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.
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 9:4; 12:44). He is the new
source of life-giving water—the Holy Spirit who rushes upon us in Baptism
(see John 4:10; 7:38-39). 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 3:1; Psalm 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
Monday 27th –
9.30am Mass – Baby Ruby
Tuesday 28th –
7.00pm Mass – Tom Supple (Divine Mercy prayers before mass and Rosary after.)
Wednesday 29th .
9.30am Mass – Keith
6.00pm Scripture Group.
7.00pm – 8.00pm “The Light is on for
Confessions, exposition and
9.30am Mass -
7.00pm – Lenten Station Mass.
Friday 31st March –.
6.30pm Stations of the Cross.
7.15pm Mass– Fr. Benjamin Busko
Saturday 1st April .
10.00am Confessions, exposition and
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
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
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