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News from the Vatican

Four New Saints Canonized
On October 18 Pope Francis canonized four new saints:

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St. Vincenzo Grossi
Parish Priest
St. Maria de la
Purísima Salvat Romero
who died in 1998
St. Louis & St. Zelie Guerin the parents
of St. Therese of Lisieux

In his homily at the canonization, Pope Francis emphasized that “service is the way for authority to be exercised in the Christian community.  Those who serve others and lack real prestige exercise genuine authority in the Church.  Jesus calls us to see things differently, to pass from the thirst for power to the joy of quiet service, to suppress our instinctive desire to exercise power over others, and instead to exercise the virtue of humility.”

News from the USCCB

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Calendar Advisory for November
All Saints Day and All Souls Day are traditional days for visiting the grave of a family member or friend, as is the whole month of November.  The attached prayer from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers is an appropriate prayer that can be used during such a visit during the month of November.

Confirmation of Catholic Adults will take place at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on November 22nd.  The letter with details and the registration form for this celebration are attached here.
 November 26th is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.  The prayers for Mass and the special Preface for this celebration can be found in the Proper of the Saints for November of the New Roman Missal.
November 29th is the First Sunday of Advent.  Next to the yearly celebration of the paschal mystery, the Church holds most sacred the commemoration of Christ’s birth and first manifestations.  This is the purpose of the Christmas season.  Click here to read the directives for this season found in the Bishops’ Ceremonial, the Ordo, the Book of Blessings, and the GIRM

Bishops’ Meeting, November 16 – 19th in Baltimore
On the agenda for discussion and vote for this meeting of the U.S. bishops are the following:

  • limited revision of the statement “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” which will feature new language around issues of public concern for Catholics
  • a proposed formal statement “Create in Me a Clean Heart: a Pastoral Response to Pornography”
  • a proposed inclusion of Excerpts from the Roman Missal: Book for Use at the Chair in dioceses of the U.S.

They will also hear reports on recommendations for the Jubilee of Mercy, an update on World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, an update on Project Rachel Ministry: on post-abortion healing.  The bishops will also participate in a consultation on the three causes for canonization:  Rev. Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF; Sister Ida Peterfy, SDSHl and Antonio Cuipa and 81 companions.

Syrian Refugee Crisis
Have you noticed how the refugee crisis claims less and less media coverage as time goes on? But the suffering and uncertainty about the future are still very real for the thousands of men, women, and children fleeing from their native land. This crisis is a serious concern for the Catholic Church and for each of us. Read further to discover how each of us can help these our brothers and sisters.

Archdiocese of Detroit

Synod on New Evangelization

 CEC The first effort by the committee preparing for the Synod on New Evangelization is a commitment to conducting “Come, Encounter Christ” experiences.  These evenings of inspirational preaching, live music, Eucharistic Adoration and Confession are open to all in the Archdiocese.  Bring your whole family, invite your neighbors, invite those you know who have been away from the church. View the complete schedule.

In addition for those parishes interested in creating Parish Intercession Teams Sr. Ann of Renewal Ministries has two new videos on YouTube to help those interested in being part of these teams.  They are now available on our Renewal Ministries YouTube channel. Scroll to the bottom and you will see a section for Sr. Ann with both parts of the presentation. Alternately, you can click on the following links to go directly to Part 1 or Part 2.

