Celebrating 150 years… Yn dathlu 150 mlynedd

In 2019 we are celebrating 150 years of St Catherine’s being opened. 

 We have some social events planned to help raise funds for the celebration:



St Cath’s Church Committee would like to invite you to get  involved so that with your help, we can celebrate our 150th anniversary, bless our community and raise people’s awareness that the church is here to help them.  


1 Communal art project

The Breathing Space group that meets on Thursday afternoons are creating panels of art to commemorate the year in an inclusive way.  Anyone can join in and one suggestion is to paint a mural up the walls in the stairwell in the church hall


2.  Church Flag

We’ve not had a flag at the flagpole for many years and at the celebration service on 7th Sept we will be flying our new logo for the diocesan vision.


3. ‘Celebration on 7th September 3pm

The church opened on 7th Sept 1869 and we will have having our service in church at 3pm on the 7th Sept.  It will involve lots of people connected to St Cath’s in various ways, looking at where God is leading us. It will have a focus on the children and youth who are part of the church as well as inviting back past clergy and leaders.  The bishop is attending and we’ve teamed up with Sainsbury’s who are also 150 years old, who are providing the tea afterwards.  If you would like to come, please book a place via Esther on 07904808426 esther_sowerby@yahoo.co.uk


4. We are buying shares in our local wood at Graigwen to celebrate our environment, donating a chair to represent us.

This is a local initiative to prevent development of the forest and to allow better use for the community..  We have a silver Eco Church award and will continue to encourage stewardship of Creation.  We have pledged at least £500 of shares in the woods.



5. Old Parish boundary prayers

It has proved rather difficult to determine the exact outline of the original parish boundary, but there are several good vantage points from Graigwen woods to see the original parish, so we are planning a time of prayer up there this Summer.

6. Messy Church 150 celebration

Our regular Messy Format around the themes of our anniversary on Sept 28th and will be based on the pearl of Great Price, consider all the people who’ve been part of St Catherine’s over the years in their journeys of faith with God’s faithfulness.



7. A service of blessing for those connected through marriages and christenings at St Catherine

On Sunday 20th October at 3.30pm we are inviting back anyone who has had a special service at the church for themselves or family members.

8. New Testament in 40 days

We are using the Bible Society app to watch a dramatic presentation on Luke for 40 days  – church members commit to do this individually (approx. 28 minutes a day). We will use this on the 40 days running up to St Catherine’s Day  25 Nov with Facebook group, reflections in services and prayer groups.


9. St. Cath’s historical guide smartphone app

We are creating an interactive guide to the church with images and soundbites created by local groups and schools..  This will present information  about  the  church over time and  how we use the building today.

11 Llandaff Diocesan emblem stained glass window

The emblems of the 4 original Welsh dioceses are in round windows in church, but Llandaff was removed for the new entrance and never reinstated due to problems with the architects drawing in the foyer. This project will reinstate this stained glass.




Jesus has been the centre of our worship here for 150 years and we can all be part of these expressions of our adoration.

 Please speak to any of the church staff or St Cath’s church committee to explore ways in which you could be involved

Diolch! Thank you!