A Prayer for Our Church
In every age, you have been our refuge.
Yet again and still, we stand before you asking for your protection on your holy Church.
For the victims of abuse and their families, pour out your healing and your peace.
For the Bishops of this country, continue to inspire their decisions, and guide them with your Spirit.
For the thousands of good and faithful priests, who have followed your call to serve you and your people in holiness, sustain them by your grace.
For the faithful who are angry, confused, and searching for answers, embrace them with your love, restore their trust, console them with your clear Gospel message, and renew them with your sacraments.
We place our Church in your hands, for without you we can do nothing.
May Jesus, our High Priest and true compass, continue to lead her in every thought and action – to be an instrument of justice, a source of consolation, a sacrament of unity, and a manifestation of your faithful covenant.
Grant this through that same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(From the FDLC.org)
The FDLC has prepared the attached prayers that can be used to pray for the victims of sexual abuse.
The following is the schedule for the Rite of Election in 2019:
For Pastors and Worship Commissions
Obtaining Low Gluten Hosts
In the dioceses of the United States, there are four approved distributors of low-gluten hosts and two of mustum known to the Secretariat of Divine Worship. (Any additional low-gluten host and/or mustum distributors are strongly encouraged to contact the Secretariat so that an up-to-date listing may be maintained.) Click here for information.
Society of St. Pius X
The Office for Christian Worship has received some calls from faithful Catholics asking about some churches in the Archdiocese of Detroit that claim to be Roman Catholic but in fact at this time are not in full communion with Rome. Pastors are asked to share the attached list of these churches so that our faithful are fully informed.
Revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
In August Pope Francis revised the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty – reads as follows:
The death penalty
2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.
Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.
Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.
Formation of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Are you looking for resources to update your Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion? Would the adults in your parish benefit from some time together coming to a better understanding of the Mystery of the Eucharist? Liturgy Training Publications has just completed a series of Virtual Workshops with the following titles:
To be aired September 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Understanding Christ’s Presence in Eucharistic Celebration
To be aired on October 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm
To be aired on October 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Preparing to Serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
See more information here.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Parishes are beginning to schedule Celebrations of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. To assist priests and worship coordinators attached are the guidelines and outline for preparing these celebrations.
Marriages on December 8th
December 8th is always a holy day of obligation.A couple can get married on most days of the liturgical year with the celebration of Mass, however on our most holy days (holy days of obligation) there are restrictions.
What are the restrictions?
Does attendance at the 4 pm Mass on December 8th, the holy day of obligation, fulfill the Sunday obligation?
- The Ritual Mass for Matrimony may not be used ... the Mass prayers and readings of the day must be used without change on the following days:
- from Holy Thursday to Easter
- Corpus Christi
- Holy Days of Obligation
- When the Ritual Mass is celebrated during Advent or Lent, the special nature of these liturgical seasons needs to be taken into consideration by the couple. The couple should refrain from too much pomp or display.
As Catholics we have an obligation to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist on a holy day of obligation and we have an obligation to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday. If a person has attended a morning celebration on December 8th, and then participates in the evening Mass on December 8, the evening Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation.
Q & A
1. Who can expose the Blessed Sacrament?
The ordinary minister for exposition of the Eucharist is a priest or deacon.In the absence of a priest or deacon, a commissioned extraordinary minister of Holy Communion or another person appointed by the local Ordinary may publicly expose and later repose the Holy Eucharistic for adoration of the faithful.
2. Is the Baltimore Catechism appropriate for use in the RCIA?
NO. The Baltimore Catechism certainly supplies much information but if it is used exclusively the process of RCIA is transformed into a classroom situation with an emphasis of gaining knowledge.
The process of initiation is gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful since initiation is the responsibility of all the faithful. It is a spiritual journey of adults that is focused on conversion, changing one’s life to be more in conformity with the message of Christ.
This process involves pastoral formation, guidance and apprenticeship aimed at training them in the Christian life.There are three types of learning:
All three types of learning need to be a part of the initiation process with an emphasis on Volition.
- Cognition…the act of knowing, gathering information
- Competency…acquiring practical skills
- Volition…deciding to make changes in behavior, thinking, commitment
3. What does the Church teach about Cremation?
The attached document Ad resurgendium cum Christo reviews what as Christians we believe about death, namely:
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body. (CCC #2301)
- Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures
- That he was buried
- That he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scripture
- Through his death and resurrection, Christ freed us from sin and gave us access to a new life, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life
- The risen Christ is the principle and source of our future resurrection
Those responsible for the funeral arrangements need to remember:
4. Who can read the Gospel and deliver a homily at Mass?
- It is important to honor wishes of the deceased faithful
- If cremation is chosen it is preferable that this happen after the celebration of the Funeral Mass
- It is possible to celebrate the Funeral Mass with the cremated remains present
- The cremated remains are laid to rest in a sacred place; they are never to be kept in the home nor they to be placed in jewelry and dispersed among the family
- The cremated remains are never to be scattered
The proclamation of the Gospel and the homily are reserved to the ordained, while a lay person is prohibited from preaching at any time during Mass, even in the cases of a seminarian or pastoral assistant. Instructions or testimonies by a lay person, however, may be given after the Prayer after Communion for a serious reason, but the homily should not be omitted. Such matters are regulated by the Diocesan Bishop.
Parishes around the Archdiocese are offering workshops and other experiences for adults who are interested in growing their faith. These are advertised in Parish Mail. You may request to be placed on the list of those receiving the news at aod.org/parishmail.