When worshipping in Wales, this is the parish I attend, St. David and St. Helen’s.
This is a photo taken in the daylight while last there …
and this is a picture taken in the evening…
The Church is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside and over the past 3 or four years I’ve had the good fortune to worship there for about 5 weeks of every year…i’ve even been there for Easter Vigil ….although Holy Saturday (the first year we were there) was lovely, Dad and I could hardly breathe after a cheap ‘barbecue tin foil tray of charcoal’ was set alight for the pachal fire…thick black plumes of choking smoke were sent billowing through the little church and Dad and I spent most of Easter Vigil trying to not have an asthma attack!
When I first began attending Mass there Canon McNamara was saying Mass, I believe he is now in a nursing home/rest home and I alsobelieve he is now about 90 years young! I have a lot of good memories in and of this parish.
The sad thing about visiting a parish so infrequently though, is that there is very little opportunity to develop friendships, and the priests have changed a few times too, but then they had Fr. Jose for a couple of years, he was from India…and what a pleasant and joyful priest he was…he even began remembering my family whenever we visited…sadly for us, we discovered on our last holiday in Wales that he was returning to India and that Fr. Santosh would now become priest of the parish instead.
I have had the opportunity to attend Mass when Fr. Santosh has celebrated Mass and although Mass isn’t about the ‘enjoyment factor’ so to speak, i really do believe that the parish is blessed…well yes, obviously it is, but I mean something more…it seems to be a genuinely joyful parish. I dare say that if i attended Mass there weekly, that I would see things differently, but I rather like the impression St. David and St. Helen makes on me and I always very much look forward to returning once again….in fact the only thing i find unfavourable about the parish are the kneelers….but then we can’t have everything can we 🙂