Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
SUNDAY MASSES - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.
1st HOLY COMMUNION DETAILS BELOW.
29th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR. YEAR A – 22nd OCTOBER 2017.
FROM FR. MATTHEW. A very happy half term holiday to the
staff, students and families of our Catholic schools, we hope those travelling
will have safe journeys. Fr. Matthew will also take some time off, so no mass
in the parish on Thursday this week. Today is World Mission Sunday when we are asked to support the work
of missionaries around the world in proclaiming the Gospel of peace. By
supporting Missio, the Popes official charity for overseas mission, you will be
sharing the peace and love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in
need regardless of culture or faith. Especially, your donations and prayers
today will help the suffering people of South Sudan.
LUNCH CLUB – VOLUNTEERS MEETING– Monday 6th November 7.00pm
HOLY SOULS ENVELOPES and LISTS. The month of November is the
time of special prayer for the souls of the dead and the tradition of the
November lists, when we write down the names of departed loved ones and these
lists are placed on the altar throughout the month of November. Lists and
envelopes are attached to this Bulletin for your use.
WIGL GROUP – Please
give your support to the WIGL groups project to support Operation Christmas child
to send shoeboxes of Christmas gifts to children in need overseas. A display
and leaflets are at the back of Church, giving more information.
REFLECTION - CAESAR AND
THE KING. The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today’s
Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that
given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1). In effect,
God says to every ruler what he tells King Cyrus in today’s First Reading: “I
have called you . . . though you knew me not.” The Lord raised up Cyrus to
restore the Israelites from exile, and to rebuild Jerusalem (see Ezra 1:1-4). Throughout
salvation history, God has used foreign rulers for the sake of His chosen
people. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to reveal God’s power (see Romans 9:17). Invading
armies were used to punish Israel’s sins (see 2 Maccabees 6:7-16). The
Roman occupation during Jesus’ time was, in a similar way, a judgment on
Israel’s unfaithfulness. Jesus’ famous words in today’s Gospel: “Repay to
Caesar” are a pointed reminder of this. And they call us, too, to keep our
allegiances straight. The Lord alone is our king. His kingdom is not of this
world (see John 18:36) but it
begins here in His Church, which tells of His glory among all peoples. Citizens
of heaven (see Philippians 3:20), we
are called to be a light to the world (see Matthew 5:14)—working in
faith, laboring in love, and enduring in hope, as today’s Epistle counsels. We
owe the government a concern for the common good, and obedience to laws—unless
they conflict with God’s commandments as interpreted by the Church (see Acts 5:29). We owe God
everything. The coin bears Caesar’s image, but we bear God’s own image
(see Genesis 1:27). We owe
Him our very lives—all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, offered as a living
sacrifice of love (see Romans 12:1-2). We
should pray for our leaders, that like Cyrus they do God’s will (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2), until
from the rising of the sun to its setting all humanity knows that Jesus is
OUR LADY, QUEEN
OF MARTYRS PARISH
Friday 15th September 2017.
Your child has now reached the age
where they can receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of
First Holy Communion. We see this as a partnership between Parents, School and
Church. If you wish to enrol your child on the preparation course for these
sacraments please complete the reply slip below and return to the school
secretary or Fr. Matthew at the presbytery.
As last year the course will not be
run through the school, but will be completely parish based, with the sessions
of preparation taking place on Sunday mornings after the 9.30am mass, beginning
on 12th November. Enrolment is open to baptised Catholic children
in year 3 or above; evidence of baptism is required. It is possible for
children baptised into other church communities to be admitted onto the course,
or even non-baptised children, but certain conditions apply, please contact Fr.
Matthew regarding this ASAP.
are asked to attend an introductory meeting on Monday 16th October
at 6.00pm in Our Lady’s Church,
when all the details of the course will be provided; the 1st Holy
Communion mass will take place on Saturday 19th May next year at 9.30am (if
there are a large number of children there will also be a 2nd mass
at 2.00pm.) Attendance at Sunday mass is a vital part of the course; families
will be expected to make this commitment.
A full timetable of the course will be
available shortly, a draft version is available on the parish website - www.olqmhereford.org.uk If
there are any worries or concerns please contact Fr. Matthew at Church or Mrs.
Jan Winter in Our Lady’s school.
Yours in Christ
Fr. Matthew Carney OSB. Mrs. J Winter/Mrs. Deborah
Thomson/Mrs. Marian Smith
Priest Course Coordinators
I wish for
my child _____________________________________ to participate in the Holy
Communion Preparation Course. Date (approx)
and Church of Baptism_______________
attend____________ Date of
attend the introductory meeting on Monday 16th October at 6.00pm.
Return to Our Lady’s school office or Fr. Matthew at Our
OUR LADY, QUEEN
OF MARTYRS PARISH
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.
Introductory meeting – Monday 16thOctober 6.00pm in Church.
Sunday 12th November
1st Session - Kids in
parish hall and Parents Session in Church.
and Rite of Enrolment in Church during 9.30am mass.
Sunday 19th November Session 2. After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
Sunday 26th November Session 3.
After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
Sunday 3rd December Session 4.
After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
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.
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
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