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Liturgy Committee Report

Carmel Bulletin, 17 May 2015

Liturgy, Our Lady of Mount Carmel WentworthvilleThe Liturgy Committee met on 6 May.

The celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum was evaluated.  There were many positive aspects to the celebrations and the participation of the parish in them.  Further consideration will be given to managing the volunteering of liturgical ministers, and ensuring a reverent, prayerful environment for all who come to the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday.

Preparations are underway for the celebration of the Parish Feast Day on Sunday 19 July.  The principal Mass will again be at 10:30 am, with a special invitation extended to people who have joined our parish community over the past year to come to this Mass.  The parish will pray for God’s blessing upon our new parishioners.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated over the next two Wednesday evenings.  Members of our parish RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) team will also participate this month in a series of workshops being presented by the Diocesan Office for Worship and Liturgical Commission.

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

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Liturgy Committee Meeting Report

Carmel Bulletin, 23 November 2014

The Liturgy Committee met last month.Liturgy, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Wentworthville

Formation workshops have been completed over the past month for three ministries: the Ministry of the Word, the Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion and those who prepare and present the digital presentations use at Mass.  Ministers will be commissioned on the First Sunday of Advent.

Starting from the First Sunday of Advent, some reduction of the commentary at Mass will be implemented in order to return the focus of the assembly to the proclamation of the Word, and so the commentary does not duplicate comments made by the priest during introductory remarks and the homily.

Preparations were made for the season of Advent.  The Christmas schedule has been finalised and will be published shortly.

Consideration has also been given to celebrating some key events over the coming months: the annual Mass in Remembrance of the Dead (Wednesday 26 November), Australia Day and Indian Independence Day (26 January), and the 60th Anniversary of the Church (to be celebrated on Sunday 8 March).  Social gatherings are proposed for after the Masses for 26 January and the Anniversary of the Church.

Robert Barden, Paola Yevenes and Fr Paul also met recently to review the proposal for the celebration of Family Masses from next year.  This will involve the particular encouragement of family involvement at a 10:30 am Mass once every school term, on dates to be determined.

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


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The Sign of Peace

Carmel Bulletin, 31 August 2014

Recent news in Church liturgical circles has been about a circular letter released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, that is, the Vatican department responsible for the oversight of liturgical and sacramental celebration in the Church.

The Sign of Peace

Photo © 2014, Alphonsus Fok, 321 Photography

The letter seeks to respond to proposals made at the Synod (meeting of bishops) on the Eucharist in 2005 to evaluate the placement of the Rite of Peace, which we celebrate shortly before receiving Communion.  Pope Benedict XVI asked that the matter be considered, and whether there was a more appropriate time for this rite.

For those of you who are starting to think “good grief, not another change to the Mass!”, I can assure you that the circular letter advises that the Rite of Peace is to remain exactly as it currently is.  While it may seem strange to write a four-page letter explaining that nothing will change, the Congregation took the opportunity to explain the purpose of the rite, why we celebrate it the way we do, and offer some recommendations on how it can be celebrated reverently and prayerfully.

What was central to the decision to keep the Rite of Peace “as is” was our understanding of this rite in the Roman Catholic tradition being an action that symbolises “peace, communion and charity” (Roman Missal, Order of Mass, no. 128), rather than being symbolic of other things such as welcoming or forgiveness.

We will continue to explore this rite more fully over the coming weeks.


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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.


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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.


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30/10/11 – Roman Missal Seminars This Week

Tuesday 1 November.

Some of us will remember the date as All Saints Day.  This year it is also Melbourne Cup Day.  It’s also the date that’s been chosen for the mandatory use of the new translation of the Missal in Australia.

Starting Tuesday, the new translation of the Missal is the only English edition of the Missal that can be used.  The transition to this edition, however, started at the beginning of this year when we were encouraged to begin singing the new translations of the Mass texts such as the Gloria, Sanctus (Holy, Holy), and Memorial Acclamations.

Through material here in Carmel and video excerpts at Masses, we have tried to come to a deeper understanding not just of the new translations, but of the celebration of Mass as a whole.

We also invite you this week to learn more about the new Missal translations through the information session on Tuesday night or Saturday morning.

There are a number of reasons why those of us in parishes are not more directly involved in the process of preparing new liturgical translations such as the Missal.  One of the obvious ones is the practicality issues related to working within such a large organisation as the Church.  How we work with these new texts, however, is up to us.  As such, I encourage as many parishioners as possible to join us at the sessions this week.


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Parish Mass Settings Workshop

This morning, music ministers from our parish gathered together to learn more about some of the Mass settings that are available and recommended for use.  This is an integral part of the formation we’re providing in our parish as we implement the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Our parish has generally been using the revised edition of Mass Shalom since the beginning of this year.  After being introduced to several other settings this morning, they can now move ahead with using more settings with their liturgical assemblies.

While our workshop attracted a relatively small number, we had at least one representative from each of our various music groups.  This means that these representatives can take the music back to their groups and start work.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this morning.  I hope you found it to be informative and productive.  Thanks also to Frank, who took a few pics with his iPad.

Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011

Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011

Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011

Introducing music group representatives to new Mass settings for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, 23 July 2011