Liturgy Committee Meeting Report

Carmel Bulletin, 24 August 2014

The Liturgy Committee last met on Thursday 7 August.Liturgy, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Wentworthville

There have been some suggestions over a period of time about making an effort to specifically invite and encourage families to participate in Sunday Mass in particular ways on a regular basis.  Paola Yevenes, our Sacramental Coordinator (and member of the Liturgy Committee) has been working on a proposal that the committee will work on with Paola and the school.  We anticipate putting the ideas into place from the beginning of next year.

The committee evaluated the liturgical celebration of the parish feast day.  It was pleasing to see the positive response to the welcoming of new parishioners at the 10:30 am Mass on the day, as well as the participation of students from our primary school and our Lay Carmelite community.  We thank everyone who was involved in the celebrations.

Finally, our continuing evaluation and review of our celebration of Sunday Mass focused this time on the Liturgy of the Word.  We considered how we can help focus the attention of the assembly on the proclamation of the Scriptures, and support both new and existing Ministers of the Word in proclaiming the Word effectively.  This discussion will continue at our next meeting.

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.

Liturgy Committee Meeting Report

Carmel Bulletin, 15 September 2013

Liturgy | Our Lady of Mount Carmel, WentworthvilleThe Liturgy Committee met at the end of August.

One matter the committee considered was that raised at the previous Pastoral Council meeting, namely the concern that parishioners are not able to participate in the prayers and responses of the Mass due to an inability to remember and access the texts.  For those who find the print of the pew cards too small, copies of booklets with the prayers and responses of the Mass in larger print are now available for you to take from the literature stand in the parish centre.  The committee also discussed the importance of everyone making an effort to learn and remember the texts of the Mass.  Every parishioner, including liturgical ministers and members of the assembly, is encouraged to commit themselves to participate as fully, consciously and actively as possible in the liturgical celebration.

The Liturgy Committee also began to examine the teaching of the Second Vatican Council on sacred art.  As we continue to progress towards adopting a design for the renewal of the church, it will be necessary to consider how the different elements that make up the church, such as artworks, will contribute to the overall makeup of the building.  The Council Fathers remind us that the Church has adopted artistic styles from every period over the centuries, and that the Church continues to have a responsibility to support artists and encourage truly beautiful, sacred art that adorns the church building with reverence and honour.

29/8/10 – Is the Order of Mass Going to Change?

As we mentioned earlier this year, a new English translation of the Roman Missal is being prepared.  This will be used in English speaking countries throughout the Catholic Church.  Just recently, this translation was released in final form for the United States of America, meaning it can be published and implemented in American parishes next year.  It is likely that the same will happen for Australia in the not too distant future.

To help us learn more about this new translation, we’ll try to answer some of the key questions here over a period of time.

Is the Order of Mass going to change?

Essentially, this work of preparing a new edition of the missal centres around new translations of the prayer texts.  As such, there are not going to be changes to the different parts of the Mass, or the order in which they occur during Mass.

You may recall a few years ago that two small changes were made to the Mass which affected everyone, namely standing immediately after the invitation to prayer after the gifts are prepared (that is, before saying “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands…”) and bowing before receiving communion.  There were also some other changes that affected the roles of specific liturgical ministers.  These are included in the introduction to the new missal, entitled the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.  As the Vatican asked for the instruction to be translated and implemented separately, these changes have been in place now for some time before the release of the rest of the missal.

So when we finally do receive the new edition of the missal in published form, we will find that Mass will be celebrated in much the same way as we celebrate it now.  There will be new words to us to say and listen to, but it will be the same Eucharistic celebration.