can be included in a ceebration book. Please see the newsletter for information.

2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine mercy Sunday

Please see the newsletter for further information.

Palm Sunday

Holy Week masses:

Saturday 27th - Tonypandy 6pm/ Sunday 28th - Ynyshir 9.30am & Tonypanday 11.15am

Maundy Thursday - Tonypandy 6pm

Good Friday - Tonypandy 3pm

No Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday - Ynyshir 9.30 & Tonypandy 11.15 am. 

If you have not yet booked a place please contact us and we will do our best to accomodate you. (More details)

5th Sunday of Lent

The mass times for Easter can be found here. If you wish to attend any of the Holy Week Masses please book in advance. 

*update* There will be a mass 9.30am at Ynyshir this Sunday (28th) and Easter Sunday. Please book a place in advance. 

4th Sunday of Lent

Feasts this week:

Wed March 17 th St. Patrick, patron Saint of Ireland.

Friday March 19 th St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary and, this year Patron of the Universal Church.

It is also the anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Francis in 2013. It is a special day of prayer for Pope Francis and the whole Church.

Newsletter with more details of weekly mass here. 

3rd Sunday of Lent


- Don't forget to return your CAFOD  envelopes from family fast day.

- Please return any Red Boxes you may have so that the money can be counted and sent to the Mill Hill Missionaries. 



At the end of this weeks newsletter there is a prayer from Pope Francis for St Joseph.

2nd Sunday of Lent

Weekday Services will resume from 1 st March on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Morning Prayer is as usual at 9.15am followed by Celebration of the Word at 9.30am. There will be Eucharistic Adoration for 30 minutes onFridays following the Service.

Weekend services continue as per the last few weeks.

Please see the newsletter for more information.

1st Sunday of Lent

The celebration of Mass resumes at our parish from this weekend.

Saturday - 6pm / Sunday 11.15am. 

Please call in advance to book a place due to restrictions. 

For more information please see the newsletter

6th Sunday in Ordinary time

This weeks newsletter has details about the upcoming masses for Lent and how to access online sessions throughout lent. 

For those unable to attend mass on Ash Wednesday you can use this article for the distribution of ashes

Reminder: Mass at 6pm for Ash Wednesday 17th February. Saturday Mass - 6pm, Sunday service - 11.15am. Please book in advance. 

5th Sunday in Ordinary time 

*Important Update*


Church will re open on Ash Wednesday - 17th February. 
Mass will be celebrated in SS Gabriel and Raphael  church at 6pm by Fr Stanton. 

Masses will then resume every Saturday at 6pm, starting 20th February. There will also be the eucharistic service on Sundays at 11.15am, commencing from 21st February.

As usual please call ahead to book a seat for services. 
More information in the newsletter

4th Sunday in Ordinary time - Racial Justice Sunday

This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever.  The effects of the Corona virus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti, speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

Church remains closed, for up to date details and prayer please see the newsletter

We have also been asked to circulate the 'Saint of the month' document - Feb 1st St Brigid

3rd Sunday in Ordinary time

24th January - Church remains closed for the forseeable. 

This week let us unite ourselves in prayer during these 3-days Novena with all those who seek the healing intercession of Our Blessed Lady.

For details of dates etc please see the newletter.

Keep safe!

*Important update*

Due to the recent rise in cases of COVID -19 in Wales and particularly in the Rhondda we have decided to close both SS Gabriel & Raphael and St. Mary Magdalene Churches for theforeseeable future. We have discussed this with other parishes in the Deanery and they are doing likewise.

In view of the strain the recent level of infection is placing on the NHS in our local hospitals the present restriction is likely to continue for some time.

Weekly newsletters can be found here


*Update to Sunday services*

Fr.Stanton has kindly agreed to say mass at Ynyshir the 1st Sunday of the month. This will commence from 7th February 9am. 


We wish you all a happy new year!

For more information please take a look at our newsletter.  (edit: 3rd February should read 7th)


Fourth Sunday of Advent December 20th 2020

Updated newsletter for Fourth Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent December 12th Gaudete Sunday 

Updated newsletter for Third Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent 6th December 2020

All spaces for Christmas massess are now reserved. Saturday evening masses continue throughout advent as do the Sunday services. 

For more information please see the newsletter. 


