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Upcoming Celebrations

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The parish feast day will be celebrated at the Saturday evening Mass on 16 July and all Sunday Masses on 17 July.  The 10:00 am Mass will be the principal celebration for the feast day, and singers are welcome to add their number to the usual 10:00 am group led by Kathy Lyon.
View music suggestions for Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Thanksgiving for the Canonisation of St Titus Brandsma

Each Carmelite parish in the Province of Australia and Timor-Leste is celebrating a Mass in thanksgiving for the canonisation of St Titus Brandsma in May.  In Wentworthville, this will be celebrated on the Sunday following St Titus' feast day, namely Sunday 31 July at 10:00 am.   Music at this Mass will reflect the nature of the particular celebration.

Please note that the Saturday evening and other Sunday Masses will remain celebrations of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

School Centenary Mass

Our parish primary school is celebrating 100 years, and preparations are underway to celebrate this historic occasion at the 6:00 pm Mass on Saturday 29 October.  This is the date that the original church-school building was blessed in 1922.

The Mass will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the many people who have contributed to the school community over the past century, and unite our community in celebration.  Further information will be provided about the Mass closer to the date.

The Communion Procession

With the recent celebration of The Body and Blood of Christ, we reminded Communion Ministers of their role in distributing Communion to music ministers.  The same explanation is provided below for your information:

Singing should always accompany the reception of Communion.  The Communion hymn should begin from when the priest receives Communion, and finish when the Communion procession concludes.  It is not practical, therefore, for music ministers to come forward with the rest of the assembly to receive Communion – they are engaged in serving the assembly at this time.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion also have an important role of service to the whole community.  This means ensuring that all who genuinely seek to receive Communion can do so.  They also have a responsibility to ensure the safe custody of the Blessed Sacrament.

This is why we allocate a minister specifically to the task of distributing Communion to those in the choir gallery.  This minister takes Communion to the choir gallery, and will likely need to wait patiently near the top of the stairs until the end of the hymn, which should end promptly when the assembly’s Communion procession concludes.  Communion can then be distributed reverently while the assembly spends some time in silent prayer (which is always good practice), with what is left then returned to the altar.

Communion should not be left to be distributed by someone else.  If you do this, you are leaving the Eucharist unsupervised and likely leaving your role to be fulfilled by someone who is already undertaking a ministry.

At Masses where music is led from the front of the church (such as 6:00 pm Saturday), Communion is easily taken to the ministers immediately at the end of the Communion of the assembly.  Ministers who go to the choir gallery are also welcome to stop along the way to give Communion to the media minister operating the computer, as they are also fulfilling a ministerial function at this time.

Music Suggestions

Choosing music for Mass over the coming months?  Updated music suggestions and quick pick guides are available on our website.
View music suggestions for the Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year C
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your ministry.
Please contact Robert if you have any questions or need assistance.
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