Information regarding Diocesan Liturgical guidelines and policies – click here
The Centre for Liturgy (Australian Catholic University)
The ACU Centre for Liturgy provides specialist expertise, teaching, research and formation in liturgical studies, sacramental theology, and the sacred arts. Officially endorsed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, they offer formative education at every level from training programs for parish ministers through to doctoral degrees for higher degree research students. Programs are tailored to meet the training and formation needs of individual parishes and schools, Catholic education offices, and dioceses in urban and rural locations throughout Australia and the region. We provide workshops, seminars, short-courses and online educational opportunities in liturgy, sacramental theology, and the sacred arts. Click here for more information
Funeral Ministry Resources
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission has published resources for the pastoral care of the sick and dying and for funeral and bereavement ministries. These documents are available from the members section of this website under “Resources – Funeral Ministry”:
- – Guidelines for Pastoral Care and Funeral Ministry.
- – Eulogy Writing – Quick Tips.
- – Lectern Set Funeral Readings for Adults .
- – Sample Christian Funeral Rite at the Graveside.
- – Sample Crematorium Committal – The Rite of Christian Farewell.
- – Sample Crematorium Prayer Service – The Rite of Christian Farewell.
- – Sample Funeral Prayer Service
- – Sample Graveside Prayers for a Child / Infant.
- – Sample Planning Sheet – Funeral Mass.
- – Sample Planning Sheet – Funeral Prayer Celebration.
- – Sample Prayers for the Burial of Ashes.
- – Sample Prayer of the Faithful for Funerals outside Mass.
- – Sample Prayer of the Faithful for Funerals within Mass.
- – Sample Vigil Prayers.
- – The Pall & The Flag.
Liturgy Resource for Schools
Together at One Altar website, developed by the National Catholic Education Commission, is a resource for school aged children in years F-12 in Australia to develop their formation in the Eucharist and assist their full, active and conscious participation in the Eucharist. Click here to go to the website.
Catholic Worship Book II
The new Catholic Worship Book II will be the official liturgical music resource for the Catholic Church in Australia. Click here for more information.
Mass Planning Resources
- LiturgyHelp is a unique internet subscription service, fully authorised by the Catholic Church to publish official liturgical texts online. It provides easy access for parishes, schools and other Catholic communities to the wealth of the Church’s liturgical texts. Click here for website
- St Paul’s Missal available from St Paul’s Publications. Click here for website.
- Ordo available from Liturgy Brisbane. Click here for website.
Kids’ Sunday Liturgy
Brisbane Liturgy have produced a new online resource designed to assist parishes in preparing and celebrating authentic children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sundays. For each Sunday there is a complete liturgy including the Sunday gospel from the Children’s lectionary, a take-home activity sheet, suggested music from Michael Mangan’s Litmus Productions with a free embedded Gospel acclamation, a drama strategy for Gospel reflection, curated YouTube films. There are three licence options available – parishes, schools, individuals. Included with every Parish Licence are 200 free activity sheet covers, posted to the parish address. Click here for a sample Kids’ Sunday Liturgy. Click here for a sample Take Home Activity Sheet. Click here to view the How-To-Guide.
A free resource from the Diocese of Wollongong for Parish Prayer & Discussions groups. Click here for more details.
Liturgy Brisbane have produced a resource called LabOra Marriage – a program designed to help couples, parishes and priests prepare Catholic wedding liturgies quickly, accurately and simply! Click here to go to the Liturgy Brisbane website.
Sharing the Word
Sharing the Word is a free E-Library of educational resources for Catholic Ministry. Sharing the Word is an ongoing project of Catholic Mission Australia and includes full texts of over 8000 open source ebooks, periodicals, podcasts and church documents. It is free and available at https://sharingtheword.info/
Bread 4 Today
Bread 4 Today provides access to daily prayers for reflection and meditation whenever you can spare a moment during the day. The prayer archive allows users to search past entries by category so that they can reflect on prayers that match their frame of mind. Its categories include: Courage, A just world, Relationships, Hope, Hard Times, Faith, Forgiveness and special intensions (calendar days of prayer and reflection). All prayers can be shared via social media with a tap of the screen, thanks to its integrated social media capabilities.
A prayer APP for life – it will serve as a free, accessible meditation aid which people can use to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community. Please click here for further information. Bread 4 Today is available on both Google Play and the App Store.
Diocese of Wollongong Lenten Program – Grace
Grace is a 76-page full colour book (240x170mm) and triple CD resource containing short daily reflections (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday). Information about the resource and online purchasing can be found here. For more information phone (02) 4222 2461.
Archdiocese of Brisbane Lenten Program – Be Opened: A Journey to new Life
For 2020 the Evangelisation Brisbane’s Lenten resources have taken on a new expanded look. Stunning artwork from Sr Mary Stephen CRSS provides an inspirational backdrop to each session. The Gospel Reflections have been written by Dr Michele Connolly RSJ (Catholic Institute of Sydney) and Dr Ian Elmer (Australian Catholic University). Further information here or contact Evangelisation Brisbane, ph. 07 3324 3440, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources are also available from bookshops around Australia.
Garratt Lenten Program Year A – Light from Within
In this year’s Lenten Program, Light from Within, Maeve Louise Heaney invites us on a journey to explore the light from within in recognition that the foundations of our growth in faith depend on the quality of our inner life of faith. To view sample and purchase click here.
Conferences in 2020
National Biennial Liturgy Conference 2020 – Liturgy: Forming a Prayerful and Eucharistic Church
The National Biennial Liturgy Conference will be held from March 12-14, 2020 in Parramatta, This conference is organised by the National Liturgical Council and National Liturgical Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and aims to provide those working in liturgical ministry in parishes, schools and other communities with enriching opportunities for liturgical education, prayerful celebration, professional networking and fellowship. Keynote presenter is sacramental theologian Fr Paul Turner STD from the USA. Click here for flyer. Click here for website.
National Pastoral Ministry Conference – Alive in the Spirit
The National Pastoral Ministry Conference will ne held from July 9-11, 2020 at St Mary Star of the Sea College. The Conference is coordinated by the NSW Association of Pastors, Pastoral Associates and Parish Workers (NAPPA) collaborating with the Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN). Keynote Speaker is Leisa Anslinger from the USA and a National Leader in StrengthsFinder work and in parish engagement and stewardship. For further information contact Lisa Bright, email email@example.com or ph. 0448 652720. Click here for flyer.