www.olqmhereford.org.uk

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford

 

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


1st HOLY COMMUNION DETAILS BELOW.


33rd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR. YEAR A – 19thNOVEMBER 2017.



FROM FR. MATTHEW. This Sunday is the World Day of the Poor, when Pope Francis asks us to listen to and hear the cries of the many poor in our world, and committing ourselves to confronting the reasons for their poverty. He also asks us to pray for the poor, and to act to confront the reasons for poverty not just overseas but also in our own communities. Marion Smith and Annie Doherty will be representing the parish and deanery at the Diocesan event for today, being held in Cardiff. There is a Pastoral Letter for this day from Archbishop George, copies attached to this Bulletin.


1stHOLY COMMUNION COURSE – The 2nd session of preparation takes place after the 9.30am mass today, and also a brief parents session in Church. The kids session finishes at 12.00noon.


ADVENT BOOKS/GUIDES. Free Advent prayer books and guides are available at the back of Church, for adults and kids, please take 1 or 2 and make use of in your daily advent prayers.


WIGL GROUP – Please give your support to the WIGL groups project to support Operation Christmas child to send shoeboxes of Christmas gifts to children in need overseas. Info at back of Church.


FAIRTRADE “REAL” ADVENT CALENDARS – are available at the back of Church priced £4. The calendars celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, and include fair-trade chocolates.


REFLECTION  - SETTLING ACCOUNTS.


The day of the Lord is coming, Paul warns in today’s Epistle. What matters isn’t the time or the season, but what the Lord finds us doing with the new life, the graces He has given to us. This is at the heart of Jesus’ parable in today’s Gospel. Jesus is the Master. Having died, risen, and ascended into heaven, He appears to have gone away for a long time. By our baptism, He has entrusted to each of us a portion of His “possessions,” a share in His divine life (see 2 Peter 1:4). He has given us talents and responsibilities, according to the measure of our faith (see Romans 12:3,8). We are to be like the worthy wife in today’s First Reading, and the faithful man we sing of in today’s Psalm. Like them, we should walk in the “fear of the Lord”—in reverence, awe, and thanksgiving for His marvellous gifts. This is the beginning of wisdom (see Acts 9:31; Proverbs 1:7). This is not the “fear” of the useless servant in today’s parable. His is the fear of a slave cowering before a cruel master, the fear of one who refuses the relationship that God calls us to. He has called us to be trusted servants, fellow workers (see 1 Corinthians 3:9), using our talents to serve one another and His kingdom as good stewards of His grace (see 1 Peter 4:10). In this, we each have a different part to play. Though the good servants in today’s parable were given different numbers of talents, each “doubled” what he was given. And each earned the same reward for his faithfulness—greater responsibilities and a share of the Master’s joy. So let us resolve again in this Eucharist to make much of what we’ve been given, to do all for the glory of God (see 1 Corinthians 10:31). That we, too, may approach our Master with confidence and love when He comes to settle accounts.

 








OUR LADY, QUEEN OF MARTYRS PARISH

101, BELMONT ROAD

HEREFORD

HR2 7JR

 

TEL 01432 265177

EMAIL olqm@talktalk.net

1stHOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION COURSE 2017/18 TIMETABLE.

The 12 preparation sessions take place on Sundays immediately following the 9.30am mass in the parish hall, finishing for 11.45am approx. Any absences to be notified to Fr. Matthew at phone number above.

Introductory meeting – Monday 16thOctober 6.00pm in Church.

 

Sunday 12th  November  1st Session -  Kids in parish hall and Parents Session in Church.

               and Rite of Enrolment in Church during 9.30am mass.

 

Sunday 19th November Session 2.  After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 26th November  Session 3.  After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 3rd December Session 4. After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall

 

CHRISTMAS.

 

Sunday 14th January Session 5 after 9.30 mass in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 21st January Session 6 after 9.30 mass in Parish Hall.

 

Sunday 28th January  12.30pm 1st Confessions in Church.

 

Half Term 16th-20thFebruary.

 

Sunday 4th  March Session 7  after 9.30 mass in parish hall and parents session in Church.

 

Sunday 11th  March Session 8 after 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 18th March Session 9 after 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall

 

Sunday 25th March Session 10 after 9.30am mass – in parish hall.

 

EASTER SUNDAY – 1st  April.

 

Sunday 22nd April Session 11 after 9.30 mass and Parents Session in Church

 

Sunday 29th April Session 12 after 9.30am mass – in Parish hall.

 

May Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Sunday 13th May Rehearsal after 11.30am mass in Church.

 

SATURDAY 19th  MAY - 1st HOLY COMMUNION MASSES 9.30am (& 2.00pm) Mass Our Lady’s.

SUNDAY 20th May   DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES 9.30am Mass Our Lady’s.




                                                







































    


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