Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
FROM FR. MATTHEW.
The pilgrimage of prayer
marking the Archdiocesan 100th anniversary continues, as we pray this
week for the parish of Saint John Lloyd, Trowbridge with Blessed Sacrament, Rumney, the Revd.
Paul Millar, Revd. Deacon Rigobert Logier, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of
Annecy and Saint Illtyd’s High School
Our next Jumble Sale is this Saturday 1stOctober from 1.30pm, all the normal donations are needed and especially cakes
etc to be sold on the day. Today we continue asking for memberships for the new
Parish 200 club, please encourage family, friends and colleagues to join as
well so we can reach our target of 200 members; a form is included with this
October is the month of the Rosary, so
please join us as normal for the praying of the rosary after the Tuesday
evening mass and also for this month before the Friday evening mass at 6.30pm,
and before the Sunday evening mass at 6.00pm.
REFLECTION – A GREAT CHASM
The rich and powerful are
visited with woe and exile in today's Liturgy—not for their wealth but for
their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to
the suffering at their door. The complacent leaders in today's First Reading
feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom
of Israel (see Amos 5:6), collapses
The rich man in today's Gospel also lives like a king—dressed in royal purple
and fine linen (see 1 Maccabees 8:14). The
rich man symbolizes Israel's failure to keep the Old Covenant, to heed the
commandments of Moses and the prophets. This is the sin of the rulers in
today's First Reading. Born to the nation God favored first, they could claim
Abraham as their father. But for their failure to give - their inheritance is
taken away. The rulers are exiled from their homeland. The rich man is punished
with an exile far greater—eternity with a "great chasm" fixed between
himself and God. In this world, the rich and powerful make a name for
themselves (see Genesis 11:4) and dine sumptuously,
while the poor remain anonymous, refused an invitation to their feasts. But
notice that the Lord today knows Lazarus by name, and Joseph in his
sufferings—while the leaders and the rich man have no name. Today's Liturgy is
a call to repentance—to heed the warning of One who was raised from the dead.
To lay hold of the eternal life He promises, we must pursue righteousness
and keep the commandment of love, as Paul exhorts in today's Epistle.
"The Lord loves the just," we sing in today's Psalm. And in this
Eucharist we have a foretaste of the love that will be ours in the next
life—when He will raise the lowly to the heavenly banquet with Abraham and the
prophets (see Luke 13:28), where we
too will rest our heads on the bosom of our Lord (see John 13:23).
1st HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION COURSE - LETTER TO PARENTS.
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.
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 6th 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 17th 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
24th June next year at 9.30am. Attendance at Sunday mass is a vital part of the
course; families will be expected to make this commitment.
full timetable of the course will be available shortly.
there are any worries or concerns please contact Fr. Matthew at Church or Mrs.
Jan Winter in Our Lady’s school.
Fr. Matthew Carney Mrs. J Winter/Mrs. Lynn
Johnson/Mrs. Marian Smith
Priest Course Coordinators
Name Address Tel No.
I wish for
my child _____________________________________ to participate in the Holy
Communion Preparation Course. Date
and Church of Baptism____________________
attend_______________Date of Birth_____________
attend the introductory meeting on Monday 17th October at 6.00pm.
Return to our Lady’s school office or Fr. Matthew at Our
Sunday 25th 26th Sunday of the Year.
am Mass John Kostorz.
11.30am Mass John
6.30pm Mass. People
of the Parish.
Monday 26th – St’s Cosmas
9.30am Mass – Trevor
7.00pm 20th Anniversary Committee.
27th – St. Vincent de Paul.
7.00pm Mass –Christopher
Family RIP. (Rosary 7.30pm.)
9.30am Mass – Keith
7.00pm Scripture Group.
Thursday 29th - St.
Michael and All Angels.
9.30am Mass – Spec Int.
Friday 30th. St. Jerome.
7.00pm Mass. Special
Saturday 1st October St.
Therese of Lisieux.
10.00am Confessions, exposition and
11.00am Mass Rose Pick – (11.30am Church Cleaning.)
Sunday 2nd October – 27thSunday of the Year
9.30 am Mass John
11.30am Mass Sick of
3.30pm Belmont Community Vespers at
6.30pm Mass. Sebastian Wood. (Rosary 6.00pm.)