Baptism

Are you looking for your child to be baptised?

For your first child’s baptism, you will need to attend a baptism preparation course which will guide you on how to raise your child in the Catholic Church. Then, you will need to book your child to be baptised (the catechists will help). If you’ve already completed a baptism preparation course, you can book your child in for a baptism straight away. To book on to the preparation course, please contact your local church. If you’ve already completed a course and now want another child baptised, please speak to Pastor Gareth, our priest, at the end of Mass.

Children aged over 7 but still in Primary School should be enrolled for First Communion, and will be prepared for baptism as part of the process.

If a child of Secondary School age is to be baptised, parent and child should book an appointment to meet Pastor Gareth together.

Are you, as an adult, looking to be baptised?

For your own initiation into the Catholic Church, please speak to Pastor Gareth after Mass on a weekend and he will help you on your journey towards Catholicism. Usually, when being baptised as an adult, you will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Communion at the same time. (If you’ve already been baptised into another Christian Church, you will not be re-baptised as a Catholic, but rather received as a Catholic in a ceremony which recognises you are already a baptised Christian.)

First Holy Communion

Are you looking to receive our Lord in the Eucharist?

Primary School children in Years 3 – 6 can receive Holy Communion following a period of preparation. Application forms are available at weekend Masses throughout November and December, and the children’s preparation activities will run from late January or February until May or June. It is now too late for admission to the 2024 preparation activities but pre-enrolment will be welcomed for 2025.

Secondary School age children who would like to start receiving Holy Communion will prepare by attending our Young Disciples group which meets on a Monday evening. Email treforest@rcadc.org for more details.

Adults looking to receive Holy Communion for the first time, please speak to Pastor Gareth.

Are you looking to receive our Lord in the Eucharist?

Primary School children in Years 3 – 6 can receive Holy Communion following a period of preparation. Application forms are available at weekend Masses throughout November and December, and the children’s preparation activities will run from late January or February until May or June. It is now too late for admission to the 2024 preparation activities but pre-enrolment will be welcomed for 2025.

Secondary School age children who would like to start receiving Holy Communion will prepare by attending our Young Disciples group which meets on a Monday evening. Email treforest@rcadc.org for more details.

Adults looking to receive Holy Communion for the first time, please speak to Pastor Gareth.

First Holy Communion

Reconciliation

Are you looking to be reconciled with Our Lord through sacramental Confession?

If you are baptised but have not yet celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you can prepare to do so by the same route as preparing for First Holy Communion (see above).

If you are already accustomed to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, regular opportunities are:

  • Second Friday of the month – St Dyfrig’s 6.00 – 6.30 pm
  • First Saturday of the month – All Hallows 10.30 – 11.00 am
  • Every Saturday – Ss Gabriel & Raphael 5.00-5.20 pm
  • Every Sunday – All Hallows 8.45-9.05 am
  • Every Sunday – St Mary Magdalene 3.30-3.50 pm
  • Every Sunday – St Dyfrig’s 7.00-7.30 pm

You can also contact Pastor Gareth to request an appointment for confession (this can be a home visit, a conversation in the Presbytery, or an arrangement for him to wait behind the screen in a confessional) or approach him at the end of any public service, when he will hear confessions if his other commitments allow.

Confirmation

Are you a young person looking to be confirmed?

In our Pastorate, all young people seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation should join the Young Disciples group that meets on Monday evenings, 7-9 pm, contact treforest@rcadc.org for more details. This group is focused on helping young people find their faith through games, Bible studies and discussions. Once you’re ready for confirmation, the team will help you find a patron saint and a sponsor to pray and guide you towards the Sacrament.

Are you an adult looking to be confirmed?

Please speak to Pastor Gareth, our Parish Priest, after mass and he will invite you on a journey to being confirmed in your Catholic faith. You will also have help finding a patron saint and a sponsor who will be praying for you along your faith journey.

Are you a young person looking to be confirmed?

In our Pastorate, all young people seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation should join the Young Disciples group that meets on Monday evenings, 7-9 pm, contact treforest@rcadc.org for more details. This group is focused on helping young people find their faith through games, Bible studies and discussions. Once you’re ready for confirmation, the team will help you find a patron saint and a sponsor to pray and guide you towards the Sacrament.

Are you an adult looking to be confirmed?

