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, 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, the necessary skills for appropriate pastoral care. The emphasis is on the acquisition of practical skills for ministry in a supervised context.

Unit code: CT3104C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


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


Critically explain the theological and scriptural foundations of liturgical ministries.


Articulate a comprehensive understanding of the roles of the sacraments and sacramentals in Catholic Liturgy


Demonstrate a critical analysis of the structure and constitutive elements of the various liturgical celebrations and prayer services.


Demonstrate the ability to produce and implement a liturgical program of formation in a parish and/or in a Diocese.


Relate in a systematic and critical manner the theological and pastoral understandings of material studied in the Unit to the wider disciplines of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology.


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 Archdiocese of Brisbane. Lay Leaders of Liturgy with Sample Rites for Sundays, Weekdays and Funerals. Brisbane: National Liturgical Commission, 2004.
  • 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 W169. Cambridge: Grove Books, 2002.
  • Kwatera, Michael. * Come to the Feast: Liturgical Theology of, by and for Everybody*. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006.
  • Hahnenberg, Edward P. Ministries: A Relational Approach. New York: Crossroad, 2003.
  • 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 (%)

Essay (3,500 words)

0 70.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper (1,500 words)

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-15 13:58:11 +1000