Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
SUNDAY MASSES - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.
1st HOLY COMMUNION DETAILS BELOW.
25th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR. YEAR A – 24th SEPTEMBER
Only weekday masses this week - Monday 8.15am, Tuesday 7.00pm, Saturday 11.00am.
FROM FR. MATTHEW. I am away from Monday to Friday this week,
leading the Deanery Pilgrimage to Fatima, before we leave on Monday there will be
an early morning mass at 8.15am for the pilgrims especially, Fr. Jonathan will
celebrate mass here on Tuesday at 7pm; no mass on the other days. Friday is the
Solemnity of St. Michael and All Angels, the Patronal Feast of Belmont, a
Conventual High Mass is celebrated at 12.00noon.
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY – Are a charity who work to help
people in debt and to liaise with their creditors, a local branch of the
charity operates out of the Challenge Community Church just down the road, and
they have helped many local people. There funding has reduced this year and so
today’s 2nd collection is for them.
200 CLUB RENEWALS – The first year of the 200 club came to
an end with the September draw last week, so we are asking parishioners to
renew their memberships, the annual membership is £25, cheques payable to Our
Lady’s Church. Those who took out standing orders to pay have nothing to do,
payment should be automatic from their bank accounts. New members welcome,
forms at the back of Church.
HARVEST SUNDAY – Will be celebrated on Sunday 8thOctober which is also the Sunday when we will be collecting donations from the
CAFOD Harvest fast day and we are also asking parishioners to bring in
donations for the local food bank. Lists of items needed are attached to this
REFLECTION - “FIRST and LAST.” .
The house of Israel is the vine of God, who planted and watered it, preparing
the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5). Israel failed to
yield good fruits and the Lord allowed His vineyard, Israel’s kingdom, to be
overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But God
promised that one day He would replant His vineyard and its shoots would
blossom to the ends of the earth (see Amos 9:15; Hosea 14:5-10). This is
the biblical backdrop to Jesus’ parable of salvation history in today’s Gospel.
The landowner is God. The vineyard is the kingdom. The workers hired at dawn
are the Israelites, to whom He first offered His covenant. Those hired later in
the day are the Gentiles, the non-Israelites, who, until the coming of Christ,
were strangers to the covenants of promise (see Ephesians 2:11-13). In
the Lord’s great generosity, the same wages, the same blessings promised to the
first-called, the Israelites, will be paid to those called last, the rest of
the nations. This provokes grumbling in today’s parable. Doesn’t the complaint
of those first laborers sound like that of the older brother in Jesus’ prodigal
son parable (see Luke 15:29-30)? God’s
ways, however, are far from our ways, as we hear in today’s First Reading. And
today’s readings should caution us against the temptation to resent God’s
lavish mercy. Like the Gentiles, many will be allowed to enter the kingdom
late, after having spent most of their days idling in sin. But even these
can call upon Him and find Him near, as we sing in today’s Pslam. We should
rejoice that God has compassion on all whom He has created. This should console
us, too, especially if we have loved ones who remain far from the vineyard. Our
task is to continue laboring in His vineyard. As Paul says in today’s Epistle,
let us conduct ourselves worthily, struggling to bring all men and women to the
praise of His name.
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