Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
SUNDAY MASSES - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES.
CHRISTMAS EVE - 6.30pm and 9.00pm.
CHRISTMAS DAY - 10.00AM.
4.00pm POLISH MASS.
1st HOLY COMMUNION DETAILS BELOW.
3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT – 17th DECEMBER 2017.
GAUDATE SUNDAY – “REJOICE.”
GAUDATE SUNDAY – Today the 3rd Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudate
Sunday, meaning “Rejoice.” We rejoice at the nearness of Christmas and enter
into our final days of Advent preparation. This theme of rejoicing is
symbolised with the colour “Pink” in Church –Fr. Matthews’s favourite!
BAMBINELLI SUNDAY – 17th DECEMBER - 3rdSUNDAY OF ADVENT. - Today we also bless the crib figures of the baby Jesus and then them home,
place them in a gift box and put under the Christmas Tree until Christmas when
he is to be the first gift to be unwrapped.
BAPTISM – During
the 9.30am mass today there will be the baptism of Helena Kuriakose. ENROLMENT AS CANDIDATE – Also
during the 9.30am mass we will be enrolling Amanda Flett as a candidate for
reception into the Church and confirmation. Hopefully she will be received into
the Church next Easter. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
NATIVITY – To be performed at
the 6.30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas - rehearsal after the 9.30am mass this
Sunday and next; the nativity will also be performed at the Epiphany
celebration on Saturday 6th January at 4.00pm.
PREPARING THE CHURCH FOR
CHRISTMAS – Next Saturday 23rd December
from 11.30am, lots of help needed, refreshments will be supplied.
REFLECTION “ONE WHO IS COMING.” The
mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings,
comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best
understood by who he isn’t. He is not Elijah returned from the heavens
(see 2 Kings 2:11), although
like him he dresses in the prophet’s attire (see Mark 1:6; 2 Kings 1:8) and
preaches repentance and judgment (see 1 Kings 18:21; 2 Chronicles 21:12-15).
Not Elijah in the flesh, John is nonetheless sent in the spirit and power of
Elijah to fulfill his mission (see Luke 1:17; Malachi 3:23-24).
Neither is John the prophet Moses foretold, although he is a kinsman and speaks
God’s word (see Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 6:14). Nor is John
the Messiah, though he has been anointed by the Spirit since the womb
(see Luke 1:15, 44). John prepares the
way for the Lord (see Isaiah 40:3). His
baptism is symbolic, not sacramental. It is a sign given to stir our hearts to
repentance. John shows us the One upon whom the Spirit remains (see John 1:32), the One who
fulfills the promise we hear in today’s First Reading (see Luke 4:16-21). Jesus’
bath of rebirth and the Spirit opens a fountain that purifies Israel and gives
to all a new heart and a new Spirit (see Zechariah 13:1-3; Ezekiel 36:24-27; Mark 1:8; Titus 3:5). John comes
to us in the Advent readings to show us the light, that we might believe in the
One who comes at Christmas. As we sing in today’s Responsorial, the Mighty One
has come to lift each of us up, to fill our hunger with bread from heaven
(see John 6:33, 49-51). And as Paul
exhorts in today’s Epistle, we should rejoice, give thanks, and pray without
ceasing that God will make us perfectly holy in spirit, soul, and body—that we
may be blameless when our Lord comes.
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.
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