www.olqmhereford.org.uk

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford

 

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


CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES.

 CHRISTMAS EVE - 6.30pm and 9.00pm.

CHRISTMAS DAY - 10.00AM.

4.00pm POLISH MASS.



1st HOLY COMMUNION DETAILS BELOW.





3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT – 17th DECEMBER 2017.


GAUDATE SUNDAY – “REJOICE.”



GAUDATE SUNDAY – Today the 3rd Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudate Sunday, meaning “Rejoice.” We rejoice at the nearness of Christmas and enter into our final days of Advent preparation. This theme of rejoicing is symbolised with the colour “Pink” in Church –Fr. Matthews’s favourite!

BAMBINELLI SUNDAY – 17th DECEMBER - 3rdSUNDAY OF ADVENT. -  Today we also bless the  crib figures of the baby Jesus and then them home, place them in a gift box and put under the Christmas Tree until Christmas when he is to be the first gift to be unwrapped.  

BAPTISM – During the 9.30am mass today there will be the baptism of Helena Kuriakose. ENROLMENT AS CANDIDATE – Also during the 9.30am mass we will be enrolling Amanda Flett as a candidate for reception into the Church and confirmation. Hopefully she will be received into the Church next Easter. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

CHILDRENS NATIVITY To be performed at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas - rehearsal after the 9.30am mass this Sunday and next; the nativity will also be performed at the Epiphany celebration on Saturday 6th January at 4.00pm.

PREPARING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS – Next Saturday 23rd December from 11.30am, lots of help needed, refreshments will be supplied.

REFLECTION  “ONE WHO IS COMING.” The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best understood by who he isn’t. He is not Elijah returned from the heavens (see 2 Kings 2:11), although like him he dresses in the prophet’s attire (see Mark 1:62 Kings 1:8) and preaches repentance and judgment (see 1 Kings 18:212 Chronicles 21:12-15). Not Elijah in the flesh, John is nonetheless sent in the spirit and power of Elijah to fulfill his mission (see Luke 1:17Malachi 3:23-24). Neither is John the prophet Moses foretold, although he is a kinsman and speaks God’s word (see Deuteronomy 18:15-19John 6:14). Nor is John the Messiah, though he has been anointed by the Spirit since the womb (see Luke 1:1544). John prepares the way for the Lord (see Isaiah 40:3). His baptism is symbolic, not sacramental. It is a sign given to stir our hearts to repentance. John shows us the One upon whom the Spirit remains (see John 1:32), the One who fulfills the promise we hear in today’s First Reading (see Luke 4:16-21). Jesus’ bath of rebirth and the Spirit opens a fountain that purifies Israel and gives to all a new heart and a new Spirit (see Zechariah 13:1-3Ezekiel 36:24-27Mark 1:8Titus 3:5). John comes to us in the Advent readings to show us the light, that we might believe in the One who comes at Christmas. As we sing in today’s Responsorial, the Mighty One has come to lift each of us up, to fill our hunger with bread from heaven (see John 6:3349-51). And as Paul exhorts in today’s Epistle, we should rejoice, give thanks, and pray without ceasing that God will make us perfectly holy in spirit, soul, and body—that we may be blameless when our Lord comes.






OUR LADY, QUEEN OF MARTYRS PARISH

101, BELMONT ROAD

HEREFORD

HR2 7JR

 

TEL 01432 265177

EMAIL olqm@talktalk.net

1stHOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION COURSE 2017/18 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.


 


CHRISTMAS.

 

Sunday 14th January Session 5 after 9.30 mass in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 21st January Session 6 after 9.30 mass in Parish Hall.

 

Sunday 28th January  12.30pm 1st Confessions in Church.

 

Half Term 16th-20thFebruary.

 

Sunday 4th  March Session 7  after 9.30 mass in parish hall and parents session in Church.

 

Sunday 11th  March Session 8 after 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 18th March Session 9 after 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 25th March Session 10 after 9.30am mass – in parish hall.

 

EASTER SUNDAY – 1st  April.

 

Sunday 22nd April Session 11 after 9.30 mass and Parents Session in Church

 

Sunday 29th April Session 12 after 9.30am mass – in Parish hall.

 

May Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Sunday 13th May Rehearsal after 11.30am mass in Church.

 

SATURDAY 19th  MAY - 1st HOLY COMMUNION MASSES 9.30am (& 2.00pm) Mass Our Lady’s.

SUNDAY 20th May   DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES 9.30am Mass Our Lady’s.





                                                








































    


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