The word “liturgy” originally meant a “public work” or “a service in the name of or on behalf of the people”. The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments.
Liturgical services are celebrations of the Church, not private functions:
The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord's supper
Pope Paul VI, Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy), 1963, n.10
The action of the liturgy is also a response of the people to the spiritual blessings bestowed by God, and a source of further gifts and blessings.
Although the sacred liturgy is above all things the worship of the divine Majesty, it likewise contains much instruction for the faithful. For in the liturgy God speaks to His people and Christ is still proclaiming His gospel. And the people reply to God both by song and prayer
Pope Paul VI, Sacrosanctum Concilium(Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy), 1963, n.33
The celebration of the liturgy is a central activity in all Catholic communities. Parishes will normally have a Parish Liturgy Committee, which assists the priest in managing the celebration of the Eucharist and sacraments in the parish.
Dioceses have an office or commission which provides support and training in liturgy for parishes, and which assists the bishop with diocesan liturgical celebrations.
The National Liturgy Office is an agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, established to assist the bishops collectively in the development of liturgical policies and resources, liturgical catechesis, and the translation of liturgical texts.
The National Office is assisted by a group of Liturgy Advisers appointed from across the country by the Bishops Conference.
National Liturgy Office Contact Details
Director, National Liturgy Office
Pompallier Diocesan Centre
Private Bag 47904
Ph: +64 9 360 3058