May 2012

Ad Clerum :
1af o Fai 2012 May 1st
Saint Philip ac Iago : SS Philip & James

Take hold of the life that is truly life (cf. 1 Timothy 6.19)
Gafaelwch yn y bywyd sydd yn wir fywyd (1 Timotheus 6.19)

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

Ministry and Calling Sunday (20th May)

A final reminder to plan for Ministry and Calling Sunday in a few weeks time. Do take the opportunity to preach about vocation – we never know who may be listening and where the Spirit is working. Resources are available on the internet at www.vocationwales.org.uk and existing printed materials can be used again, supplemented with the other new literature available through the Provincial website, or the Revd John Harvey as Director of Ordinands.

It would be very good if every congregation could pray for someone that they know is involved in the vocations and training process. Our ordinands in June are: for the diaconate, Elaine Atack and Lesley Cooke; and for the priesthood, Phil Bettinson, Gwenda Cooper, Jane James, Alexier Mayes, and Kate Tiltman.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (May 27th – sic)

On Sunday, 27th May, at 3.00pm, there will be a special Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the Cathedral, organised by the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd. All members of the diocese are welcome to apply for tickets from Karen Williams or Pamela Thompson at the Diocesan Office by Monday 14 May. Up to four tickets may be applied for by any one individual. I should be grateful if you could announce this in your Churches.

The Year of Pilgrimage 2013-2014

The Standing Committee has been giving thought for some while about a celebration of our faith in the tradition of “Feeding the 5000”. Rather than go for a big event, the decision has been taken to commend the year between the Feast of St Asaph in 2013 and the Feast of St Asaph in 2014 as a “Year of Pilgrimage”. Interestingly, this decision was made in ignorance of the fact that the Diocese of Monmouth is doing the same thing between 2012 and 2013, and the two dioceses are now sharing plans.

Great things are planned but as a first step, the organising group have asked me to “proclaim” the Year of Pilgrimage on the Feast of St Asaph (5th May) this year. Attached please find a “proclamation” which is designed to be read out in public worship on Sunday, and then posted in the church porch. I do hope that you’ll give this venture your support – it should not only celebrate the holy places in our midst, but give us all a chance to stir up our faith, and provide us with some fun! On 5th May, a special section of the diocesan website will go live.

Hwyl a Helo

I am delighted to welcome Stephen Sheridan to the diocese. Stephen is transferring from the non-stipendiary ministry in the Church of England, and will join us as Assistant Curate of Shotton. Stephen will be licensed at the beginning of July.

Hilary Jalland has relinquished my Permission to Officiate following his move to Dorset in April. Hilary has been a familiar and respected figure in the diocese, we wish him every blessing now in his new setting.

I am sure that we all offer Lloyd Hughes our condolences on Sarah’s death this last month. Lloyd and Sarah have shared many years together, and we pray that God may sustain Lloyd in his time of loss. I was also very sorry to learn of the deaths of Gerald Davies on 10 April, Royston Smith on 13 April, and of Alan Treherne of Oswestry on 15 March. May these faithful servants of God rest in peace and rise in glory. Our prayers and condolences go to their families.

Dates for the Diary

1 May 1900hr The Induction of Sarah Hildreth as Incumbent of Llanrwst and Llanddoged with Capel Garmon, with Llansanffraid Glan Conwy and Eglwysbach, at St Grwst’s Church, Llanrwst.

5 May 1100hr St Asaph Festival, Cathedral, with the launch of the “Year of Pilgrimage”.

6 May 1600hr Confirmation at St Deiniol’s Church, Hawarden.

14 May 1900hr The Induction of Anthapurusha as Vicar of Ruabon and Rhosymedre at St Mary’s Church, Ruabon.

20 May Ministry and Calling Sunday. Bishop to preach at a Service in St Margaret’s Church Wrexham at 0930hr.

20 May 1830hr Confirmation at St Hilary’s Church, Llanrhos.

21 May 1900hr Confirmation, for Mold Deanery at St. Mary’s Church, Mold.

22 May CMD Day, Catrin Finch Centre starting promptly at 1000hr and finishing by 1530hr. The morning topic is “Learning from Transition Ministry: Changing Parish Dynamics”, and will be led by John Lomas, as our Transition Missioner, and Bishop Stephen Lowe and Clive Southerton, who have been serving in transition ministry in the Parish of Towyn.

27 May 1500hr Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service, in the Cathedral.

30 June 1000hr Petertide Ordination in the Cathedral. All clergy are requested to make this a priority to attend the ordination as we support the five new priests and two new deacons who, God willing, will be ordained that day. The retreat conductor and preacher will be the Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.

Notes and Queries

South West Tanganyika

Bishop Stephen Lowe and the transitional Association Committee have now completed their term of office. They have given exceptional service in getting the Association going, in participating in and organising two link visits, and setting the fund-raising off to a flying start. All this deserves our thanks. However, we now need to establish a regular Association Committee. I hope that some of the current members will continue, and the Dean, Nigel Williams, has agreed to take on the Chair. The Standing Committee will be electing a new Committee for the Association at their next meeting in June. If you know anyone who would be willing to service the two dioceses by working on the link, then please send their names in to Michael Balkwill as my Chaplain.

Bishop John Simalenga and his wife, Martha Simalenga, will be visiting the diocese in June and the beginning of July. Steps are being taken to co-ordinate a programme for their visit, and enquiries of interest are probably best submitted to Diane McCarthy as Diocesan Secretary at this time. It would be good to give Bishop John and his wife a warm welcome, and a wide experience of the life of the diocese.

With my warmest regards,