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Ss Gabriel & Raphael

Saints Gabriel and Raphael is the mother church of the Rhondda Valleys. Opened in 1886, it was completely re-ordered and re-consecrated in 2013. It shares a site with a Presbytery, currently occupied by religious sisters, and Ss Gabriel & Raphael Primary School. It is the parish church of the Rhondda Fawr along with the northern half of the Rhondda Fach (around Ferndale and Penrhys). The church incorporates the statue of Our Lady of Penrhys from the now-closed church of the same name in Ferndale, and the baptismal font from the former church of the Immaculate Conception in Treorchy.

The only ‘Sunday’ Mass now celebrated here is the anticipated (‘vigil’) Mass at 5.30 pm on Saturday evenings (times may vary for Christmas and Easter). A weekday Mass is celebrated on Fridays at 10 am and is usually attended by school pupils in term time. The resident sisters lead worship on Monday and Wednesday mornings. As is typical of most South Wales Valley communities, the community at Tonypandy is both a close-knit and welcoming community. You would be very welcome to join us for any of our services.

Directions to Ss Gabriel & Raphael, Tonypandy

Postal address:

Catholic Presbytery, Trinity Road, TONYPANDY. CF40 1DQ

By car, take the A4058 to the roundabout adjacent to Tonypandy Railway Station,take the south-west exit along the B4278 nd immediately turn right onto Dunraven Street. Since you cannot take the first left (it’s a one-way street), take the next left, which is a hairpin bend. Merge on to the road above and then turn right along the fence dividing two roads; the church will be ahead of you on your right. On-street parking is severely restricted on weekdays, because of the adjacent school and resident’s permit zones, but check the parking plates which will indicate where you may park on weekends.

By train, alight at Tonypandy (railcode TNP) – it will take about 15 minutes to reach the church. The most direct walk is up Trinity Road against the flow of traffic.

By bus, Stagecoach routes 120, 122, 130, 170 and 172 call at stops rhogwtp & rhogwtm on Dunraven Street; walk south for a minute and turn up Trinity Road; you will soon reach the church on your right.

By road from London, West Wales, Cardiff and all directions other than Merthyr Tydfil.

Take the M4 to Junction 32, the Coryton Interchange, where you take the A470 Northbound towards Merthyr Tydfil. (Or if starting from central Cardiff, pick up the A470 towards Methyr Tydfil and cross the M4.)

Take the FIFTH exit after the M4, which is signposted for the Pontypridd, the Rhondda Valleys and the Rhondda Heritage Park. Keep following the signs for the Rhondda Valleys and the Rhondda Heritage Park. * At the Rhondda Heritage Park roundabout take the SECOND exit signposted Porth and Treorchy. Keep to this road and at Dinas you will start to see signs for Tonypandy. As you come to enter Tonypandy, you will pass the Fulling Mill pub & carvery on your left. At the roundabout take the FIRST exit and immediately enter the right hand filter, taking the FIRST right. Welcome to Tonypandy! Take the THIRD turning left (the first being No Entry and the second a hairpin bend). At the junction turn right then IMMEDIATE left. The school complex is on your left. At the intersection turn, left onto Primrose Street, then left again onto Trinity Road. The church and presbytery are on your immediate left.

By road from Merthyr Tydfil.

Take the A470 southbound, signposted Cardiff.

Look for the exit signposted for the Pontypridd, the Rhondda Valleys and the Rhondda Heritage Park. Keep following the signs for the Rhondda Valleys and the Rhondda Heritage Park. Then pick up the directions above from *.