Amongst many things, COVID-19 gave us the experience of locked churches, the suspension of the public celebration of the liturgy and live-streamed Mass. This experience led us to reflect on the difference between watching Mass and participating in Mass. Numerous articles were published and international conversations on the question multiplied. You can listen to some of these conversations.
Ultimately we were led to the deeper age-old question: What do we think we are doing when we celebrate Mass? Are we celebrants or consumers?
The resource ‘Celebrants or consumers? It matters!’ invites you to reflect on your own experience of, and participation in, the celebration of eucharist. You might read it and reflect alone, or gather a group to engage in conversation about it. Each section invites you into a process of reflection based on the liturgical texts. The current copy is best used electronically because of the links to other resources. We will soon add a version that can be used as a printed copy.
The point of this resource is to expand the conversation about our participation in Mass, as far and wide as possible.
Sacraments of Initiation
On March 19 in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, Bishop Bill wrote a Pastoral Letter to the Church. With the closure of churches and the suspension of the celebration of public liturgy he cancelled parish sacramental programs and the celebration of Confirmation and First Communion for the duration of 2020. He went on to note, "we shall observe a ‘fallow year’ with time to reflect on current practice and return to the sacramental journeys for our children in 2021".
The Diocesan Liturgy Council and the Diocesan Liturgy Forum: Christian Initiation have prepared a ‘Sacraments of Initiation Fallow Year Reflection Resource’ document to support parishes in engaging in the fallow year reflection that Bishop Bill invited them to undertake. It contains the review of the Diocesan ‘Pastoral Guidance for the Preparation and Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation’ which was already scheduled for 2020.
For easy navigation, the page numbers in the Index function as links to take you directly to selected section. The ‘Introduction’ on page 5 explains the background and intent of the resource.
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Sacrament of Penance