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Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford

 

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ICON OF BLESSED ROGER CADWALLADER

 COMMISSIONED TO MARK THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

CONSECRATION OF THE NEW PARISH CHURCH.



 





FROM  FR. MATTHEW  -


Today, the 4th Sunday of Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday, is a day when we relax a little bit from our Lenten devotions, and rejoice that Easter is now only a few weeks away. As a symbol for this, there are Pink coloured vestments and veils used in Church; (Fr. Matthew’s favourite day!!) and also Happy Mothers day to all mums in the parish.


       Confessions continue this Wednesday from 7-8pm as part of the Archdiocesan “Light is on for you.” Project, there will also be exposition through this time, ending with Benediction. This Thursday there is the Lenten Station Mass at 7pm being celebrated by Archbishop George, when we will be joined by parishioners from all the Deanery parishes.


GIFT AID APPEAL –


    This Sunday we continue to make an appeal for more parishioners, who are tax-payers, to gift aid their contributions to the parish, and if convenient to make use of bank standing orders. Making Gift aid declarations enables the parish to claim back the tax on what you offer to the parish; last year it was over £5000. Gift Aid forms and standing order forms are available at the back of Church, or you can sign up to use sets of offertory envelopes.


REFLECTION – EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND.

God's ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today's First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel—as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. The blind man stands for all humanity. "Born totally in sin" he is made a new creation by the saving power of Christ. As God fashioned the first man from the clay of the earth (see Genesis 2:7), Jesus gives the blind man new life by anointing his eyes with clay (see John 9:11). As God breathed the spirit of life into the first man, the blind man is not healed until he washes in the waters of Siloam, a name that means "Sent." Jesus is the One "sent" by the Father to do the Father's will (see John 9:412:44). He is the new source of life-giving water—the Holy Spirit who rushes upon us in Baptism (see John 4:107:38-39). This is the Spirit that rushes upon God's chosen king David in today's First Reading. A shepherd like Moses before him (see Exodus 3:1Psalm 78:70-71), David is also a sign pointing to the good shepherd and king to come—Jesus. The Lord is our shepherd, as we sing in today's Psalm. By his death and Resurrection He has made a path for us through the dark valley of sin and death, leading us to the verdant pastures of the kingdom of life, the Church. In the restful waters of Baptism He has refreshed our souls. He has anointed our heads with the oil of Confirmation and spread the Eucharistic table before us, filling our cups to overflowing. With the once-blind man we enter His house to give God the praise, to renew our vow: "I do believe, Lord." "The Lord looks into the heart," we hear today. Let Him find us, as Paul advises in today's Epistle, living as "children of light"—trying always to learn what is pleasing to our Father.




Sunday 26th  March – 4th Sunday of Lent.


9. 30am – Julia Niedzielska 11.30am – Irene Kulakowski RIP 6.30pm – Kitty Sargent


Monday 27th


9.30am Mass – Baby Ruby Chandler Marsh.


Tuesday 28th  


7.00pm Mass –  Tom Supple (Divine Mercy prayers before mass and Rosary after.)


Wednesday 29th  .


9.30am Mass – Keith Davies


6.00pm Scripture Group.


7.00pm – 8.00pm “The Light is on for you.”


Confessions, exposition and Benediction.


Thursday 30th  


9.30am Mass  -


7.00pm – Lenten Station Mass.


Friday 31st  March –.


6.30pm Stations of the Cross.


7.15pm MassFr. Benjamin Busko


Saturday 1st April .  


10.00am Confessions, exposition and benediction


11.00am Mass – Sutton Family int. 11.30am Church Cleaning.


Sunday 2nd April  – 5th Sunday of Lent.

9. 30am – Baby Nicholai Frances 11.30am Raymond Preedy and Peggy King  6.30pm – People of the Parish.


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.


 

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 Parish hall.

 

Half Term

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 Lady’s.























    


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