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Line up for Fota liturgy conference announced

Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe to address conference on the priest as intercessor.


Maynooth organ hits the right note once again

Completely restored organ blessed and dedicated at Sunday vespers.


Bishop Nulty to close ‘Gathering in Faith’ by trio of parishes

Initiative marks Year of Faith 2012 – 2013.


September conference on faith announced

'Faith of Our Fathers' conference organised by Catholic Voice for Kilkenny.


Theologian challenges “totally incorrect picture of Ratzinger”

Church must look critically at both the novus ordo form of the Mass and the extraordinary form.


Celebrating St Brigid

Resources include prayer for blessing St Brigid's Crosses, intercessions and hymns. Watch video on how to make a St Brigid's Cross.


Nativity Play

Susan Gately provides a clear and simple version of the Christmas story, ideal for a nativity play for young children in school or youth groups.


Praying the liturgy

Cyprian Love OSB traces developments in the Church’s understanding of the role of liturgy in the life of the faithful.


Liturgy that breathes – Julie Kavanagh

Julie Kavanagh explores the foundational principles of ritual and liturgy in a workshop at IEC2012.


New Irish Mass setting by Liam Lawton

Fr Liam Lawton discusses his new Irish Mass setting for the revised missal called Aifreann Muire na nGael which will be published by Veritas in November 2012.


A Year’s Worth of Gospel Acclamations

The Cloyne Commission for Liturgical Formation has produced a book with words and musical settings to aid the liturgical assembly sing the Gospel Acclamations.


The Word is Flesh and Blood: The Eucharist …

This book follows the movement of the Mass - assembly, word, Eucharist and mission - exploring the biblical sources of the Eucharist. Editors: V. Boland OP and T. McCarthy OP


Last Thing at Night: Prayers and readings…

Rema Devereaux's book reminds us that night time is an opportunity to take stock of the day: to celebrate the best, to learn from the worst, to surrender everything to God before going to bed.


Liturgical Resources for the Year of Mark: …

Fr Thomas O'Loughlin's book is most useful for those preparing for Sunday liturgies throughout the year of Mark.


Our Family Mass: Resources for the Family …

Bernadette Sweetman publishes a comprehensive collection of ready-to-go Liturgies of the Word for every Sunday of Cycle B, as well as the major feast days.


Journeying the Year of Matthew: Reflections …

John Littleton's book provides readers with an overview of the Gospel of Matthew, (Sundays, Year A) It would be useful for priests preparing a homily for the Sunday Mass.


Our Family Mass: Resources for the Family Sunday Liturgy Year A

233 pp. Veritas Publications. To purchase this book online, go to www.veritas.ie

THE BOOKThis is a comprehensive collection of ready-to-go Liturgies of the Word for every Sunday of Cycle A, as well as the major feast days. Whether setting [...]


O come let us adore: exploring the crib at Christmas

112 pp. Veritas Publications. to purchase this book online, go to www.veritas.ie


Setting the Scene: The Real Nature of Things To Bethlehem: Caesar and his Census  ‘We have come to worship’: The Visit of the Wise Men Disturbing the Tyrant: The Anger of King Herod Good News of Great Joy: The [...]


First Fota International Liturgical Conference

Pope Benedict’s concern for a genuine reform of the liturgy was the theme of an international liturgical conference held at the Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort and Spa last week-end. The report is by Patrick Duffy.


An invitation to our composers

A new edition of the Roman Missal with a new translation is being prepared at present. It is expected thaqt the work will be completed towards the end of next year. A new translation means that many of the current texts are changed and therefore new music settings are required.

While [...]


Origins and development of Advent


Vincent Ryan OSB

When the feast of the nativity of the Lord was introduced to Rome in the early years of the fourth century, it was celebrated as a simple memorial and was not preceded by a period of preparation. It was not until about the [...]


“Who sings well prays twice”

“Bis orat qui bene cantat” (“Who sings well prays twice”) is the proverb with which the General Instruction of the Roman Missal introduces its section on “The Importance of Singing at Mass”. The choir, as well as sing its own parts, should fosters the active participation of the people in [...]


Explaining the lectionary for readers

Thomas O’Loughlin’s book is aimed at those who regularly read the word of God during the liturgy. It explains in simple terms why we use certain readings, and why the readings come up when they do – in the belief that a deeper appreciation of the scriptures can be gained [...]


Dvorák: the simple Czech music maker

Antonin Dvorák died on 1 May 1904. One of the few practising Catholics among the great composers, he left us some of the world’s most beautiful melodies, writes Bro Paul SVD.


The Word of the Lord: How to Proclaim the Word of the Lord

The recent Synod on the Word of God (October 2008) highlighted ways of more effective proclaiming the Word of God in today’s world and Have it inspire the lives of Christians. In anticipation of this, the Cloyne Commission for Liturgical Formation last year produced two beautiful companion booklets, of which [...]


Making space for God

Have we lost the sense of leisure in our lives? Paul Andrews SJ shares some thoughts on appreciating Sunday as a day of leisure.


Advent – an introduction

Advent means ‘coming’. “The advent of the motor car”, means when cars first came to the streets. During advent we look forward to the coming of Jesus. At the end of Advent, on Christmas Day, we celebrate the feast of the coming of Jesus – the birth of the baby [...]


Franz Joseph Haydn

Christopher Moriarty takes a look at the life of Haydn, one of the greatest composers of classical music and a devout Catholic.


The Lord’s Day

Joe writes: Some Protestant denominations are almost as strict as the Jews about Sabbath observance. Why are Catholics so lax about it? Fr Bernard McGuckian replys.

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