Vision

The Parish Liturgy Committee bases its vision on the following liturgical principles:

  • 15-litcomm1-2“Full, conscious and active participation of the worshipping community in its liturgical celebration is the aim to be considered before all else.” (CSL 14).
  • “Participation by the Christian people is their right and duty by reason of their baptism” (CSL 14).
  • “Among the symbols, none is more important than the assembly of believers.” (EACW 28).
  • “The assembly who celebrates as Church is servant to the world. It has a commitment to be sign, witness and instrument of the reign of God” (EAW 38).
  • “There is no audience, no passive element in the liturgical celebration, hence the gifts and talents of all are used in the assembly’s celebration; this requires a strong commitment especially from the liturgical ministers” (EAW 30).
  • “To gather intentionally in God’s presence is to gather our total selves, our complete persons. Hence our liturgical celebration and their preparation reflect who we are as a parish. The celebrations are grounded in the needs, hopes and desires of the assembly.” (EAW 35).
  • “Respect for cultural expressions and talents within the community is fostered”. (CSL 37).

Mission

The Mission of the Holy Spirit Parish Liturgy Committee is to foster good worship in the parish on an on-going basis.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  1. The liturgical life of the parish as a whole.
  2. The development of policies which affect liturgy planning and practice for the year and for special occasions e.g. Sacraments of Initiation, Weddings, Funerals.
  3. The establishment of Liturgy Preparation Groups for the church seasons and as necessary.
    “Liturgical planning (the actual selection of music, the work on the homily, the orchestration of all the variables that make up a liturgy) is the work of groups selected for that purpose and referred to as ‘the Liturgy Preparation Group for X’.”
  4. The provision of resources, support and encouragement to the above groups or as needed.
  5. The planning of programs of continuing education in liturgy for the Liturgy Committee, the preparation groups, the liturgical ministers and the parish as a whole.
  6. The on-going evaluation of the liturgical life and practice of the parish.
  7. Receive reports from the Liturgy Preparation Groups and the various liturgical ministry groups e.g. Children’s Liturgy of the Word, when necessary.
  8. Collaboration with other groups that will in any way enhance or impinge on the liturgical life of the parish e.g. Parish Sacramental Programs, Catechists, Schools.
  9. Advice to the Pastor or Parish Pastoral Council when requested.
  10. Advice to the Church Restructuring Committee on the renovation of the church.
  11. Set an annual budget for presentation to the Parish Finance Committee.

15-litcomm2Definition of Liturgy

“Liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed, at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows.” (CSL 10)

Liturgy is the official public worship of the Church which is grounded in the lives of our believing community celebrating as the Body of Christ; “so that we may also be enriched by its effect” (CSL 11) and thus respond to our Baptismal call of service to the world.

Expressions of Liturgy and Public worship include:

  • Mass/Sunday Eucharist
  • Sacraments
  • Prayer of the Church/Liturgy of the Hours
  • Prayer Services
  • School Liturgies
  • Liturgy of the Word with or without Communion
    (Celebration of the Word)

Size of Committee

This committee will be between 5 and 8 in number. Members should have the following attributes:

  • an understanding of liturgy
  • prayerfulness and faith
  • openness to formation
  • ability to listen to others
  • sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of the various and diverse groups within our community.

Composition of the Committee

In inviting membership to this Committee there should be an attempt to involve: a priest, musician, youth, parish pastoral council member, RCIA aware person, hospitality aware person, and a person who reflects the diverse membership of the parish.

Policy Definition

A policy arises from a deeply held belief about something. It outlines a course of action to be followed. It is a pattern for taking action. It is a statement which provides a limit for action, i.e. it is within this framework that you must work.

Policy is a WHAT statement. We are declaring WHAT we do, and what we want to be known for.

Current Membership

  • Fr Brian Fitzpatrick O.S.A
  • Fr Baltazar (Jun) Belocura O.S.A.
  • Sue Andruskin
  • Anthony Cleary
  • Margaret Currie
  • Rod Pirotta
  • Carol Vella

 

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