NLO Quick Guide 11

Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions Celebrations begin 13th May 

Celebrations for the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima begin on Saturday 13th May 2017. Mary appeared to three shepherd children on May 13, 1917 and the apparitions continued once a month until October 13, 1917. Like the apparitions the various celebrations will take place over a 5 month period. Pope Francis will lead the evening recitation of rosary and celebrate Mass on the anniversary, May 13th, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima when he visits Portugal next week.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Each year the Holy See and the World Council of Churches work together to prepare materials for this Week of Prayer which takes place between the feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost (28 May – 4 June in 2017). The Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism has adjusted the Holy See’s prayer materials for use in New Zealand. These are available on the website These resources include prayers for each day of the week, a suggested order for an ecumenical service and a booklet explaining the Week of Prayer.

Licensing Online merger with ONE LICENSE

On April 1 Licensing Online, a major liturgical music copyright agency, became ONE LICENSE. All existing Licensing Online customer memberships have automatically been transferred to the new company. New publishers, including Kevin Mayhew Ltd and Copycare Pacific, are coming on board. Parishes and schools are invited to use for all general support. There are numerous tutorial videos on the website that can be found at

David Haas comes to New Zealand…

We’re delighted to let you know that David’s visit to New Zealand is confirmed. He will be presenting in three Dioceses. See initial advice below.
Dunedin – Wednesday 11 October (contact Amy Armstrong
Wellington – Evening of Friday 13 October and Saturday 14 October (contact Fr Patrick Bridgman
Auckland – Sunday 15 October (contact Teresa Wackrow
Further details will be provided closer to the dates.

… after he’s been to Perth, Australia

“Sing with Joy: United in Diversity” Australian Pastoral Musicians Network National Conference, Perth, 5-7 October 2017. Early bird registrations are being accepted now.

Education Officer at Liturgy Brisbane retires

After 23 years Elizabeth Harrington is retiring as the Education Officer at Liturgy Brisbane. Elizabeth has written hundreds of Liturgy Lines columns suitable for parish newsletters and handouts for parish ministry raining. These can be found on the Liturgy Brisbane website.

Some useful resources:

Living Liturgy subscription
As of July 2017 Living Liturgy will be moving to a subscription basis for readers outside of the Catholic Diocese of Sale, where they are produced. The rates are $50AUD per annum for personal use (one copy
only) and $80AUD per annum for parish use (unlimited copies within one parish). Subscription notices will be released later in the year.
Sacraments with People with Disability
“Celebrating the Sacramental Life from Birth to Death: Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with People with Disability” is a document prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference that addresses
the issues of implementing participation of people with disability in parish life and the celebration of the sacraments. Copies can be purchased from
RCIA Catechetical Tools in Chinese
The Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Liturgy Commission manages a resourceful website and publishes a lot of Chinese materials for promoting liturgical literacy. Here is the link to the main page for the Rite of Initiation
Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary resources
Books and products associated with Our Lady of Fatima are available from Pleroma
Praying using Art
Prayer Windows provides icons and other artistic forms to help centre and reflect

NLO Quick Guide Issue 11, May 2017 - printable version