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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Dates for Musicians 2018

B16 pianoHere are details of dates and venues for the Rite of Election, Chrism Mass and other diocesan liturgies and events during the coming year.
All are welcome to join the diocesan choir!
Please make a note of the Pentecost Vigil Mass with New Catholics at Arundel Cathedral on Saturday 19th May. (We’re trying to arrange the timetable for the afternoon to allow people to watch the Royal Wedding and/or the FA Cup Final, if they wish!)
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the months ahead.

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Exploring Mark – a series on the Gospel of Mark with Fr Nicholas King SJ

Image result for gospel of mark lionThe Gospel According to St Mark is the shortest of the four gospels but often tells of Jesus’ ministry in more detail.
A short series of video reflections, ‘Exploring Mark’, aims to bring us a little closer to Mark the Evangelist and his account of Jesus, his life and his ministry.
The commentary is provided by Fr Nicholas King SJ,  eminent author and Bible scholar, who offers his insights into particular areas of Mark’s Gospel.
Seven videos are available for use by individuals, groups and communities to accompany us in our renewed reading of the Gospel of St Mark through this liturgical year (2017-18, Year B).

Continue reading

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“Live on in my love” – now available as a download

Live On In My LoveWith verses from John’s Gospel (chapters 15 and 17) and a simple refrain which is especially easy to sing during the Communion procession, Live on in my love has become a very popular chant at diocesan liturgies, including during the Lourdes pilgrimage, and many people have asked where they can get hold of it.
It is now available to purchase as a downloadable pdf from Liturgical Press’s website.
Reproduction of the words or assembly music graphic is covered in the UK by a Calamus licence.

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Liturgical Calendar 2018: Year B – the Year of Mark

Image result for liturgical calendar ltpThe new liturgical year began on the First Sunday of Advent.
The Calendar notes on the Liturgy Office website provide information about feasts and seasons and the Cycle of Prayer intentions. The monthly pages for the liturgical year 2018 are now available. As well as the web pages there is a downloadable calendar which can be printed to A6 size and inserted in breviaries or missals. Further details from the Liturgy Office site.

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

A useful resource is the (NEW!) UK edition of Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year B. It may be ordered from the Diocesan Bookshop.

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