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.

27th November 2022

1st Sunday of Advent

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Sat 26th, 6:00 pm: VIGIL MASS, Monmouth (Intention: People of the Parish)

Sun 27th, 9:15 am:  MASS in Monmouth (Boase Intention)

     11:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: Elaine O’Connor)

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

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WEEK 28th November – 4th December

Mon 28th, 10:00 am: MASS in Monmouth (Turnbull intention)

Tues 29th, 10:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Special intention)

Wed, 30th, 10:00 am: NO MASS in Monmouth

Thurs, 1st Dec (St Andrew, Apostle), 10:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: Kalina & Jeremy)

Fri 2nd, 10:00 am: MASS in Monmouth (Intention: Justin Baratt)

Sat 3rd, 6:00 pm: VIGIL MASS, Monmouth (Intention: Tony Edwards)

Sun 4th, 9:15 am:  MASS in Monmouth (People of the Parish)

     11:00 am: MASS in Ross-on-Wye (Intention: Evanna Bruce)

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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 of our parishes who died very recently, especially

Reverend Jim Cross, R.I.P., a friend of Monmouth parish.

THOSE WHO ARE SICK

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

Caroline Walters (Ross-on-Wye)

Eithne Holcom (Ross-on-Wye)

Pat Fennessy (Ross-on-Wye)

John Cotterell (Ross-on-Wye)

Honor Houghton (Ross-on-Wye)

Anke Spivey (Ross-on-Wye)

Claire Niven (Ross-on-Wye)

Marian Contreras (Ross-on-Wye)

Pat Burbidge (Ross-on-Wye)

Monica Mullan (Monmouth)

Michael Hargaden (Monmouth)

Bernadette Price (Monmouth)

Elizabeth Allcock (Monmouth)

On the first Sunday of Advent the gospel speaks of the Lord’s return and urges watchfulness Mt 24:37-44. The Old Testament readings for the three-year cycle are taken from Book of Isaiah. They describe the messianic kingdom of peace in which God will gather all peoples (A), call for the Messiah to come (B), and promise the messianic “Branch of David” (C). The New Testament readings, taken from various letter of Paul, warn the hearers to wake from sleep and cast off the works of darkness, “for salvation is nearer to us now…the night is far gone, the day is at hand” (Rom 13:11-14=A); they express the Apostle’s confidence that “you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 1:3-9 =B); they ask for growth in love “so that he (the Lord) may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness … at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints” (1 Thess 3:12-4.2+C). The Mass texts for this Sunday of Advent thus focus with special intensity on the second coming of Christ.

Adolf Adam

THE POPE’S NOVEMBER PRAYER INTENTION:

Children Who Suffer

We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.

WAR IN UKRAINE

UKRAINE BLANKET APPEAL: The Mayor of Kyiv is appealing for blankets to help protect against the cold caused by Russian attacks on power supplies. If anyone has spare blankets, we would be happy to collect them and deliver them to the local organisation that runs humanitarian aid journeys into Ukraine. Please contact Nigel & Meryl Stewart on 01989 566177 oremail: n-mstewart@outlook.com or Father Nick.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND PARISH NEWS

(UPDATED 25/11/22)

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sun, 27th November at St Mary’s Church, Ross-on-Wye at 6.00pm: CHURCHES TOGETHER – LIGHT UP A LIFE: 1st Light up a Life service since 2019! This year the Light up a Life service of prayers and readings to remember those close to us who have died.

Tues, 29th November, 4:30 pm: “HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS AT HOME AND ABROAD” at The Blake Theatre, The Rt. Rev & Rt Hon Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth will speak on this subject. All welcome (collection will be taken in aid of Amnesty International).

Fri 2nd December, 7:00 pm: CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING. Tom Innes from Fingal Rock will host a wine tasting in the St Mary’s Parish Room with a selection of wines suitable for Christmas drinking. For more information click HERE.

Sun 11th December, after 11:00 am Mass: FIRST HOLY COMMUNION GROUP – There will be a brief meeting for parents of children hoping to make their First Holy Communion at St Frances of Rome church on Sunday 11th December after 11.00am Mass.

Sat 22nd April 2023: Trip to Wonderwool Wales, Royal Welsh Showground. Organised by St Frances Craft Group. A few spare seats still available. Contact Janet Baker 01989 565027 or email: mrsjanetbaker6@gmail.com.

ST MARY’S R C CHURCH, MONMOUTH

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

SYNOD UPDATE: The parish, diocesan and national levels of reporting has now gone to the next stage:  The Continental Stage. Click HERE for details of Sean Dunne’s letter to all parishioners introducing this Stage and the input we are each invited to give. Deadline for feedback to Sean is Saturday, 10th December.

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ST FRANCES OF ROME, ROSS-ON-WYE

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

SYNOD UPDATE: The parish, diocesan and national levels of reporting has now gone to the next stage:  The Continental Stage. Click HERE for details of Jon and Lindsay Wise’s letter to all parishioners introducing this Stage and the input we are each invited to give. Deadline for feedback is 6th December.

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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