Liturgy Committees

Guidelines for Liturgy Committees, Catholic Diocese of Auckland.

Published by the Auckland Diocesan Liturgy Commission, this booklet is available from the Liturgy Centre, or click here to download as a pdf file.

Formation for Liturgy Committee meetings

Parish Liturgy Committees usually have very busy agendas.  This does not mean, however, that we should not take time at the start of each meeting to pray together.  It is also good to spend 20 minutes after prayer on formation.  The  articles that follow come from our own publication, Liturgy, and are useful for this purpose.  We will keep adding to this list.  We suggest you direct your members to read a particular article before the meeting and share learnings and thoughts with other committee members at the meeting before you move on to the business part of the agenda.

Directive in the use of ‘Yahweh’ in Liturgy

A Reflection Resource

Let the Children Come

Liturgy Committee formation part 1

Liturgy Committee formation part 2

On the Use of Altar Bells

Parish Music Ministry

Reflections for those in Ministry

Articles in Liturgy written by Michael McConnell (R.I.P, d.4 Nov 2017):

How Great is your Amen? Musical setting – Vol.29.2, 2004

Observing Lent – A Lenten Carol Service – Vol.29.4, 2004

Singing the Liturgy – The Introductory Rites, Vol.30.1, 2005

Singing the Liturgy – Liturgy of the Word, Vol.30.2, 2005

Singing the Liturgy – Liturgy of the Eucharist, Vol.30.3, 2005 (written by Fr Tony Harrison)

Singing the Liturgy – the Communion Rite, and the Dismissal Rite, Vol.30.4, 2005

Looking Ahead: Plan Now for the Advent Wreath, Vol.31.3, 2006

Manuscript – Liturgical Music by Michael F. McConnell, Vol.29.2, 2004 (Written by Dr Fiona McAlpine)

Holy Mass in Bali, Vol.31.1, 2006

Holy Mass in Bali, Part II, Vol.31.4


National Liturgy Office newsletters:

Quick Guide February 2018

Quick Guide September 2017

Quick Guide May 2017

Quick Guide April 2017

Excellent articles on the liturgy are available on the Pastoral Liturgy website, many can be downloaded and reprinted for parish use.  Pastoral Liturgy is a journal published 6 times a year by Liturgical Training Publications (LTP) in Chicago.

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Some examples from the Pastoral Liturgy website above:

Why do we receive Ashes as Lent begins?

Keeping the Triduum

The Vigil Fire – a Call to Encounter Christ

Why did the Second Vatican Council Occur?

Why do we Bless Ourselves?

Why do we Reverence the Book of the Gospels?

Why does the Priest wash his hands during Mass?