The Parish Liturgy group prepares for regular and special religious celebrations in St. John’s Church. The group seeks to enhance the quality of the liturgy and worship, especially by promoting active participation of the people.
Parish Liturgy Team
What is the role of the Parish Liturgy Group?
• Plan the liturgical year ahead – short-term/ medium-term/ long-term
• Be aware of the different moods/times/senses of the liturgical year
• Ensure that there is initial and on-going formation and support for all liturgical ministers;
• Connect with the other ministry groups to ensure good communication and clarity;
• Evaluate our liturgical celebrations and make whatever decisions are needed for our upcoming celebrations.
We are hoping that more parishioners might volunteer to join the group. Anyone who shows an interest and is open to enjoying and celebrating liturgy, to working in cooperation with priest and parishioners, to undertaking some reading and reflection on liturgy, and who is open to creativity. It can be very helpful to have people from some of the ministry groups e.g. Word, or Eucharistic or music ministers, altar society etc. as well as people from different age groups within the parish community. It is important that there is a shared understanding among members re:
• The meaning of liturgy and what we are trying to do in and through the Mass;
• The role and purpose of the liturgy group in the parish;
• The relationship between this group and other groups in the parish.
What is the agenda for our liturgy meetings?
Like all parish ministries, we are called to consider both the current and the long term needs of the community. So preparation for an up-coming liturgy is important. So too is consideration of wider issues. Two questions inform our work:
• How are our celebrations enabling people to pray and live their lives as Christians?
• How can we make our celebrations more welcoming and inclusive for all?
As a liturgy group, we need to become aware of the different groups who come to celebrate in our community e.g. young children, older people, parents, people with a disability. As we prepare liturgies, it can be helpful to imagine oneself as young, old, unwell, disaffected, hard of hearing etc. to see how this might seem to others, and whether in fact we are managing to touch into the needs of different groupings within the parish community.