Diocesan Liturgical Guidelines and Advice

Communion Rite Guidance

In response to numerous questions that touch on the way the Communion Rite is celebrated at Mass, the Diocesan Liturgy Council has drafted guidance to assist all communities to celebrate the Communion Rite in a fitting and appropriate way. These guidelines entitled Pastoral Guidance for the Celebration of the Communion Rite at Mass are available here for download.

The Diocesan Liturgy Council will engage the community in conversation about these guidelines throughout 2019. Click here for locations and dates.

Pastoral Guidance for Confirmation

The promulgation of the revised Order of Confirmation provided an opportunity to prepare pastoral guidance and resources to assist parish sacramental teams in the preparation and celebration of the sacrament of confirmation.

The following resources are now finalised.

DoMN Confirmation Guidelines

As indicated in the Guidelines, these are to be reviewed and feedback is always welcome: louise.gannon@mn.catholic.org.au or (02) 4979 1135.

There are two brief articles available at Liturgy Brisbane that may assist parish sacramental teams:  ‘Preparing Young People for Confirmation and First Communion’ and ‘Confirmation and First Communion Masses’.

Guidelines for the Order of Christian Funerals

(Posted 28 June 2019)

The existing Diocesan Funeral Guidelines, Celebrating Life and Death Togetherwere drafted as an interim document in 2002 when ‘Lay Funeral Ministers’ were first introduced in some parishes. At this stage, few parishes are aware of these interim guidelines.

Recent years have seen an increase in questions from parishes regarding the Funeral Rites as well as requests for some support, guidance or guidelines.  In response to these requests the Diocesan Liturgy Council (DLC) has established a Working Party to revise the 2002 guidelines. 

A Consultation and Discernment Process was developed to achieve this.  For an overview of this process click here.

A series of Reflective Dialogues was held in 2017 to hear from the Catholic community. Information on the nature of the Reflective Dialogue is available here

The project of revising guidelines is continuing.

Guidelines for Sunday Celebrations in Anticipation of Eucharist

The existing Diocesan Guidelines for Sunday Celebrations in Anticipation of Eucharist are to be reviewed.​

DLC "Practice Notes"

The following Practice Notes are offered by the Diocesan Liturgy Council in response to questions raised regarding specific liturgical practices.