Society of St Gregory Summer School 2019

The Society of Saint Gregory summer school 2018 has just taken place, and here is advance notice of the 2019 summer school which will be held in our diocese
at Worth Abbey,
from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th August 2019.
As 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the society, the theme will be
Celebrating Jubilee.
The keynote speaker will be Paul Turner, with Martin Foster as Director of Liturgy and Martin Barry as Director of Music.
Watch this space and the SSG website for further details as they become available, but make a note in your diary now!

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Liturgical Calendar 2019: Year C – the Year of Luke

LTP Calendar 2019The new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent,
2nd December 2018.
The Calendar notes on the Liturgy Office website provide information about feasts and seasons and the Cycle of Prayer intentions.
Further details to follow from the Liturgy Office, including monthly pages for the liturgical year and a downloadable calendar which can be printed to A6 size and inserted in breviaries or missals.

Also, see the Seasons page for information and guidance on celebrating the seasons and feasts of the liturgical year.

A useful resource is the UK edition of Living LiturgySpirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year C. It may be ordered from the Diocesan Bookshop.


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Rite of Induction of a Parish Priest

Induction of PP (Richard Madders)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.

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Mary, Mother of the Church

Related imageEarlier this year, Pope Francis decreed that the ancient devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman Calendar. The liturgical celebration, B. Mariæ Virginis, Ecclesiæ Matris, will be celebrated annually as a Memorial on the day after Pentecost.

Liturgical information is available on the Liturgy Office site – already given to many of you in advance of today’s celebration, but provided on this page for future reference as well.

Mass Proper: Votive Masses: Our Lady, Mother of the Church (RM p.1411)
Proper Preface: Mary, Model and Mother of the Church
Office: (Translation to be prepared by ICEL)
Lectionary: (The first reading(s) is taken from the Votive Mass for Mary, Mother of the Church, The remaining texts are new to the Lectionary and a translation of the necessary parts will be prepared by ICEL.)
Votive Mass of Mary Mary Mother of the Church (Lectionary III, p.841) might be used until the new texts are available.

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Season of Lent

Lent cross + return to the Lord Check the Lent section of the Seasons page for resources to help with liturgy planning during Lent. The Season of Lent leaflet from the Liturgy Office is very useful as a starting point and source of background information.

“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold themes of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises.”
(Ceremonial of Bishops, 249)

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How to celebrate the Scrutinies without scaring the Catechumens! (From Team RCIA)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“How do we explain the scrutinies to the catechumens without scaring them?” That was a question Team RCIA received recently.
The structure and beautiful prayers of the rite don’t seem frightening, but perhaps we’re put off by the titles scrutiny and exorcism, which have been handed on to us from the ancient catechumenate of the third and fourth centuries.
Read more about this from Team RCIA, an article with historical background from Paul Turner, and another reflection on the Scrutinies.
And see the RCIA section of the Rites page for more links.

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Psalm for 1st Sunday of Lent

Ps 25 Show me your waysFor those of you who use Paul Inwood’s setting of Psalm 24 (25), “Remember, remember your mercy Lord”, here is an alternative refrain to reflect the Psalm response in the Lectionary for the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B.
Use it in conjunction with the existing verses as found in Laudate, Celebration Hymnal and other resources.

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Rite of Sending for Election

Signing-of-the-Book-of-the-ElectHere are texts from the RCIA for a parish celebration for Sending Catechumens for Election and Candidates for Recognition by the Bishop, ahead of the Rite of Election in Arundel Cathedral (Saturday 17th February at 2.30pm).

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).

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Society of St Gregory Spring Gatherings

The Society of Saint Gregory will once again be holding a series of Spring Gatherings, with talks, liturgies and workshops.
This year there will be a particular focus on planning and preparing for Mass, exploring the texts and music and what is needed for a truly worthy celebration.
All are welcome, whether members or not, particularly anyone involved in parish ministry.
The closest venue to A&B is in Portsmouth, at
St John’s Catholic Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way,
on Saturday, 28th April 2018 (10am – 4pm).
For further details, see the SSG’s Spring Gatherings page.

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Adoremus – National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress

Monstrance 3The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool, 7th–9th September 2018.
Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church.
The Liturgy Office site has a page offering a number of resources on Exposition of the Holy Eucharist and Preparatory material for parishes.
This material will continue to be added to over the coming year (2018).
For further details, see Adoremus on the Bishops’ Conference website.

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