23/8/09 – Liturgical Consultancy

As we have discussed for some time now, the Liturgy Committee has been establishing a process for the renovation of the church.

After an initial process of parishioner consultation, where we gained an insight into the vision and values of parishioners, we worked towards developing a renovation concept.  The concept provides us with a basis of the key elements to be considered in the renovation and the needs to be addressed.  From this, further consultation with parishioners will lead to a detailed design brief.

In accordance with Diocesan policy, this concept was submitted to the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.  They approved the concept and encouraged us to proceed.  Over the coming weeks, we will share with you this renovation concept and continue the consultation process.

Part of the continued development of the project involves the appointment of a liturgical consultant.  The consultant works with the parish to facilitate education and formation processes.  The consultant also liaises with the parish and the professionals it appoints to ensure the renovated space reflects its values and serves the liturgy.

This week, the Liturgy Committee will meet with Liturgical Consultant Fr. Stephen Hackett.  Stephen is a priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) and the former Vicar General of Darwin.  He has provided liturgical consultancy for a number of renovation projects and is currently undertaking a PhD in liturgical architecture.  We hope that through engaging in discussion with Stephen about our community and our vision for the future, we can determine the most effective way forward in our renovation programme.

As always, the Liturgy Committee invites your feedback and comments about this project.  You can speak to any member of the committee, email us at litcomwenty (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au, or leave a written note at the parish office.

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