Wales and the Marches Catholic History Society

Guided visit to Newport Cathedral, St. Woolos, on Wednesday  16th May  2018 at 10.45 am.

Legend has it that Gwynllyw (Woolos) founded the Cathedral in c. 500. He was told in  a dream to search for a white ox with a black spot on its forehead and to build a Church there, as an act of penitence. The mud and wattle structure subsequently erected became his grave, the foundation for a succession of churches built on the site at the top of Stow Hill. The extant Galilee Chapel (now called St. Mary’s Chapel) still bears evidence of its early Celtic foundation, although the main construction is Norman.
We have a few spare places for this event and will allot them on a first come first served basis
There is no charge for the day but we will make a collection for the Cathedral.
We have arranged to have lunch in Vittorio’s Restaurant opposite the Cathedral but this is optional.

To book a place and for further information contact ASPA :Tricia Coulthard: email –
phone – 02920 595 899



What role does Our Lady play in our salvation? Why does she have such a special and unique place in the Catholic church? And how do we explain to our non-Catholic friends and family why we revere Mary?

On Saturday 28th April Alan de Ste Croix will take us on a tour of Mary’s role in sacred scripture and give us a greater understanding of why we, as Catholics, hold her in such reverence.

We will meet in in St David’s Priory, St David’s Place, Swansea, SA1 3NG at 10am until 3pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

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The adult education department of the diocese is running a pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020, travelling from Cardiff across Europe by coach and visiting shrines and other sites including Ghent, Namur, Cologne, and Amsterdam. The tour runs Wednesday 16th – Thursday 24th September 2020. Places are limited and can be reserved now. The group chaplain will be Cardiff priest Revd Gareth Leyshon; contact him on 029 2073 1061 or email for details. If the tour is filled, shared rooms are available at £1295 and single rooms require a £315 supplement.


Do you deal with members of the public who may be suffering from mental health issues? Are you unsure how best to respond? The Archdiocese of Cardiff is subsidising a 2-day Mental Health First Aid course which will run 11 am – 5 pm on Friday 15 and Friday 22 June 2018 – the course runs in parallel at two venues on the same dates, in Cardiff at the Pastoral Resources Centre, and in Pontypool at St Alban’s High School. You can learn more and book online via the Diocesan Website; if you don’t have web access, call Madeline Page on 029 2036 5965. The course normally costs £120 but the diocese is making it available at £30 per person. There are currently 9 spaces available in Pontypool and 4 in Cardiff, so do book quickly.



Saturday 5th May, Mass at 7am, bus departs at 7:30am and returns by 10pm. Tickets £25 (under 16’s free when travelling with a parent). This is a particularly important year as it is the first time the march is in London and is an inspiring day out for all the family to see that we are not alone in our fight for the most vulnerable members of society. If you would like to book a ticket on the bus please contact Brother Ambrose,



  • Concert with Cowbridge Male Voice Choir:
    Saturday 2nd June at 7pm in Our Lady & St. Illtyd Church. Tickets £7 available to purchase shortly.
    Wednesday 6th June at 6pm in the Parish Centre
    Saturday 7th July
    at 11am in the Parish Centre
    2nd January 2019
    49 seats, in the raised stalls, have been reserved for a discounted price of £48. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please give your name and deposit of £10 to Margaret Hughes 774212.