Mandate of the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments - English Sector

The National Liturgy Office serves the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The responsibilities of the Office are to assist the English Sector Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments in carrying out its mandate.

The Commission meets four times a year:

  • Providing ritual and liturgical books for use in Canada;
  • Promoting the observance of the Guidelines for Liturgical Publications;
  • Overseeing the preparation of liturgical educational materials for publication;
  • Recommending to the CCCB and the Bishops of Canada pastoral liturgical action and promoting studies and necessary experiments whenever there is a question of adaptation to be proposed to the Apostolic See (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 44);
  • Assisting the President of the CCCB in maintaining relations with the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) and other national and international groups;
  • Maintaining relations with the Commission √©piscopale de liturgie et des sacrements;
  • Meeting on a regular basis with the Director of the National Liturgy Office (NLO) and the members of the National Council on Liturgy for ongoing consultation, discussion and collaboration concerning liturgical matters;
  • Consulting on a regular basis the National Council for Liturgical Music in the process of reviewing music1 and approving hymns for liturgical use in Canada.

The current members of the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments are:

Boissonneau John Dunn Brian2014 Hundt Peter stephenjensen


1 See: Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction Musicam sacram on Music in the Liturgy (March 5, 1967) no. 69.