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.
Our mystagogical journey through the ‘Liturgy of the Eucharist’ has taken many weeks. Taking time is good. It gives us space to reflect more deeply on our focus question: Do we participate in the celebration of Eucharist as celebrants or consumers? Today our focus is Communion. Potentially, alas, the ultimate consumerist moment.
Last week I invited you to join in a conversation reflecting on our experience of liturgical disruption caused by COVID-19. This week, as an interlude before we move to Part 6 of our reflection on whether we celebrants or consumers, I invite you to listen to that conversation. It’s always good to listen widely.
You are invited to participate in an international conversation “Can you send an apple by email?” with Professor Thomas O’Loughlin, Emeritus Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham, UK.