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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 – I arrived back from my holiday in Northumbria last Friday, I had a very nice time. Thanks to Fr. Jonathan for looking after the parish while I was away. Please continue to pray for the many volunteers who are running Our Lady’s lunch club every Saturday lunchtime for those in need locally; we have been attracting up to a dozen people each week. This Saturday Team 4 are running the club.


ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE GRAVE OF JOHN KEMBLE – TODAY SUNDAY 20th.


This afternoon in Welsh Newton Churchyard at 3.00pm. See poster at back of Church.


“HEREFORDSHIRES HIDDEN SAINT” – A special day conference at Belmont Abbey this coming Saturday 26th August 10am – 4pm, celebrating the courage, heroism and faith of Blessed Roger Cadwallader. Cost £12, including refreshments. Poster and Leaflets at the back of Church.


REFLECTION – A FOREIGNERS FAITH.


Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with Israel. Jesus tests her faith three times. He refuses to answer her cry. Then, He tells her His mission is only to Israelites. Finally, he uses “dog,” an epithet used to disparage non-Israelites (see Matthew 7:6). Yet she persists, believing that He alone offers salvation. 

In this family drama, we see fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy and the promise we sing of in today’s Psalm. In Jesus, God makes known among all the nations His way and His salvation (see John 14:6). 

At the start of salvation history, God called Abraham (see Genesis 12:2). He chose his offspring, Israel, from all the nations on the face of the earth, to build His covenant kingdom (see Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Isaiah 41:8). 

In God’s plan, Abraham was to be the father of many nations (see Romans 4:16-17). Israel was to be the firstborn of a worldwide family of God, made up of all who believe what the Canaanite professes - that Jesus is Lord (see Exodus 4:22-23; Romans 5:13-24). 

Jesus came first to restore the kingdom to Israel (see Acts 1:6; 13:46). But His ultimate mission was the reconciliation of the world, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle. 

In the Mass we join all peoples in doing Him homage. As Isaiah foretold, we come to His holy mountain, the heavenly Jerusalem, to offer sacrifice at His altar (see Hebrews 12:22-24,28). With the Canaanite, we take our place at the Master’s table, to be fed as His children.







MASS SCHEDULE.



Sunday 20th - 20th Sunday.

9.30am. People of the Parish 11.30am. Anna Schmidt 6.30pm. M. Coyle.

Monday 21st  – St. Pius X

9.30am mass

Tuesday 22nd St. John Kemble.

7.00pm Mass

(Divine Mercy prayers before mass and Rosary after.)

Wednesday 23rd   -

9.30am  mass

Thursday 24th - St. Bartholomew.

9.30am mass -

Friday 25th

7.00pm Mass

Saturday 26th - Memoria of the BVM.

10.00am, Confessions, exposition and benediction

11.00am Mass –.

11.30am Church cleaning

12.00-1.00pm Our Lady’s Lunch Club – Team 5.

Sunday 27th  – 21st Sunday.

9.30am. Sick of the Parish 11.30am. Eugenia Lewandowska 6.30pm. People of the Parish































    


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