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The Fireside ... Our Parish Newsletter
Produced on a weekly basis The Fireside contains announcements, important dates & times, reflections and further information. Available here for viewing online and printing with Archive available from menu options above
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Latest News  From Our Parish
Here is important news, website updates and please do contact us with any news and stories you may have
Parish News
Canon Pelosi will be in Lourdes from Wednesday 28th June through to Friday 7th July . Arrangements have been made for Fr Robert of St David's Parish to attend in his absence with further news to follow.
On Sunday 19th February 2023 the Parish said Bon Voyage to Fr Henry as he starts a new chapter in his career over in Ireland. We were joined by members of St Benedicts of Clydach and after mass we held a party to say farewell and thank you to Fr Henry

Canon Pelosi, who is now taking over, gave a lovely speech and gifts were presented to Fr Henry

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENT Bishop Mark has appointed Canon Pelosi as Priest in Charge of the parish with effect from Monday 20th February 2023.

As from that date Mass times are as follows:

Ystradgynlais; Vigil Mass Saturday 4.00pm / Sunday Mass 11.30am / Weekday Mass Wednesday 6.00pm.
Clydach; Sunday Mass 10.00am / Weekday Mass 9.30am ON Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I thank Canon Pelosi for accepting this role and I know that all of you will welcome and support him wholeheartedly.
SPUC White Flower Appeal 2023 The Society for the Protection of Unborn children (SPUC) thanks all who contributed to their White Flower Appeal in January. A total of 125.00 was raised.

SPUC wants a world where abortion is unthinkable, and is raising awareness of the widespread problem of abortion coercion. According to an independent poll, 87% of GP’s are concerned that the
 Government’s “pills by post” scheme leaves women vulnerable to coerced abortion. SPUC is calling on the Prime Minister to condemn abhorrent tragedy. Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC defend unborn babies and their mothers by highlighting this urgent crisis.
New Year Message from Fr Henry
I express my sincere gratitude to all of you for the hard work you do, in a variety of ministries, and for the many ways you support your parish, as well as supporting me personally especially in these very different and challenging times.

‘Thank You’ also for the wonderful and humbling generosity you showed to me over the Christmas period.

I wish you all a very peace-filled, joyful and healthy 2023.

May the Lord be generous in pouring out His blessings on all of you and those you love and cherish.

Fr. Henry SDS.
Christmas Blessing from Fr Henry

May your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this holy season; we wish you a joy-filled Christmas.
May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you all through the New Year. Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above.

May God bless you with a festive, loving, and peaceful celebration this Christmas and all throughout the year.
I wish you the unconditional love of God in all the dreams of your heart and your everyday prayers.
Merry Christmas!
Praying you to have a wonderful Christmas filled with moments you’ll always remember.
Christmas is a special time to enjoy with all your loved ones, spreading divinity and cheer around,

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!


Mass Times

Saturday December 24th - Christmas Eve

5:30pm "Midnight Mass" at St Benedict's Clydach
7:30pm "Midnight Mass" at Sacred Heart Ystradgynlais
9:30pm "Midnight Mass" at St Benedict's Clydach

Sunday December 25th Christmas Day

10:00am "Mass During The Day" at St Benedict's Clydach

Christmas Party

Our Parish Christmas Party takes place on Sunday 18th December at Glanrhyd Coronation Club ("The Bomb")  ... put your name down on the list at the church if you want to receive a present from Father Christmas
Indian Feast
This year's Indian Feast will take place on Saturday 3rd September 2022

St Cynog's Church Hall, Pantyffynon Road
Delicious Four Course Meal
Raffle and Entertainment
Adults 15 / Children 3 / Bring Your Own Drink

Church Barbecue This will take place on Sunday 15th May 2022  after the May Procession and Mass
Cost will be Adults 5 Children 2
Please put your name on the list in the church porch
Delicious barbequed food provided but bring your own drinks!!
A dish of food to share will be much appreciated.
All Proceeds to Church Funds
Plant Appeal In order to keep our church grounds looking beautiful throughout the Summer months, and beyond, we are appealing for donations of Summer bedding, shrubs and plants. If you are able to make a donation, leave them in the church porch or car park anytime.

Month of May
Dedicated To Mary

The tradition of dedicating the month of May to Our Lady is centuries old, dating back at least 700 years. Blessed Pope Paul VI wrote an encyclical on the month of May, focusing on the Virgin Mary. He wrote that the piety of the faithful has long dedicated the month of May to the Mother of God. He stated in his encyclical. We are delighted and consoled by this pious custom associated with the month of May, which pays honour to the Blessed Virgin and brings such rich benefits to the Christian people. Since Mary is rightly to be regarded as the way by which we are led to Christ, the person who encounters Mary cannot help but encounter Christ likewise. The reason for dedicating May to Our Lady is associated with the particular season of the year. May is certainly known for its springtime beauty (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). It is associated with flowers and blossoms, with trees which spring back to life, and grass which sprouts. It brings to mind the idea of promise and hope, of new life.
Church Photographs Our Church at Christmas : Two photographs of our church this Christmas

