Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
ICON OF BLESSED ROGER CADWALLADER
COMMISSIONED TO MARK THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE
CONSECRATION OF THE NEW PARISH CHURCH.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES.
6.30 pm and 9.00pm
FROM FR. MATTHEW.
Advent is a season of Reconciliation and so there
will be confessions and exposition each Wednesday evening from 7-8.00pm, ending
with benediction, as part of “The Light is on for you” project, with all the
churches of the Archdiocese taking part. Advent prayer books continue to be
available at the back of Church. Thanks to everyone who helped at the Christmas
Fair yesterday, the amount raised will be announced at the Sunday masses. The
list of Christmas draw winners has been posted at the back of Church. The December
200 Club draw takes place after the 9.30am mass today.
20th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND.
to everyone who helped organise and who attended the 20thanniversary celebrations last weekend. Prayer cards produced by the WIGL group
and also Blessed Roger Cadwallader cards continue to be available at the back
THE PILGRIMAGE OF PRAYER for the Archdiocesan 100thanniversary continues, as we pray this week for the parish of Saint Albans in Cardiff and the Revd. Philip Scanlan.
REFLECTION – KINGDOM COME.
"The kingdom of heaven
is at hand," John proclaims. And the Liturgy today paints us a vivid
portrait of our new king and the shape of the kingdom He has come to bring. The
Lord whom John prepares the way for in today's Gospel is the righteous king prophesied
in today's First Reading and Psalm. He is the king's son, the son of David—a
shoot from the root of Jesse, David's father (see Ruth 4:17). He will be
the Messiah, anointed with the Holy Spirit (see 2 Samuel 23:1; 1 Kings 1:39; Psalm 2:2), endowed with
the seven gifts of the Spirit—wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength,
knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. He will rule with justice, saving the
poor from the ruthless and wicked. His rule will be not only over Israel—but
will extend from sea to sea, to the ends of the earth. He will be a light, a
signal to all nations. And they will seek Him and pay Him homage. In Him, all
the tribes of the earth will find blessing. The covenant promise to Abraham
(see Genesis 12:3), renewed
in God's oath to David (see Psalm 89:4,28), will be fulfilled
in His dynasty. And His name will be blessed forever. In Christ, God confirms
His oath to Israel's patriarchs, Paul tells us in today's Epistle. But no
longer are God's promises reserved solely for the children of Abraham. The
Gentiles, too, will glorify God for His mercy. Once strangers, in Christ they
will be included in "the covenants of promise" (see Ephesians 2:12). John
delivers this same message in the Gospel. Once God's chosen people were hewn
from the rock of Abraham (see Isaiah 51:1-2). Now, God
will raise up living stones (see 1 Peter 2:5)—children of
Abraham born not of flesh and blood but of the Spirit. This is the meaning of
the fiery baptism He brings—making us royal heirs of the kingdom of heaven, the
1stHOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION COURSE 2016/17 TIMETABLE.
The 12 preparation sessions take place on Sundays
immediately following the 9.30am mass in the parish hall, finishing for 11.45am
approx. Any absences to be notified to Fr. Matthew at phone number above.
Introductory meeting – Monday 17thOctober 6.00pm in Church.
(Sunday 27th November 20th Anniversary
Celebrations of building of New Church, Mass at 10.30am, Celebrated by
Archbishop George Stack, followed by reception in Parish Hall.)
Sunday 4th December Session 4.
After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
Sunday 22nd January Session 5 after 9.30 mass in Parish
Sunday 29th January Session 6 after
9.30 mass in Church.
Sunday 5th February 12.30pm 1stConfessions in Church.
March Session 7 after 9.30 mass in
parish hall and parents session in Church.
Sunday 12th March Session 8 after 9.30 mass – in Parish
Sunday 19th March Session 9 after
9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
EASTER SUNDAY – 16th April and
May Bank Holiday Weekend.
Sunday 7th May Session 10 after
9.30 mass and Parents Session in Church
Sunday 14thMay Session 11 after 9.30am mass – in
Sunday 11th June
Session 12 after 9.30 mass –
in Parish Hall
Sunday 18th June Rehearsal
after 11.30am mass in Church.
SATURDAY 24thJune 1st HOLY COMMUNION MASS 9.30am Mass Our Lady’s.
SUNDAY 25th June DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES 9.30am Mass Our
Sunday 4th December - 2ndSunday of Advent
6.30pm Mass. Kathleen Chesterman and Bernard Mulloy.
Monday 5th .
9.30am Mass – Szymon Szmanda
6th. St. Nicholas.
7.00pm Mass – Holy Souls.
Wednesday 7th – St. Ambrose.
9.30am Mass Keith
7-8.00pm – Exposition and Confessions
”The Light is on for you.”
Thursday 8th Dec. Immaculate Conception of BVM.
9.30am Mass Special
Friday 9th .
7.00pm Mass – Albert
Saturday 10th .
10.00am Confessions, exposition and
11.00am Mass. Tess Forder
11.30am Church Cleaning.
Sunday 11th December – 3rdSunday of Advent
11.30am In th’s. 6.30pm
People of the Parish.