Liturgy is the central way in which the Church expresses and nourishes its faith, and when celebrated well, the liturgy is also one of the most powerful tools of evangelisation available to the Church, spreading out to nourish all aspects of Catholic life. This workshop will introduce the ars celebrandi (‘the art of proper celebration’) to parish ministers and members of the assembly so that they can assess their current approach to ministerial roles in the liturgy, discover how these roles can be enhanced, and ultimately release the evangelising power of the liturgy for the enlivening and strengthening of parish life. The ‘art’ of celebrating liturgy well matters because this effects how well the Gospel message conveyed in the liturgy can be heard, understood and lived. Liturgy celebrated well can awaken the faithful to the modes of Christ’s presence in their midst and to their belonging to the body of Christ, while promoting and increasing faith and discipleship.
Clare V. Johnson [B.Mus (Hons), B. Theol (Hons), A.Mus.A., M.A. (Theol), GCHE, Ph.D.] is Director of the ACU Centre for Liturgy and Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at Australian Catholic University. Clare has taught liturgical studies, sacramental theology, preaching, liturgical music and introductory theology at the University of Notre Dame (USA), Michigan State University (USA), the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle) and Australian Catholic University. Her research in liturgy, liturgical music, ritual studies, liturgical theology and liturgical inculturation has been widely published. Clare is a member of the National Liturgical Council advising the Bishops Commission for Liturgy.