The Parishioners of St Michael and All Angels would like to welcome you to their parish.
The Belmont parish is part of the Herefordshire Catholic Deanery within the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cardiff. Our Archbishop, the Most Rev George Stack was appointed bishop on 19 April 2011 by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
One of the first things you will notice about this parish, which makes it very different to almost all other parishes in this country, is that it shares its church with Benedictine monks! The parish actually predates the monastery by a few years and until 1859 used the chapel of St Peter & St Paul (now the Parish Centre) for Mass. Today, respecting the wishes of Belmont’s great benefactor, Mr Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser, the parish shares the church with the monastic community.
I extend a very warm welcome to our Parish website. Whether you have recently moved into the Parish or have been a Parishioner for many years, I hope you will find our website useful, interesting, user-friendly and enjoyable. At the click of a mouse you can access information on all aspects ofParish life and you are invited to keep our website 'live' by contributing news and views.
I hope that this website gives you a flavour of our parish life and maybe that it will inspire you to join one of our parish events or groups. For the most up-to-date information please look at our weekly leaflet which can be found by clicking on the appropriate link and date.
You will notice that our website has various links. Accessing these links will enable you to link up with the Benedictine and Diocesan websites and other worldwide Catholic communities who are also on the Internet.
The Internet is further proof, that technology, properly utilised can advance the honour and glory of God. On World Communications Day in 1989, Pope Saint John Paul II said, “let us pray for wisdom in using the potential of the computer age to serve mans’ human and transcendent calling, and thus give Glory to the Father from whom all good things come”.
On Monday 19 September, Belmont Abbey is offering guests a simple meal in Hedley Lodge at 1pm and 6.30pm, free of charge, followed by an opportunity to pass through the Door of Mercy.
We need to get the word out to potential guests that they are invited to these meals. The invitation is for Catholics who are no longer regular attendees at church and for people who have never followed the Christian faith.
At the end of the meal, a parish representative will give a short explanation of what the Holy Door means, and invite those who wish to pass through it.
The key message is that everyone is welcome as part of a local community of worshipping Catholics. There will be flyers available at Belmont Abbey, St Francis Xavier Church and school; Our Lady's Church and School and St Mary's RC High School for you to pass on to your family members, friends, and work colleagues.