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Dear City Times,

Plastic & Our River

In St. Asaph we’re in the privileged position of having and river flowing through our city. I feel that this privilege comes with responsibilities. 90% of sea animals have been found to have plastics in their stomachs which eventually kills them. Do we want to be responsible for that? Our river is just 7 miles from the sea so please think, if you’re responsible for dropping litter, that in a few hours, it could be in the stomach of a sea creature.
So, please dispose of all your litter in a bin. Other kinds of litter, not just plastics, can damage animals, even paper, so, please don’t drop any litter.
M Cummings (animal lover)
Bryn Elwy.

Dear Friends,

I am Fr.George Areekuzhy CMI, your new parish priest. Thank you so much for your warm welcome to your parish. I am delighted to be here with you, at the service of the three communities of Denbigh, Ruthin and St.Asaph in the parish of the Vale of Ciwyd. Since I am new to you, may I take this opportunity to introduce myself to you.
I was born on 1st November 1956 in the state of Kerala, in South India, as the fifth son of my parents. I joined the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in1971 and was ordained priest in 1985. After over 20 years of service as Head teacher in our Catholic schools there in India, I was sent to the Arch diocese of Cardiff in 2004 to make up for the shortage of priests there at the invitation of Archbishop Peter Smith who was in Cardiff that time. Over a period of ten years in Cardiff I served in the parishes of Bridgend, Newport, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge. I returned to India in 2014 when I was elected Provincial Superior of our CMI Province in Gujarat. After completing the three-year term, here I am back to Wales again, this time to the Diocese of Wrexham at the invitation of Bishop Peter. I look forward to working and worshipping with you and to getting to know you all better in coming weeks and months. Though we are three communities, we are one family in Christ with one heart and mind. Asking for your prayers and your support.
With every blessing to you.

Fr. George Areekuzhy CMI

Dear Editor,

First of all I would like to say how saddened I was to read that the City Times is to cease publication and to thank you and your team for all your hard work over an amazingly long period . It is a first class magazine and has served St Asaph so well that, like countless others I don't know how we will manage without it. I do hope that some volunteers will be found to take over from you but you will be a hard act to follow.
I am sure that you will be inundated with copy for your last edition but I and my fellow parishioners would be extremely grateful if you could find space to include details of the present position regarding St. Winefride's Catholic church in Chester St. The church has not closed but as from 1st November the parish has amalgamated with those of Denbigh and Ruthin to form the new parish of The Vale of Clwyd. Mass will continue to be celebrated each Saturday at 6pm. There is no Sunday Mass in St Asaph but there is one at 11a.m at St. Joseph's Church in Lon Llewelyn, Denbigh. Additionally there is Mass each Monday in St Asaph at 10a.m. All enquiries should be directed to the new parish priest, Father George Areckuzhy at St Joseph's Presbytery, Lon Llewelyn, LL16 3NT - tel:812297, mobile 07748561391,

With best regards,
Cecily Davies
The Oaks Llannerch Park St Asaph LL17 0BD
Tel: 730667

Dear Editor,

May I say how sorry I was to hear that the City Times is to cease publication. It has been an invaluable tool in bringing the citizens of St Asaph together and in giving all of us a sense of community. Each edition was of the highest standard and was printed in colour on glossy paper which looked fantastic on the shelf at the newsagents! I realise that its success would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of people such as yourself who must have spent hours of your own time to ensure that the paper appeared regularly – a real labour of love! I can assure you that it has been much appreciated by the people of St Asaph over the years and there will be a big gap when it disappears. As one of the team of editors of Y Glannau (the local Welsh language paper which is published every month) I am fully aware of the time it takes to ensure that a paper is ready for publication and I am full of admiration for people such as yourselves in charge of the City Times edition after edition. I wish you all the best in your retirement!

Merched Y Wawr