Friday – 2 October 2020

Friday 2 October 2020

Welcome to Worshipping Under Southern Skies – Online.

Disappointingly, the Liturgy Conference, Worshipping Under Southern Skies 2020 was not able to proceed as planned, it being another Covid casualty. This online Conference is being offered instead. It gives you the opportunity to watch and reflect a sampling of what would have been on offer at the Conference. The videos are best watched in a group, with plenty of time to reflect on the material and plenty of opportunities offered for sustenance on the way. You might want to discuss the content over breakfast, morning tea, lunch or even dinner. In addition to a welcome and beginning prayer, there are five videos available on Friday, and five more on Saturday. Every blessing and enjoy the journey.

God’s great mercy meets our frailty

The liturgy is a meeting place – a place where we, in our great need, can meet a tender and loving, a merciful God.


Richard Leonard 

Richard is a Jesuit priest. He has degrees in arts and education, as well as a Master’s degree in theology. Fr Richard did graduate studies at the London Film School and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne.


1.What did you hear that:

  • Was new to you?
  • Excited you?
  • Challenged you?

2. What are the ways Sunday Mass enables us to meet : our tender, loving, merciful, God?

3. How in your life can you live God's great love?

Singing our Theology

What are we telling our people when we sing?How catholic is our theology?


Richard Leonard 

Richard is a Jesuit priest. He has degrees in arts and education, as well as a Master’s degree in theology. Fr Richard did graduate studies at the London Film School and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Questions :

  1. What most surprised you by the presentation?
  2. What did you find most useful in the presentation?
  3. Does this challenge the way you make liturgical music choices?

Titiro Whakamuri ki anga whaka mua

Looking backwards into our future

Recapturing the Narrative of our Bicultural Relationship

How can we look to the Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840, to appreciate how to be bicultural in faith communities now?

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Manuel Beazley

Manuel is the Vicar for Māori in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Manuel is of Ngāi Tupoto, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kaharau, Ngāpuhi descent.


  1. How does having an appreciation of history affect my understanding of biculturalism?
  2. What has helped my understanding of what it means to be bicultural?
  3. What understanding of biculturalism does my parish, school or faith community have?

Sacrosanctum Concilium: What is it and where has it come from?

This sacred Council has several aims in view: it desires to impart an ever increasing vigour to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call the whole of mankind into the household of the Church. The Council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy.

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Joe Grayland

Joe is a member of the Pastoral and Liturgy Commission with the Diocese of Palmerston North, Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes Palmerston North and St Mary's Foxton. He has a Ph D in Liturgy & Sacramental Theology.


  1. How did Joe Grayland dissect and explain this statement?
  2. What were important considerations for the Council, as they made changes to the liturgy?

Being with Silence

Silence in liturgy is essential if we are to be a people transformed. What is one approach we can take toward this need for silence?

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Judith Courtney

Judith has taught in secondary and primary schools and is currently Coordinator of the Liturgy Centre for the Auckland Diocese.


  1. Is silence difficult?
  2. Which parts of the Mass formed part of this reflection?
  3. How might a stillness of the heart be different to an absence of noise?
  4. Where could a greater attention to your own silence enrich your celebration of the liturgy?

Liturgy and Life

What is liturgy? Why is it important? Does it relate to our daily lives? and Why must we do it well?


John O'Connor

John is a priest of the Diocese of Christchurch, ordained in 1985. He has an MA in Spirituality and offers spiritual direction, retreats and spiritual formation seminars around the globe. John is the creator and author of the website and online ministry.


  1. The Liturgy documents ask us for a ‘full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy?’ What do you think is meant by the word, ‘conscious?’
  2. What might help us to bring our ‘daily living’ to the liturgy?
  3. In the liturgy, Christ comes ‘all the way’ to meet us? What does this mean?