Liturgy and Prayer
Liturgy and Prayer
Liturgy and Prayer
Music and Singing!
At Holy Rood music is a integral part of many of our regular liturgies including 3 of the Sunday Masses (9.30am, 11am and 5.30pm); weddings and funerals, First Holy Communion and Confirmation and liturgies during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. We are served by four groups:
The 9.30 choir sing at the 9.30am Mass on Sundays: a combination of contemporary and traditional music.
Holy Rood Choir, sing at 11.00am Mass: Traditional hymns accompanied by the organ
Laudate music group sing at 5.30pm Mass on a Sunday evening.
Holy Rood Children’s Choir alternate between the 9.30am and 11.00am Masses on the last Sunday of the month.
The New Life Choir lead music at the penitential services in Advent and Lent, the first Mass of Christmas (on Christmas Eve), the Easter Vigil and the Confirmation Mass.
All our choirs welcome new members. Please do look at their individual pages to find out more.
Holy Rood Choir – at 11am Mass
Laudate Young Adults 5.30 Music Group!
This group formed in Autumn 2012 out of the desire of the Holy Rood Young Adults group in the parish to reach out to younger parishioners via more modern Christian worship songs. The group meet to practice and to learn new songs once a month – usually on the first Sunday of the month at 4pm prior to mass. Young Adult musicians and singers are always welcome.
Many of our meetings are with, or part of, the New Life Choir – for the latest schedule, click this link.
firstname.lastname@example.org – regarding the 5.30 music group
New Life Choir!
and The New Life Choir is a ‘part- time’ choir, formed in 2007. We gather a few times a year to support the Advent and Lenten Penitential services; Ash Wednesday Mass and the Easter Vigil; Confirmation Masses and the First Mass of Christmas. We sing a variety of material including traditional hymns and modern worship songs. Whilst we have some regular core members, new members are welcome to join each time the group convenes, thus the group has a slightly different membership each time it meets. Rehearsals are usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, from 7/ 7.30pm, for a period of weeks leading up to the respective liturgy. We nearly always have a refreshment break – the social aspect of singing is important to us! We also like to go out for a meal together once a year. Do come and give us a try – no audition needed, just enthusiasm for singing God’s praises!
The choir is directed by Marguerite Holliday. Melanie Kidd and Cynara Monteiro are our regular pianists and Ruth Barrett our regular clarinettist but guest musicians are sometimes required/ always welcome! Do let us know if you would like to be involved.
Contact details for Marguerite: (01793) 480 611; 07505 368 218
Sunday 9.30am Choir and Music Group
We support the singing at 9.30 mass on Sundays throughout the year, taking a break during the summer holidays. The group was started in 1999 to develop one of the Sunday masses towards being more family friendly. It comprises adults and young people – with the emphasis being on facilitating young people in sharing and developing their musical and singing talents. The music is a mix of old and new – but chosen to fit with readings of the day and liturgical seasons. The group is led by Frances Corrigan.
Rehearsals: 2 weekly on Saturday afternoons
New members are always welcome, and we are particularly looking out for those who would like to try their hand at leading.
Since the beginning of the Church, communities have chosen people for the task of reading the Scriptures within the liturgy. Yet being a Reader is more than simply fulfilling a task. At its best, Reading is a calling, vocation and a spiritual discipline. It is a commitment to preparing oneself so that one’s reading becomes a vehicle for God’s word. Today we take the proclamation of the word of God for granted, but perhaps do not recognise that Reading is an act of proclamation and the key instrument of that proclamation is the Minister of Reader.
During Mass we have four distinct encounters with Christ – in the people gathered together, in the presiding priest or bishop, in the word of God, which is ‘alive and active’ (Heb 4:12) and in the Body and Blood of Christ. The proclamation of the word is thus integral to the Mass and at its very heart.
