Specialised training and formation workshops

The ACU Centre for Liturgy provides parishes and deaneries throughout Australia with specialised training and formation workshops focused on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Training parish ministers
    • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
    • The Ministry of Lector
    • The Ministry of Cantor
  • Forming liturgical musicians
    • Accompanying the assembly’s worship
    • How to choose ‘good’ liturgical music
    • How to engage the assembly in song
  • How we do what we do matters! Exploring the ars celebrandi in parish liturgies
  • No longer two, but one: preparing to celebrate your Catholic marriage
  • Born anew by water and spirit: preparing for your child’s baptism
  • A fitting conclusion: preparing your Catholic funeral
  • It’s about time! Understanding the liturgical year
"Jason was a great presenter, very patient, friendly and encouraging – I really liked his practical tips"
Grace
Haberfield Lectors Course

When you seek the depths beneath the surface

Short courses in Liturgy, Sacraments and the Sacred Arts

Our short courses in liturgy, sacraments and the sacred arts offer parishioners, clergy, pastoral associates, teachers, students, and members of the general public the opportunity to explore how Catholic faith is enacted in our rites and sacraments, and to learn how the faith life is expressed and nourished through liturgy and prayer.  Short courses provide an experience of studying with Australia’s leading liturgical scholars, sacramental theologians and pastoral practitioners without committing to a full degree. Our short courses are presented at locations around Australia in a variety of formats, e.g., one evening session per week over four weeks, or two sessions per day over two Saturdays.

Short course available on demand

From death to new life: preparing and celebrating Catholic funerals

What Christians believe about the meaning of life and death and the promise of eternal life comes into sharp focus when a loved one dies. Catholic funerals provide a way for mourners to remember and give thanks for the life of the deceased person in a series of beautiful rites that both honour the dead and express Christian belief and hope in eternal life.

Have you ever thought about what will happen when you or a loved one dies? What decisions do you need to make when you prepare to celebrate a funeral in the Catholic tradition? This short course will investigate a Christian theology of dying and death and explore how the Order of Christian Funerals celebrates death in a specifically Catholic way. Experienced priests and funeral directors will discuss how they care for the dead and for those who grieve. As part of this short course you will have an opportunity to prepare a Catholic funeral for yourself or a loved one.

Session 1: Raised to new life – a Christian theology of dying and death

Session 2: Celebrating death the Catholic way – the Order of Christian Funerals

Session 3: Collaborating in care – funeral directors and priests in dialogue

Session 4: A fitting conclusion – preparing your Catholic funeral

"I loved hearing about the history of the sacraments and delving deeper into the meanings of signs and symbols. Amazed at the wonderful quality and knowledge of all the lecturers"
Lynne, Parishioner
Sacraments Short Courses

Information about fees

ACU Centre for Liturgy charges fees for its programs and services, operating on a not-for-profit basis consistent with ACU’s constitution. We are committed to providing our services at a reasonable rate. Please download Information About Fees (PDF, 134KB).

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