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Quote from Pope Francis 

Pope Francis with a Lamb on his shoulders“This is what people expect of the Church today: that she knows how to walk with them, offering the company of witness and faith, creating solidarity between us all, and especially the loneliest and most marginalized.” 
-- At the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, May 2015

News from the Vatican

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.
The Year of Mercy will begin on December 8th, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will run until November 20th 2016, the feast of Christ the King.  The motto for the Year of Mercy is "Merciful like the Father" which is an invitation for all of us to follow the example of God who asks us not to judge or condemn but to offer love and forgiveness to all. Attached is the logo that the Vatican has created for the Year of Mercy
As parishes are creating their plans for next year it will be important to think of ways to extend the message of this Year of Mercy throughout the entire year:
  • in the waiting of Advent   
  • during the family gatherings at Christmas
  • as the focus of our Lenten reflection and renewal
  • in the Eucharistic teaching during Easter season
The Year of Mercy is about strengthening our own conviction and trust in the love and mercy of God and extending that conviction and trust to all.
In the documentMisericordiae Vultus," the document that announced the Year of Mercy and its purpose, Pope Francis offers us reflection on the meaning of the Year of Mercy.

Schedule of Pope Francis' Visit to the United States          
For the first time in U.S. history a religious leader who also is a head of state will address a joint meeting of Congress. Attached here is the full schedule of the Pope’s visit.

Seats in the House chambers are limited for security reasons but there will be Jumbotron screens on the West Front of the Capitol to accommodate the outdoor crowd expected to be present.  Tickets for this area are scheduled to be released to members of Congress on July 30th and the advice in Catholic News is to... Make friends with your congressman-and you just might get to see the Pope. Read the full story here.  
Mary, Undoer of Knots

Our Lady of KnotsPope Francis has a particular devotion to Our Lady of Knots.  Sr. Mary Scullion, RSM, chair of the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homeless Committee, has collaborated with Meg Saligman, an artist from Philadelphia, to create a huge loom on which people are invited to weave their struggles (or knots) which will be installed on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia during the Pope's visit.  You may participate in this prayerful experience, learn more about the project and/or submit a personal struggle by visiting: http://mercyandjustice.org/knots.  (Information from Srs.of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Messages)

News from the USCCB

U.S. and Michigan Catholic Bishops Responses to the U.S. Supreme Court Redefining Marriage
At this link is the response of the Catholic Bishops of Michigan to the decision about same-sex marriage. In addition, the USCCB has created two bulletin inserts in English, with suggestions.... What You Can Do... and other important information:

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Order of Confirmation
On May 25th, 2015 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments gave a recognitio decree for the Order of Confirmation, second edition.  This is the first major "retranslation" to receive the recognitio of the Holy See since the implementation of the Roman Missal in 2011.  The Order of Confirmation will be published solely by the USCCB.   It has been decided that this will be a bi-lingual edition of the rite... English and Spanish.  The implementation date is Pentecost Sunday, May 15th, 2016.

Book of the Chair, Lectionary for Mass Supplement
The members of the Committee on Divine Worship are also beginning work on a

  • Book of the Chair (a book to contain either the texts used for Sunday and Solemnities or with excerpts containing only the texts that are spoken when the priest is at the chair)
  • Lectionary for Mass Supplement (a book of readings and psalms for the expanded Pentecost Vigil Mass as well as the suggested readings for liturgical celebrations entered into the General Roman Calendar and the U.S. proper calendar since 2001).

Both of these projects are in the beginning stages and once the details of the content are clearly defined will need the approval of the body of Bishops and confirmation by the Holy See to proceed.

Liturgical Texts for the feast of Saint John XXIII
The Latin and Italian texts for the Mass on the feast of Saint John XXIII were promulgated on May 29th, 2014.  These texts are now being translated into various languages.  The feast of St. John XXIII this year falls on Sunday, October 11th.  Since this is the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the feast will not be celebrated in 2015, except by those churches named in his honor, who may celebrate the feast as their patronal feast day.  Until such time as the liturgical texts are approved and promulgated, the Common of Pastors: For a Pope may be used, inserting John the Twenty-Third at the appropriate places. The Mass readings of the day are used, or for a more solemn celebration, the following readings are assigned (all from the Common of Pastors):

First Reading – Ezekiel 34:11 – 16, no. (719-9)
Psalm 23: 1 – 3a, 4, 5, 6 (no. 721 – 2)
Gospel Acclamation – John 10:14 (no. 723 – 5)
Gospel – John 21: 15 – 17 (no. 724 – 12)

Calendar Alert
August 15th: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on a Saturday this year.  It is not a holy day of obligation.  Funeral Mass is permitted.  If a wedding is scheduled for this day the Ritual Mass for Marriage may not be used.  The prayers and readings of the solemnity are used.  However, since the liturgy of the word is a highly effective means for catechesis, one of the readings from the rite for the marriage celebration (nos. 67-105) may be used.  The Nuptial Blessing may be used.

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.
To access the form go 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.

Archdiocese of Detroit ~ Synod on New Evangelization
Committees in the Archdiocese are working on preparations for the 2016 Synod on New Evangelization.  Three day parish missions are being planned throughout the Archdiocese.  Look for locations and times of these in future editions of Worship News. 



Mark your calendar
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 is now open for these topics.

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.


Resources Available from AOD Print Office
The following resources are available for purchase at the Print Shop.  You can locate the Print Shop on the Archdiocese of Detroit website, at the very top of the page…click on printing.
  • Handbook for Lectors (English and Spanish)
  • Handbook for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (English and Spanish)
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (English and Spanish)
  • Nicene Creed
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • Communion to the Sick Card for Patient
  • Layperson's Manual for Communion to the Sick
Lectionary Bulletin Inserts by Paul Turner
Paul Turner has created well written bulletin inserts, reflections on the first and second readings of the Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist.  They are available for Year A, Year B and Year C.  You can view a sample at the link here.  

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 at the link here. (Please note: Fr. Robert Barron has been named an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.)
Sacrament Series
The USCCB has created a 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.
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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.  
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August 2015

In this Issue


Welcoming Persons with Same Sex Attraction
5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12
The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth

Seminary Day for
Altar Boys

Friday, August 14
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit

Summer Nights: A Workshop for Choir Singers
August 24-27
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit

Following Christ & Sharing Christ: ChristLife One-Day Training
Saturday, Sept. 12
8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit

A Mass for Persons with Special Needs
Sunday, Sept. 20
9:30 a.m.

Church of the Divine Child, Dearborn

Journeying as One, Praying as One: Pilgrimage to Historic Churches of Monroe with Bishop Reiss
Saturday, Oct. 24
Departing from Dearborn and Warren


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