The Catholic Church invites many of her members to exercise a leadership role in the celebration of the Liturgy and Sacraments: priests, permanent deacons, school/hospital/prison chaplains, pastoral workers, youth leaders and lay funeral ministers. This unit prepares and equips the student with the understanding, skills and pastoral care necessary for leadership in the preparation and celebration of both sacraments and sacramentals. The focus will be on baptism preparation, pastoral care of the sick and dying, celebration of funerals, penitential services, Liturgy of the Word with or without communion, and blessings and prayers for schools, hospitals, youth groups and prisons. Each celebration will be explored under the following areas: the meaning of each of the elements, the structure of the sacrament or sacramental, and the necessary skills for appropriate pastoral care. The emphasis is on the acquisition of practical skills for ministry in a supervised context.

Unit code: CT2104C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of leaders in a liturgical celebration.


Clearly explain the theological and scriptural foundations of liturgical ministries.


Articulate an understanding of the roles of the sacraments and sacramentals in Catholic Liturgy.


Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and constitutive elements of the various liturgical celebrations and prayer services.


Demonstrate the necessary pastoral and liturgical skills in planning and preparing a range of liturgical and sacramental services including care of the sick and preparation of a funeral.

Unit sequence

CT1100C or equivalent is recommended


Option A: An andragogical constructive weekly framework using discussion, readings, research and practical classroom demonstrations.

Option B: An andragogical constructive intensive mode framework (36 hours) using discussion, readings, research and practical classroom demonstrations.

Indicative Bibliography

Required Texts

  • The Roman Missal. London: Catholic Truth Society, 2010.
  • International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Book of Blessings: Approved for the Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1990.

Recommended References

  • Boselli Goffredo, The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy: School of Prayer, Source of Life. Translated by Barry Hudock. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2014
  • Brown, Katherine H. Lay Leaders of Worship: A Practical and Spiritual Guide. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • Capra, Elio. Called, Gifted, Sent: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Triduum. Melbourne: James Goold House, 2010.
  • de Lange, Anne, and Liz Simpson. How to Lead the Prayers: A Training Course. Grove Worship W 169. Cambridge: Grove Books, 2002.
  • Francis. Desiderio Desideravi. Apostolic Letter on the Liturgical Formation of the People of God. 2022.
  • Larson-Miller, The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2005.
  • Martin, James, ed. Celebrating Good Liturgy: A Guide to the Ministries of the Mass. Chicago: Loyola, 2005.
  • Sheppy, Paul. In Sure and Certain Hope. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper

1500 30.0


3000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 13 Jun, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-06-13 16:31:17 +1000