The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life recently chose Leadership for Mission, a course specifically developed by women and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person, to be featured at the Dicastery’s first Plenary Assembly in November.
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Malcolm Hart, director of the Office for Youth, said the ACYMC will continue what has been a period of intense focus, both locally and internationally, on the place of younger Catholics in the Church.
Parish music ministry can be a minefield, an experience of joy and challenge. It’s generally a volunteer ministry in the Australian context, and so as a general rule, the generosity of people is relied upon to provide music to accompany the liturgical celebration.
Our vision for the Diocese of Wollongong is that every community will actively participate in singing the principal parts meant to be sung at Mass. Each Mass will have a music coordinator, and every parish and school will have a music director, music administrator and one or more voice trainers. Such a model of music ministry requires a comprehensive support infrastructure, providing music ministry formation, training, Certificate Level education, support, PD in-service, scholarships, artist-in-residence programs, repertoire guidance, and musical instrument consultancy.