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Light a Votive Candle 

Why light a candle?

Lighting a candle is one of the oldest Christian practices that dates back to the time of Moses.  As far back as the time of Exodus we hear how the people were instructed to “keep a flame burning perpetually” (Exodus 27:19-20), as “perpetual incense before the Lord from generation to generation” (Exodus 30:7-8) and as a “lamp stand in the Tent of Meeting… set up before the Lord as He has commanded Moses” (Exodus 40:24-25).

Christ himself added a further dimension to our use of candles. Jesus says of himself:

“I am the Light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have light and life” (John 8:12).

Early Christians, who already saw lighting candles as an act of worship and devotion, began to also see them as a symbol of communion with Christ and a symbol of Him and His love in the darkness.  They would often place candles on the tombs of martyrs in the catacombs.  They did this because they understood the martyr to be a person who, now being certainly in heaven, was in complete communion with God. So as Catholics, we believe it is only those in hell who are truly dead and that those in heaven especially are living in a higher reality (John 3:16).

This being so, we ask this person in full communion with Christ to pray for us in much the same way we would ask a dear and close friend. Due to their complete communion with God, their intersessions are especially helpful.

In lighting a candle before a relic, statue or icon we are saying that God resides fully within that person, the person is in full communion with God and that that person is giving perpetual glory to God. Catholics practice this not to honour the image itself, but rather the one it truly represents. When we ask this saint to pray with and for us, this light, as it is kept burning, also shows our desire to remain in God’s presence as we go through our daily duties at home and in the workplace.

Lastly, when candles are lit before Christ’s image, it is done to show our reverence to Him who deserves our adoration and thanksgiving and who alone can forgive our sins and bring us back into a deeper relationship with Him. Only when candles are lit before images of God are they being used for worship of the depicted figure.

To request that we light a candle for you please complete the form below. Candles are available with burn time of 3 hours, 3 days and 7 days.

In the comments section you can write the intentions for which you are lighting the candle and tell us where you in the church you would like the candle placed. The options are:

  • the shrine of St. John Henry Newman
  • the shrine of St. John Paul II
  • the Chapel of Ss. Philip Evans and John Lloyd
  • the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • the Chapel of Our Lady of Penrhys
  • the shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows
  • near the tabernacle

Light a Votive Candle

When selecting the ‘Light multiple candles’ option please state clearly in the comments the quantity and size of candles you would like lit. Then place the total amount in the custom donation box. Suggested donations are as follows:

3 hour candle – £0.20p each
3 day candle – £2.50 each
7 day candle – £5.00 each

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Latest Events

Throughout the year we arrange events in the parish, ranging from musical events to bazaars, prayer groups and parish meetings.

Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction

October 4 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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October 18 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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October 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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November 1 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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November 8 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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November 15 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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November 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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November 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
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Cathedral Information

There are many different organisations working in our parish and you will find more information about theses here.

Sunday Mass Times

Saturday Evening Vigil Mass – 5.30pm
Choral Mass – 11.00am
Evening Mass – 5.30pm
1st Saturday of the month Solemn Evening Prayer & Benediction 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Monday to Friday

Prayer during the Day – 12.30pm
Mass – 12.45pm

Saturday

Mass – 10.00am
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation 11.00am – 12.00pm and 4.30pm – 5.00pm

Cathedral Council:

TBA: Chair
Mr. Patrick Smalley
Mr. John Fellows
Mr. Michael Prior

Finance Committee:

Mr. Michael Prior: Chair

Music Ministry:

Mr. Jeffrey Howard: Director of Music

Sanctuary Ministry:

Mr. Patrick Smalley: Master of Ceremonies

University Catholic Chaplaincy

62 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Tel.: (029) 2022 9785
Fax.: (029) 2066 8197
Website: www.cardiffcatholicchaplaincy.org (Please note we are not responsible for the content of websites linked to from this page.)

