Archive for January, 2015

Fr Darren Smith, General Secretary of the Additional Curates Society will preach at St Mary’s Priory Church on Sunday morning February 8th at 11am.


Fr Darren was ordained on 29th June 1986 and was the Parish Priest at Saint Luke’s, Kingstanding for 17 years.

Previously he was Assistant Priest at Saint Cuthbert’s, Castle Vale, Birmingham and Assistant Curate at Saint Aidan’s, New Parks, Leicester.

The ACS supports the Holywell Community and has Fr Malcolm Lane as its Treasurer.

The main work of ACS is to hold before people the vision of Christ bringing salvation to people in desperate need. At the same time ACS shows that Christ gave his Church the gift of Priesthood as a vital instrument in proclaiming his gospel. It encourages prayer for the mission of the Church, concern for people in need, and support for those called to the Sacred Priesthood.

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We will celebrate a Holy Eucharist according to the old Rite of 1662 at 6.30pm on Thursday evening January 29th The Eve of the Feast of Charles, King & Martyr)


King Charles 1 is reputed to have held his last Court in the Priory prior to his beheading in 1649.

More information on King Charles

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A recently returned World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompanier will tell of her experience in the West Bank at a public Meeting in the Priory Centre at 7pm on FEBRUARY 4TH.

Ecumenical Accompaniers monitor and report violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and offer protection through nonviolent presence.

EAs stand at checkpoints within the West Bank, and at gates of separation barrier to try to reduce the abuse of Palestinian civilians and help them gain access to their land, jobs, education or medical facilities.

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Pupils from schools in Abergavenny will lead the town’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations at St Mary’s Priory Church on January 27th at 11am

Keep the Memory alive is the theme for 2015.


The 27 January 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 2015 will also be the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. The Vicar of Abergavenny, Canon Mark Soady said, “Given these Anniversaries it is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory.”

Preserving memories, keeping diaries and passing on memories all represent forms of resistance and ways of preserving the identity of both survivors and those who were murdered. Survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust or subsequent genocides have memories which are first-hand, personal testimonies that can educate us and inform our commemorations. They can share the memories of their lives before genocide, their experiences during it and the process of rebuilding their lives afterwards.


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The Revd Roy Jenkins, Presenter of the BBC Radio Wales programme ‘All things Considered’ will be our Preacher at the Week of Prayer for Church Unity Service at the Priory Church on January 24th at 2.30pm.

This year’s theme The Well is Deep comes to us from the churches of Brazil. Brazilians, who have traditionally been tolerant of their various social classes and ethnic groups, are now living through a time of growing intolerance made manifest in high levels of violence, especially against minorities and the vulnerable. The logic that undergirds this kind of behaviour is competition for the religious market. Increasingly, in Brazil, some Christian groups compete with one another for a place on the mass media, for new members and for public funds.

Revd Roy Jenkins   (C) BBC

Revd Roy Jenkins (C) BBC

Roy in his own words, on his career from journalist, to minister and broadcaster.

“My 13th birthday was still two months away when I began writing weekly cricket reports for the long-lamented Abertillery weekly, the South Wales Gazette. I was still in short trousers, but nobody seemed bothered.

“My love affair with newspapers had begun, and it’s never gone away.

“Being a Gazette reporter (the Gazette’s only reporter, as it happened) demanded a willingness to assume a certain authority in all sorts of area where my knowledge was not exactly comprehensive: with weddings and funerals, in courts, councils, flower shows, operatic performances. Instant expert on everything!

“Then followed a few years with the South Wales Argus in Newport, study at the Baptist college in Cardiff – and long, and what seemed at the time very profitable, vacation jobs with the South Wales Echo and The Western Mail.

“For seven years, between 1971 and 78, I was minister of Penrallt Baptist Church in Bangor. Two thirds of the congregation were students from a wide range of countries.

“Then I came to Ararat Baptist Church in Whitchurch and stayed between 1978 and 1990, from where I joined the BBC full-time as senior producer of religious programmes.

“I went on to present many of the religious programmes produced for Radio 2, Radio 4, the World Service, and Radio Wales, and have been the presenter of All Things Considered since 1992.

“All Things Considered has won a dozen awards; a tribute to a very talented team. I’ve usually just provided the voice!”

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.

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We will celebrate  the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th with Holy Eucharist at 8.30am and 6.30pm



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This Lent we will be looking at the Celtic Saints with the help of one Bishop, two Priors, two Canons and four Priests. The Sermons will follow Evensong which starts at 6pm.


ASH WEDNESDAY (February 18th) 

10am Holy Eucharist & Ashing   6.30pm Sung Eucharist & Ashing

22nd  February                                 Saint David

Reverend Harri Williams, Secretary of the Friends of St David’s Cathedral

1st March                                          Saint Teilo  (at Christchurch, North Street)

Reverend Canon Mark Soady, Canon of Newport Cathedral (in the Stall of St Teilo) & Prior of St Mary’s

8th March                                        St. Woolos

Reverend Canon Andrew Willie , Archivist of the Cathedral Church of St Woolos, Newport

15th March                                       St. Asaph & St. Kentigern

The Bishop of St. Asaph,  Rt Revd Dr Gregory Cameron

22nd March                                     St. Samson of Dole

The Prior of Caldey Abbey, Fr Gildas Gage


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