According to this report on the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese website, Archbishop Mark Coleridge says that the new Missal “would be in use in churches before the middle of next year”. Well, he should know – but it is a bit of a surprise. I thought that the schedule was for Advent next year, starting a new liturgical year with the new translation. Although, in retrospect, the busy season of Advent would not be the best time to introduce such a change.
Maybe it hinges on what he means by “in use” and where the “churches” that would be using it are. Maybe they have in mind some sort of incremental introduction, rather than the “wham bam / now you see it now you don’t” approach that was used for the introduction of the current translation. I have no idea. I have been told that the new lectionary translation won’t be ready for introduction when the new liturgy translation is rolled out, so there will be a period of overlap between the old and the new in that regard.