Doing something about Liturgy

Fr Tom O’Loughlin asks about arranging a one-day workshop for priests on their experience of presiding at celebration of liturgy.
He’s professor of historical theology at Nottingham University. See
He has written a number of articles in the Furrow about the Liturgy: see recent articles February and September 2016.
His idea is that it would be “something very specific for priests – a praxis based workshop on the liturgy.” In his view, the status quo is not an option.
He can make available some reading material.
Tom will be in Ireland before Easter.
To gauge interest, please contact Pádraig McCarthy at

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  1. Pádraig, this is an excellent initiative. I presume when Prof. O’Loughlin says that “the status quo is not an option” he is referring to the new translation. In fact, this is really none of my business at all as I am a humble pew-filler and I don’t have to mouth anything I don’t want to and I don’t. You and your brother priests have not got that freedom. However, since nobody else responded to you –and hundreds of your colleagues must feel strongly
    about this matter –this scandal, in fact,– I felt I, at least, had to offer my support and say well done.

  2. Padraig McCarthy says:

    Paddy @1:
    Thanks, Paddy. The translation is just one issue. The wider picture is how we understand liturgy, and how we understand our celebration of the Eucharist, and how we can implement those.
    Where would we be without pew-fillers! Even though pews may serve as restrictive and regimented.
    The odd prayer most welcome too.
    I’ve got three expressions of interest via email so far, so I hope it can go ahead.

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