On the Feast of the Annunciation, 26th March, Archbishop George Stack visited the Rhondda Parish to dedicate a new Altar at the Rhondda Parish in Tonypandy.
It has been a difficult few years in the area with the sad closure of two churches at Ferndale and Treorchy. During the past year resources have
been concentrated at Tonypandy and the church there completely renovated. It even has a new entrance, now onto the street instead of in the school yard as was the case previously. The building was stripped right down and as well as dealing with issues of damp and rot a new roof was put on the building. Items from the various churches here were preserved and have been used in the renewal including the important statue of Our Lady of Penrhys from Ferndale. Pride of place goes to a new stone altar. By happy coincidence the stone font moved from Treorchy when stripped down was found to be made of the same stone.
A full church celebrated the re-opening of the building and the dedication of the altar. The archbishop preached about the significance of the altar as the heart of the church which all gather around for the celebration of the Mass. Our prayer is that the people from the various parts of the Rhondda will gather around this new altar and use their gifts and talents together for the growth of the church.