One of the key missionary points for parishes is their contact with the dying and the bereaved. The Order of Christian Funerals states that the death of a Christian is a significant event for the entire parish community.
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.
Because there are so many things happening at the moment, today’s Liturgy Matters offers you a feast of opportunities and information which you might like to consider over a cup of coffee. Explore! Read! Ponder! Act!
Even before COVID-19 came along, 2020 was the year Diocesan Liturgy Council (DLC) had scheduled to engage the community in a review of the document ‘Pastoral Guidance for the Preparation and Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation’. Any member of the community can participate. So, let’s get organised.
With COVID 19 came the cancellation of Parish Sacramental Programs and Confirmation and First Communion celebrations. At the same time, Bishop Bill invited us to take a fallow year to reflect on our current pastoral practice. The Diocesan Liturgy Council has prepared a resource document to support the community’s reflection.
Remembering is intrinsic to our life as human beings. Our hearts are warmed and our lives are shaped by fond memories. As individuals and communities we also remember the tough stuff, the horrendous stuff. These memories act as a profound corrective and call us to be better and to live differently. Without such memories we are at risk of repeating past injustices.