The Advent Wreath

Carmel Bulletin, 16 December 2018 A short liturgical season such as Advent can be easily lost in Australia amidst the pre-Christmas hype and end-of-year rush to the summer holidays. As such, its symbols, prayers and music can help us to hold on to this time of joyful expectation. For many people, there is nothing more … Continue reading The Advent Wreath

As the Church fasts, so does the church fast

Carmel bulletin, 12 March 2017 When arriving at Mass last Sunday, one of young parishioners observed that the church looked very bare. Perhaps you noticed this as well.  It may have been the lack of flowers or banners.  It may have been that there was less music within the Mass than what you’re used to. … Continue reading As the Church fasts, so does the church fast

Reflecting the Penitential Nature of Lent

Carmel Bulletin, 22 February 2015 Hopefully things look and feel a bit different at Mass this weekend than they did last weekend. The large banners have come down and the plants and flowers are all gone.  There may be less music, and instruments should only be used to accompany singing, as opposed to being used for … Continue reading Reflecting the Penitential Nature of Lent

18/8/13 – Artistic Quality and Beauty

Recently I referred to a key statement from the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy about sacred art: The Church has not adopted any particular style of art as her very own; she has admitted styles from every period… Thus, in the course of the centuries, she has brought into being a treasury … Continue reading 18/8/13 – Artistic Quality and Beauty

30/9/12 – Liturgy Committee Report

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 … Continue reading 30/9/12 – Liturgy Committee Report