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.

14th August 2022

The Assumptin of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Sat 13th, 6:00 pm: VIGIL MASS, Monmouth (Intention: People of the Parish)

Sun 14th, 9:15 am:  MASS in Monmouth (Intention: Quinn thanksgiving)

     11:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: Gebre Kidane’s Welfare)

The 11:00 am Mass is LIVE STREAMED. To view Mass online, click HERE.

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WEEK 15th to 21st August

Mon 15th, 09:15 am: MASS in Monmouth (Private intention)

Tues 16th, 10:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Special intention)

Wed 17th, 09:15 am: MASS in Monmouth (Intention: Jean Pitt-Lewis’s welfare)

Thurs 18th, 10:00 am: MASSin Ross-on-Wye (Intention: Susan Hill)

Fri 19th, 09:15 am: MASS in Monmouth (Gambin special intention)

Sat 20th, 6:00 pm: VIGIL MASS, Monmouth (Intention: People of the Parish)

Sun 21st, 9:15 am:  MASS in Monmouth (Intention:Lee & Eunice Duffield)

     11:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: John & Ann Webb)

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SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Father Nick is normally available for confessions as follows:

Ross-on-Wye: Tuesdays, after the 10:00 am Mass (10:30 – 11:00 am)

Monmouth: Saturdays, before the 6:00 pm Mass (5:15 – 5:45 pm)

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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).

REQUIESCANT IN PACE

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

Susan Williams, R.I.P. (Monmouth)

Annie Scott, R.I.P. (Ross-on-Wye)

THOSE WHO ARE SICK

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

Jean Pitt-Lewis (Monmouth)

John Cotterell (Ross-on_Wye)

Pat Fennessy (Ross-on-Wye)

Kathleen Robinson (Ross-on-Wye)

Michael Hargaden (Monmouth)

Bernadette Price (Monmouth)

Caroline Walters (Ross-on-Wye)

Eithne Holcom (Ross-on-Wye)

Honor Houghton (Ross-on-Wye)

Elizabeth Allcock (Monmouth)

According to one tradition the evangelist Luke was a painter. He is supposed to have captured Mary’s looks in a painting which the makers of icons were subsequently at pains to reproduce. It is a legend. But Luke in fact offers us a very fine portrait of Mary which has not ceased to inspire artists.

He speaks of the ‘heart’ of this young woman who was about to become a mother: ‘But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart’(Luke 2:19). A little later he uses the phrase again: ‘His Mother kept all these things in her heart’ (Luke 2.:15). In the language of the Bible ‘the heart’ is the inmost depths of a person where communion is established with God, where the intelligence and the will find they are undivided and from where thoughts and feelings arise, where free decisions are worked out.

Mary for her part speaks of her ‘soul (which) magnifies the Lord’ (Luke 1:46). The word means at one and the same time the being in its depths and the entire person. It is in this way that the psalmist sighs: ‘My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning’ (Psalm 130:6).

Françoise-Xavier Durrwell

POPE’S INTENTION FOR AUGUST

Small businesses. We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

War in Ukraine

We share the world’s dismay at the terrible events taking place in Ukraine. We pray for peace and a change of heart in those who wish to pursue a path of violence and destruction.

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE

Loving God,

We pray for the people of Ukraine and for the people of Russia,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.

We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.

We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine and Russia
and for all the world.                                                              Amen.

Click KYIV  to read about OUR LADY OF KYIV, probably the most famous icon in the world, made by a Byzantine artist about the year 1132.

CAFOD’s new campaign – Fix the Food System

Click www.cafod.org.uk/food for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND PARISH NEWS

(UPDATED 12/8/22)

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday, 14th August, 2:30 pm: ROTHERWAS CHAPEL: MASS OF THE ASSUMPTION

The Abbot of Belmont Abbey will celebrate the Mass. Click HERE for full details.

15th-19th August: HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB:  from 10am-1pm – St Mary’s Priory, Monmouth – ENTRY FREE OF CHARGE.  For more information or to book places for your child(ren), please contact: Gill Waters (St Mary’s RC Church) e:gillwaters@btinternet.com See notice board for details.

15th-19th August: VOYAGE OF OUR LADY OF THE WATERS AND THE WYE – Heavens above, the Wye must not die! A river pilgrimage to raise awareness and call for action to stop pollution of the river. Full details HERE.

Sunday, 21st August: ST JOHN KEMBLE PILGRIMAGE

Help needed! Click HERE for full details.

Sunday, 28th August: ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE IN HONOUR OF ST DAVID LEWIS, S.J. at SS. Francis Xavier and David Lewis Church, Usk. See poster in Church porch for further details.

Sunday, 4th September: JOINT PARISH PICNIC – SAVE THE DATE! The Vaughan family are kindly providing The Green on the Courtfield Estate for a joint parish picnic. Proposed start time 1.00pm. Full details to follow.

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ST MARY’S R C CHURCH, MONMOUTH

Click ST MARY’S, MONMOUTH for the latest news and parish diary.

New Readers welcome. Click St Mary’s Monmouth – Rotas for further information.

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ST FRANCES OF ROME, ROSS-ON-WYE

Click ST FRANCES OF ROME, ROSS for the latest news and parish diary.

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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