Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford








Attached to this Bulletin is a Lenten article from Archbishop George, encouraging us all in our Lenten devotions, ( FIND IT BELOW) along with information on the Archdiocesan plans to house refugees from Syria. Also at the back of Church there are books and pamphlets for Lent for both kids and adults, all free. Please take some home with you and make use of in your daily Lenten prayers. We welcome to the parish today Deacon Patrick Lobo OSB, who will be assisting and preaching at all masses today. In next Sundays 9.30am mass we will be celebrating the baptism of Joy Frances Goodwin, daughter of Emily and Elliot. Our preparations to provide meals to the needy on Saturday lunchtimes are proceeding; we will meet again on Monday 6th March at 7pm in the parish room.


  This year is the 100thanniversary of the apparitions in Fatima, I am proposing to run a pilgrimage there for the whole Deanery, if there is sufficient interest. The dates would be Monday 25th - Friday 29th September, flying from Manchester. 4 nights in a good standard hotel very close to the shrine, half board. Price £599/person, £120 extra for single rooms (only a few available) and insurance. Booking forms at back of Church, deposit £200. Return forms and deposit to Fr. Matthew ASAP.


We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus confronts us with our most common fears. We are anxious mostly about how we will meet our material needs—for food and drink; for clothing; for security for tomorrow. Yet in seeking security and comfort, we may unwittingly be handing ourselves over to servitude to “mammon,” Jesus warns. “Mammon” is an Aramaic word that refers to money or possessions. Jesus is not condemning wealth. Nor is he saying that we shouldn’t work to earn our daily bread or to make provisions for our future. It is a question of Priorities and goals. What are we living for? Where is God in our lives? Jesus insists that we need only to have faith in God and to trust in his Providence. The readings this Sunday pose a challenge to us. Do we really believe that God cares for us, that he alone can provide for all our needs? Do we believe that he loves us more than a mother loves the infant at her breast? Do we really trust that he is our rock and salvation, as we sing in the Psalm? Jesus calls us to an intense realism about our lives. For all our worrying, none of us change the span of our days. None of us has anything that we have not received as a gift from God. St. Paul reminds us in the Epistle that when the Lord comes he will disclose the purposes of every heart. We cannot serve both God and mammon. We must choose one or the other. Our faith cannot be partial. We must put our confidence in him and not be shaken by anxiety. Let us resolve today to seek his Kingdom and his holiness before all else—confident that we are beloved sons and daughters, and that our Father in heaven will never forsake us.



Sunday 26th February – 8thSunday of the Year.

9. 30am – Keith Davies and Neil Hillyer for recovery and Family Int. 11.30am – Ray Cotterall 80th Birthday

 6.30pm – Marlene Ruck.

Monday 27th . 

9.30am Mass – Sick of the Parish.

7.00pm Parish Council Meeting.

Tuesday 28TH – Feast of St. David

7.00pm Mass –  Tom Supple (Divine Mercy prayers before mass and Rosary after.)


9.30am Mass – Raphael Orchard.

7.00pm Mass – Fr. Leonard May – Recovery.

(2.30pm School Service in School Hall.)

Thursday 2nd March  9.30am Mass – Tom Supple

Friday 3rd March.

6.00pm Stations of the Cross.

7.00pm Mass – Daniel Polka.

Saturday 4th March – Memoria of BVM.

10.00am Confessions, exposition and benediction

11.00am Mass – Margaret Thomas. 11.30am Church Cleaning.

Sunday 5th March – 1st Sunday of Lent.

9. 30am – Keith Davies  (including baptism of Joy Goodwin.) 11.30am – Tony Bunclark.

 6.30pm – People of the Parish


LENT 2017

                                          ARCHBISHOP GEORGE STACK


“Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness…..He fasted forty days and forty nights” (Matthew 4:1-2)


The Forty Days of Lent have a great biblical precedent, not least in the forty years the people of Israel wondered the desert in search of the Promised Land. The example for our own practice of “Quadragesima” lies in the forty days Jesus was in the wilderness before he undertook his public ministry. A time of discipline and preparation is important before any important event or decision in life. Prayer, Fasting and Abstinence are the three tools we use as we prepare to celebrate the great mystery of Easter the Passion Death and Resurrection of our Lord. No accident that the Lenten exercises really came into focus with the Baptism of Adult Converts  at the Easter Vigil and the Reconciliation of Sinners during the days preceding it. These important events also lie in the foundation of the Lenten Season.


