Liturgy Commission

Supporting and enriching the liturgical life of the diocese

resourcing the liturgical life of the diocese

The Commission aims to resource the liturgical life of the diocese through offering training, relevant resources and updates in its different areas. It also works to support diocesan liturgies and the provision of the Rites of Christian Initiation. We respond to requests for support from parishes and schools for the Church’s liturgy, and as communities seek to refurbish, develop and enrich our buildings.

Funerals – Diocesan Guidance

The commission has prepared guidance for the celebration of Catholic Funerals, building on the previous text of some years ago.

There are four sections to the guidance:

  1. For clergy
  2. For funeral directors and their staff
  3. Understanding a Catholic funeral
  4. Preparing for my funeral

A downloadable copy of all sections is available by clicking here.

Covid19 Update –

As we are currently only allowed a simple graveside or crematorium chapel service, the Liturgy Commission has expanded on the somewhat limited text in the Order of Christian Funerals and given permission for this to be used during the current crisis.

The revised Rite for a graveside service can be downloaded here.

The revised Rite for a crematorium chapel service can be downloaded here.

The revised Rite for emergency anointing can be downloaded here.

Who we are

Our Contact details

Bishop of Northampton – President of the Commission

Mgr Kevin McGinnell – Chair of Commission and Chair of Liturgical Formation section, Pastoral Rites section and Office for RCIA
01582 723312

Jane Porter – Acting Chair of Music Section

Rev John McArdle – Chair of Art and Architecture Section
01582 571187

Marie Heath – Spirituality Network Co-ordinator
01234 888858

Covid 19 Resources

The Liturgy Commission has prepared a number of daily resources that may be useful especially during the current CoVid 19 crisis