Liturgical Planning

Course Number: 707

Open To:
Grades 11-12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

Elective; Satisfies one semester of the Theology graduation requirement

Course Description:

This semester-long elective course is dedicated to the service of the OLP school community through planning and helping to lead liturgies and prayer services. Students will learn about the scriptural and theological foundations of the Catholic Mass, the history of the Mass, and the call to go forth into our world as a Eucharistic people. Additionally, students will learn about the specific parts of the Mass, prayerful approaches to serving as a lector, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, or altar server, and the many details that go into planning a liturgy, including choosing a theme, selecting readings when appropriate, selecting songs, and setting the environment of the physical space where Mass will be celebrated. Each student is required to attend one Tuesday morning 7:00 am Mass during the semester. Or a student can fulfill that requirement by attending a different type of Mass with approval from the teacher. Through the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s loving Presence comes to us in a sacred, unique, and transformative manner in the Eucharist. The course will explore how we can share our special encounter with God with others in our community and beyond. All students who would like to take Liturgical Planning will need to complete a written application on which their acceptance into the class will be based. Up to 5 students per semester who have already completed Liturgical Planning may take the course a second time after successfully completing an application and interview process.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life by Fr. Dominic Grassi and Joe Paprocki ISBN: 9780829436143

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes