Welcome

to the Catholic parishes of Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye

Welcome to Visitors: we extend a very warm welcome to you and hope you enjoy your time in these areas of outstanding beauty. Both our churches, one in Wales and one in England, are in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

We are a Catholic community growing in faith, spreading the Gospel message of Love through our daily lives and by supporting one another and the wider community through prayer, fellowship and service.

We welcome you to our website and hope you enjoy learning more about our communities.  We warmly welcome both new parishioners and visitors from all over the world to our parish.

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!

I wish you all a very happy Easter – and much joy in a Covid-free future!

Father Nick

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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, 18th April 2021

CELEBRATING MASS FOR OUR PARISHES

Every Sunday Mass is live-streamed  at 11:00 am.

To view the Mass, click here.

MONMOUTH:

Sunday Mass at 09:15 am. Application for Sunday 18th April now closed.

Wednesdays: Mass at 10:00 am. No need to book.

ROSS-ON-WYE:

Sunday Mass at 11:00 am. Applications for Sunday 18th April now closed.

Thursdays: Mass at 10:00 am. No need to book.

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Should you need to contact Father Nick, please do so by phone (01600 712029) or by email (monmouth@rcadc.org)

A message from Father Nick 57

Hands of God and Adam, from the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Rome

“Do not cling to me…”

It is one of the most affecting passages of John’s gospel. Mary Magdalene, who has stayed with her Lord in life and death, has found his tomb empty on Easter Sunday morning. She remains behind when all his other friends have gone and as she weeps alone, she sees him standing before her. At first, she assumes him to be the gardener – only when he speaks her name does she recognise him. Her spontaneous reaction moves him to say, “Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father…” Mary’s experience is a message for the world, deeply intimate and yet utterly transforming – and very different from Jesus’ encounter with Thomas.

Do not cling to me…” The sense of touch has always been a necessary part of our humanity, but after the resurrection it will take on a new sacramental meaning. This is what Jesus seems to be anticipating in his words to Mary. Touch also has a profoundly female resonance, which the great Michelangelo conveys in a wonderful way. We have already glimpsed his famous image of creation in the Sistine Chapel, where the creator stretches out his right arm and gazes yearningly at his beautiful creature Adam – their fingers almost but not quite touching as God sees all the pain and confusion that will come with Adam’s independence. Meanwhile, held closely and lovingly in God’s left arm (and clinging very tightly to its protection!), is his other, equally beautiful creature, Eve – a being who is truly in touch with her maker.

Detail of God and Eve from Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Rome

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A Message from Father Nick 57 (contd)

Jesus offers the same reassuring arm in his constant healing of creation. And in a special way he brings that healing to our persistent wounds of gender division. Women trust him – they come to him and touch him, knowing that their action will not be misunderstood. The woman with the haemorrhage, the woman who washes his feet with her tears and dries them with her hair, the women who come with Mary Magdalene to anoint his body… In an age of “Me Too”, it is hugely restorative to find the dignity imparted by his own respect for them and by his utterly unselfish love.

And it is linked with something even more profound. We have seen once before how Fra Angelico’s painting of the Angel Gabriel announcing the Good News to Mary of Nazareth can be almost mirrored by his painting of Jesus and Mary Magdalene on Easter Sunday morning. Each occasion is a “first”. Mary Magdalene is the first of his friends to see the risen Lord, just as Mary of Nazareth is the first person to receive the message of his conception and birth. The meeting at the tomb confers on Mary Magdalene a unique distinction. She is told that she must not cling to her Lord “because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go and find my brothers and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

This “Annunciation” of her Lord’s new Easter life, given to Mary Magdalene to share, will always be her special prerogative, preserved in a title no one else can claim: “The apostle to the apostles.”

Noli me Tangere, 1947, Jozef Sekalski, National Galleries Scotland
©The Estate of the Artist

NOTE: All of Father Nick’s Messages can be accessed through the tab “E_Bulletins” at the top of this page, or by clicking HERE.

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE

DIOCESE OF MENEVIA – PROGRAMME OF SCRIPTURE TALKS FOR 2021

A series of monthly talks will be livestreamed on YouTube. Click link below for further information.
https://www.godwhospeaks.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Year-of-the-Word-2021-programme-new.pdf

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NEW ARCHDIOCESAN PROGRAMME

The Diocesan Evangelisation Commission is pleased to announce its new programme:

Spread the Gospel: Developing a Missionary Parish. 

Click HERE for further information.

PARISH NEWS UPDATED 15/4/2021

ST MARY’S, MONMOUTH

MASS IS NORMALLY CELEBRATED every Saturday (Vigil) Mass at 6:00 pm; Sunday Mass at 09:15 am.

Sunday Mass: Booking is essential. Application for Mass on 18th April is now closed.

Wednesday: Mass at 10:00 am. No need to book.

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ST FRANCES OF ROME, ROSS-ON-WYE

Altar, St Frances of Rome

MASS IS CELEBRATED every Sunday at 11:00 am (live-streamed).  Booking is essential if you wish to attend Mass in the Church.

Sunday Mass: Booking is now essential. Application for Mass on 18th April is now closed.

Thursday: Mass at 10:00 am. No need to book.

PARISHES’ INCOME

ST MARY’S, MONMOUTH

Click here for full details of ways of contributing to St Mary’s.

ST FRANCES OF ROME, Ross-on-Wye

For full details of how to contribute to St Frances of Rome, click here.

THOSE WHO ARE SICK

Please pray for all those in our parishes who are not well and would like to be remembered, especially:

Eithne Holcom (Ross-on-Wye)

Honor Houghton (Ross-on-Wye)

Claire Doherty, sister of Broo (Monmouth)

Sheila MacEwan (Monmouth)

Elizabeth Allcock (Monmouth)

REQUIESCANT IN PACE

Please pray for the repose of all who have died at this time, especially for those who died very recently.

Sadly and inevitably because of the pandemic all funerals are subject to severe restriction but we hope, when it is again possible, to celebrate a memorial mass for each of those we can now only acknowledge in prayer.

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