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.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 27th September 2020

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CELEBRATING MASS FOR OUR PARISHES

NOTE: Mass is said online every Sunday at 11:00 am 

Click here to watch the live streaming of mass.

A message from Father Nick 28

Living with signs and symbols (1)

We are familiar with the early Christian symbol of the fish, which acted as a kind of secret sign for believers. It could be understood by reading the Greek word for fish as an acronym, or acrostic. “ICHTHYS” would then stand for IESOUS CHRISTOS; THEOU YUIOS; SOTER (in translation: “Jesus Christ; Son of God; Saviour”).

Those early followers of Christ made greater use of code and secrecy than we do (sometimes of course their safety depended upon it). While we might complain if we are not allowed to make a public display of our images of faith, they would expect not to be able to display theirs. But we share this belief with them: a Christian person should be identified most of all by the way he or she lives their life.

There is another fascinating example of Christian code: a word-square which has been discovered in Rome and Pompeii (making it very early indeed), and in places as far apart as Syria and Cirencester.

As Beram Saklatvala points out in his book on early Christian Britain,

It can be read line by line horizontally from the top; or vertically from the top left-hand corner; or horizontally from the bottom right-hand corner taking each line from right to left; or vertically from the same point, taking each line from bottom to top. In all cases, the same sentence is read:

ROTAS   OPERA   TENET   AREPO   SATOR

The meaning of these words is not clear. However, the generally accepted translation is:

The sower Arepo holds the wheels carefully” [or, “The sower guides the wheels for the plough carefully”].

No precise meaning can be given to the sentence, but in 1926 an explanation was suggested which is now generally accepted.

All the letters of the square can be used to write the wordsPATER NOSTERtwice, provided that this is done in the form of a cross, with the single letter N at the intersection. This leaves unused two A’s and two O’s. These are the Latin equivalents of the Greek letters Alpha and Omega that were used as a symbol of Christ, echoing the words in the Revelation of St John: ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…’ Thus the solution of the word square is:

OUR CHURCHES HAVE RE-OPENED!

ST MARY’S, MONMOUTH 

The Application form for Mass on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October is available here.

Applications will be open until 11:30pm on Thursday 1st October.

For Wednesday and Friday Masses at 10:00 am, it is not necessary to book. You will be asked to give your contact details when you enter the church. This is required for the track and trace system.

However, because of the requirement to maintain social distancing, there is a strict limit on the number of attendees permitted at all Masses. If attending, you are requested to be on time and seated before the Mass begins.

PRIVATE PRAYER: the church will remain open for 30 minutes following the 10:00 am Wednesday Mass.

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ST FRANCES OF ROME, ROSS-ON-WYE

The Application Form for Mass on Sunday 4th October is available here.

Applications will be open until 9:00 pm on Thursday 1st October.

For the Thursday Mass at 10:00 am it is not necessary to book. You will be asked to give your contact details when you enter the church. This is required for the track and trace system.

However, because of the requirement to maintain social distancing, there is a strict limit on the number of attendees permitted at all Masses. If attending, you are requested to be on time and seated before the Mass begins.

PRIVATE PRAYER: The church will remain open for 30 minutes following the 10:00 am Mass on Thursdays.

Thanks to all those who work so lovingly in both churches.

A Message from Father Nick 27 (contd)

As Eamon Duffy says, “’The Passion of William of Norwich’ never circulated in large numbers, and was forgotten for centuries. But too many details from it… surface again and again in later examples of the blood libel for the links to be merely coincidental. By whatever means, the story it told passed like poison into the bloodstream of Christendom. Few books of piety can have unleashed so much horror.” That is truly something to make us ponder.

The Catenian Association: Monmouth Wyedean Circle 374  

The Catenian Association provides some 10,000 practising Catholic laymen and their families with friendship, social activities and support.

Click here for further information.

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE

The Year of the God who Speaks is to be extended into 2021.

SEPTEMBER – WEEK 4

CREATIONTIDE RESOURCES

Between 1st September – 4th October we celebrate the Season of Creation as we focus on Scripture and our care for creation.

Read all our new articles at –
www.godwhospeaks.uk/the-god-who-speaks/focus/scripture-and-caring-for-creation/
We look at the following themes:
St Jerome and his spirituality of the desert.
The Church’s call to care for the earth.
Scripture and the environment in works of art.
A great creation song to sing wherever you are.
Top ten plants in the Bible

Staying Together While Apart – a new project by the Archdiocese of Cardiff to help the most vulnerable.

Have you been involved in working with the elderly and vulnerable affected by the COVID-19?

Click here for information on this project.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK

Please pray for those parishioners who are not well, especially  Julia Walker who is seriously ill at this time.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE

Please pray for the repose of all who have died at this time. 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.

We remember especiallly those who died recently, in particular, Betty Law, R.I.P, Ross-on-Wye.

PARISHES’ INCOME – AN UPDATE

As lockdown restrictions continue, the Parishes’ income is understandably far lower than in past years. It would be very helpful, and greatly appreciated, if you could continue to contribute to the Parishes.

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.

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