Over the next couple of months, leading up to the launch on 15 October of the first module, ‘Our Beginnings’, you will hear and read about Worshipping Under Southern Skies, a national catechesis that the Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand have commissioned in preparation for the introduction of the revised General instruction of the Roman Missal, due for release in the next couple of years.
If we approach this catechesis from a perfunctory point of view, with limited horizons and imaginations, we will miss a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the beauty and the richness of our faith and the many ways Christ is present in our lives – not just in the Liturgy, but in the whole of our humanity.
‘A Eucharist which does not pass over into the concrete practice of love is intrinsically fragmented’ [Pope Benedict Deus Caritas Est 14].
When you are invited, as you will be, to join a reflection group in your parish or pastoral area, grab the chance! If you are not a small group devotee, download the module ‘Our Beginnings’ from the National Liturgy Commission website, and give yourself some regular retreat time to reflect on the material.
Worshipping under Southern Skies is composed of four modules which will be launched over the next two years: Module Two ‘Preparing for Sunday’ in April 2007, Module Three ‘Preparing for Ministry’ in September 2007, and Module Four, ‘Preparing for Challenges and Opportunities’ in April 2008.