A Number of Good Things in Wales


Torch of The Faith News on Friday 05 May 2017 - 22:42:51 | by admin

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The traditionally recognized date for the death of St. Asaph is 1st May, 596 AD. He is currently celebrated in the liturgical calendar for Wales on this 5th day of May each year; St. Joseph the Worker obviously taking precedent on 1st May.

When St. Kentigern went off from Wales to found what would become the Scottish Diocese of Glasgow, he appointed St. Asaph to take over from him as the leader of the local Catholic Church, which he had already founded on the banks of the Welsh River Elwy.

Although there is still an ancient parish church of St. Kentigern and St. Asaph situated down near the river-bank, the present St. Asaph's Cathedral was begun on higher ground, further away from the river, in the 13th-Century.

Of course, this fine edifice was lost to Catholic worship at the time of the Reformation. As such, it is presently one of the mother churches of the Anglican Church in Wales.

However, as the above picture shows, there is a beautiful little statuette of the Madonna and Child situated in a small glass-fronted niche set into one of the transcept pillars. According to tradition, this 16th-Century statuette was either washed ashore, or else taken as booty, when the Spanish Armada of Catholic Spain was defeated by the English naval forces in 1588.

In November 2008, we went in and prayed before this little statuette to ask Our Lord and Our Lady for the reconversion of the British Isles back to the One, True, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith.

I like to think that, although the Spanish navy was defeated at that time, Our Lady arrived back in these isles anyway as a sign of the first fruits for a future restoration to the Catholic Faith!

Speaking of Wales, may we take this opportunity to thank the good Mr. Kevin Jones for kindly mentioning, and linking to, our recent post about our wedding anniversary pilgrimage to St. Winefride's Well, over at his uplifting LMS Wrexham blog-site.

It is well worth visiting this site on a regular basis, as Mr. Jones frequently puts up helpful spiritual reflections and adverts for important local events.

Speaking of these, readers in the region are reminded that tomorrow is the First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Buckley.
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Another bit of good news from Wales is the fact that the Latin Mass Society's annual week at Pantasaph Franciscan Friary is scheduled to take place in July.

As Mr. Jones notes at his site, this is why there is not the usual 4th Sunday Traditional Latin Mass, during July, at St. Winefride's Catholic Church in Holywell.
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Although there is a programme for those who will have booked in to attend the Latin Mass Society's annual week in the friary, the daily Traditional Latin Masses are offered in the beautiful St. David's church; and are thus open to all people to attend.

We would highly recommend to friends in Wales, and to all people who read this and can easily get to Pantasaph: Don't miss this marvellous opportunity! 

The details for these Traditional Latin Masses are as follows:-

Sunday 23rd July, 2017 - 5:15pm Sung Mass.

Monday 24th July - Friday 28th July, 2017 inclusive - 11:30am - Sung or High Mass.

Saturday 29th July, 2017 - 11:30am - Sung Mass.

And finally, don't forget the annual Latin Mass Society's pilgrimage to Holywell takes place this year on Sunday 2nd July, with Traditional Latin Mass celebrated at 2:30pm in St. Winefride's Catholic Church, Holywell, followed by Rosary procession to the Shrine Well and veneration of the Relic of St. Winefride.

As we said in the title, there are a number of good things in Wales!

St. David, St. Asaph, St. Kentigern, St. Beuno and St. Winefride - Pray for us!