Services

 

Consultations

Michael Prendergast and Anne McGuire are seasoned pastoral musicians, liturgists, clinicians, teachers and authors who are available as a consultant for parishes, deaneries / vicariates  or organizations. Michael and Anne can help you assess your liturgical, musical or pastoral needs.

Workshops, Presentations, Evenings/Days of Reflection, Retreats

  • Workshops, talks, day or evening sessions on topics included but not limited to:

  • What does it mean to be a liturgical Parish?

  • A walk through the Liturgical Year: music, ritual, environment

  • Preparation and Evaluation of the Sacramental Life of the Community

  • Formation of Diocesan and Parish Worship Commissions

  • Preparation of Cantors and Ministers of Music

  • Praying and Singing the Psalms: the Church's First Prayer

  • Music reading sessions for the Seasons, the Rites and the Chants for the Roman Missal

  • Liturgy and Social Justice

  • Celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours

  • Training and Formation of Lay Ecclesial Ministers for Liturgical Leadership

  • By Your Holy Cross:  Meditations on the Cross through texts, lives of holiness, art and music

  • Christ in Daily Living:  Martha, Mary, and You (a women's retreat)

  • Liturgy, Hospitality, and the Communion of Saints

  • A Liturgical Year Pilgrimage:  Walking and Praying through the year (at your parish) 

  • Connecting Liturgical Moments with Daily Life

Training

  • Training and Formation of Liturgical Ministers:

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

  • Readers

  • Ministers of Hospitality/ushers and greeters

  • Trainers of Altar Servers/MC's

  • Sacristans

  • Cantors / Pastoral Musicians

  • Lay Leaders of Prayer

 

Ritual

Ritual demonstration, catechesis and mystagological reflection on the sacramental rites of the Church and the rites contained in the:

 

  • Book of Blessings

  • Rite of Baptism for Children

  • Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults and appropriate adaptation for children

  • Order of Christian Funerals

  • Marriage

  • Liturgies of the Paschal Triduum

  • Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest

  • Celebrations of the Word with or without the distribution of Holy Communion

Vatican II

  • Vatican II: How did we get here?

  • The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium

  • Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum

  • Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium

  • Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes

  • Overview of Decrees and Declarations…where do we go from here?