December 2018

This Edition of Liturgy Notes


This December 2018 edition of Liturgy Notes provides further updates to the Ministry section, including more information on CathLink and Ministry Engagement Forms. Major updates were also made to the Music Suggestions, providing for the Advent and Christmas Seasons recommendations for 2018-2019 (Year C). Music recommendations for the first weeks of Ordinary Time 2019 will be added in second week of December.











NEW! Plenary Council 2020 - Listen to What the Spirit Is Saying

A new section on Plenary Council 2020 has been added to the Diocesan website. In this section you will find:

  • Bishop Brian Mascord's Pastoral Letter regarding the Plenary Council 2020 and the processes being undertaken within the Diocese of Wollongong,
  • The Support Kit for selecting your Local Animator,
  • various resources supporting the Listening, Discerning and Proposing phases within the Diocese in preparation for the Plenary Council 2020.


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

Have you considered serving your parish in one of the ministries of acolyte?


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:


  • WOLLONGONG, Saturday 14 April 2018 | Xavier Conference Centre, Wollongong
  • CAMPBELLTOWN, Saturday 23 June 2018 | St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, Campbelltown
  • NOWRA, Saturday 7 July 2018 | St Michael’s Parish Hall, Nowra


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:


  • WOLLONGONG, Saturday 16 June 2018 | Xavier Conference Centre, Wollongong
  • CAMPBELLTOWN, Saturday 28 July | St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, Campbelltown
  • NOWRA, Saturday 4 August | St Michael’s Parish Hall, Nowra


Registration essential to Anthony Rewak 4222 2465 or


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


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 Bookings essential; please contact Anthony Rewak 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 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


All the best,


















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