The Cycle of Prayer is how the various days of special prayer are organised into a whole year’s calendar. When it was created in 1996 the hope was that parishes and communities would reflect, pray and act on the various intentions within a particular season. For many of the intentions there is a specific day and a Church agency which sends out material. To help promote some of the intentions which do not have as much prominence, and also to offer for all the intentions a handy compilation of prayers, the Liturgy Committee has prepared a couple of model intercessions for every intention in the Cycle of Prayer. These can be used or adapted in parishes and communities on the designated days and at other times.
In Pope Francis’ letter at the end of the Year of Mercy he commended the idea of a Sunday which focused on the Scriptures. In England and Wales this is marked on the 2nd Sunday of Advent. This year the Scripture Working Group of the Bishops’ Conference has prepared a series of resources under the title of ‘Welcome the Word’. Rather than focus on one particular day there is material for the whole of the Advent – Christmas – Epiphany season. As well material focused on the ministry of reader and psalmist, looking at the Lectionary for the Year of Mark, there are reflections on art and scripture and other aspects of God’s word.
The resources may be freely downloaded from the Bishops’ Conference website:
Welcome the Word – Scripture Resources
An opportunity to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is being offered in Weybridge Deanery and is open to others outside the deanery who are interested.
It starts at the end of September.
Further information is available on this flier or from the Coordinator, Fr Jonathan How (contact details on the flier).
CCRS is a widely-recognised qualification, designed for both catechists and Catholic teachers, and covering the main areas of Catholic theology. Many people enrol in it for their own personal faith development.
More details about CCRS may be found at the website of the Board of Studies of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Pope Francis has published a motu proprio, ‘Magnum Principium’, granting bishops’ conferences greater control over the translation of liturgical texts. Bishops’ conferences will have main responsibility for translations, with the Holy See approving them.
The text of the motu proprio ‘Magnum Principium’ on the Vatican website, with a note from Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Congratulations to Anne Ward who has been awarded the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” (“For Church and Pope”) medal by Pope Francis for her considerable contribution to the musical life of the diocese and, in particular, her many years of dedicated service to the diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage. Bishop Richard presented Anne with the medal at the Opening Mass of this year’s pilgrimage.
Read more on the A&B Lourdes pilgrimage website.
We pray for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor who died on 1 September 2017, surrounded by his family and friends.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the soul of your departed servant Cardinal Cormac,
to whom you committed the care of your family,
may, with the manifold fruit of his labours,
enter into the eternal gladness of his Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Here is a link to a page on the Bishops’ Conference website which includes an obituary and photos of our much loved former Bishop,
a page on our diocesan website, a reflection by Fr Robin Gibbons, and a tribute from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
With effect from the First Sunday of Advent 2017, two holydays of obligation are being reinstated in England and Wales. This decision was made by the Bishops of England and Wales, and has been confirmed by the Holy See.
The days are:
The Epiphany of the Lord – 6th January (transferred to the adjacent Sunday when it falls on a Saturday or Monday),
and The Ascension of the Lord – Thursday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
For more details, see:
Decree on Holydays of Obligation (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales )
Vatican Decree on Holydays of Obligation (Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments)
Vatican Letter on Holydays
More information may be found on the Liturgy Office website.
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.