Parish C&B Liturgy Group

Liturgy in our Parish

In a parish with three worshipping communities it is important that there be a good level of communication and co-ordination with regard to liturgical celebrations. To this end each community has its own Liturgy Committee. These committees arrange and manage day to day celebrations throughout the year. Two members each from these Committees sit on a whole parish C&B Liturgy Group which meets once a quarter with the parish priest. The C&B Liturgy Group decides and manages whole parish liturgical events such as Services of Reconciliation, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter celebrations.

Contact: Parish Office



Purpose & Aims
1. Public worship, liturgy is very much at the very heart of our parish life. The purpose of the Liturgy Group is therefore threefold:

a. to deepen an understanding in the parish of what the liturgy is.
b. to enable the parish to celebrate liturgical worship in the very best way that it can.
c. to be the means of providing a key channel of communication within the parish on on worship issues.

2. Recognition is given that parishioners who assist with the parish liturgy are valued volunteers who have much to contribute to the provision of good worship. Individual Liturgy Committees serving worshipping communities at St Tarcisius, St Peter & St John and Christ the King are invited to send two representatives each to sit on the C&B Liturgy Group. The parish priest, as President of the Group, will appoint a Chairperson and ex officio members as required. It is preferable that members sent to the C&B Liturgy Group forum from Liturgy Committees are not members of other major committees. The sending Liturgy Committees should review their representation on the C&B Liturgy Group annually. On the changeover of a Parish Priest the Liturgy Group will require re-appointment. However, Liturgy Committees will remain in being.

3. Meetings should be held sufficiently ahead of major celebrations so that planning may be effective. The Liturgy Group will appoint its own secretary. Minutes of meetings may be published in full or presented as a summary for publication on the parish website and other publications. Meetings that go on for more than one and a half hours are not usually productive.

Principal Objectives
4. The C&B Liturgy Group should:

a. be aware of and apply liturgical norms and policy as provided by various Church documents as well as the Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales.
b. be aware of and apply liturgical norms and instructions from the diocesan Liturgy Commission and other authorities.
c. routinely review all parish worship celebrations to ensure that they serve the liturgical needs of the parish and to identify to the parish priest areas in need of development.
d. liaise with the Diocesan Specialist Advisor for Liturgy and work with other parish groups and committees as necessary to achieve effective parish celebrations of Baptism, First Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation, Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults, Marriage, the Sacrament of the Sick, Funerals and other celebrations.
e. plan whole parish liturgical celebrations ensuring that the necessary advance planning and preparation is carried out in anticipation of each of the major liturgical seasons, i.e. Lent/Easter/Pentecost, Advent/Christmas.
f. plan arrangements for Advent and Lent Services of Reconciliation.
g. oversee procedures and best practice regarding bringing of Holy Communion to the housebound.
h. review and promote use of the Divine Office.
i. study and discuss issues of concern raised by the three Liturgy Committees also by individual parishioners. Consider issues of concern that affect the wider parish as required.
j. provide the stimulus for new liturgical initiatives.
k. review and promote the non liturgical devotional life of the parish .
l. each January review existing rotas and recommend the names of new Eucharistic Ministers, Readers and others to the parish priest as required.
m. promote annual liturgical training for the specialized ministries particularly Readers and Commissioned Ministers of Holy Communion. Initiate and promote liturgical education and training opportunities for the wider parish.
n. promote high standards of worship through music, good serving and a prayerful environment.