Over the course of this year, we have begun to use the new English translation of the Roman Missal. This began first of all with singing parts of the Mass, then the introduction of much of the Order of Mass from Pentecost Sunday.
To assist parishioners in becoming familiar with the new Order of Mass, we included the people’s responses that changed on the projection system for people to follow.
The danger with constantly putting everything ‘up on the screen’ is that it is easy to become reliant on it. For many years we were able to respond and pray throughout the Mass from memory, and with time, we should be able to do so again.
For this reason, the changed responses and prayers of the Mass will not be included on the projection system from next weekend. For those people who are still not completely confident with some of the longer texts (such as the Creed, Confiteor and Gloria), the pew cards of the Order of Mass will still be available at the church doors, and we encourage you to use them when needed. Of course at some Masses our projection system is not used as frequently, so people are used to referring to the pew card.
There may be some occasions (such as Christmas this year) when there will be a large number of people present who are not confident with the responses during Mass, and we may use the projection system again for the purpose of displaying responses if we consider it necessary.
So from next Sunday, make sure you take a pew card if you think you’ll need it to get through Mass.