Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
In October 2014 bishops and other delegates from around the world met with Pope Francis in Rome for a special gathering called a Synod. The theme for discussion was the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelisation. A further Synod will take place in October 2015 and the focus then will be on the theme of The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World. In this time between these two Synods, our Holy Father has asked us to spend time reflecting on these themes with “true spiritual discernment.”
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Message from Father Cenydd - 28th December 2014
Dear All, as I prepare to head into the winter wonderland of Cumbria on Wednesday, I thought a few words of farewell wouldn’t go amiss.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the education that you have provided me with over nearly nine years serving you as parish priest. I have learnt a lot pastorally from working with the adults and children who make up the parish of Our Lady’s; there is no such thing as a ‘standard’ parishioner to whom you can give a ‘standard’ spiritual response. Also, that old proverb, never judge a book by its cover has become my mantra through working with you.
Secondly, I wish to thank you for encouraging me to learn from my mistakes, and for seeing positives in situations where I would have been naturally inclined to see only negatives; that has been a great help.
I commend to you the gifts that you already have as a parish to help you through the transitional period until the arrival of Fr. Matthew in September; namely your deep sense of community. Look after each other. That’s what St Paul says in his letters, and look how that turned out – small, isolated groups have grown into the Catholic Church as we know her today. Pray, share, laugh – together. Then do the same when Fr. Matthew turns up; parish priest or no parish priest, community is the life of the parish under God. So, look after yourselves and pray for me as I will pray for you. Our Lady and St Bega, pray for our parishes!