Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford



SUNDAY MASSES  - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.


24th DECEMBER - 6.30pm & 9.00pm

25th December 10.00am.



Extra 1st Holy Communion Session - Sunday 6th January after 9.30am Mass.




- 16th DECEMBER 2018.

BULLETIN FOR 16th DECEMBER.Please click here.

BULLETIN FOR 25th NOVEMBER.Please click here.


GAUDATE SUNDAY – Today, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, is celebrated as “Gaudate Sunday”, meaning “Rejoice” at the nearness of the coming feast, symbolised today by the pink vestments and candle.

ADVENT SCRIPTURE COURSE. Continues this Wednesday, 7pm in the presbytery, reflecting upon and praying with the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent, with refreshments. Advent Books and magazines with daily readings and reflections are still available, all free.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE – Here this Monday, 17th December 7pm, with a number of priests to hear confessions.

CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS EVE NATIVITY – Rehearsal after 9.30am mass today


The people in today’s Gospel are “filled with expectation.” They believe John the Baptist might be the Messiah they’ve been waiting for. Three times we hear their question: “What then should we do?” The Messiah’s coming requires every man and woman to choose—to “repent” or not. That’s John’s message and it will be Jesus’ too . “Repentance” translates a Greek word, metanoia (literally, “change of mind”). In the criptures, repentance is presented as a two-fold “turning”—away from sin (see Ezekiel 3:1918:30) and toward God. This “turning” is more than attitude adjustment. It means a radical life change. It requires “good fruits as evidence of your repentance” (see Luke 3:8). That’s why John tells the crowds, soldiers, and tax collectors they must prove their faith through works of charity, honesty, and social justice. In today’s liturgy, each of us is being called to stand in that crowd and hear the “good news” of John’s call to repentance. We should examine our lives, asking from our hearts as they did: “What should we do?” Our repentance should spring not from our fear of coming wrath (see Luke 3:7–9), but from a joyful sense of the nearness of our saving God. This theme resounds through today’s readings: “Rejoice! . . . The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all,” we hear in today’s Epistle. In today’s Psalm, we hear again the call to be joyful, unafraid at the Lord’s coming among us. In today’s First Reading, we hear echoes of the angel’s Annunciation to Mary. The prophet’s words are very close to the angel’s greeting (compare Luke 1:28–31). Mary is the Daughter Zion—the favored one of God, told not to fear but to rejoice that the Lord is with her, “a mighty Savior.” She is the cause of our joy. For in her draws near the Messiah, as John had promised: “One mightier than I is coming.”

In this, the second-to-the-last week of the Church year, Jesus has finally made it to Jerusalem. Near to His passion and death, He gives us a teaching of hope—telling us how it will be when He returns again in glory. Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of a long discourse in which He describes tribulations the likes of which haven’t been seen “since the beginning of God’s creation” He describes what amounts to a dissolution of God’s creation, a “devolution” of the world to its original state of formlessness and void. First, human community—nations and kingdoms—will break down. Then the earth will stop yielding food and begin to shake apart (13:8). Next, the family will be torn apart from within and the last faithful individuals will be persecuted (13:9–13). Finally, the Temple will be desecrated, the earth emptied of God’s presence (13:14). In today’s reading, God is described putting out the lights that He established in the sky in the very beginning—the sun, the moon and the stars. Into this “uncreated” darkness, the Son of Man, in whom all things were made, will come. Jesus has already told us that the Son of Man must be humiliated and killed. Here He describes His ultimate victory, using royal-divine images drawn from the Old Testament—clouds, glory, and angels. He shows Himself to be the fulfillment of all God’s promises to save “the elect,” the faithful remnant IN today’s First Reading tells us, this salvation will include the bodily resurrection of those who sleep in the dust. We are to watch for this day, when His enemies are finally made His footstool, as today’s Epistle envisions. We can wait in confidence knowing, as we pray in today’s Psalm, that we will one day delight at His right hand forever.