Diocesan Liturgical Commission

We see the Liturgy as the heart and the centre of our activity as Church.

Through pastoral experience, academic study, expertise and a genuine liturgical spirituality, the Commission strives to advise and support the Bishop in liturgical matters and to serve the people of the Diocese in all areas of worship.


Liturgical Commission Charter click here.


  • The Commission assumes responsibility for Diocesan Liturgical Celebrations – The Rite of Election for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children, the Chrism Mass, Episcopal Ordinations, Ordinations to the Priesthood and Ordinations to the Diaconate.
  • The Commission provides support and leadership for other Diocesan celebrations such as Religious Professions, Commissioning of Diocesan Priests going to Missionary work and the funerals of Diocesan Clergy.
  • All works of the Commission are undertaken at the discretion of the Bishop of the Diocese.


(* available from the members section of the website)

  • Materials for the provision of Sunday Assemblies of Word and Communion *
  • Christian Initiation:
    – Catechetical Resources for the Sacraments of Initiation
    – RCIA Handbook *
  • Diocesan Sacramental Certificates for:
    – Sacraments of Initiation for Children
    – Initiation of Adults
    – Reception into the Church
  • Sacramental Stoles and accompanying symbols for the Sacraments of Initiation
  • Policies for:
    – Altar Servers *
    – Sacraments of Initiation for Children *
  • Guidelines for:
    – Diocesan, Cathedral and Episcopal liturgies *
    – The use of Visual Display Systems in Liturgical Celebrations *
    – Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion *
    – Ritual for Closure of a Church *
    – Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest *
    – Manual for Lay Leaders of Sunday Assemblies of Word and Communion *
    – Implementation of The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
    – Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament *
    – Pastoral Care and Funeral Ministry *
    – Parish Reception of the Holy Oils from the Chrism Mass *
    – Proper Care and Use of Holy Oils *
    – Parish Handbook for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults *
    – Sacrament of Penance for Children *

“Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments for People with Disability” prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, have been distributed to all parishes and schools in the diocese.  Additional copies may be purchased from the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission online shop www.catholic.org.au/shop.


Education can be provided upon request.  This will be done in consultation with members of the Liturgical Commission and members of the Diocesan Religious Education Centre.  Areas for education are as follows:

  • Sacraments of Initiation of Children
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
  • Training/formation programmes for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors
  • Workshops for the Liturgical Seasons
  • Presiders Workshops for Clergy
  • Liturgical Music workshops for musicians and singers


  • Most Rev Paul Bird CSsR (Ex-Officio)
  • Dr Susan Crowe
  • Fr Gary Jones (Chair)
  • Mr Geoff Martin
  • Dr Peter Morris
  • Fr Anthony Nagothu
  • Mrs Judith O’Sullivan
  • Mrs Julie Boyd (Administration Officer)


Administration Officer:
Postal Address: PO Box 576, Ballarat, 3353
Phone: (03) 5337 7159
Email: Diocesan Liturgical Commission