June 2001
 

CONTENTS

June 2001

The divine presence
The Editor

Exploring the Mass
Vincent Nichols

How can the Mass be better understood? Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, looks at some key aspects of the Mass to bring out how 'in the Eucharist we come to the heart of the mystery of faith. Its riches are always to be explored.'

Liturgy, communion and mission
Alan Griffiths

How does the Mass relate to the rest of our lives? Alan Griffiths is a parish priest in Hampshire and a member of the Committee for Pastoral Liturgy of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Here he shows how liturgy and life are related. 'Liturgy repeatedly inaugurates the Church's life and mission and names it from the Mass outward, as a participation in the life of the Trinity.'

What am I doing here?
Susan Parsons

How does a new convert from Methodism experience the Eucharist in the Catholic Church? Susan Parsons, who is Director of Pastoral Studies at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, reflects on this experience: 'The intellectual challenge to work this out is the most demanding one I have yet come upon'.

God speaks to us now
Tony Philpot

What is the sermon at Mass supposed to do? Remember the past or evoke the future? Tony Philpot, soon to be spiritual director at the English College, Rome, draws on a long pastoral experience to emphasise the power of God's word addressing us now. 'Something is actually happening here which takes our breath away, if we let it.'

Luke Timothy Johnson

Why did the two disciples on the road to Emmaus not recognise Jesus? Luke Timothy Johnson, who is Professor of New Testament at the Chandler School of Theology, Emory University, Georgia, USA, shows how they came to recognition when they began to remember 'those characteristic gestures of Jesus in the Gospel that reveal his identity'.

School Masses
Paul Grogan

Should we be celebrating school Masses? It is a disputed question. Paul Grogan, who is parish priest of St John's Buttershaw, and chaplain at Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College, Bradford, argues strongly in their favour. 'I think we need to rearticulate the purpose of the school Mass in order to show how it is distinctive and how pupils who participate in it benefit.'

Preaching and Teaching the Word
Clare Watkins

Clare Watkins, who teaches theology at Cambridge and is the Director of Studies at the Margaret Beaufort Insitute of Theology, offers some reflections on the lectionary readings for the Sundays of July.

Pastoralia
Maria Coates

A team of 'Catholic mothers' in a parish in the Portsmouth diocese have found a 'fun' way of teaching children and of involving them in the life of the parish. They call it the 'HOTF Club'.

Pastoralia
Simon Stewart

Simon Stewart works for the Lancaster Diocesan Education Service as one of the two adult education advisers for parishes. Here he offers some simple suggestions to help in 'making connections' between liturgy and justice issues.

Correspondence

Postscript - Thoughts on reconciliation
Gemma Simmonds OP




Books

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Carmel and Contemplation - transforming human consciousness
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Daily Prayer in Christian Spain
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