April 2019

This Edition of Liturgy Notes


This April 2019 edition of Liturgy Notes provides an update of Confirmation guidelines for 2019, and further updates to the Music Suggestions for Easter season and the rest of the year.


Listen to the Spirit and Sing!
Australian Pastoral Musicians Network's 4th National Conference
1-3 October, Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne VIC


Make note of the date and location and start planning your trip! Featuring Keynote speakers Tony Alonso and Diana MacAlintal, with over 40 workshops, exhibitions, Morning Prayer, Conference Mass and other liturgies. See flyer for more details.













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.


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.


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.


TBA in February! Called to Ministry? - Upcoming Liturgical Ministry  Training Events for 2019

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 2019 Diocesan Training courses in these ministries are yet to be scheduled:


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 and locations are TBA July 2019. Last year's schedule was:


  • 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 and locations are TBA August 2019. Last year's schedule was:


  • 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 anthony.rewak@dow.org.au


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. We have scheduled trainer availability  during October and November. Please contact Anthony Rewak to arrange your parish Lector training date.


For further information, please contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 paul.mason@dow.org.au.


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 2019. Scheduling provision has been made to release a CD of new repertoire in June, provide One License training in June, and new repertoire workshops in August and November.


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 in 2019. These will focus on development of parish music ministry models and resources for music ministry (including liturgy planning and preparation, music repertoire planning and preparation, musicianship training, scholarships for cantors and accompanists (guitar, piano and organ), music administration and copyright reporting, music ministry budgeting, worship aid preparation, music ministry communications).


The Diocese has announced the purchase of a Diocesan-wide copyright license with One License and in May 2018 announced the diocesan-wide LiturgyHelp licensing for  liturgy preparation and planning resources. Training and support in the use of One License, the Diocesan Repertoire, and the new LiturgyHelp liturgy planning and preparation resources will also be offered as part of the Parish-based ministry renewal days in 2019 for the Joy and Beauty of Sunday.


For further information, and to arrange your parish participation, please contact Paul Mason 4222 2462 liturgy@dow.org.au. Bookings essential; please contact Anthony Rewak on 02 4222 2403 or anthony.rewak@dow.org.au.


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.


PSALMIST Cantor and Accompanist Scholarships for 2019

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 liturgy@dow.org.au.


All the best,


















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