The Liturgy office is based at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, John’s Hill, Waterford. For information on events being organised, please look under ‘Upcoming Events’ & ‘News’ sections on the homepage or click on the brochure that is available under St. John’s Pastoral Centre.
Please contact Mary Dee (Diocesan Liturgy Assistant) at 051-874199 or 086-8128266
Diocesan Liturgy Commission Members:
Fr. William Ryan
Fr. Billy Meehan
Fr. Paul Waldron
Dom Richard Purcell OCSO
Fr. Edmond Cullinan
Nicholas de Paor
The Diocesan Liturgy Commission offers training, direction and resources to all Parishes who wish to establish a Liturgy Group. Members of the Commission are available to advise such groups, and help with training programmes for those involved in Parish Liturgy.
The Liturgy office organises workshops on the liturgies of Advent/Christmas and on Lent/Easter annually in the Diocese. They also help resource choirs, with various music workshops organised throughout the year.
Liturgical Resources for Advent
Advent – Create a Jesse Tree
Advent Wreath – History & Symbolism
Advent Wreath (Meaning of…..)
Blessing for Advent Wreath
Liturgical Resources for Lent
Lent-Easter Prayer Leaflet
Ministers of the Word
Ministers of the Word proclaim the word of God at the celebration of the Eucharist and at other Liturgies. The Liturgy Commission offers formation courses for people wishing to serve as a Minister of the Word. If you feel called to serve the Lord and your parish community as a Minister of the Word, please contact a Priest in your parish to offer yourself for training.
Useful books for Ministers of the Word:
‘The Word of the Lord’ – Cloyne Diocesan Resource (Available from the Liturgy Office)
‘Pronunciation Guide for the Sunday Lectionary’ by Susan E. Myers. (Available from Veritas)
‘Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons & Weekdays’ by LTP publications. (Available from Veritas)
Some useful Websites and Apps for Parish Readers
Bible Audio Pronunciations from Googleplay (an android app with 6000 words from the bible – a free ‘lite’ version with 800 words is available if people want to try this first; gives pronunciation as well as Google/ wikepedia link)
“The Center for Liturgy – Saint Louis University” website www.liturgy.slu.edu/ is an excellent website for exploring the Sunday readings from a variety of perspectives and offering Prayer of the Faithful suggestions.
www.wednesdayword.org is a website that provides families and parishioners with a prayerful preparation and reflection on the following Sunday’s readings.
Ministers of the Eucharist
Ministers of the Eucharist assist the priest at the Sunday Liturgies by helping to give the body and blood of Christ to the gathered community. They may also be asked to bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in the parish, be it in their own homes or in hospital or nursing home. The Liturgy Commission offers formation courses for people wishing to serve as a Minister of Holy Communion. If you feel called to serve the Lord and your parish community as a Minister of Holy Communion, please contact a Priest in your parish to offer yourself for training.
Click here for Commissioning Services for Ministers of the Word & Ministers of the Eucharist.
Click here for Reflection on Eucharist – God holds your future.
Music Ministry is a very important part of the parish celebration of the Eucharist. Many people use their time and talents with their gift of music to enhance the Parish Liturgies. Training is available to choirs and cantor’s who may wish to obtain repertoire for the different seasons throughout the Liturgical year. Resources are also available from the Liturgy office on request.
Liturgical music workshops are organised throughout the Liturgical year. Please see the diocesan brochure for further details, or contact Mary Dee on 086-8128266.
Click Music at our Liturgy to read more about Music Ministry in the Parish, which include helpful guidelines.
Copying Liturgical music is against the law, so please contact Mary Dee at the Diocesan Liturgy office to find out how you can copy music safely.
Forming a Parish Liturgy Group
A liturgy group is a group that helps to promote the liturgical life of the community and works to move the parish forward and help it grow in its prayer life. If your Parish would like to form a Parish Liturgy Group, contact the Liturgy Office for further information.
2. Congregational Leaflet – changes to text and inclusion of postures for the new translation of the Roman Missal.
Useful websites relating to Liturgy
(National Centre for Liturgy in Ireland – irish calendar information and courses information)
(Readings for Sunday Mass in several languages)
(This is a comprehensive site for liturgical history, documentation and prayer texts)
(This is the site of the Notre Dame Centre for Pastoral Liturgy.
(This website gives access to the Liturgy office of the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales)
Other useful websites
(Sacred space – a daily reflection)
Irish Publishers of Liturgical Books