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2011 Sourcebook for Sunday, Seasons and Weekdays: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy

Liturgy Training Publication USA (Archdiocese of Chicago), 2010
RRP $24.95

Reviewed by Trish Milne, chaplain at St Stephen’s Hospital Maryborough and Hervey Bay and member of Maryborough Uniting Church.

THIS RESOURCE book has been compiled to “help those in parishes, schools, institutions, religious communities and other Catholic faith communities understand the liturgy and how the liturgy transforms our lives.”

As a hospital chaplain, pastor and lay preacher I am called upon to offer frequent (ecumenical) worship services, not only in the hospital setting but within the Parish and occasionally Aged Care Facilities.

This book is a treasure-trove of information.

Structured into the Church Seasons of Year A with a Lectionary reading for each and every day, it is organised into two sections: The Season and The Calendar.

The Season explores the meaning for the season, saints, liturgical books, environment and music, devotions and Sacraments, as well as school liturgies, pastoral care and home and mass texts.

The Calendar section (in the true style of an almanac) explores and informs the orientation of the occasion (the what and why for such celebration), how the Lectionary readings relate and the Roman Missal – insights into appropriate set prayers plus other ideas – and additional pastoral notes.

2011 Sourcebook for Sunday, Seasons and Weekdays has it all and more; extensive references to the Catholics’ list of common liturgies and catechetical documents.

I found delight in the Liturgical Environment, Lectionary Readings, Parish and Home sections.

I actually used bits and pieces from Advent 3 and combined our “Joy” celebrations with Gaudete Sunday.

I will certainly keep this resource by my side in 2011 as I unlock more of its treasures and find different ways of telling and expounding the gospel message.