In recent years, the Irish Church has experienced a reduction in the number of priests available to celebrate Mass on weekdays in our parish communities. With no sign that this pattern will change in the foreseeable future, It is Good for Us to Be Here seeks to clearly outline this pastoral challenge facing the Church today; to present the various options that a parish can decide to adopt in praying every day; and to offer a clear rationale for these decisions.
Containing theological and canonical studies which address this pastoral reality, it also provides a training course for the formation of leaders of public prayer in parishes, and liturgical and musical aids to assist communities celebrating on weekdays when the Eucharist is not possible.
National Centre for Liturgy
The National Centre for Liturgy was founded to promote liturgical formation in the light of Vatican II. It was established in 1973 when the late Mgr Sean Swayne was appointed National Secretary for Liturgy.The National Centre for Liturgy houses the National Secretariat for Liturgy which works on behalf of the Episcopal Conference and the Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and co-ordinates the work of the various consultative agencies on liturgy, church music, sacred art and architecture and liotuirge in nGaeilge. New Liturgy is the quarterly bulletin of the Secretariat. The National Centre for Liturgy has been engaged in the work of liturgical formation since 1973. The Centre also conducts shorter courses at other centres.