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15th Sunday (Ord, Year  B)
12th July 2015 click here for the most recent bulletin

Marshalswick Mass Centre
Starting on Sunday, 26th July through to the end of August, Mass at Marshalswick will be celebrated at the Baptist Free Church in Sherwood Avenue while St John Fisher School undergoes refurbishment work. Mass will begin at the earlier time of 8.30am during this period.
We would like to thank Rev. Graham Clarke and the Baptist Church community for this very kind opportunity. To accommodate their community we will endeavour to be finished and out of the church by 9.30am. Priests will need to have shorter sermons and also the music needs to be curtailed to fit our allotted time-scale.

Parish Mission
Our Parish will be holding a Mission conducted by the Sion Community for two weeks (one of preparation and one of mission) from 10th October to 24th October Mission webpages now available - click here for more >>>

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Matrimony Mass 2014
The Mass of St John Fisher

The new translation of the Roman Missal in 2011 provides an opportunity for parishes and communities across the English speaking world Wales to deepen their understanding of the Mass. For Catholics the Mass is at the heart of our faith and the words we use and how we celebrate express and shape what we believe.

From September 2011 parishes began to use the new translation of the Order of Mass, and in our parish we've seen the adoption of Laudate as our reference hymnbook.  Initially, there were very few musical settings of the new Mass, although with time, more are emerging - including the Mass of St John Fisher.

Written by parishioner Mike Walsh, in line with the guidelines set out by the Bishops' Conference, the Mass of St John Fisher is a brand new, upbeat and contemporary setting of the new translation.

Mike Says "In 2011, there was nothing new I liked, and so I decided to just write my own". Initially a setting of the Gloria in 2011, in time for the St Albans Celebrate Conference, followed by a Sanctus and Kyrie for a Memorial Mass at the Holy Name Church in Manchester for a close friend and Universioty Chaplain, Chris Dyckhoff SJ RIP, eventually resulted in a full Mass being completed.  Mike says "the real catalysts was when my daughter Clare and her fiancee Pete DeBoo, who are marrying in our church on 6th September, asked if they could use my Mass.. I had no choice to but to get on and finish it off!!"

The Penitential Rite



The Sanctus

Memorial Acclamation I

Memorial Acclamation - II

Memorial Acclamation - III

Agnus Dei

The Amen

It's now complete, and as required by the Bishops' Conference, it has to be submitted to Bishop Alan Hopes for approval - Mike is hoping that all the boxes are ticked and that approval will be granted in July 2014.   In the meantime, it's being used (legitimately) in our parish, but after approval, Mike will make it available on the website for use throughout the English speaking world.

It's named "The Mass of St John Fisher" after the JMI School in Marshalswick, St Albans, where Mike's two daughters grew up, "St John Fisher School" means a lot to our family, says Mike.   Furthermore, Mike chose Sunday, 22nd June 2014, to actually submit the Mass for approavl - the feast day of St John Fisher!!

For anyone wanting to try the Mass, or use it, all the parts are availble here for download, completely free of charge, of course.   Enjoy, and share it with your friends in other parishes.

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