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Amazing Parish Conference

AmazeParish3-680x440177 parishes from the Archdiocese of Detroit and over 20 parishes from other dioceses in the United States made the trek to Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit to attend the Amazing Parish Conference April 18 – 20th.  Each parish group consisted of the pastor and 5 members of the parish he had chosen to constitute his leadership team.
At the Conference speakers from the Amazing Parish National organization engaged 1100 participants focusing on the leadership team, the Sunday experience, and evangelization as the purpose of the parish’s existence.  The presentation on the Sunday Experience stressed the need for quality Music with a primacy given to hymns of praise; the Homily which needs to have a transforming effect on the assembly; and the Ministers all who exhibit layers and layers of hospitality to members of the parish and visitors.   
The Amazing Parish Conference was another major piece of the preparation for Synod 16 to be held in November 2016.  Check out the AOD site for more information

Come, Encounter Christ
The final opportunities to experience the Come, Encounter Christ events are scheduled as follows:

May 10 - 12 St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Clair Shores
May 22 - 24 St. Anthony, Belleville
June 15 - 17 St. Louise Chapel, Lapeer

News from the USCCB

catholicweddingThe Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony
Archbishop Kurtz, president of the USCCB, has issued a Decree of Publication for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.  He established that the text may be published and used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016 and its use will be mandatory as of December 30, 2016.  After that date no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the dioceses of the United States.

The USCCB and the FDLC have teamed up to offer formation on the rite.  Day-long workshops will be offered in regions across the country.  The workshop is intended for priests, deacons, parish musicians, and diocesan leaders who actively prepare couples for marriage.  It will address the following:

  • What’s new in the second edition?  What has stayed the same?
  • The Theology of Marriage
  • Duties and Ministries
  • Pastoral Preparation of Engaged Couples
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and Catechumen or non-Christian
  • Principles of Preparing the Wedding Liturgy
  • Music for the Wedding Liturgy
In addition the FDLC has prepared several resources including:
  • “The Gift of Love: A Guide to Prepare the Wedding Liturgy” for the bride and groom
  • “Presiding at the Celebration of Matrimony: A Guide for Deacons”
  • “How Wonderful the Bond: A Pastoral Companion to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony”
  • A diocesan workshop kit

The Archdiocese of Detroit will host this workshop on May 20 with a repeat performance on May 21.  Both workshops will be presented at Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  All registration will be handled on line by the FDLC Office at www.fdlc.org/marriage-rite-workshops.  The cost is $55 per person.

The Revised Order of Confirmation
Gifts-of-the-Holy-SpiritThe USCCB has published the revised
Order of Confirmation.  It has been published as a bilingual text with facing pages of Spanish and English.  The implementation date of the new text is Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016.
The Worship Office is in the process of preparing a revised Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy.  A copy of this resource will be sent to all parishes as soon as it is printed with extra copies available for purchase.

Other uses of the text
One of the questions that arise as the rites are revised one by one is:  Which text should be used when the text appears in multiple books?  The general principle to be followed is that an approved liturgical book may continue to be used, even if some parts of its text have been retranslated in another book, until such time as a new version of the book is approved.  However, in order to avoid confusion, it is advisable in some cases to substitute the new text.  Since most people have become accustomed to the response “And with your spirit” it would be wise to substitute this response where it does not appear in older rite books.  The Prayer at the Laying on of Hands, whose new translation includes the traditional names for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, also lends itself to substitution in older books.  This prayer is found in four locations, namely:

  • initiation of catechumens [RCIA #234]
  • initiation of children of catechetical age [RCIA #325]
  • reception of baptized Christians into full communion with the Catholic Church [RCIA #590]
  • Christian initiation of the Dying [Pastoral Care of the Sick #290]
A copy of the prayer is attached.

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

2016 – 2017 Confirmations
The online form to request a date for the celebration of Confirmation at your parish is now available.  Please visit http://confirmations.aod.org

Parish Dialogue Gatherings
Prior to the Synod in November, the people of the Archdiocese are invited to attend a parish Dialogue Gathering. The purpose of these gatherings is to hear directly from the faithful and identify the most important issues that should be addressed at the Synod. These gatherings will encourage open, honest, and respectful sharing of each participant’s perspective. Responses from the gatherings will be recorded and serve as the foundation for Synod 16.

The gatherings will be hosted by parishes and take place in local churches, schools, or other gathering spaces throughout the Archdiocese from March through June 2016. We look forward to your participation!  You can find more information and a list of sites for these gatherings on the Archdiocesan website. Check this page often since more sites are being added daily.

