Liturgical Leadership in a Ministry Context

crosslisted as DL2104C/3104C
Praxis Unit

Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB
Not offered in 2020

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.



face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester, or in intensive mode


second level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 3,000-word essay 70%
third level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 3,500-word essay 70%


  • Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese 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, MN: Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • Capra, Elio. Called, Gifted, Sent: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Triduum. Melbourne: James Goold House, 2010.
  • de Lange, Anna, 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, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006.
  • Larson-Miller, Lizette. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Lex Orandi. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005.
  • Martin, James, ed. Celebrating Good Liturgy: A Guide to the Ministries of the Mass. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2005.
  • Sheppy, Paul. In Sure and Certain Hope: Liturgies, Prayers and Readings for Funerals and Memorials. Norwich: Canterbury, 2003.