Unleash the Gospel and the RCIA
Parishes are in the throes of discerning the readiness of their catechumens and candidates for initiation and entrance into full Communion. Those whom they discern have experienced true conversion will be sent to the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion at the beginning of Lent. Soon these catechumens and candidates will join the faithful on the journey of Lent and then as missionary disciples.
Archbishop Vigneron makes it very clear that the conversion experienced in the process of the RCIA is not over at initiation.
There is a tendency to think “once converted, always converted.” But in fact we are all in constant need of evangelization, because we are in need of deeper conversion. Being a disciple of Christ is never static; it is always dynamic; always a process of growth and of “following him on the way” (Mk 10:52). All members of the local Church should examine themselves to ensure that they have not stalled in their discipleship and thus become unable to give credible witness to the power of the Gospel. The Lord always has more for us than what we have yet received. Every one of us is called to, and capable of, sainthood. (Unleash the Gospel)
Lent for the elect, candidates and the faithful becomes a time of retreat and preparation…a time to meditate on the Scriptures, to face the core sinfulness within us, to believe that Christ is always waiting with open arms of forgiveness, to be silent… listening rather than speaking. Elect, candidates and faithful spend Lent praying, fasting and doing penance.
For the elect and candidates there is no more teaching during Lent.
The elect prepare for the celebration of the Scrutinies on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent. At these celebrations the whole community prays that God…“will deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, protect them against temptation, and give them strength in Christ. (RCIA #141)”
The candidates and faithful spend time preparing for the celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
A few years ago the Office for Christian Worship prepared a packet of material that parishes could use to prepare the elect, candidates and faithful at the same time. Click here to examine a copy.
Blessed Soalnus Casey
There is a link to the Mass of Beatification on the Archdiocesan website. Now it is time for the whole Archdiocese to pray for the Canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey.
News from the Vatican
On the Way to Sainthood
Venerable Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
is known for his heroic resistance to Nazism and Communism. He helped to conserve Christianity in Poland during the persecution by the Communist regime. He was mentor and close friend of St. Pope John Paul II.
Venerable Fr. Patrick Peyton
is known as the “Rosary priest”. He was one of the first pioneers of evangelization to use mass media…radio, film, television, and public rallies to encourage families to make pledges to pray the Rosary together. He popularized the phrase: “The family that prays together stays together.”
In all Pope Francis took 27 men and women a step closer to sainthood. This included 22 men and 5 women from as many as 8 nations. The saints are always with us.
New Instruction on Relics
Since the time of the early Church, the faithful have venerated relics of the saints. These holy reminders of the holy people who were “living temples of the Holy Spirit” and are now interceding for us in heaven have brought hope and comfort to the faithful. But alas, modern technology has provided the impetus for many scams. Recently, a search on eBay turned up 1,940 “saint relics” including one that supposedly contained some the Virgin Mary’s breast milk and the asking price was $3,000.
Therefore, in late December the Vatican issued new rules including the following:
Welcoming Migrants and Refugees
“…there was no room for them in the inn….” In his homily for the celebration of Mass for the Nativity of the Lord, Pope Francis used this phrase to connect the plight of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the plight of our present day 22.5 million refugees seeking a place to live. “…there amid the gloom of a city which, in this case seemed to want to build itself up by turning its back on others … it was precisely there that the revolutionary spark of God’s love was kindled…Mary gave us Emmanuel… In Bethlehem, a small chink opens up for those who have lost their land, their country, their dreams…” Just as Mary and Joseph did not choose to leave their people, their home and their land…neither did the millions of persons who…today…have been driven from their land by war, genocide, ethnic cleansings, natural disasters… (Homily of Pope Francis-The Nativity of the Lord)
- It is absolutely forbidden to sell relics
- It is forbidden to display relics in profane or unauthorized locations
- It is necessary to obtain written consent from the heirs of the deceased, according to civil law, before beginning the process of certifying relics or making them available for veneration
- It outlines the correct steps for permitting relics to go on “pilgrimage”
- It outlines the procedure to verify the authenticity of the relics
- Relics of the Saints and Blesseds of the Church may not be exposed for veneration by the faithful without an appropriate certificate from ecclesiastical authority that guarantees their authenticity
The present day refugees represent the largest influx since World War II. Many of us would not be here in America if those refugees were refused entrance, faced walls that kept them out, were condemned as criminals and etc.
