LITURGY MATTERS: Australian Pastoral Musicians Network Conference 2019 - Reflecting on a wonderful experience
Eight members of the diocesan community participated in the recent Australian Pastoral Musicians Network Conference in Melbourne. It was the fourth national APMN conference and the second one I have been to. It was a wonderful experience: full of faith, energy, insight, fun, networking, singing, prayer and liturgy, new and old friends, conversation and good ideas. While it targets musicians, it is for all who love and participate in liturgy. If you missed it, you missed a most enriching experience. Today I am reflecting on some of the highlights. I hope what follows offers something for you and your community to ponder.
LITURGY MATTERS: Introducing Nick Wagner - Book Review: 'Field Hospital Catechesis: The Core Content for RCIA Formation'
Last week, with a few other members of the diocesan community, I participated in the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network Conference in Melbourne. It was wonderful. I shall tell you more about it another time. There we met Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal who are facilitating our Diocesan RCIA Workshop Day on October 19. They are as excited about coming here as we are about hosting them. Today I would like to introduce you to Nick via Fr. Andrew’s review of one of his recent books. The review is also a great introduction to our Workshop Day. October 19 is an opportunity for anyone who is Catholic to seize. It is about who we are and how we live. Read on and then ‘come and see!’!
LITURGY MATTERS: Preparing for October 19 RCIA Workshop Day - Let’s get ready! Let’s get set! So we’re good to go!
It is a bit more than two weeks to our Diocesan RCIA Workshop Day with Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal. As the clock counts down and excitement grows, Nick and Diana have sent some ‘homework’ for us to do in advance. This will ensure we get the most out of the day. So… set aside a bit of time, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, sit down and engage with the following resources. It will whet your appetite for 10 October.
LITURGY MATTERS: 'Introducing Diana Macalintal - Book Review: Your Parish Is the Curriculum - RCIA in the Midst of the Community'
It is less than a month to our Diocesan RCIA Workshop Day with Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal. October 19 is the day to be at Hamilton to be part our diocesan wide move to Fan the Flame of RCIA. Nick and Diana are already in the country working in a variety of dioceses. Today I would like to introduce you to Diana via Fr. Andrew’s review of one of her recent books. What follows is a great introduction to Diana and our day on Oct 19.
LITURGY MATTERS: Perpetual Day of Remembrance review - An opportunity to provide feedback on what you did
It is important that we take time to review our experience of how as a Church, we marked the Perpetual Day of Remembrance. We have already received some helpful feedback and some people have sent in ideas and resources for next year. If you used any of the resources, including those for individuals and households, we would like to hear your reflections. Please click here to complete a simple evaluation by September 27. Thank you in advance.
LITURGY MATTERS: Eucharist is a verb - reflecting on our understanding and appreciation of what we are doing
Various things, including preparation of liturgies at which Bishop Bill presides and the recent conversations on the Communion Rite at Mass, have led me to reflect on our understanding and appreciation of what we are actually doing when we gather to celebrate Eucharist.
Saturday was the last of the gatherings the Diocesan Liturgy Council (DLC) hosted to invite people into reflective conversation about the diocesan document, Pastoral Guidance for the Celebration of the Communion Rite at Mass. About a hundred people participated in the three conversations held in Aberdeen, Forster and Newcastle West.
October 19 is going to be a great day. That is the day Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal, who are Team RCIA, will be here to run a workshop day. We have been in communication with Nick and Diana and they are very excited about spending the day with us. They have developed a program for a full and engaging day that will ground us in the Rite itself: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.