Latest Update : 05/04/2020

Welcome to the Sacred Heart Church in Ystradgynlais
Important Coronavirus Information

Updates in April 2020

Coronavirus Pope Message for Holy Week

Prayers for Holy Week

Stations of the Cross

Holy Week Worksheet = Redemption Publications

Wednesday Word Easter Booklet

Communiqué of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches

CBCEW Resources for the Triduum 2020

A Prayer in Difficult Times

Our Gratitude to All in The Health Services

Various Prayers at This Time

Idea for Palm Sunday

‘And People Stayed Home’

More Prayers and Pope Francis's Videos

Updates in March 2020

Why are we closing our Churches

Pope announces global prayer Wednesday and extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on Friday

Message to laypersons and families

Statement from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales

Other Key Coronavirus Related Information and Support Documents




Fr Henry Nevin, SDS  (Parish Priest)

Also Parish Priest of St Benedict's RC Church in Clydach

Sacred Heart RC Church
Pantyffynon Road

Sacred Heart :  01639 842202

St Benedicts :
01792 842244


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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 :  St Joseph's RC School in Port Talbot

80th Anniversary Celebration

In 2019 we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the opening of our parish church and we are planning a celebration on the 21st of July 2019. There will be a display of photographs and memorabilia and mass at 11:30am. We will then follow this with or ever popular BBQ and fun afternoon. No charge for the BBQ but please do bring a plate of salads, etc to share.

See our Wales in Bloom 2019 Scarecrows Here By Clicking on the Photograph Below

Photographs from Our March 2018 Twmpath

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Christmas Celebration Times 2017

Mass as Normal for Sunday of Advent (Dec 23rd & Dec 24th)

Christmas Eve (24th December)
Mass in Clydach at 5:30pm (Children's Mass of Christmas)
Mass in Ystradgynlais at 8:00pm (Vigil Mass of Christmas - Carols from 7:30pm)
Mass in Clydach at 10:00pm (Vigil Mass of Christmas - Carols from 9:30pm)

Christmas Day
Mass in Clydach at 10:00am (Mass of Christmas Morning)

Celebration of Canon Johnson's Golden Jubilee on September 17th 2017

Holy Week Ceremony Times

Holy Thursday
Mass at 6:00pm (Clydach) and 7:30pm (Ystradgynlais)

Good Friday
Veneration of the Cross at 3:00pm (Clydach) and 6:30pm (Ystradgynlais)

Holy Saturday Vigil
Mass at 6:00pm (Clydach) and 8:00pm (Ystradgynlais)

Easter Sunday
Mass at 10:00am (Clydach) and 11:30am (Ystradgynlais)

 At Sacred Heart Parish Ystradgynlais October is the time we have a Multicultural Mass in honour of Our Lady.Readings and Prayers are said in Tagalog, Malayalam,Gaelic, Italian, German, Welsh, English and many other languages. After Mass we always share a multi –cultural Feast in our Parish room. This event has taken place for many years and has made us a very close Parish Community.

2014 Summer Walk & BBQ : Kenfig National Nature Reserve to Sker Beach

Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014

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Click On The Logo To Find Out More Details


The Church Group, featuring a couple of old timers but mainly the children of the parish, are going from strength to strength. They have entertained the all of us at the church for some time now but more recently they have been asked to appear at local events where they have received a fantastic, and well deserved, response

Fr. Selva Raj Mallavarappu SDS

Fr Selva has been moved on by the Bishop of Menevia and therefore the Parish of Ystradgynlais has been left without a resident Priest. Here at the Sacred Heart a campaign to reverse this decision has been unsuccessful.

We are very grateful for the help and commitment of Fr Teyrnon Williams who has stepped in to the role with great enthusiasm and over the coming weeks and months he will be reviewing the position and making adjustments and changes as necessary.



Fr Richard Sullivan SDS

Our former parish priest Fr Richard sadly passed away after illness on Saturday 28th July 2008. Fr Richard will be long remembered by all members of our parish and our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and all of his friends across the world.

A website has been set up that provides more detail.

May Fr Richard Rest in Peace and Rise In Glory !

Frank Schultz

Frank was born in Poland in a town called Orjeck (orzech) on 13th September 1923.  As a 16 year old boy he left home when he was forced to join the German Army during the 2nd World War. Being Frank, he was invincible, and escaped from the German Army and joined the 2nd Polish Army Corps. 1943 found him in an armoured division in Italy where he spent the rest of the war. As the Polish Army was under British Command Frank was demobbed to an army camp in North Yorkshire in 1948. He worked there, underground, in a colliery for a short time before joining Wimpey who sent him to Aden in the Middle East. In 1954, Wimpey sent Frank to work in Glynneath and he came to live in Ystradgynlais, lodging with Margaret and Euddwen's family. He was supposed to stay for 2 weeks but this went on to be 7 years. He had met Gaynor and instead of moving on to Scotland he stayed in Wales. Gaynor and Frank married in 1963.

In 1996 Frank received the "Bene Merente" for his dedicated, selfless and loving service to our Church which he loved so much. Our dear and beloved friend Frank passed away on Sunday 5th August. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gaynor and all of his family at this time. May Frank Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Devotion to the Sacred Heart began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. He asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour. When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine-it is the Heart of God. There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ's Heart of flesh and Christ's love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His love for us. In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love. This love of Christ for us was the moving force of all he did and suffered for us-in Nazareth, on the Cross, in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His teaching and healing, in His praying and working. Devotion to the Sacred Heart helps us see his presence in our hearts, in our homes and in the Eucharist. The Devotion is our inspiration to love our families, to be compassionate and forgiving toward others, and to reach out to those who are in need. As we all know the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart and as preparation for our celebration of the parish feast, since our church is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, may I invite every one of you to attend these nine days of Novena and draw graces and abundant blessings from the Sacred Heart.

Fr. Thomas Kochalumchuvattil Msfs

Tuesday 1st May, 2007


The closing Mass was celebrated in a packed church on Tuesday 1st May, 2007 the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker.   The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Mark together with Fr. Peter Preston SDS, the Provincial of the Salvatorians, Fr. Alex McAlister SDS, the Vicar Provincial and our parish Priest Fr. Thomas Kochalumchuvattil Msfs. The homily was preached by Fr. Preston who spoke of the great things that had been achieved over the forty-eight years since the church was opened by Fr. Gregory Brightling SDS. At the end of the Mass Bishop Mark said that

it was always a difficult decision to close a church but that we must be thankful for what has been achieved and the need to pray for vocations and to trust in Almighty God’s goodness, and He will not let us down.  After the Mass, the priests and congregation went to Brynamman Rugby Club where a buffet had been prepared.  We now look forward to welcoming the parishioners of St. Joseph’s into the Sacred Heart, where they will be made most welcome. Thank you to all who have contributed their share for the success of the closing Thanksgiving Mass at Brynamman.

A Parish Clean Up at St Josephs Brynamman with Fr Henry Nevin

A Parish Clean Up at St Josephs Brynamman with Fr Henry Nevin

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