Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Roman Catholic Church Hereford



SUNDAY MASSES  - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.


- 24th JUNE 2018

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ADOREMUS “INVITE A FRIEND” SUNDAY – 1ST JULY – Archbishop George is asking all parishes to make Sunday 1st July a day when we invite friends/neighbours/lapsed Catholics to come to and experience Sunday mass. Postcard invites are available at the back of Church, please offer them to a friend/relative and invite them to come with you to mass next Sunday 1st July.

SOLEMNITY OF ST’S PETER and PAUL – FRIDAY 29th JUNE – Is a holy day of obligation, masses at 9.15am and 7.00pm

LOURDES – Fr. Matthew will be in Lourdes with the St. Mary’s school pilgrim group from next Saturday 1st- Saturday 7th July. If you would like a candle lit for your intentions, please fill in one of the forms at the back of Church. Fr. Jonathan from Belmont will be supplying in the parish – 374737.

PARISH BARBEQUE SUNDAY 24thJUNE –Today, Sunday, after the 11.30am mass.


The people in this week’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John. Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be. John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm. From the womb he was set apart, formed to be God’s servant, as Isaiah declares in this week’s First Reading. The whole story of John’s birth is thick with Old Testament echoes, especially echoes of the story of Abraham. God appeared to Abraham and promised that his wife would bear him a son; He announced the son’s name and the role Isaac would play in salvation history (Genesis 17:11619).The same thing happened to Zechariah and Elizabeth. Through His angel, God announced John’s birth to this righteous yet barren couple. He made them call John a special name—and told them the special part John would play in fulfilling His plan for history (Luke 1:5–17). As Paul says in today’s Second Reading, John was to herald the fulfillment of all God’s promises to the children of Abraham. John was to bring the word of salvation to all the people of Israel. More than that, he was to be a light to the nations—to all those groping in the dark for God. We often associate John with his fiery preaching (Matthew 3:7–12). But there was a deep humility at the heart of his mission. Paul alludes to that when he quotes John’s words about not being worthy to unfasten the sandals of Christ’s feet. John said, “[Christ] must increase. I must decrease” We must have that same attitude as we seek to follow Jesus. The repentance John preached was a turning away from sin and selfishness and a turning of our whole hearts to the Father. We must decrease so that, like John, we can grow strong in the Spirit until Christ is made manifest in each of us.