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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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9/12/12 – Liturgy Committee Report

Liturgy CommitteeThe Liturgy Committee met for the final time in 2012 last month.

Final arrangements were made for the celebration of the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  All parishioners are invited to join Fr Paul for Advent Prayer and Reflection on the next two Wednesday evenings.  Christmas Mass times remain the same as in previous years, and are available here in Carmel, on the posters at the church entrance, and on our parish website.

The revised guidelines for Children’s Liturgy of the Word that were recently drafted were approved by Fr Paul and the committee.  These can be found on our website.  To support Ministers of Children’s Liturgy of the Word in their work, formation workshops will be held in early February next year, prior to the commencement of Children’s Liturgy of the Word on the First Sunday of Lent.

Initial preparations were also made for the Season of Lent in 2013, which will start on 13 February (Easter will be early next year on 31 March).  The scriptures of the season were considered, and existing practices were reviewed to see how the season could be best celebrated.

Finally, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Liturgy Committee for its support and hard work during 2013: Fr Paul, Denise Alderman, Lyn Craddy, Janine Hanna, Lyn McQueeney and Natalie Stewart.

Robert Barden
Liturgy Coordinator


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30/9/12 – Liturgy Committee Report

Liturgy CommitteeThe Liturgy Committee met on Thursday 20 September.  As Advent is now only two months away, the committee considered the preparations that would be made for the upcoming liturgical season.  One of the challenges with the season of Advent is to ensure this short season of preparation (a little over three weeks this year) is not lost amidst the insistent Christmas promotion in the commercial world.  Advent remains an important time when we focus once again on preparing ourselves not only for the celebration of Christ’s birth, but also for Christ’s return at the end of time.  Additional elements of art and environment will be included in the parish centre this year to help sustain the Advent focus. Christmas decorations and the like may be included from the beginning of the Christmas novena on 17 December.  Taizé-style evening prayer will be celebrated weekly during Advent.

Work on revising the parish guidelines for the Liturgy of the Word for Children continues, with these guidelines to be finalised by the end of the year.  The implementation and evaluation of these guidelines will begin next year, beginning with a formation workshop for all ministers in early February.  The commencement of the Liturgy of the Word for Children next year will be delayed until the First Sunday of Lent (17 February 2013) so that ministers may participate in the workshops and be formally commissioned prior to commencement.

Parishioners are welcome to raise matters with the Liturgy Committee at any time by emailing litcomwenty (at) gmail (dot) com, or by speaking to Fr Paul or any member of the committee.  If you are corresponding in writing, please ensure your correspondence is signed and return contact details are provided, so that we can respond appropriately.


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21/12/08 – The Jesse Tree (Week 4)

On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, four more symbols will be added to the Jesse Tree by the children.  These recall the story of our ancestors in faith.  They also recall the covenant between God and us, a covenant sealed through the fulfilment of God’s promise of a Messiah.  In Advent we prepare to celebrate the Messiah’s birth in the Christmas season, as well as for our Messiah’s return at the end of time.

David. David is remembered as the great king of the people of Israel in the Old Testament times.  The Messiah who is promised is said to be of the line of King David.  Joseph, the husband of Mary was a descendant of David, and thus makes complete the promise of Jesus, the Messiah born of David’s line.

Mary. Mary, of course, is the mother of Jesus.  She accepts God’s will and commits herself not only to being the mother of Christ, but also to enduring the suffering and sadness that will eventually come as she watches her son die.  She remains with the disciples after the resurrection.

Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the cousin of Mary and the mother of John the Baptist.  It is Elizabeth’s pregnancy that is cited as proof of God’s will and his desire for Mary to be the mother of Jesus.  Mary visits Elizabeth during her pregnancy; Elizabeth greets Mary with words that we use to this day in the Hail Mary.

Joseph. Joseph is chosen to marry Mary and act as father to Jesus.  Despite early doubts, he is spoken to in a dream and is committed from that point forward to fulfil his role in the life of Jesus.

In Children’s Liturgy of the Word, each child will receive their own copies of these symbols.  Take the time to share and discuss these with your children.  Read some of the bible stories.  Perhaps you can set up your own Jesse Tree at home as a preparation for Christmas.


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7/12/08 – The Jesse Tree (Week 2)

On this Second Sunday of Advent, four more symbols will be added to the Jesse Tree by the children.  These recall the story of our ancestors in faith.  They also recall the covenant between God and us, a covenant sealed through the fulfilment of God’s promise of a Messiah.  In Advent we prepare to celebrate the Messiah’s birth in the Christmas season, as well as for our Messiah’s return at the end of time.

John the Baptist. John is the central figure in the gospel reading for today.  He calls on people to prepare a way for the Lord.  He challenges them to do so by repenting; being cleansed of their sins through a symbolic baptism.  It is John that will go on to identify his own relative, Jesus, as the Lamb of God.

Jacob. Jacob represents a significant step forward in the growth of the descendants of Abraham.  Jacob has twelve sons, most of whom are threatened by, and try to do away with their sibling, Joseph.  Joseph goes on to save them all, and the family take up residence in a plentiful Egypt while Canaan was in famine.

Moses. Jacob’s sons led the Israelites into Egpyt.  It was Moses who led them out again to escape the slavery imposed on them by Pharaoh and the Egyptians.  God calls Moses through the burning bush, making himself known to Moses through the now well-known words, “I am who I am”.

Isaiah. Although the book of Isaiah is the bible is attributed by scholars today to several writers, they represent amazing prophecy.  The early Christians very quickly began to identify the prophecies of Isaiah as being made manifest in the life and ministry of Christ.

In Children’s Liturgy of the Word, each child will receive their own copies of these symbols.  Take the time to share and discuss these with your children.  Read some of the bible stories.   Perhaps you can set up your own Jesse Tree at home as a preparation for Christmas.


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30/11/08 – The Jesse Tree

On this First Sunday of Advent, four symbols will be added to the Jesse Tree by the children.  These recall the story of our ancestors in faith.  They also recall the covenant between God and us, a covenant sealed through the fulfilment of God’s promise of a Messiah.  In Advent we prepare to celebrate the Messiah’s birth in the Christmas season, as well as for our Messiah’s return at the end of time.

God. The creator of our world and of our own selves.  God sent his only Son to live among us and be our saviour.  The world was created, and Jesus’ birth made possible only through the will of God.

Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve represent the beginning of human life on earth.  The story of Adam and Eve tells of an emerging and enduring relationship between us and God.  It reminds us of our continued struggle to live according to God’s ways.

Abraham. God’s relationship with Abraham sees the beginning of a covenant between God and the people of Israel.  As a result of Abraham’s faith, God promises that his descendants will be as many as the stars in heaven.

Isaac. Abraham’s faith in God is tested to the point of him being willing to sacrifice his only son.  Again, as a result of his enduring faith, God reaffirms this relationship of trust.  Issac is spared, and a ram is found nearby; it is sacrificed as a burnt offering on the altar Abraham built.

In Children’s Liturgy of the Word, each child will receive their own copies of these symbols.  Take the time to share and discuss these with your children.  Read some of the bible stories.  Perhaps you can set up your own Jesse Tree at home as a preparation for Christmas.