Carmel Bulletin, 23 March 2013
The Liturgy Committee met on Tuesday evening.
This year is the first that a weekday evening Mass has been provided during the season of Lent. The initial attendance has been promising, and feedback suggests that the Stations of the Cross preceding Mass have been well received. Over the coming Sundays, the Scrutinies will be celebrated as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The first will be celebrated at 9:00 am Mass this weekend.
The committee reviewed and considered the ritual preparations for the Easter season. Sunday Masses will again be marked by the celebration of the Blessing and Sprinkling of Holy Water as a reminder of our baptism, our sharing in the death and resurrection of Christ which we particularly celebrate in the fifty days to Pentecost. This will take the place of the Penitential Act.
Since his arrival in the parish, Fr Paul has gone to some length to ensure the more regular provision of music at our Sunday Masses. Some Masses are blessed with music on a weekly basis, while at other times, this is a goal still to be realised. Progress, however is being made, and we thank Fr Paul for his efforts, as well as the music ministers who have agreed to take up new or different roles in order to best meet the needs of the parish. Parishioners are always welcome to assist as new music ministers at any of our Sunday Masses, either with singing or musical accompaniment.
Progress continues to be made within the new scope of work in the Church Renewal Process, with investigation of various matters essential to the broader master plan underway. Both the sacramental processes for adults (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA) and children are continuing under Paola Yevenes’ leadership, with the current focus for each being Initiation at the Easter Vigil and the Sacrament of Confirmation respectively.
Comments, questions and feedback about our parish’s liturgical life and practice are always welcome. Please send a message to the committee in writing, care of the parish office, or email litcomwenty (at) gmail (dot) com.