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.

1st August 2021

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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CELEBRATING MASS FOR OUR PARISHES

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

To view the Mass, click here.

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MASS TIMES IN OUR PARISHES

Saturday (Vigil) Mass at 6:00 pm (MONMOUTH). Booking essential.

Sunday Mass at 09:15 am (MONMOUTH) Booking essential.

Sunday Mass at 11:00 am (ROSS-ON-WYE) NO NEED TO BOOK FROM NOW!

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

Thursdays: Mass at 10:00 am (ROSS-ON-WYE). No need to book.

Fridays: Mass at 10:00 am (MONMOUTH). No need to book.

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BOOKING FOR  MASS IN MONMOUTH ONLY

Applications for the following weekend’s Masses open on Mondays and close on Thursday evenings.

Applications for Mass on 31st July/1st August are now CLOSED.

Click MONMOUTH to apply for Mass in St Mary’s, Monmouth.

If there are more applicants than places for any service and you are not allocated a place this week, when you apply for another week you will be put at the front of the queue.

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

If you are new to the parish and would like to be included in the parish register, please contact the parish secretary (sec.stmarysrc@gmail.com).

A Message from Father Nick 72

For the greater glory of God

On the subject of “saints” and “sinners”, we should perhaps note that the distinction is really not so simple – no saint is entirely free from sin. Nevertheless, we admire those men and women who have persevered against the kind of difficulties which can so often defeat us. We recognise that their lives are more in harmony with their gifts.

On 31st July we celebrated the special day of St Ignatius Loyola (pictured above), whose gifts emerged at a time when the Church was facing unprecedented changes: the Protestant Reformation; the age of discovery; the beginning of a modern, interconnected world. Ignatius brought new focus to the Church’s mission.

His baptismal name was Inigo and he came from the Basque country. He was born in the castle of Loyola in 1491, the year before two momentous events: the fall of the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, and Columbus reaching America. As a young man he became a soldier of fortune – brave, vain and ambitious for a life of glory.

However, his leg was broken by a cannon-ball at the siege of Pamplona and then badly set, spoiling the fine contour of his dancer’s leg. Ignatius had the leg broken again so that it could be properly reset, before realising that his courage was worthy of a nobler cause. He began to read the Gospel and the lives of the saints, and these transformed his ambitions.

He first sought out a place of seclusion, where for a year he gave himself to prayer and wrote the first draft of his Spiritual Exercises. After begging his way on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, he undertook a course of studies in the universities of Spain. From there he went to Paris, graduating as a master of arts in 1534. While in Paris, he began to gather the little group of six who would become the first members of his Society of Jesus. This was the nucleus of the “Jesuit” order.

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A Message from Father Nick 72 (contd)

Now all Ignatius’ courage, discipline and organisational skill were put at the service of the Church. As well as vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, his Jesuits would be ready to undertake any mission given them by the pope. Unable to pursue their first hope of missionary work in the Holy Land, they made their way to Rome in 1537, where Ignatius – very much against his own wishes – was elected General of the Society of Jesus. He would remain in Rome, directing the Society for the rest of his life.

It is difficult to overstate the influence of the Society of Jesus. Its members have been reviled as Machiavellian figures, but Jesuits have lived with great unselfishness in the most diverse and difficult situations: Francis Xavier, one of Ignatius’ original group of six, exhausted himself preaching the Gospel in India and Japan; Matteo Ricci was honoured as a wise man at the very heart of the Chinese court; Roberto de Nobili, known as the “white Brahman”, did similar work in India; the martyrs Jean de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their companions suffered terribly and bravely in North America.

Closer to our own time, Fr Pedro Arrupe, then living in Japan, was one of the first to bring aid to Hiroshima after the dropping of the first atom bomb. In 1989 six Jesuits with two women assistants were murdered in the University of Central America, El Salvador, because they spoke for the poor. Such commitment was Ignatius’ hope for his order, and, inspired by his example, its members continue to follow his vision.

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.

(updated 29/7/21)

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Women in Scripture

A new podcast celebrates the lives and influence of women in scripture, some of the greatest women of all time.

For further information and how to view the podcast, click RCADC JULY.

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Between the Testaments Series

St. John’s Gospel and Temple Theology by Fr. Michael Hall.

For further information and the link to the talk, click RCADC JULY.

Click RCADC MAY/JUNE for Archdiocese notices for May and June.

NEWS FROM OUR PARISHES

(updated 30/7/21)

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ROTHERWAS CHAPEL: MASS OF THE ASSUMPTION

The Abbot of Belmont Abbey will celebrate the Mass of the Assumption on Sunday 15th August at 2:30 pm at Rotherwas Chapel. We are pleased to be able to renew this annual celebration after the enforced gap in 2020. Due to on-going precautions numbers will be limited, so those wishing to attend should book on the website listed below. Seating will be provided. Masks should be worn.

forchapel@gmail.com   Rotherwas Chapel, Chapel Road, Hereford HR2 6LD

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ST MARY’S R C CHURCH, MONMOUTH

Weekly Mass times:

Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 am. No need to book

Saturdays (Vigil), 6:15 pm. Booking essential

Sundays, 09:15 am. Booking essential

Applications for Mass on 31st July/1st August now CLOSED.

Click MONMOUTH to apply for Mass in St Mary’s, Monmouth.

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ST FRANCES OF ROME, ROSS-ON-WYE

COVID RESTRICTIONS LIFTED SO NO BOOKING NECESSARY FOR SUNDAY MASS!

Weekly Mass Times:

Thursdays, 10:00 am. No need to book

Sundays, 11:00 am. (This Mass is also live-streamed)

THOSE WHO ARE SICK

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

Denis and Elaine O’Connor (Ross-on-Wye)

Jacob Sprackling (aged 2 1/2 years), great-grandson of Nell Tregaskis (Monmouth)

Eithne Holcom (Ross-on-Wye)

Honor Houghton (Ross-on-Wye)

Claire Doherty, sister of Broo (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, especially those who died recently.

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.

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