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News, services and events during 2008

Carols by Candlelight

The annual services of Carols by Candlelight were on Sunday 21 December at 3.00 pm and at 5.00 pm.  There were two services as the service is very popular but the church is quite small.  Despite the very windy weather, 99 people attended the first service and 102 the second.  The Friends of St. Tudno's Church prepared the church with candles inside and lights outside and there are some more photographs on the Holy Trinity events 2008 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Carols by candlelight 2008 

On Saturday 18 October there was a working party at St. Tudno's, when the benches used for the open air services were put away for the winter. 

Putting away the benches
Putting away the benches

On Saturday 6 September, St. Tudno's took part in the Open Church Day, organised by Church Tourism Wales as part of the European Heritage weekends.  Stewards were available to answer questions on the church and serve refreshments between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm but the day was very wet and windy and there were few visitors.   However, those who had braved the weather were generally glad of the shelter, a hot drink, a cake and a chat.

On Tuesday 15 July there was a special Concelebrated Eucharist at St. Tudno's for members of the St. Asaph / Bangor Chapter of the Society of Catholic Priests.  A Concelebrated Eucharist is one in which a number of priests celebrate together and during this service six new members were admitted into the Society.  We have no idea when there would last have been so many priests at St. Tudno's!  More information on the Society and the Concelebrated Eucharist can be found in the July 2008 edition of the Parish Magazine.

Society of Catholic Priests

Society of Catholic Priests
Society of Catholic Priests
Society of Catholic Priests

The biennial Pet Blessing Service was on Sunday 29 June. The service was attended by 60 people, 20 dogs and 5 cats, all of whom were very well behaved.  The hymns, songs and readings all had animal themes and all pets were blessed individually, by name, while "If I were a butterfly" was sung (three times).

There is another photo on the
Holy Trinity events 2008 page.
Pet Blessing service
Pet Blessing service

Pet Blessing service
Pet Blessing service
Pet blessing service

Pet Blessing service

We have formed a Friends of St. Tudno’s Church group, with a Eucharist and Inaugural Tea on Saturday 7 June and this was also a second opportunity for everyone to celebrate St. Tudno’s Day.  The aim of the Friends is to enable people from within and outside the parish to keep in touch with St. Tudno’s and to support the misson and manitenance of the church.  More details can be found on the Friends page and anyone is very welcome to join. 

St. Tudno's Day was on 5 June and was celebrated with two pilgrimage walks and a Eucharist.  The first pilgrimage walk was from Holy Trinity to St. Tudno's and more details of this can be found on the Holy Trinity events 2008 page.  The St. Tudno's Day Eucharist was attended by a mixture of parishioners and visitors and afterwards 10 people made the pilgrimage walk, in the rain, from the church to St. Tudno's Well.  Although the well is not far from the church “as the crow flies”, reaching the well required a walk along a footpath and then down one hill and up another, the second hill being covered in bracken and wet with water flowing from St. Tudno's Well (the Welsh name, Fynnon Tudno, could be translated as "Tudno's Spring", as well as "Tudno's Well", and so gives a better description).  There was a short service at the Well, during which the rain became harder and Rector blessed the Well water (which had plenty of tadpoles in it) and signed each of us with a cross on the forehead with water from the well (but without the tadpoles), before pouring some of the water through our cupped hands. 

The service finished with a prayer:
Lord in your mercy give us living water, always springing up as a foutain of salvation: free us body and soul from every danger, and admit us to your presence in purity of heart.  Grant this through Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Pilgrimage to St. Tudno's Welll  Pilgrimage to St. Tudno's Well  Pilgrimage to st. Tudno's Well
St. Tudno's Well is on private farmland and we thank the landowners for their kind permission to visit the Well .

CandleThe Easter Vigil service took place on Saturday 22 March, a cold and windy evening, and the New Fire was quite popular with people arriving at the church (perhaps we should have made the fire larger!).  The service began in the dark with blessing the Pascal Candle, lighting it from the New Fire and passing the light from person to person.  After the Rector sang the Exultet, readings were heard in the darkened church and the Easter Proclamation was followed by simultaneous fanfare on the organ, ringing of the bell and switching on of the lights.  After singing an Easter hymn, water for baptism was blessed in the font and baptismal vows were renewed. 

Nanny goat and kid
Early visitors to St. Tudno's  in 2008 were this nanny goat and her young kid, seen in the churchyard during February. They are part of the herd of feral Kashmir goats which live on the Great Orme. 

The Wardens of the Great Orme Country Park warn that a nanny will often leave her young kid somewhere safe while she is feeding, returning at regular intervals to suckle it.  The kid has not been abandoned and should not be approached or handled, as this could prevent the mother from accepting it again.  If you are concerned about a kid, please telephone the Wardens on 01492  874151. 

Photographs © C. Jones
Last updated: January 2009.  Archived: January 2016.