A Blessing For 2022
A Prayer For A Victorious New Year From Father Henry   
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Reflection for the New Year
Reflection for the New Year :
When the clock strikes at midnight, the world status is not going to change. A lot of the devastation caused and experienced will move well into 2022. But by changing your outlook on it all, your thoughts, and feelings, you can change your own world. A New Year; A New You. It’s okay to have bad days. It’s okay to cry about nothing and everything at the same time. It’s okay to find this all hard, even if you know that you are still very fortunate and blessed. Our situations are relative, and we can only truly feel and respond to our own experience. It’s okay to feel exhausted, anxious, scared. But it is not okay to not deal with these moments, so that they do not become the norm in your life. It is okay to have GOOD DAYS TOO, regardless of what is going on around you. Don’t let the heaviness of 2021 weigh your 2022 down. Don’t want to do it alone? Ask for help! The reality is that how you see 2022, and now, how you remember 2021 is completely up to you. Which glasses are you going to wear? Remember, that is the same pair that you will be walking into 2022 with… Make the change. Buy the new glasses. They will suit you!
January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany
January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany :
The Feast of the Epiphany reminds us that in their Gospels Matthew and Mark gather together stories about the childhood of Jesus, each pointing to different aspects of his significance. They both bring out the unique importance of Jesus in God’s plan. He is the Son of God come among us for the salvation of the world. The feast of Christmas in the Western church picks out Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in the stable when shepherds come to honour him. The liturgy of the feast focus on the mystery of God’s joining us in the vulnerable humanity of Jesus.

In the Eastern Church the major feast is that of the Epiphany, which focuses on Matthew’s story of the coming of the Wise men to honour Jesus with gifts.

The heart of the feast lies in the revelation of Christ to the non-Jewish world represented by the Magi. It recognises the stages of God’s showing himself to the world, first to the Jewish people and then, through the Jewish Jesus, to all people. It is a feast of light: Jesus is the light of the world and brings light to all who believe in him. The Feast of the Epiphany is important because it reminds us of the different ways in which God has shown himself in the world and shows that these point to God’s greatest gift to us in Jesus. He is our way to God. But the feast also shows us that we do not own God. God speaks to us as he wishes.

In the Gospel story God speaks through people whose wisdom came from religious traditions other than those of the Jews, God’s chosen people. Today God continues to speak through the wisdom and religions of our world, and through them draws us closer to Christ in whom is all wisdom. God’s light falls on many places, draws people by many stars. We should bow with respect wherever we find light.

Like Christmas the Feast of the Epiphany also points to the way of suffering that the Son of God will take for our salvation. Luke’s Gospel alludes to it in the poverty of Jesus’ birth and in the forecast of a sword that will pierce Mary’s heart. In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is immediately at risk from Herod’s murderous designs and must go with his parents as a refugee to Egypt. Perhaps, too, the gift of myrrh, an opiate as well as a perfume, hints at his crucifixion. Christmas and the Epiphany dwell on two different aspects of the coming of Christ into the world. That they form part of the one story is shown visually in the presence of both the shepherds and the Magi in the cribs of our churches.

Mass is at 6:00pm on Thursday 6th of January
12th December 2021
Reflection - Joy

There is a clear note of joy in today’s liturgy.
Joy is a blend of laughter and tears.
It consists in having a love affair with life.
It is having a heart aglow with warmth
for all one’s companions on the road of life.
It is looking for the happiness that comes in small
packages, knowing that big packages are
few and far between.
It is making the most of the present,
enjoying what is at hand right now.
Joy is love bubbling over into life.
And it can coexist with pain.
Joy is the flag we fly when Christ,
the Prince of Peace,
has taken up residence in our hearts.
5th December 2021 Welcome Canon Pelosi : A very warm welcome to Canon Pelosi who has joined us here in the parish. Canon will be living in retirement in the presbytery. After 47 years loyal service as a Priest, he richly deserves his retirement. The Salvatorians are pleased to be able to offer him this accommodation. There will be no expense incurred by the parish!
We hope you settle in quickly and that you enjoy your retirement with us.
6th November 2021


Friday 24th December - CHRISTMAS EVE
5:30pm "Midnight Mass" - St Benedict's Clydach
7:00pm "Midnight Mass" - Sacred Heart Ystradgynlais
9:00pm "Midnight Mass" - St Benedict's Clydach

Saturday 25th December - CHRISTMAS DAY
8:00am "Mass During The Day" - St Benedict's Clydach
9:15am "Mass During The Day" - Sacred Heart Ystradgynlais

Sunday 26th December
10:00am "The Holy Family" - St Benedict's Clydach
11:30am "The Holy Family" - Sacred Heart Ystradgynlais

6th November 2021

CHRISTMAS APPEAL : The Social Services Department of Neath and Port Talbot are appealing for Christmas donations to help young people who have recently left Care and who will be spending their first Christmas living independently. Other young people especially those socially isolated and estranged from their families will not have the financial means to celebrate Christmas in the traditional ways that most families are privileged with.
Due to current covid 19 difficulties they are asking for donations in the form of Gift Vouchers.
These can be placed in the Weekly Offering Boxes in the Church
11th November 2021


REMEMBRANCE DAY : A Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place at the cross in Ystradgynlais at 11.00am on Thursday 11th November. Fr. Henry will join Rev. Dewi Roberts from St. Cynog’s Church to mark this occasion.Everyone welcome.

