The workshops were held at Kapunda and Barossa Valley with 12 participants at each.
The aim was three-fold: to provide a refresher for those who already lead liturgies; a general education/formation for those interested; and the hope that the parish could attract some people willing to begin leading.
Some of the responses from participants included:
- I never realised the central importance of the community to the liturgy;
- … our importance as the Body of Christ, Christ truly present in the community, as the community gathers, even without a priest;
- The Eucharistic Prayer cannot be prayed by the priest until the people of the Church have given their assent, as the priest does not give thanks alone … the priest with the people of the Church;
- The Prayers of the Faithful, that the intention is directed to the assembly (not to God) and the actual Prayer of the Faithful is ‘Lord, hear our prayer’;
- The focus is on the Word of God; and
- How important is hearing the Scripture; the gathering is about more than ‘taking Communion’.