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
 
 

The 11 o’clock Choir is a formal traditional choir catering for those who enjoy a sung Mass in the serious standard mode.  We sing the order of service, 4 hymns and a communion anthem. The Choir is led by Bob Maskell, organist Anthony Hall and deputy organist, Claire Beaton and our rehearsals are usually on Saturday midday in preparation for the next Sunday and sometimes for the subsequent Sunday.  New members are always welcome.

Resources: we have two folders containing our music, black for the Mass and regularly sung anthems and blue for Christmas and Easter Services.  These are maintained, brought out and gathered back in by a small number of people in the choir who team up to copy music for them.

The Choir sings at Weddings – where a fee is charged, and a pro-forma of suggested hymns is given to the potential bride and groom, which they can decide from and add to, on agreement with us (we need to check licences prior to singing anything) different hymns.  They choose what is sung when the register is being signed, sometimes this is a simple anthem from us right through to soloists on their request.  Marion Aspell, who is now based in Wootton Bassett with her husband Terry who is a Deacon, is often requested. Bookings for the organist and choir for weddings are taken by Christine Hall.

We also sing, unobtrusively from the front row, at funerals.

The Choir Treasurers are jointly Anne Johnstone and John Hewlett.  The money we raise does not go to pay the choir members, we attend voluntarily and feel it to be a great privilege.  The proceeds go towards appropriate causes as they arise and annually agreed charities. Choir money is also used for Easter eggs on Easter Sunday which are very welcome after all the practices leading up to Easter and the busy Easter week.  At Christmas, gifts are bought in the name of the choir for people in more need than we are, typically the Oxfam village gift projects.  The funds are also used to purchase new music, plus parish training and singing events for those who wish to attend.

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.

laudateholyroodswindon@gmail.com – regarding the 5.30 music group

New Life Choir!

The New Life Choir is a ‘part- time’ choir, formed in 2007, to support the singing at the Easter Vigil – in place of the Holy Rood Folk Group which had faithfully served at this liturgy for many years. Since 2007, this choir has gathered a few times a year to support the Easter Vigil, Lenten and Advent Penitential services, the Confirmation Mass, the Parish Feast and the First Mass of Christmas on Christmas Eve. 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 – and consider this social aspect to be very important. 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, with Ruth Barrett as deputy. Anne Nolan  and Melanie Kidd 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

Take a look at our current programme by clicking on this link.

Sunday 9.30am Choir and Music Group

This group supports the singing at 9.30 mass on Sundays throughout the year, taking a break during the summer holidays and for 1 Sunday of half terms. 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 coordinated by Frances Corrigan.

Rehearsals: weekly/ 2 weekly on Saturday afternoons, followed by refreshments.

New members are always welcome, and we are particularly looking out for those who would like to try their hand at leading.

 
Readers

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.

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.

 

 

 

Altar Servers

For information regarding Altar Serving at Mass please contact the parish office – 01793 522062

Children's Liturgy

There is a Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9.30am Mass most Sundays throughout school term time.
Currently, due to a lack of volunteers, this is open only to those in school years Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
The sessions are held in the 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). 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. This means volunteers only have to help out 1 week in 6 in general (taking into account school holidays). We provide basic materials tool (e.g. crayons, paper) and also we can use the photocopier in the presbytery.
New members are always needed and are given a full induction and training. Do speak to Peter if you are interested. He can be contacted via the parish office.

Divine 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

Eucharistic Adoration

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.

Prayer Groups

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