LITURGY MATTERS: Confirmation Review Update

Our website data suggests there has been a lot of parish activity sparked by the Diocesan Liturgy Council’s invitation to participate in a formal review of the ‘Pastoral Guidance for the Preparation and Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation’. That’s wonderful.

The invitation was extended in Liturgy Matters two weeks ago. Information has also gone to all parishes and schools and to those directly involved in the preparation of the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in their parish. 

In the initial flyer we invited participation in the review via three scheduled online ZOOM meetings.

We also provided an option for communities to join together for a physical gathering. Since then two parishes have generously offered to host physical gatherings:

  • Raymond Terrace on Wednesday Oct 7, 10.30-1.00pm in the parish hall. The hall is in William Street opposite the Church. It has a social distancing capacity of 22. Allowing for three DLC members that provides for the participation of 19 people.
  • Singleton on Saturday Nov 14, 10.00-12.30 in the St. Catherine’s school hall. We anticipate the hall having a COVID safe capacity of at least 40 people.

The point of the DLC facilitated gatherings whether on Zoom or in person is twofold:

  • for parishes to join together to listen to the reflections, insights, questions and suggestions of a wider circle of people.
  • for the DLC to listen to the collective wisdom and respond where helpful.

For the physical gatherings to proceed we need registrations from a variety of parishes. Parishes will have engaged already in their own review of the Pastoral Guidance documentation and resources for Confirmation. It is time now to gather together. Thank you to Raymond Terrace and Singleton for providing a space for those who would prefer to gather physically. 

A new flyer with all additional information and registration processes for both ZOOM and physical gatherings is found here

Registration for all ZOOM gatherings and the physical gathering at Raymond Terrace close this Friday October 2. Registrations for the Singleton gathering close on Friday November 6.

In preparation we continue to pray …

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of your love

Pentecost Sunday Gospel acclamation.

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Louise Gannon rsj

Louise Gannon rsj is the Diocesan Co-ordinator of Liturgy.