November 2017

This Edition of Liturgy Notes


This November 2017 Liturgy Notes provides numerous updates on Liturgy Notes and the Liturgy Handbook (menu to the right).


Unfortunately the Liturgy Notes Home page and other pages had recently been over-written with information from October 2016. In the process, the music recommendations page was overwritten with 2014 Year A.


I have now rebuilt the Liturgy Notes Home page and have recovered other Liturgy Handbook pages that had been affected.


This edition includes music recommendations from Christ the King (26 November 2017) through Advent and Christmas 2017. I plan to publish the December 2017 edition by 30 November 2017, and it will include music recommendations for Year B January - March 2018.


APMN's "Sing With Joy: United in Diversity" Conference!

"Sing with Joy: United in Diversity" is the

Australian Pastoral Musicians Network
3rd National Conference, and was held in

Perth, 5-7 October, 2017.


Featuring David Haas, one of the pre-

eminent contemporary composers of
liturgical music, and Professor Clare
Johnson, Director of the ACU Centre for
Liturgy and Chair of the National Liturgical
Music Board.


The website includes conference details.


A full report will be provided in Liturgy
Notes in December.


UPDATED! Music Suggestions in the Liturgy Handbook

The music suggestions page in the Liturgy Handbook has now been repaired and  up-to-date links are now provided for Year A (2016-2017) from Christ the King Year A (26 November 2017) and Year B (2017-2018) from Advent 2017.


UPDATED! Children's Liturgy Section in the Liturgy Handbook

Updates for resources for children's liturgy will resume from the January 2018 edition.


UPDATED! Liturgical Ministry Training 2018

Ministry training has now completed for 2017. The next Diocesan Ministry Training for Acolytes, Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be in 2018.


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.


The 2018 training schedule is in preparation and will be announced in December Liturgy Notes.


For further information, please contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 For bookings, please contact Helen Bennett on 02 4222 2403 or


The Joy and Beauty of Sunday:
The Renewal of Music Ministry in Sunday Worship

Launched by Bishop Peter Ingham

Sunday 28 May 2017

St Thomas Aquinas Church, 2 Bendooley Street Bowral 2576


The launch event 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. It is available for purchase from Morning Star Publishing.


The Joy and Beauty of Sunday initiative for the review and renewal of music ministry in Sunday Worship will commence in 2018. In addition to reviewing and renewing repertoire for singing at Mass, the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation is offering Parish-based music ministry renewal days from February 2018. These are focussed on development of parish music ministry models, worship aids, communications, scholarships for cantors and accompanists (guitar, piano and organ), and copyright reporting. The Diocese has announced the purchase of a Diocesan-wide copyright license with One License. Training and support in the use of this license is also offered as part of the Parish-based music ministry renewal days.


For further information, and to arrange your parish music group participation, please contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 Bookings essential; please contact Helen Bennett on 02 4222 2403 or


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 2017

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


Revised Rite of Confirmation 2017

This year sees the second year of implementation of the revised Rite of Confirmation. There are significant changes to the text of the Rite, the sacramental preparation and the celebration of the Rite. The In-Service held 20 February 2016 at the Xavier Centre Wollongong was attended by more than 70 Priests, Sacramental Preparation Coordinators and Team Members from parishes around the Diocese.  Resources from the In-Service are now available on the Confirmation page on this website.


A new bulletin insert resource has been added to the Confirmation page in May.


UPDATE! Diocesan Certificate in Pastoral Liturgy

The final two units of this course will run in 2018 for those who had commenced the course in 2015-2016.


Dates will be announced in the December Liturgy Notes.


This course provides practical knowledge, skills and approaches in liturgy for people who take active roles in preparing, leading and coordinating liturgy, liturgical music and sacramental preparation in parishes or schools.


The course is modelled on the Certificate of Pastoral Liturgy previously offered through the Catholic Institute of Sydney. The Diocese of Wollongong began offering this course in 2015, with an initial intake of eleven students. The first graduates of the course will receive their certificates in July 2017. The course is not running during 2017 due to other priorities.


The course is led by Dr Carmel Pilcher rsj, Rev Dr David Orr osb and Paul Mason.  Each unit comprises three weekends. More details in the brochure and on the web page.


Pastoral Associates - Liturgy Coordinators - Liturgy Committee Members - Music Coordinators - Choir Directors - RCIA Coordinators - Sacramental Coordinators This course is for you!


Enrolment Applications

Please refer to the flyer and the enrolment form for further information, or contact Paul Mason by email or phone 02 4222 2462.


All the best,

Paul Mason

Coordinator of Liturgy

Diocese of Wollongong



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