Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
SUNDAY MASSES - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.
1st HOLY COMMUNION DETAILS BELOW.
28th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR. YEAR A – 15th OCTOBER 2017.
FROM FR. MATTHEW.
This week on Wednesday and Thursday interviews are taking place for the
post of Headteacher at St. Mary’s Lugwardine, Mr. Lambert the current head is
retiring at Christmas. Fr. Matthew is on the interview panel, accordingly the
mass on Wednesday is at the earlier time of 9.00am, with no mass on Thursday.
(mass at Belmont Abbey at 8.00am.)
200 CLUB RENEWALS –Thanks to all those who have renewed
their memberships and the new members, the number of members has dropped a bit,
to 112, so the monthly prizes will now be £70 and £20. Renewals and new members
still welcome, forms at the back of Church.
THANK YOU –
For your generosity our Harvest Sunday collections last weekend, many items
were donated to the local foodbank and over £600 to the collection for CAFOD.
Items for the foodbank can be brought to church every week and left in the
collection boxes at the back of Church.
WIGL GROUP – Our
Children’s and Young peoples group that meets on Sunday mornings will be making
a presentation during the morning masses about their project to support
REFLECTION - DRESSING FOR
Our Lord’s parable in today’s Gospel is again a fairly
straightforward outline of salvation history. God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus is
the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast
is the salvation and eternal life that Isaiah prophesies in today’s First
Reading. The Israelites are those first invited to the feast by God’s servants,
the prophets (see Isaiah 7:25). For
refusing repeated invitations and even killing His prophets, Israel has been
punished, its city conquered by foreign armies. Now, Jesus makes clear, God is
sending new servants, His apostles, to call not only Israelites, but all
people—good and bad alike—to the feast of His kingdom. This an image of the Church,
which Jesus elsewhere compares to a field sown with both wheat and weeds, and a
fishing net that catches good fish and bad (see Matthew 13:24-43, 47-50). We have all been
called to this great feast of love in the Church, where, as Isaiah foretold,
the veil that once separated the nations from the covenants of Israel has been
destroyed, where the dividing wall of enmity has been torn down by the Blood of
Christ (see Ephesians 2:11-14). As
we sing in today’s Psalm, the Lord has led us to this feast, refreshing our
souls in the waters of Baptism, spreading the table before us in the Eucharist.
As Paul tells us in today’s Epistle, in the glorious riches of Christ, we will
find supplied whatever we need. And in the rich food of His Body, and the
choice wine of His Blood, we have a foretaste of the eternal banquet in the
heavenly Jerusalem, when God will destroy death forever (see Hebrews 12:22-24). But
are we dressed for the feast, clothed in the garment of righteousness
(see Revelation 19:8)? Not
all who have been called will be chosen for eternal life, Jesus warns. Let us
be sure that we’re living in a manner worthy of the invitation we’ve received
(see Ephesians 4:1).
OUR LADY, QUEEN
OF MARTYRS PARISH
Friday 15th September 2017.
Your 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.
As 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 12th 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 16th 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 19th May next year at 9.30am (if
there are a large number of children there will also be a 2nd mass
at 2.00pm.) Attendance at Sunday mass is a vital part of the course; families
will be expected to make this commitment.
A full timetable of the course will be
available shortly, a draft version is available on the parish website - www.olqmhereford.org.uk If
there are any worries or concerns please contact Fr. Matthew at Church or Mrs.
Jan Winter in Our Lady’s school.
Yours in Christ
Fr. Matthew Carney OSB. Mrs. J Winter/Mrs. Deborah
Thomson/Mrs. Marian Smith
Priest Course Coordinators
I wish for
my child _____________________________________ to participate in the Holy
Communion Preparation Course. Date (approx)
and Church of Baptism_______________
attend____________ Date of
attend the introductory meeting on Monday 16th October at 6.00pm.
Return to Our Lady’s school office or Fr. Matthew at Our
OUR LADY, QUEEN
OF MARTYRS PARISH
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
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.
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
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