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We have a new saint!
1 2 What a wonderful time we live in. Someone we knew, someone we saw in the news, on TV ... has been declared a saint. It is possible to be holy! And all of us are called to that same kind of holiness where we are, who we are, and what we are doing. And it is possible

News from the Vatican

New Vatican Office for Laity, Family and Life
In the July Worship News I reported that Pope Francis has created a new office for laity, family and life. Recently, he named Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, TX to head this office which he has titled the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The statutes of the Dicastery will have three sections, each with its own responsibilities:

Section for the lay faithful
  • will inspire and encourage the promotion of the vocation and mission of the lay faithful in the Church and in the world, as individuals, married or unmarried, or as members of associations, movements and communities
  • will encourage the active and responsible presence of the laity in the advisory organs of governance present in the Church at universal and particular levels
Section for the family
  • will promote family pastoral ministry, protect its dignity and well-being based on the sacrament of marriage and promote its rights and responsibility in the Church and civil society
  • will monitor the activity of the Catholic institutes, associations, movements and organizations, both national and international, which aim to serve the good of the family
  • will offer guidelines for courses preparing couples for marriage and for pastoral programs to support families in the education of young people in faith and in ecclesial and civil life, with special attention to the poor and marginalized
  • will encourage openness of families to adoption and fostering of children and care for the elderly
Section for life
  • will support and coordinate activities to encourage responsible procreation and protection of human life from conception to natural end
  • will promote and encourage organizations and associations helping women and families to welcome and protect the gift of life, especially in the case of difficult pregnancies, and to prevent recourse to abortion
  • will support programs and initiatives intended to help women who have terminated a pregnancy
  • will study and promote formation on the main issues of biomedicine and the law regarding human life and the ideologies developing in relation to human life and gender identity

Since the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity of Vatican II the previous Vatican Offices have for 50 years done a wonderful service of accompanying the life, maturation and transformation of the Catholic laity from that time to today.  But, Pope Francis adds, at this particular historical moment, and in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy, the Church is called to become ever more conscious of being the “house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems” and sinfulness (Evangelii Gaudium, 47).  She is called:
  • to be a Church which permanently “goes forth”, an evangelizing community that can boldly “take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcasts” (ibid, 24)
  • a Church that goes forth – a laity that goes forth, looks at the many people who are “distant” in our world, to the many families who are in difficulty and in need of mercy, to the many fields of apostolate that are still unexplored, to the many lay people with good and generous hearts who would willingly put – at the service of the Gospel – their energy, time and skills if they were involved, esteemed and accompanied with affection and dedication by pastors and Church institutions
We need lay people who are formed well, animated by a clear and sincere faith, whose lives have been touched by a personal and merciful encounter with the love of Jesus Christ.  We need lay people who take risks, who soil their hands, who are not afraid of making mistakes, who move forward.  We need lay people with a vision of the future, who are not enclosed in the petty things of life.  And as I said to the young people:  we need lay people with a taste of the experience of life, who dare to dream.  Today is a time in which young people need the dreams of the elderly.  In this throw-away culture, let us not become accustomed to discarding the elderly!  Let us push them, push them to dream and – as the prophet Joel says – to have dreams, the capacity to dream, and to give all of us the strength of new apostolic visions. 

The full address can be found here.

On reflection this is, for me,  the vision that Archbishop Vigneron has articulated for our Archdiocese as well.  It certainly will be on the minds of all those who will be part of the Synod 16.

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

The 15th Anniversary of 9/11

As we celebrate the anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we obviously need to continue to pray for those whose lives were tragically cut short and for their families who grieve them. But it is also important for us to reflect on all that has happened since; on the way we have responded individually and communally to these events. For example:
We need to ask ourselves questions such as the following:

  • Have I learned anything from these events?
  •  Have I grown in understanding Islam and the Muslim people?
  • Has anything about my lifestyle, my attitudes, my language, or my behavior changed because of the experience of September 11th?
  • Do I have a wider "world view" or do I look at things only in terms of my own immediate circumstances and needs?
  • Do we have a deeper understanding that the roots of terrorism are sown by injustice, or has our compassion or understanding of those who live in the shadow of terror on a daily basis grown through our reflection on the events of 9/11? (from aod.org website)
Calendar Alerts

Celebration of Adult Confirmation 2016

Fr. Pullis has alerted parishes that there will be a change in the Celebration of Adult Confirmation at the Cathedral this year. Usually the celebration takes place on the feast of Christ the King. However, because the Synod is taking place the same weekend, this year the celebration will take place November 6 at 11:00 a.m.

December 11 and 12, 2016
The USCCB has provided the following clarification on the celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent (Dec.11) and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12), 2916:
            Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours on Sunday, December 11 are that of the Third Sunday of Advent, and despite its great popularity in the United States, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mass and Office) is liturgically celebrated only between midnight of Sunday and midnight of Monday, December 12:  “Feasts are celebrated within the limits of the natural day”(Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, no.13)  Popular devotions connected with Our Lady of Guadalupe, such as the Mañanitas, could be celebrated in the evening hours of December 11, provided that the spirit of the Advent Sunday is kept in mind;  the Mañanitas could perhaps even conclude with Mass at midnight to officially begin the Feast.
Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy
July Worship News 2Copies of the revised Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy have been mailed to each pastor in the Archdiocese. 

Additional copies of this guide will be available on the AOD website at the Print Shop site.  

Order for Celebrating Matrimony
    The ritual book for The Order for Celebrating Matrimony is now available for purchase.  Liturgical Press is the only company that has a bilingual edition of this ritual book.
    The new ritual may be used as of September 8th, 2016 and its use will be mandatory as of December 30th, 2016.  After that date no other English edition of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in Dioceses of the United States.

Resources for the Revised Order for Celebrating Matrimony

    The following organizations have prepared resources for parishes to use in preparing couples for marriage:
  • Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) has prepared
  • Liturgical Training Publications (LTP) has prepared:
  • Liturgical Press has prepared
    • One Love: A Pastoral Guide to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony
  • The USSCB has free resources on Marriage based on its Pastoral Letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan

Rite of Election 2017

The full schedule for the Rite of Election 2017 is as follows:
Saturday March 4 11:00 a.m. Bishop Hanchon
    2:00 p.m. Bishop Byrnes
    5:00 p.m. Bishop Cepeda
Sunday March 5 11:00 a.m. Archbishop Vigneron
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 this news at aod.org/parishmail


In this Issue


Pilgrimage for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
September 17
Visit the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Solanus Casey Center, and Divine Mercy Center

Mass for Persons with Special Needs
September 25
12:00 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc
St. Clair Shores

In Service of the Sacred
A Mini-Conference on Music and Liturgy
September 26 - 28
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Blessing and Dedication
of Wayne State Catholic Newman Center

761 Student Center (7th Floor)
September 29
5221 Gullen Mall

Engaging the Young Church Conference
September 31 - October 1
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Anastasia

Mass for Pardon
October 7
7:00 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mass

October 9
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Entertaining Angels
Hospitality Training

October 11
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Anastasia 

Holy Hour at the Shrine of St. John Paul II
October 22
6:00 p.m.
Orchard Lake

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