Worship News | June 2015 WITH CORRECTION: Worship News | June 2015
OFFICE OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP | www.aod.org/worship

Please note: This e-mail contains an important correction to the first question in the "You Have Been Asking" section, regarding the singing of the Lamb of God. The correction is highlighted in yellow. The answer provided in the Worship News e-mail sent on June 11 was in error.

News from the Vatican

Pope FrancisQuote from Pope Francis 
During a recent audience at the Vatican Pope Francis offered the following for our reflection:

"The degree of progress of a civilization is measured by its ability to protect life, especially in its most fragile stages…"

"The scourge of abortion is an attack on life.  Leaving our brothers on the boats in the Sicilian channel is an attack on life.  Job-related fatalities are an attack on life insofar as minimum safety conditions are not met. Death from malnutrition is an attack on life. Terrorism, war, violence, but also euthanasia are attacks on life."

Four New Saints
On May 17th Pope Francis canonized four new saints:
  1. Jeanne-Emilie de Villeneuve, a French nun and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Castres… “who consecrated her life to God and to the poor, the sick, the imprisoned and the exploited, becoming for them a concrete sign of the Lord’s merciful love”

  2. Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception, an Italian nun and founder of the Oblation Sisters of the Holy Sacrament… “who from prayer and her intimate encounter with the risen Jesus present in the Eucharist received strength to endure suffering and to give herself as bread which is broken, to many people who had wandered far from God and yet hungered for authentic love”

  3. Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Palestinian co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Jerusalem… “who came to understand clearly what it means to radiate the love of God in the apostolate and to be a witness to meekness and unity.  She shows us the importance of becoming responsible for one another, of living lives of service one to another.”

  4. Mary of Jesus Crucified, a Palestinian nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites… “who, though poor and uneducated, was able to counsel others and provide theological explanations with extreme clarity, the fruit of her constant dialogue with the Holy Spirit.  Her docility made her a means of encounter and fellowship with the Muslim world.”
In his homily Pope Francis declared that these four saints were examples for each of Christ’s followers of how to become witnesses to His resurrection in those human settings where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident.

Year of Mercy
The official website for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, www.im.va, has already been launched. On this site you will find official information regarding the calendar of major public events, information on how to follow, in real time, the major events as they take place.

News from the USCCB

Fortnight for Freedom
The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4th, 2015.  During this span of days our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power – St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.  The USCCB offers 14 suggestions to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom.  

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Archdiocesan Synod 2016
At the celebration for the Vigil of Pentecost, Archbishop Vigneron announced the start of an Archdiocesan initiative to take up the New Evangelization in the fall of 2016.  Plans are already being readied for an Archdiocesan Synod “to discern what it is God wants us to do in our midst and how He seeks to change our culture so that we become what Pope Francis says God wants us to be – a band of joyful missionary disciples.”
Although it has been many years since the last Archdiocesan Synod in 1969 there are many throughout the Archdiocese who remember the excitement of coming to together to discern how we would respond as an archdiocese to the challenges presented by Vatican II.  The plan that emerged from that Synod has been a guide for the liturgical renewal in the Archdiocese.
The Synod of 2016 will take up the question of New Evangelization.  For a few years, all around the Archdiocese, there have been many activities focused on helping our people to come to an enlightened understanding of what Popes since Paul VI have been urging…New Evangelization.  Many of these programs have focused on introducing our parishioners to the reality of having an intimate relationship with Christ with the hope that they would then be prepared to share the insights they have received with others with whom they come in contact in their daily lives.  The time has now come for the Archdiocese to create its pastoral plan of action.  Archbishop Vigneron invites everyone to contribute his/her insight in creating this plan.

Commissioning Liturgical Ministers
This is the time of the year when many parishes seek to commission liturgical ministers. The Archdiocesan Office for Christian Worship has launched a new optional online webform allowing parishes to request commissioning for liturgical ministers… Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors. The new webform:

  • Streamlines the process for requesting commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors
  • Reduces paperwork for both Parish and AOD Central Services
  • Improves accuracy of certificates
  • Speeds up the process of commissioning ministers

Access the form here or by going to AOD.org and enter “Commissioning Liturgical Ministers” into the search box. 

The form is broken down into two pages. On the first page, a pastor or parish staff person would be required to read the guidelines for commissioning ministers and check the box stating that they have read and understand the guidelines before proceeding to the next page. On the second page, simply select your parish from the drop-down list, add the name of your first Eucharistic Minister and click “Add another Eucharistic Minister” to add additional ministers. Follow the same process to commission Lectors.

Guide to Rubrics for choosing Mass
To assist priests in knowing when Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, and Masses for the Dead may be celebrated the Worship Office has replicated a table that is contained in the Bishop’s Ceremonial.  It may be convenient to place this Table of Rubrics in the Roman Missal or elsewhere in the sacristy for easy access.  

