Bishop Conry introducing new Missal in Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Kieran Conry

Bishop Kieran Conry

With the introduction of the new English translation of the Roman Missal planned for this autumn, Bishop Kieran Conry will be speaking at three evening sessions in the diocese of Arundel & Brighton to reflect on and discuss the new text..  These sessions which are open to all will take place on Tuesday 15 March at St Martha's, Bexhill, Wednesday 16 March at St Joseph's, Epsom or Thursday 24 March at St John's, Horsham.

The Roman Missal contains all the prayers used during Mass. The Bishops of England and Wales, following the Holy Father’s encouragement that this new translation is an opportunity for ‘in-depth catechesis on the Eucharist and renewed devotion in the manner of its celebration’, have decided that from September 2011, the Order of Mass in the new translation will be used in parishes in England and Wales. The Order of Mass contains those texts of both priest and people which are constant at each celebration of Mass. For three months from September 2011 until December 2011 there will be catechesis (training and preparation) in parishes both on the new translation and on the Mass itself. This will precede the publication of the entire newly translated Missal which at the earliest is expected by Advent 2011.

In the diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Bishop Kieran and all the clergy have had the opportunity of training with leading liturgist, Canon Alan Griffiths. One attendee, Deacon Mark Woods said: “There were extremely positive conferences. We all came away knowing much more about why the changes are happening, how we can present them to our parishes, and more importantly about the chance this gives for a deepening of our understanding of the celebration of Mass.”

The Bishop is also leading a working group which has arranged a whole series of events for the coming months which will be open to parish leaders and parishioners over the coming months. These include sessions with leading liturgists Canon Alan Griffiths from UK and Fr Paul Turner from USA. They will also be numerous opportunities to look at the many resources available for use in parishes. More information can be found on the diocesan website

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