About Our Parish
Our parish covers not only Lampeter (Llanbedr Pont Stefan), but also the surrounding farms, villages, towns, and tourist centres.
Our congregation is made up of people from all walks of life and many cultures, including those of all ages, and from those who have spent all their lives in Wales through to tourists and students visiting our area for just a short time. We are however small enough to provide a very warm welcome and go out of our way to make you feel included, but will also respect your privacy if you want solitude.
We would be pleased to have you visit our church and join us for spiritual worship. You can find details of services and Mass times on the Home and Notices pages, and information on the Come And Meet Each Other (CAMEO) sessions below.
- Finding us: the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located on the edge of Lampeter, just off the A475 on the Lampeter to Newcastle Emlyn road. See the Contact page for our postcode and a Google map showing our location.
- Parking: there is ample parking in the adjacent carpark. Note that the carpark is locked except for services to ensure that it is available for our congregation. The carpark entrance is on Bryn Yr Eglwys, off Temple Terrace (A475).
If the carpark is closed when you visit, please park on the road in front of the presbytery (off Ffynon Bedr Road). We are within easy walking distance of the town carparks, but be aware that those are pay and display.
- Lampeter has all the facilities you would expect in a University town, and provides a wide range of businesses and services for the surrounding farming and tourist areas.
CAMEO = Come And Meet Each Other
Tea and Coffee in the presbytery after Mass.
A friendly gathering where you can meet others in the congregation.
A rota of people who read a short text from the Bible each week.
The friendly congregation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel is very encouraging and supportive of new readers, so sign up to the group and give it a go.
Join our ‘100 Club’ as an easy way to contribute toward fundraising. Just donate £12 for the year and your name will be entered in the monthly draw where two members receive a prize.
The church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and its attached presbytery is a Grade II listed building.
The church was designed by a London architect and built by local craftsman circa 1940. Its proportions were taken from a Theatre at Clwyd, which had been converted from a barn, and provides a spacious building with nave, chancel, and three-sided apse.
Reasons for listing include its “special architectural interest as a well-designed and harmonious complex of buildings” and its historic interest as “one of the best examples of mid-20th Century churches in mid-Wales”. [source:http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk].
The Catholic community between the war years was very small and many Irish families were starving.
The Irish, Italian, and Polish came to west Wales to find work. Fr. Malachy Lync O.Carm realised the growing need for a Catholic church, in Lampeter, the nearest being 60 miles away. Fr. Malachy O.Carm began fund raising; he asked the church and schools in Ireland to assist; he also received generous donations from the local community. The church was built at a difficult time between the wars 1939 -1940. Soon donations began to arrive and by appealing to the local community work began on the church. The architect T.H. Scott from London began the work in 1949. Despite being built in poverty the church is a beautiful example of what can be achieved through faith. Bibliography : Fr. Malachy Linc O.Carm. The more than average height candles in the first photo represent the high altar 'forma antiquior'.
Attached is a picture when the church was complete and the reader will see little has changed.