*Important information about mass times and christmas*

There will now be a Saturday evening mass for the next four Saturdays at 6pm in Tonypandy. This will be accompanied by a eucharistic service on a Sunday at 11.15am. 


Christmas time:

24th December, Christmas Eve - Vigil mass at 7pm Tonypandy

25th December, Christmas Day - 9am Ynyshir/10.30am Tonypandy


If you wish to attend the Christmas services can you please phone in advance to book a place so social distancing can be followed. It would also be advisable to book for the Saturday evening mass. 


More information in the newsletter

Christ the King 22/11/20

Due to restrictions Father Dermot cannot say Sunday mass however there is a Eucharistic service Sunday 22nd November at 11.15am at Tonypandy. 

'As we come to this last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year, we celebrate the kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who reigns in the hearts of all who place their trust in him. In today’s readings Jesus is depicted as the shepherd whose flock includes all people throughout the world: this image reflects God’s love and care for every human being.'


Service for the faithful departed - 16th November 2020

On 16th November the parish held a service for the faithful departed at SS Gabriel and Raphael for all those who have died during the past year. Eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen 

33rd Sunday in Ordinary time

Because of COVID 19 restrictions in England Fr. Dermot will not be able to come to Wales for Mass for the present. However, we will have a Eucharistic service in Tonypandy on Sunday 16 th November at 11.15am.

Please see the newsletter for more information. 

32nd Sunday in Ordinary time

Some good news. As of Sunday 15th November there will be a Eucharistic mass each Sunday in St Gabriel and Raphael. There is no need to book in advance, but social distancing rules will be adhered to. We look forward to seeing you all again. 

For further details please see the newsletter. 


*Feast of all saints*

The parish remains closed until 9th November. 
See the newsletter for this weeks notices. 


*25th - 8th November: No mass*

Due to government guidance and restrictions, there will be no service for the next two weeks. We will update you when services can resume once more. 
Please see the newsletter for further details.

*Important update*
As Fr. Dermot is unable to travel, there has been permission granted for Echaristic services on a Sunday at St Gabriel and Raphael church. These will commennce from this weekend (18th Ocotber) at 11.15am. You are advised to phone ahead if you wish to attend so that appropriate seating can be arranged. There is no religious obligation to attend these services. 
More details are avaialble in the newsletter

Newsletter for 28th Sunday in ordinary time*

Although, at present, we are unable to come together to worship in our parish churches we can still keep one another in our thoughts and prayers. In particular we remember those who are housebound, isolated or in hospital.

*Important announcement*

Due to a rise in Covid 19 cases and local lockdowns, we regret to inform you that there will be no mass for the forseeable future. 
For updates you can check here or alternatively our facebook page - Rhondaa Catholic Parishes.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary, Pope Francis encourages us to say the rosary daily in recognition of this. 


Newsletter 26th Sunday in ordinary time

There is no mass this weekend 26th/27th September. There will be a review in the week and further announcements regarding mass next weekend will be announced. 


*Notice regarding RCT local lockdown*


Due to the imposed local lockdown in RCT, the archdiocese have made the decision to cancel mass for the next fortnight (20th and 27th September). 

Please see the newsletter for more information. 

*Importhant Notice*


There are no masses this weekend (12th/13th September) Mass will recommence next weekend. There is no obligation to attend mass, however if you choose to go elsewhere the nearest churches are:

Hirwaun, St Therese of Lisieux

Treforest, St Dyfrigs

Please note - due to local lockdown you cannot attend St Helens in Caerphilly. 


The feast of the assumption of our lady

15th August we celebrated the feast of the assumption of our lady.


This is the beautiful carved wooden statue in St Gabriel and Raphael church.

Thank you to Rev. Dermot Tredget for the photo and Srs Berenice and Joanne for the wonderful display. 


The church will reopen 26th July 2020 for mass.

Usual sunday service. 


There will be strict procedures to keep everyone COVID safe and we ask that these are adhered to at all times.

A newsletter with an update and the relevant procedures can be found here 


Update on private prayer during coronavirus


Ss Gabriel and Raphael is now open for private prayer every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am -11am. It will also open up on a Wednesday evening 5pm-6pm for those who are in work. 

This is until further notice!


Stay connected during Covid 19




A sincere thanks to Katrina Rees (Gooch) for updating our parish website.




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