At this time of year we pray especially for all those priests who are moving parish, that God will guide and bless them abundantly during this period of transition and in their ministry in new pastures. We pray too for all the parish communities involved.
For parish priests, secretaries, MCs, etc., here is the diocesan Rite of Induction of a Parish Priest – in Word format for you to include in an order of service – along with sample Intercessions. If you need help or have any questions, please contact us.
Bishop Richard will lead a day of reflection for Readers
on Saturday 16th September 2017
at Sacred Heart Church, Cobham, 11.00am-4.00pm.
There will be talks on the Scriptures, the Lectionary, the Liturgy of the Word, preparing to read, and using microphones.
There will also be a time of Lectio Divina, and Mass will be celebrated to conclude the day.
Please see the poster for details, and please book to let us know you plan to attend.
(NB Booking is essential as spaces are limited.)
Who do you say that I am? – Images of Christ in the New Testament.
A Conference for RCIA teams and all who engage with scripture in liturgy and catechesis.
Tues 6th – Thurs 8th June 2017, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts. Main Speaker: Ian Boxall.
Don’t miss this chance to hear Ian Boxall, to deepen your knowledge and understanding of scripture and to reflect on your response to ‘Who do you say that I am?’
Still some places available. Last chance to get early bird fee for the conference – save £40!
More information at the RCIA Network’s site.
On the Rites page, you can find RCIA resources for Lent, including texts for celebrating the Scrutinies (on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent) with the Elect – those journeying towards Baptism.
Here is a brief history of the scrutinies from Team RCIA, and an article by Paul Turner.
Today, at the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis will preside at Vespers in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.
The Sistine Chapel Choir will be joined by the choir of Westminster Abbey.
You can follow the live feed at 4.25pm (or watch it later), and there is also a lovely interview on Vatican Radio with the Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, and Mark Spyropoulos, the only full time English singer with the Sistine Chapel choir (who was at school at Worth).
The collaboration of the two choirs grows out of recent years of deepening Anglican-Catholic relations, in particular following Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to London in September 2010.
“In the Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in a certain way to the word of God which they have welcomed in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is fitting that such a prayer be included … so that petitions will be offered for the holy Church, for civil authorities, for those weighed down by various needs, for all men and women, and for the salvation of the whole world.”
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 69)
Bishop Richard has just issued revised guidelines for the Prayer of the Faithful to assist those who prepare and read the Prayer of the Faithful, and to help foster liturgical formation and promote good practice.
Further information is available on the Liturgy Office site.
On the second Sunday of Advent (4th December 2016) parishes in England and Wales are invited to celebrate Catholic Bible Sunday. This year’s theme is ‘Welcome One Another’, taken from Romans 15:7.
Catholic Bible Sunday provides an opportunity for everyone to give thanks for the gift of the Bible, and also invites a deepening engagement with the Scriptures.
A downloadable booklet has been provided for Catholic Bible Sunday with homily notes, reflections for Advent and Christmas, Children’s Liturgy ideas, social action challenges, prayers and more. Further information on the Bishops’ Conference site.
We wish you every blessing during this joyful season of stillness, waiting and expectation.
Have a look at the Seasons page of this site for links to resources for Advent and Christmas liturgies.
CAFOD’s interactive online Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day of the season to help us reflect on issues of global justice as we prepare for the coming of Jesus.