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Making our liturgical celebrations as prayerful, awe inspiring and beautiful as we can

The celebration of the sacraments and the other rites of the church especially the mass in at the heart of our worship of God and at the heart of our sharing the gospel and the life of the catholic church. The Second Vatican Council called the mass the source and summit of Christian life.

So the more prayerful and numinous and beautiful we can make our celebrations, the stronger we are in every way. This is not a one dimensional task it involves the coming together of many elements, most of all the "full conscious active participation" (Vatican 2) of all gathered to celebrate the liturgy, together with the specialised ministries such as musician, singer, priest , deacon, reader, server, preacher, welcomer, eucharistic minister, and behind these the ministries of cleaning, flower arranging, vestment making, church maintenance, printing, organising and so on. In short it is the coming together of the whole parish to create a worthy celebration which in its turn feeds and strengthens the whole parish.

The time we spend on preparation for our Sunday masses in all these different ways is always time well spent.

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