Calendar Alert  
May 5 Easter Weekday. This is not a holy day of obligation.
May 8 Ascension of the Lord
The Feast of the Ascension is the primary focus of this day. Including a petition for mothers in the Universal Prayer would be an appropriate way of recognizing mothers on this day. Also the Prayer Over the People from the Book of Blessings #1728 may be used.
May 14 Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the Vigil Mass for Pentecost at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 7:00 p.m.
May 15 Pentecost Sunday
The Easter Candle is lit at all of the masses today. The Easter season ends with the conclusion of Vespers. If Vespers is not celebrated, the Easter Candle may be carried in procession at the end of (each) Mass as a sign that the Easter Season has ended.
The Blessing of Neophytes may be prayed today.
May 29 Feast of Corpus Christi
2:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

All those who have been initiated this year have been invited to join Archbishop Vigneron and other pilgrims at the Cathedral for this celebration.
May 30 Memorial Day
The Order for Visiting a Cemetery in the Book of Blessings #1734-1754 may be used this day.
June 3 Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
This has been designated as World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests
June 4 Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary has a special Mass - #28 - for this feast
June 9 Please note: The Gospel for today is from Matthew. One of the editions of the Lectionary has an incorrect reading listed.
June 19 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Including a petition for fathers in the Universal Prayer would be an appropriate way of recognizing fathers on this day. Also the Prayer over the People from the Book of Blessings #1733 may be used. 
June 24 Nativity of John the Baptist
June 29 Feast of SS. Peter and Paul

RCIA Topics
Every person who is part of the RCIA Team of the parish needs to have a clear understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For this reason, the Office for Christian Worship is presenting a series of RCIA Topics scheduled for the Saturdays of June and July 2016.  Each Topic engages participants in presentation and discussion of each period of the initiation process as it is given to us in the official rite.  Also included are sessions addressing important issues  about which the RCIA Team members need information.  The RCIA, like all the sacramental rites, is what the church envisions for us as the only way that adults are fully initiated

May 29 will be the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2016.

Archbishop Vigneron is inviting all those who were initiated at the Easter Vigil 2016 to join him and other pilgrims at the celebration of Corpus Christi.  He looks forward to completing their Mystagogy at this celebration honoring the Body and Blood of Christ, on May 29 at 2 PM. and sending them as our Church’s newest disciples to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
You Have Been Asking
  1. Is it necessary to have a Cross with a corpus (an image of the body of Christ) at the entrance procession of the Mass?
    YesThe General Instruction of the Roman Missal 2010 changed what had become a custom, namely to use a cross with the image of the resurrected Christ.  Now the GIRM #117 states: “…there is to be a cross adorned with a figure of Christ crucified.”  Such a cross may be carried in procession and then placed near the altar…”in which case it ought to be the only cross used…”   If there is a crucifix in the worship space the processional cross should be placed in a dignified place away from the altar.  We are reminded of the sacrificial aspect of the Eucharist, the “unbloody sacrifice of Calvary” by the presence of this crucifix.


Resources Available from AOD Print Office
A number of parish resources are available for purchase from the Archdiocese of Detroit Print Shop. Visit them on the web or phone them at (313) 237-5967.

The Deacon's Ministry of the Liturgy by Frederick Bauerschmidt, LTP
The Deacon's Ministry of the Liturgy offers a concise and accessible introduction to the liturgical aspects of the ministry of the diaconate. The book covers not only the practical side of liturgical ministry—what the deacon does in various liturgical celebrations—but also roots of that ministry in Scripture and tradition, as well as reflecting on the role of the liturgy in the spiritual life of the deacon.  

LTP Virtual Workshops 2016
This is an affordable, convenient, and interactive option for training parish ministers. For more information, visit http://www.ltp.org/virtualworkshops. Workshops are offered in the following areas of ministry:   
Parishes around the Archdiocese are offering workshops and other experiences for adults who are interested in growing their fatih. These are advertised in Parish Mail. You may request to be placed on the list of those receiving this news at aod.org/parishmail

May 2016

In this Issue


Embrace Being the Mercy of Risen Jesus
May 7, 2016
8 am - 3:15 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Pentecost Vigil
May 14, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Enhance Your Offertory, Enrich Your Parish
Free Workshop by Our Sunday Visitor
May 17, 2016
10 am - noon or 1 pm - 3 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Musicians Social
May 20, 2016, 5:30 pm
Traffic Jam & Snug, Detroit

Order of Celebrating Matrimony Workshops
May 20, 2016 repeated May 21, 2016
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
May 22, 2016
4 pm
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Liturgy Symposium
Liturgy and the New Evangelization

June 20 – 23, 2016
Center for Liturgy, Notre Dame IN

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