In proclaiming the word of God from Sacred Scripture, Readers exercise their responsibility in mediating the presence of Christ. God speaks to the assembly through them, and the impact of God’s message will depend significantly on their conviction, their preparation, and their delivery. The Reader has responsibility for not simply reading the word, but assisting the assembly to hear the word, which requires the Reader to be attentive to the assembly, allowing times of pause and silence as the assembly prepares to listen and takes the word of God to heart.
If you would like to be considered for this ministry please contact the parish priest. Our readers are invited to attend some form of training/ retreat on an annual basis.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The ordinary minister of Holy Communion is the bishop, priest or deacon. If a large number of lay faithful is present at Mass, the ordinary minister(s) may frequently require the assistance of lay faithful, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, ministering Christ’s Body and Blood to their sisters and brothers. Such ministers will normally be approved by the bishop, having been carefully chosen and formed, and will be formally commissioned to exercise this ministry within their community.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay people – members of the community, ministers who co-operate in the sacred ministry of the priest when they exercise their ministry at Mass. They should therefore prepare for this prayerfully, with the utmost respect and reverence for what they are about to undertake. They should be seated in the assembly and should not be part of the opening or closing processions. It is a powerful sign of calling to see them coming from the midst of the community and returning to that community having served.
If you would like to be considered for this ministry please contact the parish priest.
For information regarding Altar Serving at Mass please contact the parish office – 01793 522062
We run a Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9.30am Mass most Sundays throughout school term time, currently just for those in school years Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The sessions are held in the adjoining Holy Rood Primary School main hall.
Each group is hosted by at least 2 people (DBS-checked) and the sessions run for about 20 minutes. The priest invites the children up to the front of the church to meet with the group leaders just after the opening prayer, and the children are brought back to join their families during the preparation of the gifts /collection.
Often, the group puts together a board covering the topic of the Sunday (normally covering the Gospel, but it could be one of the readings if they were easier to grasp for the children) and the board is brought up by the children as part of the Offertory Procession.
The leaders put together the sessions themselves, using either online materials from places such as CAFOD or Sermons For Kids, or using books provided, which are kept in the Parish Room. In terms of numbers of volunteers, we try to have 4 groups of 4 people so that volunteers are on a 1 week in 6 rota. We provide basic materials tool (e.g. crayons, paper) and also we can use the photocopier in the presbytery.
New helpers & catechists are always needed, especially at present since we would like to get re-start our ministry to the children in school years 3-6. We will offer you a full induction and training. Do speak to Peter if you are interested. He can be contacted via the parish office.
DIVINE OFFICE: PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer in the Church: Monday, Tuesday & Saturday after 8am Mass
Evening Prayer in the Church: Wednesday at 5.20pm
Holy Rood parish is delighted to be able to offer a number of opportunites for adoration of the blessed sacrament. We still have slots to fill for our perpetual adoration. Please contact the coordinator via the parish office if you are interested in offering an hour of your time each week to support this ministry.
Perpetual Adoration: There is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Monday to Friday from 7am – 10pm. Please check the newsletter before coming to adore as the Blessed Sacrament is reposed during Mass and funerals.
Holy Hour for Vocations: 2-3pm, last Thursday of the month. There is exposition on the main altar with readings, hymns, prayers, periods of silence, ending with a simple benediction if there is a priest or deacon available. Dates may change so please keep an eye on the newsletter for updates.
First Friday of the Month: Normally a time of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the Goan Charismatic Prayer group, after the 5.45pm Mass.
DIVINE OFFICE: PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer in the Church:
Monday, Tuesday & Saturday after 8am Mass
Evening Prayer in the Church:
Wednesday at 5.20pm
INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP: A time of prayer & gospel reflection, Mondays at 9.15am in theParish Room
MOTHERS’ PRAYERS: Thursday mornings at St Mary’s Convent, 34, Groundwell Road after 9am Mass.
MULTI NATIONAL Holy Ghost Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group, Thursdays 5pm-7pm in the Parish Room
LECTIO DIVINA: Group reflection on next Sunday’s gospel: Friday 8.45-9.30am in the Parish Room
GOAN KONKANI PRAYER GROUP after 5:45pm Mass on Fridays until 7:30pm. In the Church