Chaplain: Rev. Dr. Gareth Jones

Sunday Mass: 6.00pm

Nazareth House (Care home/Nursery)
Sisters of Nazareth, Colum Road, Cardiff, CF10 3UN
Tel: (029) 2022 0943
Superior: Sr. Margaret Anne
Chaplain: Fr. Sebastien Jones

The area known as the Welsh Province, comprising Wales and Herefordshire has a long history of Christianity. The martyrdom of SS Alban, Julius, and Aaron is the first landmark in our Christian history.

Christianity made great strides and spread throughout the whole land until the final withdrawal of the Roman Legions in 406. Wales produced many great Christian Leaders including SS Iltyd, Dyfrig, David and Teilo.

During the Norman years the Welsh ecclesiastical system was divided into four Welsh dioceses, St. David’s, Bangor, Llandaff and St.Asaph with the appointment of bishops by the Normans which was only accepted reluctantly by the people of Wales. Later with the extensive influence of various monasteries, the Cistercians, Franciscan, Dominican and other friars helped the process of pacification and acceptance until the Reformation.

Under Henry VIII, Wales became part of the ‘Church of England’ of which he proclaimed himself to be the ‘Supreme head’. All the Welsh religious houses were suppressed with deep social implications for the people. The next two hundred years were a period of great deprivation and persecution for the Catholic faith in Wales and England. The missionary priests were hunted down and were either hung, drawn and quartered as penalty for spreading the Catholic church’s message. These policies caused the number of priests to diminish drastically.

Gradually the penal laws against Catholics were eased and in 1829 resulted in Catholic Emancipation and restrictions on Catholics were removed. From 1688 despite the danger to the individuals, Rome always chose men of piety, integrity, sacrifice and learning to act as vicars apostolic (equivalent of bishop) to the areas of Britain. This was administered by the following monks and friars as Vicar apostolics:

1688 – 1708 Phillip Michael Ellis OSB
1750 – 1750 Matthew Pritchard OFM
1750 – 1763 Lawrence York OSB
1763 – 1797 Charles Walmsley OSB
1797 – 1809 W.G. Sharrock OSB
1809 – 1829 Peter B. Collingridge OFM
1829 – 1840 Peter Augustine Baines OSB

In 1840 the Western district was divided in two Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Wales became the Welsh district with Bishop Brown OSB as vicar apostolic. Later further changes were made to the Welsh district and the diocese of Newport and Menevia was set up as a suffragan see of Westminster diocese.

1850 – 1880 Thomas Joseph Brown OSB
1880 – 1895 John Cuthbert Hedley OSB

The boundaries were changed in 1895 when the diocese of Newport was redefined as comprising Glamorgan, Monmouth and Hereford. In 1916 the Cardiff Province was established, comprising the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cardiff with diocese of Menevia as a suffragan see and the following served as archbishops:

1916 – 1920 James R. Bilsborrow OSB
1920 – 1939 Francis Mostyn
1940 – 1961 Michael McGrath
1961 – 1983 John A. Murphy
1983 – 2001 John Aloysius Ward OFM Cap.
2001 – 2010 Peter D. Smith
2011 – George Stack

St. John’s College Cardiff (Cathedral Choir School), Old St. Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 5YX

Tel.: (029) 2077 8936
Website: www.stjohnscollegecardiff.com

A leading independent school for boys and girls, age 3-18, junior and senior departments.

St John’s College is a community of students, teachers and parents where achievement, friendship and faith are central aspects of our daily work together, shaping the course of our young people’s lives as they move from school to university and the world of work. We aim to provide girls and boys with the highest aspirations in their learning and also the values to bring rewarding careers and mature family relationships in adult life.

Academic work, playing and competing in sport, making music of the highest quality, participating in drama and many other facets of growing in knowledge and understanding are given due importance.

Our unique heritage, in the tradition of Catholic Christianity, calls us to hold the highest values of faith, hope and love for one another.

We hope that you will enjoy learning more about this young and still developing school, which has already achieved an enviable reputation amongst the very best in independent education, both in Wales and amongst distinguished peers in England. Our aim is to create the best possible education for our girls and boys, and our young women and young men.

Please contact the school for information with regard to scholarships or means-tested bursaries.

Contact Us

Please call us on 029 2023 1407 or alternatively fill in the form below and a parish member will contact you shortly.