The Liturgy Committee met on Thursday 20 September. As Advent is now only two months away, the committee considered the preparations that would be made for the upcoming liturgical season. One of the challenges with the season of Advent is to ensure this short season of preparation (a little over three weeks this year) is not lost amidst the insistent Christmas promotion in the commercial world. Advent remains an important time when we focus once again on preparing ourselves not only for the celebration of Christ’s birth, but also for Christ’s return at the end of time. Additional elements of art and environment will be included in the parish centre this year to help sustain the Advent focus. Christmas decorations and the like may be included from the beginning of the Christmas novena on 17 December. Taizé-style evening prayer will be celebrated weekly during Advent.
Work on revising the parish guidelines for the Liturgy of the Word for Children continues, with these guidelines to be finalised by the end of the year. The implementation and evaluation of these guidelines will begin next year, beginning with a formation workshop for all ministers in early February. The commencement of the Liturgy of the Word for Children next year will be delayed until the First Sunday of Lent (17 February 2013) so that ministers may participate in the workshops and be formally commissioned prior to commencement.
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.