Taking Liturgy Seriously – SSG Study Course

September 2021 – June 2022 taking place via Zoom

“The Church evangelises by the beauty of the liturgy.
Let us ask for the personal and sincere meeting with Christ who lives in the liturgy that our lives may be a spiritual sacrifice offered to God.” [Pope Francis – February 2021]

The Society is committed to promoting and supporting the liturgy of the Catholic Church in Great Britain.  We offer this modular course as our contribution to the development of liturgical understanding and study in twenty first century Britain.

Over the course, which will be run in partnership with the London Jesuit Centre and take place via Zoom, there will be the opportunity to explore the Catholic liturgy through a series of distinct yet complementary modules of study. Each module will provide a theological and historical overview which will form the background for a deeper study of how we celebrate the liturgy today. From this we hope that students will feel skilled to foster and lead liturgy in their own parish and community.

Within each theme we will look at how we apply general principles of liturgy, how music and space affect the way we celebrate, and above all how we are enabling people to pray together.

Each module will take three one-hour sessions, 7.30 – 9.00pm, offering time afterwards for questions and comments.  Between sessions leaders would be able to offer some reading/research.

The course is an introductory year leading, hopefully, to courses of greater depth in following years. Our target audience is people who have a serious interest in Catholic liturgy but have not had the opportunity to develop their knowledge. There is no written work attached to the course.  A Certificate of Attendance will be available at the end of each module/the course.

MODULE 1 – Celebrating the Liturgy today
Ann Blackett and Monsignor Kevin McGinnell

2021 – 30 September, 7, 14 October – 

  • Principles of liturgy
  • Liturgical Year
  • Assembly
  • Word
  • Eucharist
  • Mission
Module 1 Course Leaders

Ann Blackett and Monsignor Kevin McGinnell

Ann Blackett is a liturgical writer and editor currently working as a parish liturgist in All Saints Anglican Church, Oakham, Rutland after several years teaching liturgy and sacraments to Franciscans in Canterbury, and working also as director of music in the local Catholic parish.

Monsignor Kevin, a priest of Northampton diocese, is chair of the diocesan Liturgy Commission, parish priest in Luton, Chair of the Society and formerly Chair of Joint Liturgical Group [GB] and English Language Liturgical Consultation.

MODULE 2 – The Paschal Mystery
Kathryn Turner

2021 – 25 November, 2, 9 December

  • Liturgy as encounter with the Risen and Glorified Christ
  • Rites of Passage
  • Funeral Rites
  • Ministry of Consolation
Module 2 Course Leader

Kathryn Turner

Kathryn Turner is a member of the Bishops’ Conference Spirituality Committee and a freelance writer and workshop leader and created the Wellspring website: www.wellspring.co.uk/ www.wellsprings.org.uk   

MODULE 3 – Healing and Forgiveness
Fr Allen Morris

2022 – 27 January, 3, 10 February

  • Ministry to the Sick
  • Sacrament of the Sick
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Penitential Services
Module 3 Course Leader

Fr Allen Morris

Allen Morris is a priest of Westminster Diocese, and presently serving as parish priest of St Nicholas, Boldmere, in Birmingham. He is a former Secretary of the Department for Christian Life and Worship, and a former lecturer in Liturgy and Sacraments at Allen Hall Seminary.

MODULE 4 – Initiation
Paul Inwood and Catherine Christmas

2022 – 23, 30 March, 6 April – N.B. Wednesdays

  • RCIA
  • Confirmation
  • Infant Baptism
Module 4 Course Leaders

Paul Inwood and Catherine Christmas

Paul Inwood currently works as a liturgical consultant, author and composer, and as acting organist of Portsmouth RC Cathedral. An active member of the Society of St Gregory for 51 years, he is a former editor of Music and Liturgy. Catherine Christmas is Diocesan Advisor for Liturgy and Music for the diocese of Arundel and Brighton, Director of Music at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, a cantor, organist, and a member of the Collegeville Composers Group.

MODULE 5 – Commitment
Canon Pat Hartnett & Christine Ward

2022 – 5, 12, 19 May

  • Marriage
  • Orders
  • Religious Life
  • Lay Ministries
Module 5 Course Leaders

Canon Pat Hartnett & team

Canon Patrick, a priest of Middlesbrough diocese, Episcopal Vicar for Spirituality & Worship and a Trustee of the Society of Saint Gregory.

MODULE 6 – Ways of Prayer
Fr Adrian Porter sj

2022 – 16, 23, 30 June

  • Divine Office
  • Bible Services
  • Eucharistic worship
  • Devotions, litanies, pilgrimage
Module 6 Course Leader

Fr Adrian Porter sj

Adrian Porter is a Jesuit priest, Director of the London Jesuit Centre which specialises in courses in Catholic theology, Ignatian spirituality, and social & environmental justice and Provincial Delegate for Jesuit schools in the UK.  He has taught liturgy courses for many years, supporting those responsible for liturgy in parishes and schools.

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Course fee: £30 for an individual module

Discounted cost for the full course [six modules] paid in advance: SSG members: £150
Non SSG members: discounted price of £175 for the full course [six modules], including complimentary SSG membership for 1 year.

Financial Assistance
If you’re wondering whether Taking Liturgy Seriously is for you, please don’t let cost keep you away. The Society has funds donated specifically to encourage and help people attend our courses and we would be pleased to hear from you. We can help with grants of up to 50% which can be applied for by individuals of any age group. You can print off an application form here or get in touch via our contact form.

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