Diocesan press releases

Celebrating 150 years of St Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd

150 years ago this week on 7th September 1869, a new church opened its doors for the first time in the centre of the growing Victorian town of Pontypridd.

St Catherine’s Church soon became an iconic feature of the town with its tall spire and clock tower, and its interior became a testimony to the unfolding years with stained glass windows depicting a Victorian view of the history of Christianity in Wales, memorials to the world wars and contemporary additions which illustrate the church as a hub of care in the present community.

On Saturday 7th September, a thanksgiving service is taking place at 3pm for people of all ages and backgrounds who have connections to the church through worship and community groups that meet there. The bishop of Llandaff June Osbourne will be present to dedicate a new flag with a vision for St Catherine’s congregation to continue driving forward community action to support marginalised and disadvantaged people.

As supermarket chain Sainsbury’s also celebrate their 150th year, the Pontypridd branch are providing refreshments in the cafe. All are welcome to come to the service at 3pm and join a big afternoon tea in the church cafe from 4pm.

More information from the Revd, Peter Lewis – revpeterlewis@gmail.com