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Archive for May, 2014

June Jamboree

June sees three Civic Services and the a Licensing of our new Area Dean. We will welcome the Bishop of Monmouth to preach twice and mark two major Anniversaries.

ABERGAVENNY TOWN CIVIC SERVICE

June 1st 11am Parish Eucharist. Celebrant: The Vicar  Preacher: Fr Malcolm Lane, Mayor’s Chaplain

 

D DAY CELEBRATION

June 7th, 7pm A Concert with Abergavenny Brass Band, Singers from St Mary’s Priory Church and Llanfiost School Choir

 

MONMOUTHSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL CIVIC SERVICE

June 8th, 3pm  with the Chairman’s Chaplain and Vicar, Fr Mark Soady  Preacher: Bishop of Monmouth

 

AREA DEAN’S LICENSING

June 13th, 7pm Our Vicar will be licensed as Area Dean by the Bishop of Monmouth

 

ARMED FORCES DAY / WORLD WAR I CENTENARY SERVICE

June 28th  6pm in the Tithe Barn Courtyard

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We will mark the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth on Saturday, May 31st with a Mass, Concert and Family day

9am Holy Eucharist

 

10am-4pm Medieval Family Day

Something for all the family  Details 

 

6pm Concert

To mark the Feast the Priory Choir will be in Concert with Les Chouers de St Maur from France

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A new religious community called the Holywell Community and following the Rule of St Benedict will come in to being in September , 860 years after St Mary’s was raised to a Conventual Benedictine Priory.

On September 1st the community consisting of one Priest (The Vicar) and three lay members ( two girls and one boy) will come in existence.  The Lay members of the Community will live in a house on the  town’s Holywell Estate.

Welcoming the news the Vicar, Fr Mark said, “It is exciting to be re-creating a Benedictine community here after a 500 year gap- and thus going back to our roots.”

images-2A Benedictine priory was established on the site in 1087 and remained in existence until the reforms of King Henry VIII when the Priory Church became the Parish Church of Abergavenny. It was raised to a Conventual Priory 860 years ago,

The Rule of St Benedict speaks of ‘ a school for God’s Service’, this is the foundation of all the Community does. The Community, like any monastic community, will be rooted in prayer.

In return for their keep the Community Lay members will assist with tasks such as caretaking and gardening at St Mary’s Priory.

They will also do Outreach and Mission work, with schools, community groups and elsewhere, encouraging a new generation of young people from the area to engage with our community.

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AT this afternoon’s Deanery Chapter Meeting the Archdeacon of Monmouth announced that the Bishop has appointed our Vicar as the new Area Dean of Abergavenny.

Fr Mark Soady

Fr Mark Soady                                 (c) Brian Griffiths

Responding Fr Mark said, “I see the role as one of being a servant to the Servants of Christ – as a Pastor to those in licensed ministry in the Deanery.

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Meet the Bishop

St Mary’s Priory hosted the Diocesan  Children’s Day  Meet the Bishop  on Saturday, May 17th.

Lots of Fun was had from the Bouncy Castle to put the Mitre on the Bishop

Preparing for the act of worship

Preparing for the act of worship

 

The Bishop joins in making cakes

The Bishop joins in making cakes

Which is the real Bishop?

Which is the real Bishop?

Make music

Make music

Put his mitre on

Put his mitre on

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MONDAY, MAY 12

United Service at the URC Church, Castle Street at 12noon. Preacher Revd Carol Wardmen, Church in Wales, Bishops’ Church & Society Officer.

 

TUESDAY,  MAY 13

Collection in the Market Hall n market day

 

FRIDAY, MAY 16

Quiz & Fish and Chip Supper in the Priory Centre a

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