In Ecclesia in America, Pope John Paul II calls for a "new evangelization" centered on the person of Jesus Christ: "‘The encounter with the living Jesus Christ' is ‘the path to conversion, communion and solidarity'" (no. 7). This personal encounter with the risen Lord, so abundantly recounted in the Gospels, Epistles, and Acts of the Apostles, leads to a daily vision of the Lord present and active in the world, especially in the poor, in the stranger, and in the migrant and refugee. Those most in need draw the members of the Church out of their unawareness to a conversion of heart through which they are able to offer a genuine and suitable welcome, to share together as brothers and sisters at the same table, and to work side by side to improve the quality of life for society's most vulnerable members. All of this is an expression of the Spirit of the risen Jesus being poured out again on his followers. (Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity)
Pope Francis has been on a campaign to raise the conscience of the world to the plight of migrants and refugees. This website contains information and ways you can help Pope Francis in this campaign. (Share the Journey, how you can help Pope Francis on his campaign for migrants and refugees. Brochure | sharejourney.org)
News from the USCCB
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. (See attached for contact information.)
Misal Romano ... What's New? What's Not?
The FDLC has had an opportunity to review the Misal Romano and has provided information about changes in the text.
Cardinal DiNardo has established a mandatory implementation date for the First Sunday of Advent 2018, December 2, 2018. A first use date has also been set for Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018. There will be three publishers of the ritual edition: Catholic Book Publishing, Liturgical Press, and Magnificat.
Liturgical Press is the only publisher that has the Misal Romano advertised for early purchase at this time. They are offering 20% discount for pre-orders
Exorcisms and Related Supplications
This first English translation of De Exorcismis et supplicationibus quibusdam, has been published by the USCCB. Only those priests who have permission of their bishop may obtain a ritual edition by contacting the Bishop’s Office.
In addition, the Appendix of the ritual has been published as a separate book, namely Prayers Against the Powers of Darkness. This small book prayers of praise and supplication to God, and prayers invoking the intercession of the saints is available at http://store.usccb.org/
At their recent meeting the Committee on Divine Worship of the USCCB considered a proposal to include a renewal of promises by deacons at the annual Chrism Mass. This was their response:
“While overwhelmingly grateful for the service deacons provide in Catholic parishes and institutions throughout the United States, the Committee noted that the Holy See has emphasized the priestly character of this renewal of promises, and decided that it would be better to not pursue an adaptation to the Roman Missal of this nature.” (Newsletter, November 2017)
For Pastors and Worship Commissions
Inserting Blessed Solanus Casey into the Canon of the Mass
With the beatification of Blessed Solanus Casey his name may now be inserted only into the Eucharistic Prayer III at Mass in the Archdiocese of Detroit. This is a correction to the previous information issued. Mea culpa. Below are the texts that should now be used:
Eucharistic Prayer III
May he make of us
an eternal offering to you,
so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect,
especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs
(with Saint N: the Saint of the day or Patron Saint)
with Blessed Solanus Casey
and with all the Saints,
on whose constant intercession in your presence
we rely for unfailing help.
Q & A
1. How does a Greek Orthodox person come into full Communion with the Catholic Church?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has a ritual to be celebrated at Mass for the Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. This is the proper ritual to use when a Greek Orthodox person comes into full Communion with the Catholic Church. However, at reception the person becomes part of the Greek Catholic Church not the Latin Catholic Church. Confirmation is not celebrated since the person was validly confirmed at his/her baptism in the Greek Orthodox Church. The only rituals needed are the Profession of Faith and Act of Reception. Do not record this reception in the parish register. Rather, give the person a certificate of reception into full communion. The person brings this certificate to the Eastern Catholic Church which now has responsibility for him/ her. Although the person may continue to worship and be part of the Roman Catholic Church the parish should encourage him/her to worship occasionally at the Greek Catholic Church.
2. May students in a high school be prepared for full initiation by the school?
NO. The school can certainly be part of the process of preparation but it is very important for the student to be incorporated into the community of a parish. Read more >>
3. Is it proper for a non-Catholic chaplain in a hospital to bring Holy Communion to a patient?
NO. The parish, in whose boundaries the hospital is located, is responsible to bring Holy Communion to the sick. When a priest or deacon is not available, a commissioned Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who has been trained for this ministry may bring Holy Communion to the sick. At no time would a non-Catholic chaplain be permitted to do this ministry. It is important for the family of the sick person to inform the parish that the sick person is requesting Holy Communion.
4. Where can the Rite of Betrothal be found in the new Order for Celebrating Marriage?
The Rite of Betrothal can be found in Appendix II of the new Order for Celebrating Marriage. In addition the ritual also has the Order of Blessing a Married Couple within Mass on the Anniversary of Marriage in Appendix III.
Excerpts from the Roman Missal commonly referred to as the Book of the Chair, is available from Catholic Book Publishing Corp.
Preparation of Baptized Catholics for Confirmation
There are two good resources that the parish can use for this preparation process:
Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples, by Nick Wagner. Liturgical Press, 1-800-858-5450
- The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to Catholicism, Michael J. Himes. Catholic Supply House, 586-751-7929
- Confirming Adult Catholics, by Mary Birmingham. World Library Publications, 1-800-566-6150
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.