Please speak to Pastor Gareth, our Parish Priest, after mass and he will invite you on a journey to being confirmed in your Catholic faith. You will also have help finding a patron saint and a sponsor who will be praying for you along your faith journey.

Confirmation

Marriage

Are you looking to get married in the Catholic Church?

Please contact Pastor Gareth, our parish priest, to organise the marriage ceremony. He will support you on your journey to recieiving the Church’s blessing on your relationship.

Please note that if you are a Catholic living in any of the Pastorate parishes (Southern RCT) you must approach Pastor Gareth to prepare your wedding paperwork, even if you intend to marry elsewhere, otherwise your wedding will not be considered valid by the Catholic Church. If you live elsewhere but wish to be married in one of our churches, your local parish priest should prepare your application but you should contact Pastor Gareth to check availability of a church and minister on your proposed date.

Do you need anointing of the sick?

The Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing, sometimes known as Extreme Unction or the “Last Rites”) is the Church’s blessing for Catholics who are seriously impaired (physically or mentally) by old age or illness, and for those who are in danger of death through any bodily condition (including the risk posed by a major operation).

If you need this for yourself or someone you know, please contact Pastor Gareth, our parish priest, or another local clergymen.

Anointing of the sick

Anointing of the sick

Do you need anointing of the sick?

The Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing, sometimes known as Extreme Unction or the “Last Rites”) is the Church’s blessing for Catholics who are seriously impaired (physically or mentally) by old age or illness, and for those who are in danger of death through any bodily condition (including the risk posed by a major operation).

If you need this for yourself or someone you know, please contact Pastor Gareth, our parish priest, or another local clergymen.

Holy Orders

Are you discerning a vocation?

The discernment for a vocation to religious life is one of the most important journeys you can take in your life. If you are considering becoming a priest, religious sister or monk, please contact Pastor Gareth who will be able to guide you on the journey of discernment. You can also talk to Sister Berenice or any clergy member in our diocese, all will be able to help you on the journey.

See also the resources at the National Office for Vocations for England & Wales.

Do you wish to arrange a funeral at one of our Pastorate Churches? Or conducted in a crematorium, or at home or in a funeral parlour chapel?

Many combinations of service are possible to honour a person who has died. Some families choose to bring the body of their loved one to rest in church the night before; others bring the body to church at the start of the only church services. It is also possible to have a service only in the Crematorium (be aware that this is limited to 20 minutes unless you book a double slot) or in another suitable place. Funeral in Church can include the celebration of Mass (allow an hour) or just a ceremony of readings and prayers (allow 30-45 minutes depending on content). A church or home service will be followed by a short service of prayer at the graveside or crematorium.

Pastor Gareth conducts funerals across all four parishes. Sr Berenice conducts funeral services (not Masses) in the Rhondda parishes. We also have lay celebrants available who may be offered to you when Pastor Gareth is not available due to other duties.

To arrange any kind of funeral, please contact your chosen undertaker and ask them to contact Pastor Gareth (01443 402 439) or Sr Berenice (01443 421 929). Please do not finalise any arrangements until your celebrant has confirmed their own availability, and where relevant, the availability of the church.

You may also find this checklist useful.

Funerals

Funerals

Do you wish to arrange a funeral at one of our Pastorate Churches? Or conducted in a crematorium, or at home or in a funeral parlour chapel?

Many combinations of service are possible to honour a person who has died. Some families choose to bring the body of their loved one to rest in church the night before; others bring the body to church at the start of the only church services. It is also possible to have a service only in the Crematorium (be aware that this is limited to 20 minutes unless you book a double slot) or in another suitable place. Funeral in Church can include the celebration of Mass (allow an hour) or just a ceremony of readings and prayers (allow 30-45 minutes depending on content). A church or home service will be followed by a short service of prayer at the graveside or crematorium.

Pastor Gareth conducts funerals across all four parishes. Sr Berenice conducts funeral services (not Masses) in the Rhondda parishes. We also have lay celebrants available who may be offered to you when Pastor Gareth is not available due to other duties.

To arrange any kind of funeral, please contact your chosen undertaker and ask them to contact Pastor Gareth (01443 402 439) or Sr Berenice (01443 421 929). Please do not finalise any arrangements until your celebrant has confirmed their own availability, and where relevant, the availability of the church.

You may also find this checklist useful.