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Celebrating the Lectionary Year A (Garratt, 2019)

Celebrating the Lectionary Year A is designed for schools and parishes as a catechetical resource that focuses on the Gospels of the Liturgical Year. It can be used as a supplement to Catholic school religious education programs, as a resource for Children’s Liturgy of the Word in parishes, and during the process of preparing children for Christian initiation. Celebrating the Lectionary Year A includes sessions for every Sunday of the liturgical year (Advent, Christmas Time, Lent, Easter Time, and Ordinary Time), sessions for each day of the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and sessions for holydays, solemnities, and feasts, including Australian Feasts, Saints and Seasons.

Each 15-20 minute session is designed so that you can lead group discussions and engage in activities which require minimal preparation and make use of resources on hand. Sessions can easily be adapted to your group’s specific needs and time constraints.

Each session includes:

  • Background information for teachers and catechists
  • Ways to connect children’s lives with the liturgical year
  • Full text of the day’s Gospel reading and an age-appropriate guided reflection
  • Gospel-related activities
  • A take-home page for families to do during the week

Authors: Catherine G. Johnson, Mary Kathleen Kelley, SSJ, Maureen A. Kelly, Nora Malone, Christine Ondrla, James Philipps

Adaptations and Australian Content by: Clare Johnson

Coming soon: Celebrating the Lectionary Year B (Garratt: 2020).


New Public Lecture 12 October 2020: “Liturgy, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Pandemics”

Rev Prof Mark R. Francis CSV

On Monday, 12 October 2020 the ACU Centre for Liturgy hosted Sr. Prof Julia Upton, RSM, a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, who gave an online Public Lecture entitled “Liturgy, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Pandemics”. Applying her expertise in liturgy and her education and interest in Public Health, Dr Upton’s lecture was received with gratitude and great interest by all those who attended.

Sr. Prof. Julia Upton, RSM, Ph.D. (Fordham) is Provost Emerita and retired Distinguished Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John’s University (NY), where she has taught for 40 years. She is a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Brooklyn since 1978 and served as an advisor to the United States National Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worship (1978-1981; 2007-2010). Dr. Upton is author of Worship in Spirit and Truth: The Life and Legacy of H. A Reinhold and is currently writing a biography of Adé Bethune, a liturgical artist, consultant and social activist associated with the Catholic Worker. In 2019 Dr. Upton completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health and now devotes her time to writing and consulting.

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Liturgical Inculturation

Rev Prof Mark R. Francis CSV

In July 2020 the ACU Centre for Liturgy hosted Rev Prof Mark R. Francis CSV, author of Local Worship Global Church: Popular Religion and the Liturgy and Shape a Circle Ever Wider: Inculturating the Liturgy in the United States.

Professor Francis taught an online one-time-only special studies unit, THEL620: Liturgical Inculturation through the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy on 6, 7, 9, 10 July. The unit was offered as a professional learning seminar available to liturgists, clergy, pastoral associates and all with an interest in the fascinating and pastorally relevant area of Liturgical Inculturation.

On 20 July Professor Francis gave an  online public lecture, “The Challenge of Intercultural Liturgy in the Era of Pope Francis”.

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