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St Dyfrig’s

Directions to St Dyfrig’s Church, Treforest

Address

St Dyfrig’s Church, Broadway, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DB

SatNav users please note: Satellite Navigation devices may not navigate the one-way system around the church correctly. Your target postcode is Heathfield Villas, CF37 1DB.

By car, take the 4th exit from the A470 northbound after the Junction 32 of the M4. Take the FIRST exit from the roundabout and get into the right hand lane. Immediately you will see a church ahead. This is St Dyfrig’s. To access the car park you will need to follow the one-way system clockwise and make an almost complete circuit of the church. Turn right at Domino’s Pizza on to the access road (Heathfield Villas). There is parking beyond the white church hall as well as between the hall and the church.

If coming from the north, you cannot exit the A470 here; a little further north you will take the exit signposted University of South Wales, also Llantrisant A473. The road system is complex, but keep following signs for the University until you are on Broadway. You will pass the “World of Groggs”. Then look out for Domino’s Pizza immediately ahead. As soon as you go through the pedestrian crossing, get into the right hand lane and turn sharp right into Heathfield Villas at Domino’s.

By train, alight at Treforest (railcode TRF) – it will take about 5 minutes to reach the church. If your train has come up from Cardiff, you will need to cross the station footbridge. Some trains also stop at the station called Treforest Estate – do not alight there, it is not the station you need.

By bus, Stagecoach routes 90, 100, 102, 111, 112 and 120 call at stops close to St Dyfrig’s.

The Church of St Dyfrig, affectionately known as the ‘Cathedral of the Valleys’, opened for worship in 1927, replacing the nearby church of St Dubricius, now disused, which had hosted worship since 1857. The parish boundaries extend south to Gwaelod-y-Garth and Taff’s Well, north to Ynysybwl and Cilfynydd, and west through Church Village and Llantwit Fardre as far as Crown Hill. The church sits between the Treforest and Glyntaff campuses of the University of South Wales, and the majority of the congregation of our Sunday Mass, celebrated at 11.15 am, consists of international students. The church is generally open for private prayer between 10 am and 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – feel free to call at the adjacent Presbytery at other times and if a keyholder is present, you can be let into the church. Mass is also celebrated on Mondays at 11 am. There is praise and worship at 6 pm on Fridays (replaced by Stations of the Cross in Lent) with Mass at 6.30 pm on the Second Friday of each month. The New Wineskins ministry (Catholics involved in charismatic renewal) meets here 10 am – 12 noon on Third Saturdays.

St Dyfrig’s Community Hall, built at the same time as the church, has a colourful history. As the venue known as ‘Patsy’s’, with a sprung floor for formal dances, it has been responsible for many parish marriages, and was also frequented by a young Tom Jones. It is currently used regularly by community groups for dog training and ballroom dancing, and parishioners host a monthly afternoon tea on Fridays.

Within the parish boundaries are two Catholic schools serving a wider area: St Michael’s Primary School, which is about 10 minutes’ walk away, and Cardinal Newman Secondary School in the suburb of Rhydfelin.

We encourage university students in the parish to become involved with the Ecumenical Chaplaincy, and also to follow our student-focussed Instagram account.

Who was St Dyfrig?

St Dyfrig or Dyffryn (in Latin, Dubricius) was one of the great Celtic saints prominent in the history of Wales in the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries of Christianity. The earliest account of his life appeared in the twelfth century, some five hundred years after his death. According to this account, he was thought to be the son of Eurddil, daughter of Pebia Claforwg, Prince of Ergyng, which is now part of modern Herefordshire; he was born at Madley on the River Wye.

As a child he was noted for his intellect, and by the time he was a man he was known as a scholar throughout Britain. He founded a college at Henllan (Hentland in Herefordshire) to which came great numbers of scholars, including St Illtud, founder of the great centre of learning at Llantwit Major. Dyfrig later moved further up the Wye to found an abbey. While he was abbot he was chosen to be the first Bishop of Llandaff. He laboured long and hard against the Pelagian heresy, which denied man’s need of God’s grace. There are strong indications that he, or his monks, went as missionaries to Somerset, founding churches and monasteries.

