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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.


COMMISSION CHARTER:

Liturgical Commission Charter, click here.

 

ACTIVITY OF THE COMMISSION:

  • 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.
     

RESOURCES AVAILABLE:
(
* 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 *
    - Liturgies Celebrated by the Bishop *
    - Cathedral Liturgies *
    - Using a Data Show in Liturgy *
    - 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 *
    - 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:

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


CURRENT MEMBERSHIP:

  • Most Rev Paul Bird CSsR (Ex-Officio)
  • Dr Susan Crowe
  • Sr Denise Desmarchelier ibvm
  • Rev Justin Driscoll VG (Chair)
  • Mrs Noeline Hogan
  • Rev Gary Jones
  • Dr Peter Morris
  • Mrs Judith O'Sullivan
  • Mrs Jo-anne van der Voort
  • Mrs Julie Boyd (Administration Officer)
     

CONTACT:
Administration Officer:

Postal Address: PO Box 576, Ballarat, 3353

Phone: (03) 5337 7159
Fax: (03) 5333 5048
Email: Diocesan Liturgical Commission

Stewardship

Pastoral

Welfare

Education

We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353