Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford



SUNDAY MASSES  - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.

The Requiem Mass and Funeral for 

Ken Lapsley is

Friday 15th March 12.30pm.







- 17th MARCH 2018.


CAFOD – The retiring collection today is for CAFOD-proceeds from last Fridays CAFOD Lent fast day. Thanks especially to the WIGL group for the soup meal kits they distributed last week, so far they have raised over £120.

PINK SUNDAY LUNCH: Celebrate the relaxing of Lenten observances for Mothering / Laetare Sunday on 31stMarch with lunch in the hall followed by games for all the family.   On the menu is pulled pork (veggie option available), mashed potato and red cabbage followed by Eton mess, pink cupcakes and strawberry ice cream all washed down with rose wine – or blackcurrant squash!   Please sign up and come and enjoy lunch with all the parish.

GIFT AID ENVELOPES. The new sets of Gift Aid collection envelopes, to be used from next month onwards are now available at the back of Churchy. If you would like to have such a set and to gift aid your offerings to the parish, please sign your name on the sign up sheet or contact Fr. Matthew.


In today’s Gospel, we go up to the mountain with Peter, John, and James. There we see Jesus “transfigured,” speaking with Moses and Elijah about His “exodus.” The Greek word “exodus” means “departure.” But the word is chosen deliberately here to stir our remembrance of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt. By His death and resurrection, Jesus will lead a new Exodus—liberating not only Israel but every race and people; not from bondage to Pharaoh, but from slavery to sin and death. He will lead all mankind, not to the territory promised to Abraham in today’s First Reading, but to the heavenly commonwealth that Paul describes in today’s Epistle. Moses, the giver of God’s law, and the great prophet Elijah, were the only Old Testament figures to hear the voice and see the glory of God atop a mountain. Today’s scene closely resembles God’s revelation to Moses, who also brought along three companions and whose face also shone brilliantly . But when the divine cloud departs in today’s Gospel, Moses and Elijah are gone. Only Jesus remains. He has revealed the glory of the Trinity—the voice of the Father, the glorified Son, and the Spirit in the shining cloud. Jesus fulfills all that Moses and the prophets had come to teach and show us about God. He is the “chosen One” promised by Isaiah, the “prophet like me” that Moses had promised. Far and above that, He is the Son of God. “Listen to Him,” the Voice tells us from the cloud. If, like Abraham, we put our faith in His words, one day we too will be delivered into “the land of the living” that we sing of in today’s Psalm. We will share in His resurrection, as Paul promises, our lowly bodies glorified like His.

In this, the second-to-the-last week of the Church year, Jesus has finally made it to Jerusalem. Near to His passion and death, He gives us a teaching of hope—telling us how it will be when He returns again in glory. Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of a long discourse in which He describes tribulations the likes of which haven’t been seen “since the beginning of God’s creation” He describes what amounts to a dissolution of God’s creation, a “devolution” of the world to its original state of formlessness and void. First, human community—nations and kingdoms—will break down. Then the earth will stop yielding food and begin to shake apart (13:8). Next, the family will be torn apart from within and the last faithful individuals will be persecuted (13:9–13). Finally, the Temple will be desecrated, the earth emptied of God’s presence (13:14). In today’s reading, God is described putting out the lights that He established in the sky in the very beginning—the sun, the moon and the stars. Into this “uncreated” darkness, the Son of Man, in whom all things were made, will come. Jesus has already told us that the Son of Man must be humiliated and killed. Here He describes His ultimate victory, using royal-divine images drawn from the Old Testament—clouds, glory, and angels. He shows Himself to be the fulfillment of all God’s promises to save “the elect,” the faithful remnant IN today’s First Reading tells us, this salvation will include the bodily resurrection of those who sleep in the dust. We are to watch for this day, when His enemies are finally made His footstool, as today’s Epistle envisions. We can wait in confidence knowing, as we pray in today’s Psalm, that we will one day delight at His right hand forever.