Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
FROM FR. MATTHEW.
Today is World Mission Sunday when we pray
especially for the work of missionaries around the world and for the work of
MISSIO, the Churches charity supporting their work. The retiring collection is
for Mission, with Gift Aid forms available at the back of Church. Envelopes for the traditional lists of the
dead for the month of November are also available at the back of Church.
The Icon of Blessed Roger Cadwallader which the parish has commissioned as part
of our 20th anniversary celebrations is now finished, and is being
delivered this coming week. We are looking for parishioners to contribute
towards the cost of the Icon, offerings which can be made in memory of a
departed loved one. The Icon is costing £1000, so we are asking for benefactors
to offer £100. Forms for this purpose are available at the back of Church. Thanks
to those parishioners who have already offered sponsorship.
THE PILGRIMAGE OF PRAYER marking the Archdiocesan
100th anniversary continues, as we pray this week for the parish of Holy
Family, Fairwater, the
Monsignor John Maguire and Revd.
Deacon Maurice Scanlon.
REFLECTION – NO FAVOURITES. Jesus
draws a blunt picture in today's Gospel. The Pharisee's prayer is almost a
parody of the thanksgiving psalms (see for example Psalms 30,118). Instead of
praising God for His mighty works, the Pharisee congratulates himself for his
own deeds, which he presents to God in some detail. The tax collector
stands at a distance, too ashamed even to raise his eyes to God see Ezra 9:6). He prays with
a humble and contrite heart (see Psalm 51:19). He knows
that before God no one is righteous, no one has cause to boast (see Romans 3:10; 4:2). We
see in the Liturgy today one of Scripture's abiding themes—that God "knows
no favourites," as today's First Reading tells us (see 2 Chronicles 19:7; Acts 10:34-35; Romans 2:11). God
cannot be bribed (see Deuteronomy 10:17). We
cannot curry favour with Him or impress Him—even with our good deeds or our
faithful observance of religious duties such as tithing and fasting. If we
try to exalt ourselves before the Lord, as the Pharisee does, we will be
brought low (see Luke 1:52). This
should be a warning to us—not to take pride in our piety, not to slip into the
self-righteousness of thinking that we're better than others, that we're
"not like the rest of sinful humanity." If we clothe ourselves
with humility (see 1 Peter 5:5-6)—recognize
that all of us are sinners in need of His mercy—we will be exalted (see Proverbs 29:33). The
prayer of the lowly, the humble, pierces the clouds. Paul testifies to this in
today's Epistle, as He thanks the Lord for giving him strength during his
imprisonment. Paul tells us what the Psalmist sings today—that the Lord
redeems the lives of His humble servants. We too must serve Him willingly.
And He will hear us in our distress, deliver us from evil, and bring us safely
to His heavenly kingdom.
1stHOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION COURSE 2016/17 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 17thOctober 6.00pm in Church.
Sunday 6th November
1st Session - Kids in
parish hall and Parents Session in Church.
and Rite of Enrolment in Church during 9.30am mass.
Sunday 13th November Session 2. After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
Sunday 20th November Session 3.
After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
(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 4th December Session 4.
After 9.30 mass – in Parish Hall
Sunday 22nd January Session 5 after 9.30 mass in Parish
Sunday 29th January Session 6 after
9.30 mass in Church.
Sunday 5th February 12.30pm 1stConfessions in Church.
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
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
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.
SUNDAY 25th June DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES 9.30am Mass Our
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 23rd October – 30th Sunday of the Year
9.30 am Mass
6.30pm Mass. Tess
Forder. (Rosary 6.00pm.)
Monday 24th .
9.30am Mass –
7.00pm Mass – Tess
Wednesday 26th. St’s Chad and Cedd.
9.30am Mass – Jan &
Josef Jakubowitz, Keith Davies
9.30am KJ George.
Friday 28th .St’s Simon and Jude, Apostles.
6.30pm Rosary. 7.00pm Mass. Mieczystaw
Saturday 29th Memorial of Our Lady.
10.00am Confessions, exposition and
11.00am Mass– KJ George. (11.30am Church Cleaning.)
Sunday 30th October – 31st Sunday of the Year
9.30 am Mass Linda and
6.30pm Mass.. (Rosary