Signposts on the Road to Emmaus is a four-session programme which explores how the Mass is celebrated. The backdrop to each of the sessions comes from the story in Luke’s gospel of the two disciples who encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus.
Successfully taught throughout the Kildare & Leighlin Diocese, this programme draws upon the experience of participants, sacred scripture, liturgical texts, and invites practical application to local celebrations of liturgy. This leads to a renewed and deepened understanding of the Mass and its celebration. It is suitable for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Mass.
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Julie Kavanagh is the Pastoral Resource person for the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. She holds a Masters in Liturgical Studies from St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and is a member of the Council for Liturgy (Irish Bishops’ Conference). She has worked in the area of parish ministry for over twenty years, and is currently on the panel of lecturers for the National Centre for Liturgy, Maynooth, as well as being visiting lecturer at St Margaret Beaufort’s Institute, Cambridge.
Julie Kavanagh is a liturgist with 20 years of experience in parish ministry. This programme that she has devised is intended to allow those participating to explore the Mass in the footsteps of the disciples on the road to Emmaus with the risen Jesus. This book will be found of immense use by many groups. It can be used with up to 35 persons. It is divided into four separate sessions, with a fifth "reflective session" to follow. Each session is in five parts, using both elements of the Emmaus story and the participants own experiences, she aids groups in exploring a particular phase of the Sunday Mass. Suggestions for improving local practice are the last stage. The ideal is a shared experience, for she emphasises the need for a thread of true hospitality to run through the sessions. This whole programme is rooted in the reality of life today, which by extension also adds depth to the reality of the events being explored.
Irish Catholic, 8 November 2012