Sep 26, 2011

A new translation of our Mass texts

A new edition of the English language translation of the Mass is being introduced worldwide this Advent. The structure of the Mass is not changing. The order and the actions of the Mass remain unchanged. The readings at Mass are not changed. However, with the introduction of the new edition of the Roman Missal throughout the English-speaking world, we will all notice a change in how the Mass sounds.

We want  you and your parish to be fully supported in this time of change. Over the last few months, we have offered information meetings for clergy and to those who lead liturgy across the diocese. About 330 people have attended 9 meetings thus far.

PARISHES: For updated information and resources click HERE  There are a lot of resources available in local bookshops like Veritas, (Ennis, Cork, Dublin etc),  Abbey bookshop (27 O'Connell St, Limerick) and Knock Shrine bookshop (little Catherine Street, Limerick).  Other websites offering information include  - National Liturgy Office, Ireland, USA Bishops Conference, and the well known PrayTell liturgy Blog, etc


  • An interesting article by Fr Michael G.Ryan (author of 'What if we just said wait') was published in the Tablet magazine in September. Click HERE for more.  
  • The Scottish Bishops Conference has prepared resources for priests HERE, including material for a group of priests to meet and study together.   
  • CTS publications have produced a pocket-sized booklet (£1.95) with the full Order of the Mass - including rubrics.

TEENS: An American video to introduce the new translation to teens is available HERE - its interesting for adults too!

CHILDREN: The Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, in conjunction with Veritas, have produced a series of books and a DVD of the new Mass translation. Information is available HERE (includes sample workbook pages, video etc)

MUSIC RESOURCES. As Mass texts change, so obviously music texts change too. You can hear some of these changes HERE.  Sing the Mass is a new publication by the National Liturgy Centre  - it contains new Mass settings and some older settings with the new texts. See HERE for more details.  Ian Callanan will be offering two workshops in Limerick (city & abbeyfeale) in October  - click HERE for more information. All are welcome to attend, but places must be booked to ensure enough resources are there for all participants.