Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission

Commission Chair:  Fr Warrick Tonkin
Executive Officer:  Sharon Brewer |  6163 4300  |  sharon.brewer@cg.org.au

The purpose of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission (ALC) is to assist the Archbishop on matters pertaining to Catholic liturgical worship.  The ALC seeks to foster a rich liturgical life within the Archdiocese where local communities are informed, supported and challenged.

For useful links relating to Liturgy, please refer to the Resources section of this website.  If you require assistance with liturgical matters, please contact Pastoral Support Services, Parish Pastoral Support who will be able to assist you with your enquiry (02) 6163 4300 or sharon.brewer@catholiclife.org.au.

SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ALC

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) confirms the importance of action to promote pastoral liturgy (SC 43-44) and recommends the establishment of diocesan liturgy commissions (SC 45).

The Instruction on Implementing the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, Inter oecumenici (1964 #47) offers a more detailed treatment of the purposes of a diocesan liturgy commission. Under the guidance of the Bishop the Commission is to:

  • Acquaint itself with the state of pastoral liturgical activity in the diocese;
  • Be aware of pastoral liturgy activities in other appropriate places;
  • Advise on the implementation of what has been proposed by the competent authority – Holy See, Archbishop, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, etc. (cf. SC 22);
  • Suggest appropriate initiatives to promote pastoral liturgy action in the Archdiocese;
  • Strive for a mutual accord throughout the diocese in matters of pastoral liturgy action.

OUT-OF-SCOPE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ALC

  • Responsibility for the delivery of training, formation and workshops;
  • Responsibility for communicating advice regarding liturgical matters to priests, parishes, individuals and agencies;
  • Responsibility for responding to the day-to-day enquiries from the general public.

Although the above responsibilities are outside the scope of the ALC, this does not exclude the ALC (or individual members) from being called on for their expertise in responding to the various needs relating to liturgy (as per the Objectives of the ALC, set out below).

OBJECTIVES OF THE ALC

The ALC assists the Archbishop by:

  • Undertaking research and providing strategic advice to the Archbishop about the liturgical needs in the Archdiocese;
  • Developing and reviewing policies for liturgical life and practice in the Archdiocese;
  • Developing guidelines for education, formation and training in liturgy;
  • Advocating for the delivery of quality education, formation and training in liturgical issues and practice;
  • Advocating for the functioning of parish liturgical committees;
  • Maintaining networks with Archdiocesan and parish bodies;
  • Maintaining links with other Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the National Liturgical Council.

MEMBERSHIP

  • The ALC should consist of eight members, all of whom are appointed by the Archbishop. Two members are ex officio;
    • The ALC shall include one ex officio member of the clergy;
    • The ALC shall include an ex officio Executive Officer (usually the officer responsible for pastoral liturgy in the Archbishop’s Office);
  • All members shall be known for their integrity, their active commitment to a life of faith within the local Catholic Church, and their sound grasp of liturgical matters;
  • Membership of the ALC should seek to be representative of the Archdiocese (e.g., age, geography, parish and school communities, etc.);
  • The term of office for members shall be three years. Members are eligible for re-appointment;
  • Any motion duly proposed and seconded is decided by a simple majority of those members present and voting. The Chairperson has a casting vote in addition to his/her deliberative vote.  The Executive Officer does not vote.

ROLE OF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • File and retrieve corporate documents, records, and reports;
  • Perform administration support, maintaining records, and performing basic bookkeeping;
  • Prepare agendas and make arrangements for commission, and other related meetings;
  • Compile, transcribe, and distribute minutes of meetings;
  • Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence;
  • Be the point of contact between the commission and the Archbishop, Episcopal Council and Council of Priests.

MEETINGS

  • The ALC shall meet 5 times a year;
  • The Archbishop appoints the Chair of the ALC and may appoint a Deputy Chair. The Executive Officer cannot be appointed to these positions;
  • If the Archbishop or Vicar General attends the meeting, they preside over the meeting and do not act as chairman;
  • A quorum shall consist of the simple majority of the members, not including the Executive Officer;
  • The internal discussions of the ALC are confidential.