Eventually Dyfrig resigned his see at Llandaff and retired to Bardsey Island, with his disciples. Here he lived as a hermit until his death in about 612. His remains were translated to his church at Llandaff, to a tomb before the Lady Altar in ‘the old monastery’ which later became the cathedral church. We do not know the date of his canonisation – most likely he was recognised as a saint by popular acclaim – but his feast day is celebrated on November 14th.

Registers & Archives

SDRA-01  Registers at the Roman Catholic Church of St Dyfrig

A summary of the registers held at St Dyfrig’s – compiled 2011

SDRA-02 Historic Documents at the Roman Catholic Church of St Dyfrig

This list of the documents held on-line, initiated 2011.

SDRA-03 The Development of St Dyfrig’s

A 2011 compilation of relevant texts from documents 04, 05, and 06 together with contemporary photos, depicting the growth and development of St Dyfrig’s.

SDRA-04 The Catholic Church of St Dyfrig

Text from a brochure published by the parish circa 1966.

SDRA-05 The People of Treforest in the 1880s

A paper by Yvonne Bacchetta, 1984.

SDRA-06 The Treforest Roman Catholic Church and Parish of St Dyfrig

Documents from circa 1994: a long manuscript and two short pieces by Carol Jenkins.

SDRA-07 The Parish Priests of St Dyfrig’s

A list compiled after 2001 and updated 2011.

SDRA-08 The Artwork of Penanne Crabbe

Penanne Crabbe’s artwork was installed in the church in 1999, together with small plaques commentating on her thinking behind the work.

SDRA-09 Priests and Ordinations at St Dyfrig’s

Photographs of some priests and ordination cards connected with St Dyfrig’s.

SDRA-10 Gareth Leyshon’s Ordination

Photographs of Gareth Leyshon’s ordination in St Dyfrig’s in 2007, taken by Clare Hardwick.

SDRA-11 Marriage Records 1879 – 1911

Dates of marriages as the old St Dubritius up to 1911, with names of the bride and groom.

SDRA-12 Baptism Records 1868 – 1911

Dates of baptisms as the old St Dubritius up to 1911 with name of the child, date of baptism, and stated date of birth.

SDRA-13 Dedication of the Church, 1927

A 40-page order of service for the blessing and dedication ceremony is retained in the parish archive.

SDRA-14 Consecration of the Church, 1975

A 16-page order of service for the consecration ceremony is retained in the parish archive, together with an 8-page hymn sheet.

SDRA-15 Treforest Parish, by Rev. E. L. Butler

Probably part of a centenary brochure in 1963, an article focussing on significant priests who have served in St Dyfrig’s.

SDRA-16 Pontypridd – the Town of which we are Proud.

Two pages from the 1946 St Dyfrig’s Parish Magazine, reflecting on Pontypridd.

SDRA-17Local Saints of the Celtic Era</h4

Extracts from an 1836 work by Revd Rice Rice:  An Essay on the Welsh Saints, or the Primitive Christians usually considered to have been the founders of churches in Wales.

SDRA-18The Church of St Gwynno,  Llanwonno

Reproduction of text by J. Gwyn Davies (sometime Dean of St Woolos Anglican Cathedral, Newport, Gwent), probably originally published as a short pamphlet.

SDRA-19St Dyfrig’s War Memorial

A short note by pastor Gareth Leyshon, December 2011, with the contents of the memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the First and Second World Wars.

SDRA-20Treforest Nazareth House

Letter from the Sisters of Nazareth General Archive,  Hammersmith, 27 January 2012, summarising the short history of the Nazareth House located in Treforest 1905-1924.

SDRA-21Pontypridd’s Catholic Orphanage

A compilation text by pastor Gareth Leyshon, January 2012, with the information available concerning the St Michael’s Home, or Orphanage (1887-1905) which became Treforest’s Nazareth House (1905-1924) and then relocated to Swansea.