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Information regarding Diocesan Liturgical guidelines and policies - click here



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 LiturgyClick here for a sample Take Home Activity Sheet.  Click here to view the How-To-Guide.


Faith Circles

A free resource from the Diocese of Wollongong for Parish Prayer & Discussions groups. Click here for more details.

LabOra Marriage

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

Australian Pastoral Musicians Network Conference 2019

APMN Conference will be held in Melbourne from October 3-5, 2019 and hosted by the four Victorian diocese.


Social Justice Statement 2018 - Prayers of the Faithful

Click here for draft Prayers of the Faithful based on the Australian Bishops' Conference Social Justice Sunday Statement on the economy, provided by Ballarat Diocesan Social Justice Commission.  You may wish to consider the inclusion of one each week/fortnight throughout the year. The numbers indicate the pages in the Statement which contain the texts on which the draft prayers are based.


Lent 2018

Click here for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference "Liturgical and Prayer Resources for Days of Fasting and Reparation following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Lent 2018."


St Columban Mission Society:  Free online resource to help with your Lenten preparation for Easter, "The Grace of Forests".  The resource is for the six Sundays of Lent and is guided by the designated Scriptural readings for each Sunday.  Click here for more information.


Lenten Public Lecture Series:  Jesuit College of Spirituality is hosting four public lectures during Lent. The public lectures may be attended individually or as a series. 

  • Lecture 1 on Monday, February 26, "Reconciliation:  A Lifelong Invitation"
  • Lecture 2 on Monday, March 5, "The Eucharist and Ethics:  From Worship to Christian Formation and Social Action"
  • Lecture 3 on Monday, March 19, "Ignatian Spirituality and a time of conflict"
  • Lecture 4 on Monday, March 26, "Mary in Ignatian Spirituality:  Her Neglected Role"

Click here for more information.



Lenten Fast for Creation

Click here for the Lenten Fast for Creation calendar, which has some wonderful suggestions for those interested in caring for Creation during Lent. The ideas are simple - but can, if everyone tries, make a big difference to our world. 

Click here for the Lenten Fast for Creation prayer.



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Adults and Young Adults resources

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