July - August 2018
This Edition of Liturgy Notes
This July - August 2018 edition of Liturgy Notes provides numerous updates on Liturgy Notes and the Liturgy Handbook (menu to the right), particularly bringing information on the website in line with the updated Guidelines for Acolytes, Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, as well as Draft 1.1 of the Pastoral Guidance for the Preparation and Celebration of Confirmation 2018. The Ministry section of the Liturgy Handbook has undergone major revisions, bringing it into line with current practices in the Diocese and updating the Volunteer Ministry Forms and Working With Children Check pages. The Blessings Form has been updated to make use of the LiturgyHelp support for Blessing liturgies.
NEW! Plenary Council 2020 - Listen to What the Spirit Is Saying
A new section on Plenary Council 2020 has been added in the Ministry area of the Handbook. In this section you will find:
UPDATED! Guidelines for Acolytes, Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Issued by Bishop Brian Mascord on 19 March 2018, this fourth edition of the guidelines reflects the norms and current practices within the Diocese of Wollongong with regard to Adult Altar Servers.
UPDATED! Pastoral Guidance for the Preparation and Celebration of Confirmation 2018 (Draft 1.1 for Review)
This pastoral guidance document and associated appendices, issued in draft form by Bishop Brian Mascord on 9 April 2018, is currently being used to help parishes prepare for this year's Confirmation. It is has been updated to Draft v1.1 and reviewed by the clergy at their July In-Service. A further period of review and opportunity for feedback is being undertaken over the next few months. More details, including online forms, are available on the Confirmation Forms page.
UPDATED! Called to Ministry? - Upcoming Liturgical Ministry Training Events for 2018
Your parish priest will help you discern your call to the ministries of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Adult Altar Server, and Minister of Communion of the Sick and Homebound. Training and ongoing formation is provided in these ministries at both Diocesan and local parish level.
The 2018 Diocesan Training courses in these ministries are scheduled as follows:
Acolytes, Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Members of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission will lead two sessions in the morning (10am - 1pm), covering the common ministry of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and one session after lunch for servers (1:30pm-2:30pm). Morning tea and lunch provided. Dates are follows:
Communion of the Sick & Homebound
Members of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission will lead two sessions in the morning (10am - 1pm), and one session after lunch (1:30pm-2:30pm). Morning tea and lunch provided. Assumes prior training as an Acolyte, Adult Altar Server or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Dates are follows:
Registration essential to Anthony Rewak 4222 2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to Diocesan training, we are providing curriculum and resources for parish-based ministry training, with help provided by members of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and parish-based liturgy coordinators on request.
For further information, please contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 email@example.com.
The Joy and Beauty of Sunday:
The Renewal of Music Ministry in Sunday Worship
The Joy and Beauty of Sunday is an initiative for the review and renewal of ministry, particularly music ministry, in Sunday Worship. The program will continue with parish in-service days during 2018.
The launch event in 2017 was well attended and concluded with Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham. The new Catholic Worship Book II provided the vehicle for a review of new repertoire possibilities for music ministry at Sunday Mass. It is available for purchase from Morning Star Publishing.
Many parishes have now purchased this resource and parish in-services are planned for second half of 2018 as part of the Joy and Beauty of Sunday initiative.
In addition to reviewing and renewing repertoire for singing at Mass, the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation is offering Parish-based ministry renewal days from August 2018. These are focussed on development of parish music ministry models, worship aids, communications, scholarships for cantors and accompanists (guitar, piano and organ), liturgy planning and preparation, and music copyright reporting.
The Diocese has announced the purchase of a Diocesan-wide copyright license with One License and there will be a further announcement in May 2018 about a major liturgy preparation and planning resource. Training and support in the use of One License, the Diocesan Repertoire, and the new liturgy planning and preparation resource will also be offered as part of the Parish-based ministry renewal days for the Joy and Beauty of Sunday.
For further information, and to arrange your parish participation, please contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings essential; please contact Anthony Rewak on 02 4222 2403 or email@example.com.
UPDATED! Welcoming and Hospitality Section in the Handbook
The new Welcoming section in the Liturgy area describes the critical part hospitality and welcoming play in liturgy. Here you will find resources to help explore and develop welcoming liturgy.
NEW! PSALMIST Cantor and Accompanist Scholarships for 2018
The Diocese is pleased to be offering tuition scholarships for cantors of the psalm and accompanists (organ, piano and guitar) for parishes and schools throughout the Diocese. Details of the PSALMIST Scholarships Program are available here. For further details, please contact Paul Mason on 02 4222 2462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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