What is a Synod?
The Synod on the Family has ended.  Now the Church will wait for the Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis. This will be the official teaching document. At the beginning of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis addressed the bishops and the men and women, who would act as experts and observers, sharing with them an answer to the question: What is a Synod?
As we continue our preparations as an archdiocese for our Synod on Evangelization there is much to learn from Pope Francis’ remarks:
  • the very name “Synod” – ‘walking together’ indicates what the Lord is asking of us
  • a Synod is a “place of prayer where the People of God speak with courage and open themselves to God ‘who always surprises us’ ”
  • a Synod is not a convention or a parliament but rather it “is an expression of the church; it is the church that walks together to read reality with the eyes of faith and with the heart of God”
  • “in a spirit of prayer the Spirit will speak through everyone who allows themselves to be guided by God….who reveals to the little ones that which is hidden from the wise and intelligent by God who created the Sabbath for men and women and not vice-versa, by God who leaves the 99 sheep to find the one missing sheep, by God who is always greater than our logic and our calculations”
  • at a Synod we need to experience a church who listens aware that “listening is more than hearing; it is a process of mutual listening in which each person has something to learn”
  • at a Synod members need “to listen to each other and to listen to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth”
  • Synod members must be faithful to church teaching, “the deposit of faith, which is not a museum to be visited or even preserved, but a living spring from which the church drinks to quench the thirst and enlighten” people
  • Synod members must have the humility that will empty the self of one’s own convictions and prejudices in order to listen to other synod members and fill ourselves with God
  • it is this humility which leads us not to point a finger in judgment of others, but to extend a hand to help them up again without ever feeling superior to them
  • every Synod member will need trust-filled prayer to listen to the soft voice of God who speaks in silence
  • without listening to God, all of our words will be just words that don’t quench or satisfy – without prayer all of our decisions will be just decorations that cover and hide the Gospel rather than exulting it
These excerpts from the words of Pope Francis are offered to each person who will be chosen to be a member at the Archdiocesan Synod on Evangelization.

Society of St. Pius X and Other Churches
In November 2009, the Archdiocese shared information on churches in the area that claim to be Catholic but are not in communion with the Catholic Church. Please share this information with your parishioners.  

Scholarships in Theology and Evangelization
The Augustine Institute in Denver has just announced its third annual John Paul II Scholarship competition for those interested in graduate studies in theology.  They will be awarding four full-tuition scholarships this year. The deadline for application is December 3, 2015.  For details, click here.



Rite of Election
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.  The full schedule is as follows:

Saturday February 13th 11:00 a.m. Bishop Cepeda
    2:00 p.m. Bishop Byrnes
    5:00 p.m. Bishop Hanchon
Sunday February 14th 11:00 a.m. Archbishop Vigneron

The registration form will be sent to all parishes before Thanksgiving and the date for their return will be January 8

May 29th will be the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2016
Once again Archbishop Vigneron is inviting all those who will be initiated at the Easter Vigil 2016 to join other pilgrims at this celebration. He looks forward to completing their Mystagogy at this celebration honoring the Body and Blood of Christ on May 29 at 2 p.m.

Retreat Experience for Neophytes
St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center has prepared a weekend experience for those who were recently initiated to give them the opportunity to remember, reflect and deepen their relationship with Jesus.  The experience is modeled after the gospel story of Jesus Journeying with the disciples to Emmaus and will help these new Catholics grapple with the gradual, lifelong unfolding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. More>

How does the Catechumenate Period differ from the Pre-Catechumenate?
Many parishes are preparing to or have already celebrated the Acceptance into the Catechumenate for persons who have come to them with an initial desire to become part of the Catholic Church.  These persons have spent time with members of the RCIA team and other members of the parish discerning whether God is truly calling them to enter this journey of conversion.  Some of them have been part of Evangelizing efforts at the parish [Alpha, Christ Life, etc.] or may even have come to one of the “Come, Encounter Christ” experiences.  They have asked their questions, begun to have a life in which God has an important part, have learned to pray and have been introduced to basic teachings of the church.  They have begun to have second thoughts about the way they have lived their lives so far, regretting past mistakes and wishing to change. They have watched and listened to the behavior of members of the parish and have decided this is where they belong.  Now the parish is preparing them to make a formal public commitment to enter the catechumenate period.

