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
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
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 www.romamissal.org 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
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.