February 2012

Ad Clerum : 2ail Chwefror 2012 February 2nd
Cyflwyno Crist : The Presentation of Christ

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,

Lent Prayer

We will be producing the prayer cards for Lent that we have done in previous years. They will be suitable for use as bookmarks in our prayer books, and I would like to encourage their use. Copies are available on request through the Esgobty office. It would be helpful if people could request copies as soon as possible, in case a reprint has to be ordered. The prayer is based around our diocesan motto, and is intended for use at 1800hr every day during Lent. I reproduce the prayer below, with the invitation for you to use it as much as possible as a stimulus to common prayer, and prayer for the diocese during Lent. Please copy and paste it into notice sheets and parish magazines – together with the logo for our new motto. Download it here.

Arglwydd Dduw, fe rhoddaist yr Iesu fel anrheg i ni fel y gallwn etifeddu llawnder bywyd trwyddo ef.
Caniata i ni, trwy gymorth dy Ysbryd Glan, i ddal ein gafael yn y bywyd sydd yn wir fywyd yng nghyfoeth dy fendith, ynghyd a’r llawenydd sydd i’w ganfod mewn addoliad a’r gwasanaeth sydd yn deillio o’th gariad.
Arweinia fywyd ein Esgobaeth i ffyrdd tangnefedd a sancteiddrwydd, i’r naill gryfhau y llall, ac i bob peth ogoneddu dy enw. Amen
Lord God, you gave us the gift of Jesus so that we might inherit the fullness of life in him.
Grant that with the help of your Holy Spirit, we may take hold of the life that is truly life in the richness of your blessing, the joy that comes from worship and the service that comes from love.
Guide the life of our diocese into the ways of peace and of holiness that each may strengthen the other, and all things glorify your name. Amen.

Hwyl a Helo

The Petertide Ordination is expected to see the ordination of five priests, Phil Bettinson, Gwenda Cooper, Jane James, Alex Mayes and Kate Tiltman. We will also be welcoming two new deacons: Elaine Atack and Lesley Cooke. Elaine will serve her title in the Rectorial Benefice of St Asaph, and Lesley in the Rectorial Benefice of Hawarden.

Croesawn Peter a Judith McLean yn ôl i’r esgobaeth o Fangor, ac ymfalchïaf fod Peter wedi cytuno gweithio fel Swyddog yr Iaith. Bydd Peter yn gyfrifol am weithio tuag at hunaniaeth ddwyieithog i’r esgobaeth; hybu ac annog defnydd yr iaith Gymraeg a’r Saesneg mewn gwasanaethau a chyfarfodydd; i ddatblygu gweinyddiaeth ddwyieithog led led yr esgobaeth trwy ddefnydd ysgrifenedig ac ar lafar; i ymgynghori ar gyfieithu a chyflawni unrhyw waith cyfieithu lle bo angen; ac adolygu’r ddarpariaeth ar gyfer dysgu’r iaith Gymraeg.

Mae’r penodiad hwn yn estyn cyfle i mi gadarnhau fy safle bod yr esgobaeth yn sefyll fel teulu dwyieithog. Saesneg yw prif iaith yr esgobaeth gan fod ei natur a’i weinyddwyr yn arwain at hynny, ond ym mhob dim yr wyf yn ceisio sefydlu cydraddoldeb urddasol y ddwy iaith a’u diwylliant. Cymry ydym, ac mae angen i ni anrhydeddu pethau Cymraeg yn ein bywydau. Credaf y bydd Peter yn ein cymorth ni i wneud hyn, ac edrychaf ymlaen at gyd-weithio gydag ef.

I am delighted to welcome Peter and Judith McLean back to the diocese from Bangor, and Peter to the role of Language Officer for the diocese. Peter’s responsibilities will be to help us work towards a bilingual diocesan identity; to promote and encourage the use of both Welsh and English in services and meetings; to develop the bilingual administration of the diocese in both spoken and written contexts; to advise on translation provision and undertake translation work when needed; and to keep the provision of Welsh language learning under review.

This gives me the chance to reaffirm here my understanding of the Diocese as a bilingual family. The nature of the diocese and its teams means that English tends to be the main working language, but in all things I am striving for the parity of dignity of the languages and cultures. We are Welsh, and things Welsh need always to have the place of honour in our common life. Peter will help us to understand what that means, and I look forward to working with him.

Robin Green retires from active NSM ministry in Rhos Cystennin at the end of this month. Robin has given generous and faithful ministry for six years, and we wish him and Joy well for the future. They’ll still be around of course, but with a different pattern of obligations.

I am sure that we were sad to hear of the death of Bishop Ivor Rees. After distinguished service in the Royal Navy and the Diocese of St David’s, Ivor came to our diocese to serve as Vicar of Llangollen and Rector of Wrexham before going on to serve in Bangor Diocese, and ultimately as Bishop of St David’s. Our condolences go to Beverley and his family, and also to the family of Peter Walker especially Susie, on the death of his mother-in-law, Betty Fowley.

Dates for the Diary

05 Feb 1600hr Candlemas Service for the merging deaneries of Gresford and Minera at Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt.

26 Feb 1530hr Evensong and Installation of Pauline Walker and Peter Wykes as Canons in the Cathedral.

15 Mar 0930hr Open House Eucharist at St Margaret’s Church, Wrexham. All clergy are warmly invited to share in the Eucharist with the bishop and fellow clergy, also some study and conversation. We finish by 12 noon.

1900hr The Induction of Aidan Coleman as Vicar of Holywell at St James Parish Church, Holywell, followed by refreshments at St Peter’s Church.

17 Mar 1400hr The Induction of Rex Matthias as Vicar of Mold, at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Mold.

19 Mar 1900hr The Induction of Christine Owen as Vicar of Colwyn Bay and Bryn-y-Maen, at St Paul’s Church, Colwyn Bay.

Notes and Queries

Cronfa Betsi Fund
I would like to draw your attention to the Cronfa Betsi Fund which was officially launched last week as the charitable arm of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board which provides healthcare to people right across North Wales. The Fund seeks to raise funds and receive donations and legacies to fund additional equipment, items or activities for patients and their families. It is often these extras that make all the difference to them whilst they are receiving care at our hospitals and in the community. Archbishop Barry is one of the four Patrons and you can find more information on their website.

Lent Courses
Available to download here is a review of Lent courses and Lent meditations which Bishop David Wilbourne has produced for publication in the Church Times, and which he has suggested you may like to see. Bishop David highlights that the CTBI course has a free download in Welsh, which would just the thing for Welsh-speaking Lent Groups. There are also a couple of the meditations that draw on Ann Griffiths’ material.

Pennant Melangell
Lynette Norman has sent me details of the Quiet Days organised this year for the Melangell Centre. Pennant was described in a recent book of Britain’s Holiest Places as possibly the most holiest in these islands, so that it represents a tremendous resource in our midst. It would be very good to know that the shrine and centre is well supported by clergy and laity in the diocese, by visits and by recommendation.

St John Ambulance
The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Committee of the Order of St John, is trying to establish how many local clergy are acting as Chaplains to local branches of St John Cymru. Please could you let my chaplain know at Esgobty if you are functioning as such, so that the information can be passed on to Bishop John.

As we leave the Christmas season, and, in the words of the liturgy, “turn from the crib to the cross”, may God bless all your ministry in the parishes, your plans for Lent and Easter, and all that lies ahead in the year. With my thanks and good wishes,