Fasting and Abstinence have nothing to do with hating or despising the world and its material goods. Neither are they ways of punishing ourselves.  Fasting is one way in which  we deepen our awareness of God.  By denying ourselves food, or a luxury (the sweets,the cigarettes,the alcohol) what else do we do except say “I do not depend on these things”.  It enables us to step back from the usual habits and distractions and give particular attention to God.  An outward restraint can be a sign and symbol of an inner attention, and a help towards it. This is a meaning of the great symbol of ashes given on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  This is also the Prayer which lies at the heart of Lent. Reminding ourselves to give time to God so that God may speak to us in the silence of our heart.


All major faiths encourage fasting and abstinence as spiritual disciplines. The Christian Faith is no exception.  Jesus himself fasted in the desert as part of his preparation to meet his tempter. The early Christians observed fasts. (Acts 13:2  14:23).  The Fathers of the Early Church recommended the practice also. “Fasting is food for the soul, nourishment for the spirit. (Ambrose of Milan c.339-97).


When Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days, he did so in order to clarify his relationship with God and the nature of his calling. To face inner temptation, he needed to explore how he stood in relation to material needs and worldly power, and to affirm that his ultimate trust was in God “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”. (Matthew 4:4).

Our fasting and abstinence,if we are serious about them, have a particular significance in a world dominated by a culture of consumption. Today we are all encouraged to think of ourselves as ‘consumers’ or ‘customers’, as if the material things of creation had no other meaning than to be used by human beings. Fasting is a form of restrain in which we stand back to contemplate things as they are in themselves, as they are in relationship to God the creator, and not just a they exist for us. “Fasting prevents us from identifying ourselves with the world in order merely to possess it, and enables us to see the world in a light coming from elsewhere. Then every  creature, every  thing, becomes  an object  of contemplation. Fasting puts between ourselves and the world a wondering and respectful distance”. So wrote Oliver Clement, an Orthodox Christian theologian who was born into an agnostic family in 1921.


Real enjoyment of the world comes not from possessing it or consuming it, but from a detached enjoyment of its goodness. Far from being a negative reaction to the material world, fasting is a positive affirmation of it. Fasting leads to thanksgiving. In fact, there is no effective act of thanksgiving -no Eucharist- without some form of self  restraint.


Fasting is always linked in the teaching of the Fathers with prayer and almsgiving. Charitable giving is part and parcel of Lent. Solidarity demands that others who are in need benefit from our self  restraint – otherwise even fasting and abstinence can be seen as self indulgence, as the slimming world reminds us!  Each one of us will have our own good intentions as we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. Self  denial and solidarity with the poor must surely be part and parcel of our Lenten practice. The Diocesan charity for Lent is the support of the Syrian Refugee Families Project. Let our prayer, fasting and abstinence be of benefit not just to ourselves but to those who are in desperate need of our charitable support.  







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 17thOctober 6.00pm in Church.



      (Sunday 27th November 20th Anniversary Celebrations of building of New Church, Mass at 10.30am, Celebrated by Archbishop George Stack, followed by reception in Parish Hall.)



Sunday 22nd January Session 5 after 9.30 mass in Parish Hall


Sunday 29th January Session 6 after 9.30 mass in Church.


Sunday 5th February 12.30pm 1stConfessions in Church.


Half Term


Sunday 5th  March Session 7  after 9.30 mass in parish hall and parents session in Church.


Sunday 12th  March Session 8 after 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall


Sunday 19th March Session 9 after 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall


EASTER SUNDAY – 16th April and May Bank Holiday Weekend.


Sunday 7th May Session 10 after 9.30 mass and Parents Session in Church


Sunday 14thMay  Session 11 after 9.30am mass – in Parish hall.


Half Term

Sunday 11th June Session 12 after 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall


Sunday 18th June Rehearsal after 11.30am mass in Church.


SATURDAY 24thJune 1st HOLY COMMUNION MASS 9.30am Mass Our Lady’s.