3rd Sunday of Advent
Reading Cycle B, The year of Mark's gospel
I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know, even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.
17th December 2017
First ReadingIsaiah 35: 1-6 10
Second ReadingJames 5: 7-10
GospelMatthew 11: 2-11
Bishop Peter’s Pastoral Message of 14th December 2017
(contains news of the restructuring of some smaller parishes to take place early in 2018)

Rhyl Catholic School Development

There is an interesting “fly-through” of the new school building on the Daily Post Website (link below)



Welcome to the Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church (St Mary’s Rhyl) website. As you will notice if you have been here before, the site has had a recent redesign. We hope you like the new layout and still find it both informative and user friendly!


A fundamental aspect of any website is that it is topical and current. In keeping the website up to date, we rely on all the parish group leaders and parishioners to send through relevant news and information. It is your responsibility to ensure the group pages are correct and up to date. To do this, please use the new CONTACT FORM.


We encourage any members of the parish, or visitors, to contact us using our new CONTACT FORM. This will send a message direct to the editor, who will then ensure it is seen by the relevant personnel. We appreciate any feedback, so if you have any comments about the website, or notice any inaccuracies, please let us know.


If you have any photographs of the church or any church events, or if your children have any drawings for the website, we would love to show them off on the gallery pages. All you need to do is scan the drawings, or attach the photos, in an e-mail to us. Don’t forget to add your name and age to the e-mail if you are sending in a drawing.

Prayer Board

Don’t forget to view our new prayer board and send us any prayers and prayer intentions for inclusion.


Keep up to date with the latest events in the Parish by accessing the Church Calendar here. You can scroll from month to month using the arrows, change to week view or even print the calendar off. If you are holding an event people need to know about, let us know and we can add it to the Calendar!

Parish People

If you need to contact someone about parish events but do not know who, check out our list of Parish People. This provides a list of key contacts for various groups. If you need adding to this list, please let us know.

Readers List

The latest Readers List is now available. If you would like to be involved in the Ministry of the Word, please contact Sheila Johnson on (01745) 354311.

Live Mass feed

We now have a live feed of the Sunday 10.00 a.m. mass

Instructions for watching the feed are available on the Streaming page

Just click the button below to view.

St Mary's RC Rhyl Altar

We are a very friendly Roman Catholic Church parish serving Rhyl and Kinmel Bay in the Deanery of St Asaph. We love visitors and you are also very welcome to join us for coffee, tea, cakes and biscuits following Sunday morning mass. Many people worship here regularly who are not members of the church.

A lively children’s liturgy takes place on Sunday mornings and there is a monthly children’s mass. Bibles, prayer books, gifts and devotional items are available at our shop at the back of church following Sunday mass.

Our Lady of the Assumption (St Mary’s) has an active community of parishioners forming various groups within the church, such as the Bethany Group, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, the Knights of St Columba and the Union of Catholic Mothers. Although it is administratively and financially completely separate and independent, our parish partners the West Rhyl community organisation 4thecommunity, which operates from St Mary’s church and parish centre. Many parishioners are either directors of volunteers in 4thecommunity, West Rhyl’s grass roots community project.

Well run children’s play schemes operate during the school holiday periods, usually on the lawns or inside in bad weather. Strict safety provisions are in place for all the above activities.

For further information on the groups please see the relevant page on this website or speak to Fr Charles or any group members. View our Parish People page for contact details.


Weekly Services:

Saturday16th December10.30 AMHoly Hour with morning prayer of the church
10.30 AM - 11.30 AM
(during holy hour)
Sacrament of Reconcilliation
Sunday17th December10.00 AMMass for the People
Monday18th DecemberNo Service
Tuesday19th December9.30 AMMaurice Fagan and deceased family members
Wednesdy20th December9.30 AMSeamus Corville RIP
Thursday21st December9.30 AMJoe McCormack RIP
Friday22nd December9.30 AMDeceased members Hughes and Carron familiy
Saturday23rd December10.30 AMHoly Hour with morning prayer of the church
10.30 AM - 11.30 AM
(during holy hour)
Sacrament of Reconcilliation
Sunday24th December
4th Sunday of Advent
10.00 AMMass for the People
Christmas Eve5.00 PMDeceased members of the Bolger Family
9.00 PMMary Tovey RIP
St Mary's Rhyl Altar
St Mary's Rhyl Mary Statue
St Mary's Rhyl Paschal Candle
St Mary's Rhyl Lectern

The very latest news items are listed here. For all news items, visit to our NEWS PAGE. To add an item to the News page, please send us a message containing all the relevant details. Please also contact us as soon as possible if any of the details are incorrect, or feel free to leave a comment below the item.

Rhyl Community News

Scarborough Developments working with 4the community are offering consultation time for the Rhyl community, especially in the West End, on Thursday 14th December from 4pm through to 8pm in the church centre. With Aldi’s, the Range, and other businesses about to build...

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Practice for Christmas Eve Mass

this Sunday 10th Dec after Mass (about 11.15) for all children who’d like to be involved in the 5.00pm Christmas Eve Mass. We need readers, singers, (you don’t have to be Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran !) offertory procession as well as angels, shepherds, and a donkey....

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Palestine and President Trump

(From Fr Charles) President Trump has gone against the advice of most of the world’s nations and the UN, to support the Israeli campaign to make Jerusalem their capital city, ignoring the people of Palestine’s West Bank. This is typical arrogance from this frightening...

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Christmas Day Party for Homeless People

is now being organised by an excellent group of people representing different groups, including parishioners, some of whom will contribute by decorating the church social area for the party or helping on the day. Thanks to those who have put their names down to donate...

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