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When I was around eight, soon after I received my first Holy Communion, I remember being in the pew on Sunday morning with my Mass book.  It was a lovely and solemn, white, leather-bound book with classic images of a chalice and a host.  The Mass parts were listed simply and clearly and I followed along pretty well, and after not too long I had all the parts memorised.

It’s good for children to have their own little Mass books.  It helps them to not feel as lost while adults alter between standing, sitting, and kneeling all while repeating line after line of seemingly insignificant phrases.   It can be incredibly daunting, but mostly incredibly boring, to watch and listen and have no idea what’s going on.  So I was happy to have my Mass book; it made me feel involved and special.  It was a way that I could participate without having to burden my father by asking a billion questions about what was going on (although I asked plenty of questions anyway, I’m sure).

The only thing missing from my Mass book were images.  It was so plain and simple that I only used it when I couldn’t remember something I was supposed to say.  I used it like a script and once I had it memorized I didn’t give it any attention.  What I like about the new CTS publication, My Simple Mass Book , is the beautiful imagery, which is at once reverent and joyful.

The illustrations show a congregation of smiling participates who are clearly enjoying Mass as a celebration.  It also shows images of the Saints and angels in heaven, which is an important reminder to children that the Mass we celebrate here on Earth is a taste of the Heavenly Banquet.

Mass is a joyful event, a time to celebrate the power of the Eucharist in which we receive Christ’s flesh.  So it’s frustrating when I see a congregation full of people who seem to just recite memorised lines.  If the congregation knew what they were missing out on – the intimacy of Christ’s True Presence – then they would never turn it down.

The heart of the problem is evangelisation, and evangelisation begins with the family.

“Family is the original cell of social life’ and it ‘is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honour God, and make good use of freedom” (CCC 2207).

In the Rite of Baptism, parents and godparents are given a lighted candle, an expression of the child’s faith, and it is “entrusted to [them] to be kept burning brightly’ (The Rite of Baptism).  Parents are God’s stewards, protectors of His children, called to form them in the faith.  While CTS’ new Mass book for children is far more interesting the one I grew up with, it is still important to guide a child in its use and its significance.

The Family's Mission to Love

“When a family itself shares in this Eucharistic communion, it finds further encouragement to realise this mutual love within the home, and the mother and father clearly need to take the lead in this. Mother Teresa says: ‘Love starts at home.  For your love to be real, it cannot waver at home'” (The Family’s Mission to Love).

Parents are entrusted with ensuring that the greatest gift, life, will thrive in union with God in heaven.  It is the parents’ responsibility to cultivate a child’s faith and show them the joy of obedience to the Father.

Although this can seem overwhelming, the good news is that we are all called to rely upon God with our entire lives; He provides for us in our need.  There are many resources for parents to grow in their own faith so that they can pass it on to their children.  Staying close to the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation, and having a consistent prayer life is essential.  Plus engaging children in family prayer teaches them that we are called to be in communion with God and with each other and it gives them an example of how to pray on a regular basis.

Cultivating a child’s faith is about being generous with love and showing a him or her the beauty of prayer and the power of sacrifice, but what this looks like in each family will be different.

“Every child is different.  Every parent is different.  Being a parent is not about learning a set of rules and putting them into practice like a robot.  It’s about living in the messy reality of everyday life.  It’s about loving your children as best you can – with all your strengths and weaknesses, and with all their strengths and weaknesses”. (Being a Parent Today).

Teresa Seale

CTS Marketing Intern


Abbot Cuthbert Johnson’s booklet Understanding the Roman Missal was very well received when it was published earlier in the year. Here, he explains the differences between that one and his new booklets which he sees as companions to it. He points out that they were written to coincide with the priests and people getting used to the new English translation of the Mass, and tells of how the success of his first text was a springboard to writing more, looking at different aspects and consequences of the changes to the Liturgy.

The first booklet Understanding the Roman Missal was written before the texts of the Order of Mass came into use. There had been some concerns about the new translation of the third edition of the Latin Roman Missal which was published in 2002. Since these concerns were dealt with in publications by those who had been more closely involved in the preparation of the texts, it seemed more appropriate for me, as a monk and liturgist, to prepare a more directly liturgical and spiritual commentary in preparation for the introduction of the new text.

It would appear that this small work was much appreciated and I was encouraged to write similar works as part of the catechetical preparation for the introduction of the full Missal in Advent. The Simple Guide to the Mass is designed to be read in the light of the experience of the Order of Mass which was introduced last week. It is similar in style to the booklet Understanding the Roman Missal and is a companion to it. Several of the points touched upon in the first booklet are developed in this short and concise study of the Mass.

The third booklet Participating in the Mass, Celebrating the Liturgy with dignity and beauty is meant to provide practical assistance to both clergy and lay faithful to ensure a celebration of the liturgy which is both spiritually enriching and aesthetically pleasing. Many people have felt that the beautiful dimension of liturgical worship has been undervalued. This work, which could be described as a guide to the art of celebration, should make a contribution to the restoration of what some have described as the “loss of a sense of mystery”.

All of them are available from the CTS website.

Of related interest:

D745 Simple Guide to the Mass – Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB, a Consultor to the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship, provides a simple and concise guide to the new translation of the Mass introduced by the Church on Sunday, 4 September 2011.

Pope Benedict XVI has expressed the wish that the introduction of the new translation will mark the beginning of: “A renewal and a deepening of Eucharistic devotion all over the English-speaking world”.

