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 Philip Evans in Lanedeyrn, the Revd. Gareth Leyshon and the Revd.
Deacon Stephen Melhuish. Today we finally begin the 200 club with the first monthly draw in
the parish room during refreshments after the 9.30 mass. The monthly prizes are
£75 and £25. We have 109 members at the moment, there is still time to join,
although you will miss the first draw. A list of members and the number given
to each member for each draw has been posted at the back of Church. October
is the month of the Rosary, so please join us 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. This week
the monastic community at Belmont is having its annual retreat, so Fr. Matthew
will have limited availability. This Friday is the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day, an
envelope is attached to this Bulletin, to use for next Sundays 2ndcollection.
CAFOD FAST DAY PRAYER –
Journey With us, O God, and pour out your mercy upon us like the morning dew,
so that together we may build a brighter future, a future of plenty for all.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
REFLECTION – LIFE BY FAITH. Because
of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today's First Reading the
original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11;Hebrews 10:38). We are
to live by faith in Christ who loved us and gave himself on the Cross for us
(see Galatians 2:20). The world,
though, can seem to us as seventh-century Judah seemed to Habakkuk—in the
control of God's enemies. The strife and discord we face in our own lives can
sometimes cause us to wonder, as the prophet does, why God doesn't seem to hear
or intervene when we cry for help. We can't let our hearts be hardened by the
trials we undergo. As today's Psalm reminds us: Israel forgot His mighty works,
lost faith in the sound words of His promise. They tested God in the desert,
demanding a sign. But God didn't redeem Israel from Egypt only to let them die
in the desert. And He didn't ransom us from futility only to abandon us in our
trials. He is our God and we are the people He shepherds always—though at times
His mercy and justice seem long delayed. If we call on the Lord, as the
Apostles do in today's Gospel, He will increase our faith, will stir to a flame
the Holy Spirit who has dwelt within us since Baptism. As Paul tells us in
today's Epistle, the Lord will always give us the love and self-control we need
to bear our share of hardship for the Gospel—with a strength that can come from
God alone. Our task is to continue doing what He has commanded—to love and to
build up His kingdom—trusting that His vision still presses on to its fulfilment.
For His vision still has its time. One day, though we are but
"unprofitable servants," we will be invited to eat and drink at our
Master's table. It is that day we anticipate with each celebration of the
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 2nd October – 27th Sunday of the
Mass John Kostorz.
Mass Patricia Dimgba
Belmont Community Vespers at the Cathedral.
Mass. Sebastian Wood. (Rosary
9.30am Mass – John
Tuesday 4th St. Francis of Assisi.
– Noreen Pilger. (Rosary 7.30pm.)
Mass – Keith Davies
Mass – John Kostorz.
Funeral Service John Kostorz.
Friday 7th. Our Lady of the Rosary & CAFOD
Harvest Fast Day.
exposition and benediction.
11.00am Mass In Th’s – (11.30am Church Cleaning.)
Sunday 9th October – 28th Sunday of the Year
Mass John Bindon
Mass Patricia Dimgba.
Mass. People of the Parish. (Rosary 6.00pm.)