“The Ordination Service 2018: Preparations have already begun in Llandaff Cathedral for our Ordination Service which will be held on the 30th June. This service has always played a significant part in the life, not only of the Cathedral but in the Diocese as a whole. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of those who are going to be ordained, as at the service they will be commissioned by the Bishop to serve God and his people in wonderful new ways. For those who will be ordained deacon, they will be moving home and beginning again in new parishes after being in Theological College, while those who are going to be ordained as priests will be continuing in their curacies and yet beginning a new kind of ministry.
Please keep the candidates, their families and all who support them in your prayers as they prepare for this life changing event. “
An unexpected visitor interrupted a quiet Wednesday lunchtime in the Cathedral Office. A small bat was found near the staircase to the office and the staff assembled in an attempt to rescue the creature. The Dean, equipped with a box filled with shredded paper, gently encouraged the bat into its temporary refuge after some difficulty. The covered box was placed outside the office and Jonathan Hoad, the Head Virger, contacted the Bat Conservation Trust who confirmed that the correct steps had been taken.
Liam, from the Bat Conservation Trust, soon arrived to rescue the bat. It was his first call-out of the year and Liam identified the bat as an adult male Soprano Pipistrelle. An unusual addition to the Cathedral Choir perhaps? Liam explained that the area surrounding the Cathedral is home to many kinds of wildlife, most likely including various species of bat. It seems that the bat entered the Cathedral on Sunday morning and was unable to find a way out. Liam carefully examined the bat and, thankfully, found no injuries. He took the bat away in a special box and will monitor it for a few days. He hopes to return by the end of the week to release the bat in the vicinity of the Cathedral, so it can return to its roost.
Lent Lunches continue a tradition that has been a practice in Llandaff for many years. A frugal lunch of soup, cheese, bread and butter followed by tea or coffee and some good conversation with friends, with proceeds going to charity to help those in need.
Our annual Lent lunches were very well supported, as always. Many thanks to all who came to partake, enjoy the convivial atmosphere and support the Cathedral Lenten Charity. Many thanks also to all those who hosted a lunch, cooked and served soup, waited on tables or washed dishes. We raised a wonderful total of £908.50 which will go to support the Cardiff Food Bank.