Elective unit                                                                                                          (Min. No. 8)

1st semester: Tuesday morning



Building on prior studies and/or experience in Liturgy, this unit comprises three continuous and contiguous elements which overlap and interweave throughout the unit: information relating to the spirit and structure of liturgical celebrations as essentially communal and participatory; reflection on these as developed in the Liturgical books and commentaries, and as experienced in a variety of situations; experience which prepares presiders, particularly, for their role in a variety of Liturgical celebrations in the Catholic tradition.

PREREQUISITES: Prior studies and or experience in liturgical celebration


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the spirit and structure of Liturgical celebration in the Christian community as outlined in the basic Catholic Liturgical texts
  2. reflect critically on the implications for the way Liturgical celebration is, and should be, experienced in Christian communities
  3. preside and participate in Liturgical celebrations professionally and proficiently
  4. evaluate the service of ministry implied in ‘full, conscious and active participation’ in Liturgical celebrations as determined by the Second Vatican Council.
  5. design and compose liturgical celebrations appropriate to selected ecclesial occasions (Level 3)
  6. form lay ministers to preside effectively at Sunday Services of Word and Communion in the absence of an ordained minister.


Weekly journal reflections: reading and praxis 2500 words (40%); practicum and critical reflection 3500 words (60%)



Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal. 2007.

Foley, Edward, Nathan Mitchell and Joanne Pierce, eds. A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Collegeville, MN: Pueblo, 2007.

Fortescue, Adrian, John Berthram O’Connell and Alcuin Reid. The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described. 15th ed. London: Burns & Oates, 2009.

Hovda, Robert W. Strong, Loving and Wise: Presiding in Liturgy. Washington DC: Liturgical Conference, 1976.

International Committee on English in the Liturgy. English Translation of the Order of Mass. 2008.

Kavanaugh, Aidan. Elements of Rite: Handbook of Liturgical Style. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1990.

Lysik, D., ed. The Liturgy Documents: A Parish Resource. 4th ed. 2 Vols. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training, 2004.

Martin, James. Celebrating Good Liturgy. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2005.

Mitchell, Nathan. Meeting Mystery. New York, NY: Orbis, 2006.

Pecklers, Keith. The Genius of the Roman Rite: On the Reception and Implementation of the New Missal. London: Burns & Oates, 2009.

Smolarski, Dennis C. How Not to Say Mass. Rev ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2003.

———. Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1995.

The Rites of the Catholic Church. 2 Vols. New York: Pueblo, 1990.