Our Parish Vision

The parish of St Philip Evans is a welcoming Catholic community, empowered by the Holy Spirit, worshipping and serving God. We meet as a spiritual family to deepen our faith and our knowledge of one another. Within our parish area, we care for those in need and spread the message of Christ.

The parish area of St Philip Evans includes Llanedeyrn, Pentwyn, Pontprennau, and new housing beyond Pontprennau south of the M4. St Philip Evans is the designated parish for Deaf People throughout the Archdiocese of Cardiff, and also serves all people who choose to worship in St Philip Evans Church.

Times of Masses on weekends and weekdays can be found on the newsletter page.

Mass in the Welsh language is now offered at Nazareth House at 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Welcome

Welcome to the Parish of St Philip Evans, and thank you for visiting our site.

If you have chosen St Philip Evans as your parish church, we hope that you are happy here and that you will share your time and talent to help us build up the Kingdom of God in this part of Cardiff. There are many opportunities to join with our community.

If this is your first visit, we hope you will find something of interest to you in our pages. We would be very happy to welcome you if you decide to visit our church.

If you have any questions concerning parish life, please contact one of the parish team.

Liturgical Sign Language

One of our signers interprets for the Deacon at Sunday morning Mass

Most sign-language users in the UK use BSL (British Sign Language). This is a language in its own right, with its own grammar; it does not always follow the structures of the English language.

When we celebrate Catholic Liturgy (Mass and other religious ceremonies), we use a mixture of BSL and Sign-Supported English. When the priest himself is signing the liturgy, he follows the structure of the spoken English rather than the grammar of BSL. Signing a liturgy also needs a number of specialist signs for religious concepts, some of which may be unique to Catholic liturgy.

A group of volunteer parishioners assist in signing the readings at these Masses and interpreting the sermon for the priest or deacon preaching. New volunteers are always welcome, and when the Catholic Deaf Service is running a course in Liturgical Sign Language, details will appear on this page.

The Signing Choir

Members of the Signing Choir, wearing purple robes, performing a song using sign language

Members of the Deaf Pastoral Group have formed a Signing Choir - a choir which uses Sign Language to perform songs. In 2015 they performed at St Philip Evans Parish’s 30th anniversary celebrations in October and at Holy Family Church, Fairwater, in November. They are very happy to be perform Signed songs at events in the wider community, in return for a donation or collection in aid of the Catholic Deaf Service.

Deaf Pastoral Group

St Philip Evans Parish includes a Pastoral Group within the Parish which consists of Deaf and Hearing people. The Hearing people have learned Sign Language and are now able to sign every Sunday at the 10.30 Mass, and on any other occasion where Deaf people are in the Congregation – both in the Parish, and at Diocesan events. They have also formed a Signing Choir. Members of the Deaf Pastoral Group also enable the continued running of the Tuesday Group, a social gathering for deaf people including a shared meal.

The Deaf Pastoral Group does not often meet as a whole group, although the Director of the Deaf Service does ocassionally call a meeting when there are to be major decisions or to plan future events. Rather, it is a network of Deaf and Hearing people who meet each other at Mass, or at these other events. The easiest way to become involved is to turn up at the 10.30 am Mass on Sunday or the Tuesday Group from 10 am most Tuesdays, and make yourself known to the signers present.

The Tuesday Group

The Tuesday Group (10 a.m. every Tuesday), which meets in the Small Hall at St Philip Evans, is a social gathering for deaf people including a shared meal. All are welcome, of any religious viewpoint, but the gathering does include a short moment of prayer in the Catholic tradition. The Tuesday Group is well known within Cardiff’s wider deaf community, with Social Services, Sense and Action on Hearing Loss all referring service users to take part.

The Tuesday Group meets throughout the year, with a very short break around Christmas.

Signed Mass

One of our signers interprets for a priest celebrating Mass

Most sign-language users in the UK use BSL (British Sign Language). This is a language in its own right, with its own grammar; it does not always follow the structures of the English language.

When we celebrate Catholic Liturgy (Mass and other religious ceremonies), we use a mixture of BSL and Sign-Supported English. When the priest himself is signing the liturgy, he follows the structure of the spoken English rather than the grammar of BSL. Signing a liturgy also needs a number of specialist signs for religious concepts, some of which may be unique to Catholic liturgy.

The Parish Priest of St Philip Evans, Pastor Gareth Leyshon, has learned to sign the simplified Eucharistic Prayer for Deaf People, authorised for use in Wales in 1992. This is the prayer normally used on Sunday mornings at St Philip Evans. Other prayers are taken from the accompanying Roman Missal for Sign Language. Occasionally, if a supply priest is covering Pastor Gareth's absence, another Eucharistic Prayer may be used with an intrepreter signing alongside the priest.

The following services are always signed at St Philip Evans:

  • 10.30 am Mass every Sunday
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday
  • The 3 pm Liturgy on Good Friday

    On Christmas we will sign either the Midnight Mass or the Morning Mass; at Easter we will sign the Easter Vigil but may not also sign the Easter Sunday morning Mass. Please consult the Parish Newsletter on these occasions.

    A group of volunteer parishioners assist in signing the readings at these Masses and interpreting the sermon for the priest or deacon preaching. New volunteers are always welcome, and the Catholic Deaf Service will run courses in Liturgical Sign Language as the need arises.

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