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The tyranny of the template

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 10:29am on 23rd June 2017
Templates are effective in liturgy preparation since they outline the shape and content which renders an act of worship recognisably Catholic.  Following a template ensures nothing vital is overlooked. However, since templates simplify and summarise, they may omit valid options available to liturgy planners, which can lead to unnecessarily repetitive and...

The Church, out and about

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 10:15am on 23rd January 2017
‘The church has left the building’ is a catchy phrase adopted by Christians engaging in evangelism and social action outside of Sunday worship.  The parishioners of High Barnet parish are living out this motto while our church premises are closed for rebuilding.  We have a temporary home in a community...

Set in stone

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 04:00am on 29th June 2015
Stone features in most of our churches, but its significance as a symbol in worship is sometimes overlooked.  It’s there in the foundations, walls, and furniture, but it seems primarily functional.  It forms the permanent fixtures symbolising what abides for ever, unchanging.  Of course, this can be comforting or obstructive.  The...

Take cover

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 06:11am on 15th November 2013
A parish priest’s absence may feel like a disaster or a blessed relief.  Clergy holidays, ill-health, family matters, or departure due to a parish move or retirement can leave parishioners welcoming a new man upfront, once in a while, or at every Mass, every day, every weekend, for some time. Priest...

The shape of the Church

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 01:17am on 3rd December 2011
I worship regularly in a building which is no longer fit for purpose.  The Church community has outgrown its accommodation.  During the summer, the proverbial change being as good as a rest, I visited my local Anglican church instead.  The experience was warm, welcoming, friendly, informative, peaceful, Scripturally and ethically...
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