Launch of a New Catholic Liturgical Hymnal for Australia

Published: Tuesday 29th March 2016

Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, will launch the Catholic Worship Book II on Friday April 8, 2016 at 6pm at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne. The launch of the Catholic Church’s new official liturgical music resource for Australia marks an exciting milestone for the local church.

Australian Catholic University’s Professor Clare Johnson, Director of the ACU Centre for Liturgy, will officiate the launch of the Catholic Worship Book II.  Professor Johnson hails the new hymnal as an exciting and fresh national resource that will advance the quality of Australia’s liturgical music. “With the changes to the liturgy resulting from the 2010 translation of the Roman Missal, Australia needed to update its chief liturgical music book, and the new Catholic Worship Book II provides a wonderfully rich and contemporary resource that brings together music from the best of Australia’s composers alongside those from overseas, ” says Professor Johnson. “Updating and expanding the original 1985 Catholic Worship Book, the editors of the Catholic Worship Book II have produced a user-friendly and practical liturgical music resource that is a must for anyone involved in preparing liturgical celebrations in Australia today.” The Catholic Worship Book II incorporates the six officially approved Australian musical settings of the Mass as well as music for all liturgical needs.

ACU’s Centre for Liturgy provides one of the only courses in Australia where students can study liturgical music at postgraduate level in its Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Liturgy). According to Professor Johnson, the Catholic Worship Book II provides a vital new resource for those interested in studying how to choose and use liturgical music well in Catholic worship settings. “One of the great parts of the Catholic Worship Book II is its detailed suggestions for choosing appropriate music not only for the Mass throughout the liturgical year, but for the other rites of the Church as well. It has a huge range of liturgical music styles – something for everyone – from traditional Latin chant to contemporary songs. I will certainly be introducing my students to the riches of this new resource,” she says.

The April 8 launch of the Catholic Worship Book II will provide an exciting introduction to the contents and uses of the new hymnal featuring musical performances by the St. Patrick’s Mentone Parish Choir, cantors and keyboardists.

For those who cannot attend in person, the launch will be webcast live nationally via from 6-7pm AEST.  For further information please contact Mrs. Anita Plant, National Office for Liturgy, or (03) 9926 5762.