Preparing for Sunday Liturgy
Everyone who celebrates the Eucharist on Sunday needs to be prepared for the celebration.  This includes the priest who presides and all who participate in the celebration.  To assist in this preparation the Worship Office has prepared the attached list of available resources. Hopefully you will find one that will help you.  


Mark your calendar
RCIA Topics #5 and #9 will be offered June 27th, 2015 at the seminary. See the flyer >>

RCIA Topics
Full set of RCIA Topics will be offered in August 2015.  These topics provide on-going formation for members of parish RCIA Teams, as well as, for parish Directors/Coordinators of RCIA.  The full schedule is attached.  Registration for these will begin at the end of the month.  See full schedule >>

In 2016 Lent begins on February 10th
As is custom the Rite of Election usually takes place on the first weekend of Lent.  Therefore mark your calendar on February 13 and 14 for the Rite of Election.

May 29th will be Feast of Corpus Christi in 2016
Once again Archbishop Vigneron will look forward to welcoming all those who were initiated at the Easter vigil to this celebration.  As Archbishop, he looks forward to completing their Mystagogy at this celebration.

The next webinar from Team RCIA will be offered on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 2 pm ET.  The title of this webinar:  Is you RCIA team ready to accept the challenge of God’s grace?
More information >>

You Have Been Asking

Years ago, at the singing of the Lamb of God at Mass, our parish music minister would include other titles of Christ when time was needed to prepare the Eucharistic bread for distribution. Recently, we have been repeating Lamb of God over and over again. What is the reason for this happening?

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal #83 does say:  “…the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) is usually sung….to accompany the fraction rite… (breaking of the bread and readying it for distribution).  The invocations may be repeated as many times as necessary until the rite has been completed with the last petition being “grant us peace”. However, in 2007 the USCCB issued the document:  Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship.  #188 of this document says: “…..When the Agnus Dei is sung repeatedly as a litany, Christological invocations with other texts may be used.  In this case, the first and final invocations are always Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).  What your music minister was doing years ago is no longer permitted. 
In 2012 Timothy Cardinal Dolan received a letter from the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments regarding adding Christological tropes or other adaptations to the text of the Agnus Dei.  In this letter the Congregation noted that this practice is not in conformity with no. 130 of the Order of Mass, and requested that the USCCB make this information available to publishers and pastors.
What your musician is doing is correct.  The USCCB is in the process of reviewing the full text of Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship for any other changes that are necessary.

If the Confirmation class includes children who have already been confirmed in the Eastern Catholic Church, may these children receive a blessing from the bishop at the celebration of Confirmation?

Children who have been confirmed in the Eastern Catholic church are not candidates for Confirmation in the Latin Church. They are not in the procession of candidates; they are not seated with the candidates; they do not receive a “blessing” from the bishop which might simulate a sacrament.
It may be necessary to help parents accept this since they want their children to be with their classmates.  It would be valuable for these children and parents to be part of the Confirmation preparation classes/gatherings.  It is at these classes/gatherings that all parents could become aware of the difference between children baptized only as infants, and children who have been fully initiated at their infant baptism. These Eastern Catholic children, of course, should participate in the Confirmation liturgy, and may even be given a special role as servers, lectors, attendants of the confirming bishop, etc.  It would be good to ask the confirming bishop to acknowledge them, and congratulate them on completing the formation program with their class.


Jesus Christ: Priest, Prophet, King by Fr. Robert Barron
Catholic Word Publisher Group offers this DVD series and study program by Fr. Barron, the popular creator of Christianity program that has aired on National TV.  You can view a trailer of the series on the link attached.
See trailer >>

Sacrament Series
The USCCB has created this small volume which provides the reader with a jumping off point for reflection and prayerful study of each of the sacraments.  Aimed toward families and those interested in increasing their knowledge of the faith, these booklets will bring you and those you love into deeper understanding and relationship with Christ and his Church. 
More >>

Unleashing the Power of Pentecost: Retreat Guide
Catholic Word Publisher Group has produced this series as a way to start your parish’s liturgical year with a spiritually clean slate.  You can watch the introduction and access pdf sample of material for this retreat material which claims to keep the focus of your parish on the Lord year round.
More >>

Audio Lectionary
An audio version of the Lectionary for Mass is available on the USCCB website.  This is ideal for persons with vision disabilities or for lectors who simply need to rehearse those difficult words.  
More >>


June 2015

In this Issue

Calendar Alert

RCIA Topics #5 & #9
Sacred Heart Seminary
June 27, 2015
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Nightfever Detroit
Old St. Mary's Church
Greektown, Detroit
June 20, 2015
7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
This is an evangelization effort inviting and welcoming people to a church where they will be asked to light a candle and say a prayer.

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