The period of the catechumenate is very different from the Pre-Catechumenate.  It is an extended period of time…lasting at least one year according the bishops of the United States…during which the catechumens will have privileges and responsibilities.  They may be married in the Catholic Church as a catechumen and as a catechumen they may be buried from the church if they die.  These are their privileges.  Their responsibility is to become true apprentices…learning from others in the community what it means to be Catholic. 
They must be present every Sunday for the Liturgy of the Word at the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist so that they come to appreciate how important this time to worship God is to Catholics.  They must participate in the sharing at the Dismissal session after the homily at Mass and open themselves to what God is revealing to them through the scriptures so that they come to understand that Christ is calling them to be holy.  They must participate at the teaching sessions which flow from the Sunday scripture and what has been shared at the dismissal session so that they can learn what Catholics believe and struggle with accepting these truths as part of their lives now.  They must participate with other members of the community in practicing the corporal works of mercy…feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, welcoming the homeless, etc.  They must continue to develop their prayer life, grow in their relationship with Christ, and show by their behavior that they are slowly but truly assuming the behavior and attitudes of a Catholic.  During the catechumenate, their period of probation, “…catechumens are properly initiated into the mystery of salvation and the practice of an evangelical way of life.” {RCIA #76}

And during this long period of formation and preparation to become a disciple of Christ with a mission to bring the message of salvation to others, these catechumens are helped by many liturgical celebrations including Celebrations of the Word of God, Minor Exorcisms, Minor Blessings, Anointings with the Oil of Catechumens, and the Presentations of the most important symbols for Catholics; namely the Creed and the Our Father.

If you were building a house you would certainly want architects, plumbers, woodworkers, electricians, etc. who truly knew their job.  In the RCIA we are building the House of God, the Church, the Body of Christ.  We certainly want those we are initiating to truly know their job….to be true disciples of Christ.

You have been asking
  1. My wife is sick and unable to come to Mass on Sunday. In the past I would bring a pyx with me in the communion procession and before I received communion, I would ask the priest for the consecrated host to bring to my wife. Recently, I have been told I can no longer do this. Why?
    From the way you have worded this question, I am presuming that you assumed this ministry on your own without the pastor's knowledge. It is not proper to assume ministry without the proper training and permission. Read the full answer here.
  2. Can a child who was baptized in another Christian Tradition receive First Holy Communion with his classmates from a Catholic School?
    Attending a Catholic school is not the same as being a member of the Catholic Church. Reception of Holy Communion is reserved to those who have been baptized Catholic or have been accepted into full communion with the Catholic Church and are prepared to receive this sacrament. Just because his classmates wil be receiving their First Holy Communion does not give the child the right to receive this sacrament. 
  3. Is there an official Act of Contrition for children that should be used when receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
    The Rite of Penance #45 has an official Act of Contrition. Other prayers may also be chosen by the penitent. It is important for children to learn that the Act of Contrition should include "true sorrow and aversion [hatred] for the sin committed along with the intention of sinning no more ..." The Act of Contrition is attached.
  4. Does the Archdiocese have a copy of the planning sheet for the Confirmation liturgy that parishes can e-mail to the Bishop?
    The full copy of the Guide for the preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy, which includes the planning sheet can be found on the Archdiocesan website. For your convenience, a copy of the planning sheet is attached.


How You Can Find God in Your Rearview Mirror by Ron Ward
This new book is about Evangelization and answers some of the questions that parish Evangelization Commissions have about how to get started.

Jubilee Year of Mercy by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. This resource consists of eight books which are the official catechetical resource for the Jubilee Year.

Resources Available from AOD Print Office
The following resources are available for purchase from the Archdioccese of Detroit Print Shop:
  • 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
  • RCIA Inventory and Envelope (a form to collect the necessary information from each person in the RCIA process with an accompanying envelope to keep information confidential).
    • ​Call the Print Shop at (313) 237-5967 to order copies of these

November 2015

In this Issue


Continuing the Journey of Discipleship: What do I do now that I have completed RCIA?
November 20-22
St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center

"The Watchmen" Regional Discernment Groups for men 16-55: Is God calling you to serve?
Various Dates

Record-Keeping Workshops
November 11 at St. Alfred Parish, Taylor
November 13 at St. Lawrence Parish, Utica

Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit Concert
November 8, 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Prayer for Christians in the Middle East
November 20, 7 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Come, Encounter Christ!
November 9-11
St. Paul Albanian
Rochester Hills
November 11-13
St. Malachy
Sterling Heights
November 30-December 2
St. Isidore
Macomb (Spanish)

St. Cecilia Sing
November 15, 5 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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