Liturgy Committee Meeting Report

Carmel Bulletin, 23 March 2013

Liturgy, Our Lady of Mount Carmel WentworthvilleThe 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.

24/2/08 – The Scrutiny

This week, as part of the Period of Purification and Enlightenment, we celebrate with Mechelle the first of three scrutinies at our Vigil Mass.

The scrutinies, which are solemnly celebrated on Sundays and are reinforced by an exorcism, are rites for self-searching and repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose.  The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong and good…

(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, no. 141)

Talk of scrutinies and exorcisms can be unfamiliar and even daunting to some people; those who have not experienced them may think them to be the stuff of horror movie scripts.  But such is not the case.

As the quote from the RCIA states above, the scrutiny gives ritual expression to what this Lenten period of purification and enlightenment is all about.  For the elect, it is a period of retreat, of the kind of self-searching that Jesus undertook whilst in the desert.  We hope, and we pray that Mechelle and all the elect in other parishes may be strengthened in their faith and their resolve to be initiated into the Catholic Church.

The prayer of exorcism, which follows the intercessions for the elect in the scrutiny, calls on God to free the elect from sin and to guide them in the path of goodness, honesty, integrity and peace.  In this time of commitment to following in the way of Christ, we pray that the elect may turn way from those things that are not of Christ.

The prayer texts are closely related to the gospel readings for each week.  These gospels bear important baptismal themes as we approach Easter.  This week, Jesus promises the Samaritan woman the gift of life-giving water which will quench her thirst for all time to come.

Take a look at the Journey in Faith notice board in the Parish Centre today and take a card.  Pray for Mechelle as she approaches her Christian Initiation.