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Our Parish

Our Parish Mass on Sunday at 11.00 am is always a joyful occasion, with all ages represented.    We use a healthy blend of traditional and modern music, and the Mass is celebrated in both a relaxed and dignified way



Here you can discover more about our devotional life, why worship is important to us, what it means, and when it happens!


'St Mary's is a Church school where Christian values underpin all that we do.  We believe that the spiritual development of all children is very important and it is a vital aspect of our school ethos.


'Time and space are given to allow Christians and non-Christians to pray both together and separately in an atmosphere that is loving and reassuring.  This is a strength of our school and, as such, makes us unique in Wales.'

Built in 1843, the Church of Saint Mary has an associated history of a thousand years!  Much has changed.  Much continues to change as the city grows up and out.


Here you can find out more about our dynamic and diverse parish by taking a virtual tour of our parish boundaries!



St Mary's Church has served the community of  Cardiff and Butetown for over 170 years, with a history which extends to Norman times, and we continue to be present in the midst of this ever changing and vibrant community.  Our parish extends from the corner of the city centre to the bay.   At the heart of our life is Prayer and Worship. Please do join us. You will receive a warm welcome!

Parking at St Mary's

If you are looking for a parking space just a few miniutes walk from the city centre, and close to the Principality Stadium, St David's2, the Motorpoint Arena - and a ten minute walk to Cardiff Bay, check out our availability at Just Park

You can find out more about how we use our car park and what regulations are in placed by following this link

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The Bells of St Mary's

Faithful Butetown

Each day at 12 noon and 6 pm, the bells of St Mary's ring out the Angelus: three sets of three single chimes, followed by nine single chimes.


Find out what it's all about!


The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham may be 250 miles away, but it's close to the heart of many in our parish!


Find out more about pilgrimage to this holy place

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Since its early days, Butetown has been a dynamic and diverse community, marked by multiculturism, full of faith

Discover more about our neighbourhood, and how faith has played such an important part.

Praying for those who are sick and in any kind of need is an important part of our prayer life.  We also regularly celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick, both publicly and privately.  Find out more about this beautiful sacrament of Christ's healing presence.

Ministry to the Sick

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TODAY, there are millions of people in the world seeking refuge from danger.  We want to make a difference!  As a community, we are working together to welcome, house and support a Syrian Refugee Family.


Since the outbreak of the Civil War in March 2011, an estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes.  NOW, 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.


Find out how you can help here

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St Mary the Virgin unless otherwise stated


The Dock of the Bay is the blog of Fr Dean Atkins,

Priest in Charge of the Parish of Cardiff St Mary the Virgin


During this time of the Covid-19 Pandemic, life has changed in so many ways including being unable to gather as the Church.  To help with this we have created an alternative HOME PAGE - check out our AT HOME PAGE here!