Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest

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Sunday Celebrations of the Word are not the same as celebrations of the Mass. Rather, in those communities where the priest may be absent from Sunday Mass without supply for short periods it is important nonetheless that the community gather to hear the Word of God and celebrate the holy character of the Lord's Day.

The Archdiocese has a specific formation program facilitated by the Office of Liturgy for those lay people who through a process of discernment offer themselves to serve as leaders in these communities. A register is maintained in the Office of Liturgy of appointments to the ministry by the Archbishop and the duration of such appointments.

Following notification of their appointment, lay leaders are commissioned by their parish priest in the presence of the parish community.

Approved Rites for Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion have been developed for the Archdiocese in line with national guidelines and Church norms to support lay leaders in their function:

  • Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion: Rite for Advent
  • Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion: Rite for Christmas
  • Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion: Rite for Lent
  • Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion: Rite for Easter
  • Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion: Rite for Ordinary Time

Rites for emergency situation have also been prepared (Sunday Celebrations of the Word).

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