Archive for October, 2018

Maintenance and upgrading work on the Priory’s Ringing Chamber and Central Heating System scheduled for the Summer will now take place this month.

Robin Smith the Asst Warden in charge of works said, “October is a quiet month, so a good time to undertake these works before the busy November and December months”.

We do not expect any major distruption to services or visiting times.


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We will Celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Priory on Sunday, October 7th.

8am Holy Eucharist

9.30am All Age Eucharist

11am Sung Eucharist. Preacher: Fr John Humphrets


This year the four  Anglican Churches in Abergavenny  will raise funds for two causes at all our Harvest Thanksgiving service –one overseas and one at home.

Embrace  (formerly Embrace theMiddle East) is making an impact across the Middle East and are continually encouraged by the stories of hope and transformation their partners share with them. They work in three main areas –  education, healthcare and community development.


One example of their work in education is the provision of bursaries for children at 17 Christian schools in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. They want to extend this scheme to help more children get the education they deserve.

Children like Karim, whose father died suddenly of a heart attack. Karim has been living with his disabled mother and two sisters in one very small room. Despite sleeping on the floor every night, Karim says: “It is true, we are very poor, but we are happy together and can manage with whatever God provides, thanks to him!” Karim dreams of being an aerospace engineer; he loves science and maths. When speaking of the bursary he receives from Embrace he says,: “I am lucky and sincerely hope they will continue helping me to start in school in the coming years.”

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Last week our Vicar, Fr Mark met Michel Constantin, Regional Director of the Pontifical Mission in Lebanon, who was visiting the UK as a partner of Embrace the Middle East.  The event offered the opportunity for him to find out first-hand more about what is happening in Lebanon and the surrounding region, and how churches are responding to some of the most complicated and ever-changing circumstances in the world today.  The Pontifical Mission in Lebanon is part of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association

Abergavenny Town of Sanctuary  is a group of local people who want to offer a welcome to refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries.


They help refugees settle in our town through providing practical help, such as Holy Trinity offering the use of the hall’s kitchen for a group of Syrian refugees to prepare produce for sale, and by organising events such as Syrian food stalls at the Clytha House Open Gardens or the Community Centre.

Other events have included a multi language walk and keeping refugees in our town in touch with those in Newport and Cardiff.

For more information, log on to www.facebook.com/Abergavenny-Town- of- Sanctuary

And we shall say:

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? And the King will reply: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

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