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Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford

 

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FROM  FR. MATTHEW.


  Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, masses with the traditional distribution of ashes at 9.30am and 7.00pm. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence for those between the ages of 18 and 60, we are asked to abstain from eating meat and to fast from one meal. Stations will be on Friday evenings at 6.30pm. Beginning this week there will also be exposition and confessions on the Wednesdays of Lent from 6.00pm.  Resources for Lent, are available at the back of Church, booklets and magazines for adults and children, please take one or more and make use of them in your daily Lenten prayers etc.


  Today, Sunday, one of the major events to celebrate the Diocesan 100th anniversary take place,  High Mass at Belmont at 3.00pm celebrated by Archbishop George. Also to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Diocese a Prayer Pilgrimage will be taking place throughout this year when each week we are asked to pray for the various parishes, works and individuals within the Diocese. This first weekend we pray for Archbishop George and his intentions and for the success of the Diocesan 100th anniversary celebrations.


GOSPEL REFLECTION.  “INTO THE DEEP.”  Simon Peter, the fisherman, is the first to be called personally by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. His calling resembles Isaiah’s commissioning in the First Reading: Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, both Peter and Isaiah are overwhelmed by a sense of their sinfulness and inadequacy. Yet each experiences the Lord’s forgiveness and is sent to preach the good news of His mercy to the world. No one is “fit to be called an apostle,” Paul recognizes in today’s Epistle. But by “the grace of God,” even a persecutor of the Church—as Paul once was—can be lifted up for the Lord’s service. In the Old Testament, humanity was unfit for the  divine—no man could stand in God’s presence and live. But in Jesus, we’re made able to speak with Him face-to-face, taste His Word on our tongue. Today’s scene from Isaiah is recalled in every Mass. Before reading the Gospel, the priest silently asks God to cleanse his lips that he might worthily proclaim His Word. God’s Word comes to us as it came to Peter, Paul, Isaiah, and today’s Psalmist— as a personal call to leave everything and follow Him, to surrender our weaknesses in order to be filled with His strength. Simon put out into deep waters even though, as a professional fisherman, he knew it would be foolhardy to expect to catch anything. In humbling himself before the Lord’s command, he was exalted—his nets filled to overflowing; later, as Paul tells us, he will become the first to see the risen Lord. Jesus has made us worthy to receive Him in the company of angels in God’s holy Temple. On our knees like Peter, with the humility of David in today’s Psalm, we thank Him with all our hearts and join in the unending hymn that Isaiah heard around God’s altar: “Holy, holy, holy....”.




RECORDING OF MASS OF 4th SUNDAY

OF THE YEAR - 31st JANUARY 2016

     


 









RECORDING OF MASS OF 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT - 21st DECEMBER.




OUR LADY'S SCHOOL END OF TERM MASS - THURSDAY 17th DECEMBER.




RECORDING OF MASS OF 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT - SUNDAY 13th DECEMBER.




RECORDING OF MASS OF 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT - 6th DECEMBER.









RECORDING OF MASS OF 1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT - SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER.



            MASS RECORDING OF CATENIAN DECEASED BROTHERS MASS CELEBRATED ON SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2015 AT OUR LADY'S.



             



                                                  1st Holy Communion Timetable.



The 12 preparation sessions take place on either Saturday afternoons at 2.00pm in Church or follow immediately on from the 9.30am Sunday mass in the parish hall. Saturday sessions will finish at 3.15pm approx, Sunday sessions at 11.45am approx.


Any absences to be notified to Fr. Matthew at phone number above.


 


Sunday 31st January Session 5 after 9.30 mass in Parish Hall


 


Saturday 6th February Session 6 2.00pm in Church


Sunday 7th  12.30pm 1st Confessions in Church.


 


Half Term


 


Sunday 6th  March Session 7  after 9.30 mass in parish hall and parents session in Church.


 


Saturday 12th  March Session 8 2.00pm in Church,


 


EASTER SUNDAY – 27th March.


 


Sunday 10th April  Session 9 after 9.30 mass and Parents Session in Church


 


Sunday 17th April   Session 10. After 9.30 mass in parish Hall


 


May Bank Holiday Weekend.


 


Saturday 23rd  April  Session 11 2.00pm  in Church         


 


Saturday 7th May  Session 12 2.00pm in Church


 


Sunday 15th  May -  Rehearsal after 11.30am mass in Church.


 


SATURDAY 21st May  1st HOLY COMMUNION MASS 9.30am Mass Our Lady’s.


SUNDAY 22nd  May DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES 9.30am Mass Our Lady’s.