Liturgical Leadership in a Ministry Context

crosslisted as DL2104C/3104C
Praxis Unit

Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB
Not Offered in 2019

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.


second level  
two Systematic Theology units at level one
DP1001C and D1002C for BMin students 
third level  
two Systematic Theology units at level two
DP1001C and D1002C for BMin students


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%

Required Texts

  • The Roman Missal. London: Catholic Truth Society, 2011.
  • 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.


  • 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: Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • Capra, Elio. Called, Gifted, Sent: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Triduum. Melbourne: James Goold House Publications, 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: Liturgical Press, 2006.
  • Larson-Miller, Lizette. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Lex Orandi. Collegeville: 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 Press, 2003.