Preparers of computer projected material
Welcome to your own special corner of the Pittwater Parish web site. This area is primarily for those who prepare material which will be projected at Liturgies in either of our two Churches- Sacred Heart or Maria Regina.
Please check back here from time to time as content will be added frequently.
The information is also available to those who operate the equipment at these Liturgies.
Here you will find templates for various purposes, songs that have been data-entered by one of you (to avoid the others re-typing the same information), style guides, information about Copyright and Licencing plus more.
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission has produced a document containing guidelines for the use of Computer Projected material at Liturgies (which might include Masses, Baptisms, Funerals, Easter Ceremonies and other special occasions).
This important document is well written and illustrated. Although some of it is basic, other parts are more profound. As someone who has had many years experience with professional presentations and the skills required, I find it an excellent resource. Thoroughly recommended.
Here is a brief section which epitomises what we are about in supporting the various Liturgies:
The way we are meant to celebrate Liturgy today comes out of our strong conviction of the importance of communicating. We know we have to engage the person actively and consciously in the responding to God's Word and the divine presence. But this means involving the whole person. That's why, as priests and readers, we are now more conscious not only of what we say but how we say it. And we try to get people's imagination going by a more skilful use of colour, and lighting, and artistic images and architectural setting, and we wrap people up in sound. And this, of course is where the data projector comes in. Not only this piece of electronic equipment itself but the one who uses it as a way of communicating. You yourself.
Knowing how a person ticks
You, as programmer of the data projector, are by definition a communicator. But a communicator has to know how the person on the receiving end ticks. That's why I'm not talking about reaching out to crowds of people. That's too impersonal. Instead, we have to think in terms of the individual person. What's going to help that person understand, feel part of, be encouraged to join in, to know how to respond to a clear message? At the same time, what's going to make things difficult for that person, create a distraction, overload the brain and the imagination, too much to take on board? Being sensitive to these things is the communicator's special responsibility.
Appreciating a person's attention focus
Today a person can hardly resist looking at a screen. Even when a TV is turned off, people coming into a room will automatically lock on to it! Screens can dominate our lives: TV screens, movie screens, computer screens, even little mobile phone screens. In a church a screen can have a dominating effect and we have to be careful that people don't look at it for entertainment. Moving images, of course, are irresistible. This automatic response of the eye to movement is something bred into us from primordial times. It's how we're made and we can't help it., Appreciating this will help you know what to project, and when, and how.
Appreciating the. Liturgy's lines of focus
Within the celebration of Mass, there are clear lines of focus which help the person understand what's going on and engage with it. The church is set out so that our attention is captured by certain visual focal points: the altar and what's happening on it and around it, the ambo (lectern) and what's being proclaimed from it, the priest's chair and the communal prayer that's being led from it. It is so important that the projector screen (and what happens on it) does not compete with these key attention points or drag attention away, especially at the peak times of the Mass.
As well as these visual lines of focus, there are times of deep interior focus, when it is vital that the person not be distracted by outside things in any way. We detailed these peak times earlier on, in our explanation of what goes on at Mass. So then, the data projector should never be used during these times - during the readings themselves, during the praying of the Eucharistic Prayer, or during the leadup to Holy Communion. These are the most sacred times and nothing should distract from them.