The Liturgy Committee met this week. The first matter the committee considered was last month’s celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. There were many positive aspects to the celebration of the Parish Feast Day. We wish to continue with the practice of welcoming new parishioners on this special occasion, with improvements to be made with having new parishioners register with the parish office throughout the year. The lunch remains a positive social occasion for the parish, but we hope that in the future, more can be done to include children, as well as a broader range of parishioners.
Fr Paul and the Liturgy Committee formally thank all those who contributed to the preparation and celebration of the day.
The second matter discussed at the meeting was the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word for Children at Sunday Mass. This is a worthwhile and long-standing practice here in Wentworthville, which has been supported by hard-working, dedicated volunteers. As it does with all aspects of the liturgy from time to time, the committee revisited for its own benefit the intended purpose and structure of the Liturgy of the Word for Children. Reading material was distributed prior to the meeting to assist with our own learning and formation. The committee then revisited and proposed revisions to the parish guidelines for these celebrations, which were first developed in 2006. A draft of these revised guidelines will be prepared for consideration at the next meeting. Once they are finalised, the committee will then consider how best to support and assist Ministers of Children’s Liturgy of the Word through formation, training and resources.
Parishioners are welcome to raise matters with the Liturgy Committee at any time by emailing litcomwenty (at) gmail (dot) com, or by speaking to Fr Paul or any member of the committee. If you are corresponding in writing, please ensure your correspondence is signed and return contact details are provided, so that we can respond appropriately.