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Cycle of Prayer – Model Intercessions

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 … Continue reading

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Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies in Weybridge Deanery 2017-19

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 … Continue reading

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Pope Francis issues Apostolic Letter on liturgical translation

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. Read about it in an article in … Continue reading

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Anne Ward receives Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal

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 … Continue reading

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor RIP

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 … Continue reading

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Rite of Induction of a Parish Priest

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 … Continue reading

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Prayer of the Faithful Guidelines

“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 … Continue reading

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Bible Sunday – Second Sunday of Advent

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 … Continue reading

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The place of Silence in the Liturgy

The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. These words of St Teresa of Calcutta are a reminder … Continue reading

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Instruction on Cremation and Burial of Ashes

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has released an Instruction on Cremation and the Burial of Ashes. The document, Ad resurgendum ad Christo (“To rise with Christ”), reiterates Church teaching about death and resurrection, in particular the preference for burial, … Continue reading

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