6th November 2021


CHURCH CLEANERS WANTED : We need more people to help clean our beautiful Church. All cleaning materials are provided. Cleaning the church demonstrates our respect for God’s house and is a ministry of service to all the community and visitors coming into the church at any time. Please consider if you can offer an hour or so every few weeks to support this important ministry. We would like to begin a rota for cleaning.

If you would like to help this very important ministry in our parish please contact Lucy or Fr. Henry.
A VERY big “Thank You” to those who have given their love and time to this ministry over many years.
You really ARE appreciated.
6th November 2021

NOVEMBER - MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: November is a month traditionally dedicated to prayer and fasting for
deceased friends and relatives, and for all the faithful departed. Please don’t forget your list of departed loved ones.
Return them as soon as possible please. Envelopes can be placed in the weekly donation boxes at the rear of the church.
19th September 2021

Home Start Cymru

Home Start Cymru have many active volunteers supporting families throughout Powys and following a service increase demand, are actively recruiting new volunteers from this area.

They work alongside families to give compassionate and confidential support, tailored to each family. Home-Start Cymru offers friendship, emotional support and practical advice in the homes of families who are having difficulties managing parenting for a variety of different reasons. These could be poor mental health, managing children’s challenging behaviour, disability, domestic abuse, isolation or low self-esteem.

Our mission is to give children the best possible start in life, by supporting parents so they grow in confidence, strengthening and enjoying their relationships with their children and widening their links with the local community.
Volunteers are fully trained and given expert support from coordinators.

For further information please telephone Vicky Critchley on 07871601772.
5th September 2021

Summer BBQ
We want to say a big, big, big thank you to our very own Gordon Blue Chef, Gary, for all his wonderfully cooked food at our recent BBQ

An absolutely wonderful afternoon was had by everyone!

It was good to finally be able to come together socially as a parish again.

Thank You to all who made the day possible.
6th August 2021

Parish Accounts
Summary of Ystradgynlais Accounts for Parishioners 2021 / 2022
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6th August 2021 Blessed Francis Jordan

Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan – founder of the Salvatorian Family –
was born as John Baptist Jordan on June 16, 1848, in Gurtweil, Germany, a small townin the Black Forest area of the southwestern part of the country, just a few miles fromthe border of Switzerland.
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31st May 2021

Covid-19 Update from the Bishops’ Conference

1. We are now able to move away from government detailed regulations and follow prudent local judgements. 
2. Hand sanitisers must still be used when entering the church and everyone attending Mass must wear a face mask whilst in the church, unless exempt.
3. Social distancing continues but with face masks and good ventilation this can be reduced to 1 meter.
4. Holy water stoups remain out of use and congregational singing is still prohibited.
5. The Sign of Peace remains suspended and Holy Communion remains under one kind only.
6. Prayer of the Faithful will be re-introduced at Weekend Masses.
7. Attendance at Baptisms & Weddings is now increased to 30.
8. Attendance at funerals can now be increased to 90.
9. Contact details will continue to be taken at weekend Masses only.
10. Confessions can be held before or after Mass during the week – please speak with Fr. Henry to arrange.
11. Do not come to church if you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of Covid-19 - Stay at Home
12. Please take your Mass Sheet & Bulletin home

31st May 2021 Plant Appeal

In order to keep our church grounds looking beautiful throughout the Summer months, and beyond, we are appealing for donations of Summer bedding, shrubs and plants.

If you are able to make a donation, leave them in the car park beside Eamonn’s shed!.
31st May 2021 Marian Shrine [Ystradgynlais]

Our beautiful and fitting Shrine to our Blessed Lady is now in place. A service of Dedication and Blessing will take place when Covid Regulations permit.

27th March 2021
May you and families have a joyful and Happy Easter

20th Feb 2021

Father Henry is now able to confirm Holy Week Mass Times <Read More ......>

14th Feb 2021

Lent is a time for reflection, repentance and restoration.<Read More ......>

10th Feb 2021

Reflection For Lent
For Archbishop Stack
Ash Wednesday
Whose Children
Are They Anyway?
10th Feb 2021

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13th Dec 2020  Following an increase in website hosting costs we are restructuring the website so please be patient and normal service will resume in the coming weeks

Canon Laurence Pelosi

Sacred Heart RC Church
Pantyffynon Road , Ystradgynlais , Swansea, SA9 1EU
Sacred Heart :  01639 842202
Email :
Diocese of Menevia Reg. Charity No. 234168

Canon Laurence Pelosi (Tel : 07707 950531)

Weekly Mass Times  (From 20th February 2023)
Wednesday  6:00pm / Saturday : 4:00pm / Sunday : 11:30pm

St Benedict's RC Church : Click Here For Website

School :    St Joseph's RC Primary School in Clydach

School :: Bishop Vaughan RC School in Morriston 
School : School :  St Joseph's RC School in Port Talbot