LT03 Participating in the Mass –Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB, in this companion to his widely acclaimed CTS booklet Understanding the Roman Missal, provides an informative, step-by-step guide to the celebration of the Mass, to enable the Liturgy to be celebrated with reverence.
LT02 Understanding the Roman Missal – the New Translation –A presentation and explanation of the new translation, accompanied by liturgical and spiritual reflections. This presentation and explanation of the new translation is accompanied by a series of liturgical and spiritual reflections.

Here at CTS, we have begun receiving orders for the various missals and order of Mass booklets. Since the different material is going to arrive at different times, there are some understandable questions and queries. We hope the table below can answer some questions about what will be available and when.

Missal Timeline 2011

End of June – September 2011 Time for personal familiarisation with
the new texts.
Order of Mass in English

People's Responses Wallet Card

Sunday, 4th September –
Saturday, 26th November 2011
Introductory period for new Missal

Introductory Missal

Order of Mass cards

from 24th October 2011 Distribution of the new Ritual Missals for priests

Altar Missal
  • Altar, Chapel and Study Missals despatched to parishes, convents and chaplaincies for use by priests.
mid-November 2011 People’s Missals

People's Sunday Missal People's Daily Missal
Sunday, 27th November 2011
(1st Sunday of Advent)
Full use of new translation

After much waiting, CTS has finally released full publicity materials for the new Roman Missal, together with a whole series of important resources to help both priests and people understand and implement the use of this more faithful English translation of the Mass.

These have been created in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s hope that the translation would serve as:

“A springboard for a renewal and a deepening of Eucharistic devotion all over the English-speaking world.”

The brochures are in the post now – some parishes and schools will have already received them – and thanks to modern technology you can also view online close-ups of the priests’ Missals and some sample pages from within. You can also view the full range of resources for priests, including a music CD to help priests learn the new settings of the Mass.

CTS publications to help people understand the changes

Abbot Cuthbert Johnson, a Benedictine monk, liturgist and accomplished musician, who is a Consultor to the Congregation for Divine Worship and an Advisor to the Vox Clara Committee, has written a new CTS booklet Understanding the Roman Missal – the New Translation.

In this, he goes through the new translation, its Latin roots, and the purpose of bringing us all back to a more scripture-based liturgy. And that’s not all. Two leaflets, The new translation of the Roman Missal – Understanding the changes and The Introduction of the new Roman Missal – Questions and Answers help the people in the pews to understand what is happening, why and when.

Most important of all is the introductory Missal. This extract from the Altar Missal is for use from the beginning of September to the first Sunday of Advent 2011 in England and Wales, in order to familiarise both priests and laity with the new translation. People’s Order of Mass booklets and cards are also being made available from June to support this process of familiarisation. So that, when Advent comes, everyone will feel comfortable using the new formulation.

Changing our own booklets

This important change has also meant that we have had to update all the booklets we make that contain the order of mass, including our Simple Prayer Book in all its different languages.  All this has been part of our work to provide not just the Missal, but the tools for its proper use as well.

In this way, we can all draw closer to Jesus Christ, so mysteriously yet majestically present in the Eucharist, as Benedict XVI wishes us to.

For more help please visit: and if you have any questions, drop them into the comment box below. Note: Online orders will only receive the correct discounts if you are already set up with a user account on the CTS website. If you would like to receive the brochure, contact CTS on 020 7640 0042.

Of related interest:

RMO4 Introductory Missal – An extract of the full Altar Missal, for daily use during the introductory period from September to the first Sunday of Advent 2011.
CD07 And with your spirit – A double-disk music CD that demonstrates how to sing the musical settings that accompany the new Missal.
LT01 Companion to the Order of Mass –The new English language translation of the Missal uncovers many links between Scripture and the Liturgy that have hitherto been obscured. Mgr Harbert explores the meaning and import of the words of the Mass, reading them in their original context in the Bible.

Order of Mass

Here at CTS, two of our staff have made the trip to Italy to supervise the printing of the New Missal.

Pierpaolo Finaldi, Roman Missal Project Editor and Glenda Swain, designer were in Italy at the beginning of this week to sign off the pages of the Roman Missal altar edition at the state of the art factory where the books are being printed and bound.

Mr Finaldi commented:

“Interestingly the Missal is being printed Trento in the shadow of the alps in Northern Italy, a place of great significance for the Church and the development of the Mass. So 441 years after the Missale Romanum was promulgated by the Council of Trent we were back in Trent printing the very latest version.

“It’s great to see cutting edge modern print technology at the service of God and of these prayers whose origins go all the way back to Jesus. I also can’t help feeling that it is significant that the book has been printed during Holy Week.”

“The book is looking really beautiful and I am sure that this will go a long way to ensuring a positive reception in the Autumn.”

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A break for the holy Triduum

On behalf of all of us here at CTS, we wish you a happy and holy Easter, here on the blog, we hope for the same too and are taking a break until after this greatest of Christian feasts, we will begin posting again on the 27th April continuing our build up for Pope John Paul II’s beatification on May 1st.

Of related interest:

Pastores Dabo Vobis Pastores Dabo Vobis – This extremely comprehensive document investigates the challenges facing the priesthood in the third millennium. From his own vast pastoral experience John Paul II gives guidance on the nature and the mission of the priesthood.
Confession Priest’s Guide to Hearing Confessions – This new Guide is a very helpful attempt to create a modern equivalent of the classic manuals for confessors popular among priests in the past. It provides a valuable guide to best pastoral practice and Cannon Law.
Verbum Domini Verbum Domini – Verbum Domini has already been acclaimed as the most important document on the word of God since the Second Vatican Council. In it, Pope Benedict XVI, whose writings on Sacred Scripture are widely admired, summarises the reflections of the Synod Fathers who met in 2008 to discuss the ‘word of God in the life and mission of the Church’.


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