Learning a new Mass setting



angels-nice-franceOver time we are building up a fuller repertoire of liturgical music in the parish.

For example, we are hoping to have a Mass setting for each of the major liturgical seasons and a couple of settings for use in the major blocks of Ordinary Time.

A number of the building blocks are already in place.

  • For Lent we have the Missal’s plainchant setting of the Latin texts of the Holy (Sanctus), Memorial Acclamation and Lamb of God (Agnus Dei)
  • For Advent we have the Missal’s plainchant setting of the English translation of the Latin texts.
  • For Ordinary Time we have for a long time used the Schutte Christ our Saviour Mass.

Our music groups have been practising the Sanctus and Memorial Acclamation from Marty Haugen’s Storrington Mass ready for our use when praying the Mass, beginning in October. Have a listen here….

We will also be introducing the Gloria, ready for use at Christmas.

It maybe that this setting will become our Christmas/Easter setting, or our second setting for Ordinary Time. Time will tell.


Speak Lord: faithful one, speak

Living Eucharist

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord, who protects the stranger.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

The Lord upholds the widow and orphan
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

Psalm 145:7-10

The Responsorial Psalm on Sunday,  the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, reminds that the Just One, the Reconciling One, and the

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Speak Lord: As One

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In the second reading on Sunday, for Sunday coming, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear St Paul continue to offer advice to Timothy, calling him to holiness and to a still more faithful service of the Lord.

As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses. Now, before God the source of all life and before Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who at…

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Speak Lord: Of today and our choices

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veronica-walshThe Gospel for Sunday coming, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, continues to explore themes that were to the fore in last week’s Liturgy of the Word also: Christian responsibility, justice, love …

Jesus said to the Pharisees, ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.     ‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus…

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Taste and See: The Basics…

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helpThe Collect at Mass on Sunday, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time reminded us of the bottom line: the basic expectation of a child of God.

O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law
upon love of you and of our neighbour,
grant that, by keeping your precepts,
we may merit to attain eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Love of God and love of neighbour can seem quite separate things.

Someone could say ‘I don’t even believe in God, but I do love my neighbour.’ Yet God is love and every act of love is a participation in the world as God made it to be, not only its facticity, but its intention and purpose.

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Praying for Peace



Today in Assisi, Pope Francis gathers with religious leaders from around the world, to pray for peace.

He does so, marking the 30th Anniversary of the first World Day of Prayer for Peace led by St John Paul II, at Assisi also.


However, as Archbishop Kevin McDonald makes clear in a statement available below the gathering today is no mere anniversary of a past event. It is a real and vital expression of the Church’s continuing role of interceding for the world, and for peace – a work that the Church does in Christ, but to which others too are called by God. Being gathered together for prayer provides a remarkable and important witness to what Saint John Paul II described as the ‘profound unity’ shared by ‘…those who seek in religion spiritual and transcendent values.

Do try to find time to offer prayer for peace today – perhaps by yourself, or with others.


Our parish will celebrate Mass, followed by A Holy Hour a special Holy Hour on Tuesday 27th September, to continue the prayer offered today in Assisi and elsewhere.

Mass at 6pm;
the Holy Hour will begin after the Communion Rite
and continue until 7.30pm.  

Tuesday 27th September,
the parish church of St Nicholas, Boldmere.

Come and join us.

Next Tuesday, the 27th,  is exactly 40 years to the day of the event led by Saint John Paul.

If you would like to subscribe to a newsletter produced by the Bishops’ Conference national coordinator for Catholic interreligious work in England and Wales please click here.


Taste and See: Justice

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The first reading at Mass on Sunday, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, offered challenging words from the prophet Amos.

Listen to this, you who trample on the needy
and try to suppress the poor people of the country,
you who say, ‘When will New Moon be over
so that we can sell our corn,
and sabbath, so that we can market our wheat?
Then by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel,
by swindling and tampering with the scales,
we can buy up the poor for money,
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
and get a price even for the sweepings of the wheat.’
The Lord swears it by the pride of Jacob,
‘Never will I forget a single thing you have done.’

Amos 8:4-7

Having heard the words again, and perhaps, again, been chastened by them, what might we do?

It is possible that we may be…

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