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.
FROM FR. MATTHEW. Our Lady’s
Lunch Club continues this coming Saturday with team 2 taking charge this week.
Please do keep this venture in your prayers, especially all the many
volunteers. We are now receiving donations of food from TESCO each week,
organised by a charity called Fareshare, mostly bread, pastries and fruit. The
retiring collection today is to help us buy the other items we need such as
soup and sandwich fillings and equipment for the kitchen etc.
PENTECOST NOVENA PRAYER CARDS – From the Catholic and Anglican
Bishops of Wales, available in Church today, to encourage us to pray daily
between the great feasts of Ascension and Pentecost, on the theme of “ Thy
Kingdom Come.” This is part of a global initiative encouraging us to focus
prayerfully upon God and his Kingdom.
BISHOPS LETTER ON THE GENERAL ELECTION – Find attached to this
bulletin a letter from our Bishops on the forthcoming election, with advice and
REFLECTION – ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT.
Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us
children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us
in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) . He
asks the Father to give us His Spirit, to dwell with us and keep us united in
the life He shares with the Father. We see the promised gift of His Spirit
being conferred in today's First Reading. The scene from Acts apparently
depicts a primitive Confirmation rite. Philip, one of the first deacons
(see Acts 6:5), proclaims the
Gospel in the non-Jewish city of Samaria. The Samaritans accept the Word of God
(see Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
and are baptized. It remains for the Apostles to send their representatives,
Peter and John, to pray and lay hands on the newly baptized—that they might
receive the Holy Spirit. This is the origin of our sacrament of Confirmation
(see Acts 19:5-6), by which
the grace of Baptism is completed and believers are sealed with the Spirit
promised by the Lord. We remain in this grace so long as we love Christ and keep
His commandments. And strengthened in the Spirit whom Jesus said would be our
Advocate, we are called to bear witness to our salvation—to the tremendous
deeds that God has done for us in the name of His Son. In today's Psalm, we
celebrate our liberation. As He changed the sea into dry land to free the
captive Israelites, Christ suffered that He might lead us to God, as we hear in
today's Epistle. This is the reason for our hope—the hope that sustains us in
the face of a world that cannot accept His truth, the hope that sustains us
when we are maligned and defamed for His name's sake. Put to death in the
flesh, He was brought to life in the Spirit, Paul tells us today. And as He
himself promises: "Because I live, you will live."
Sunday 21ST May
– 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER
9.30am. Michael Kennedy. 11.30am. Marian Busko & Lana
Blowers - family and friends. 6.30pm. People
of the Parish.
Monday 22nd May.
9.30am Mass – Gail
7.00pm Mass – John
(Divine Mercy prayers before mass and
Wednesday 24th –
9.30am Mass – Ken Davis.
7.00pm Scripture Group.
Thursday 25th -
9.30am Mass – Jamie Davies.
7.00pm Mass- Special int (a.s.)
10.00am Confessions, Exposition and Benediction
11.00am Mass – Keith Davis.
11.30am Cleaning of Church .
12.00-1.00pm Our Lady’s Lunch Club – Team two.
Sunday 28th May – ASCENSION
9.30am. People of the Parish. 11.30am. Gladys Bradshaw, Kas and Helena Domalik and family 6.30pm. Mike Kennedy.
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.
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