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World Youth Day
hch5ts7gbgk3ceet7jyccmiaux01brrrOn his first day in Krakow Pope Francis addressed the pilgrims to World Youth Day to tell them about Maciej, the 22 year old who worked so hard on the flag design, the images of Patron Saints, the pilgrim kit and so much more that decorated the city for their arrival.  It was in doing this work that he rediscovered his faith.  But alas, on July 2nd he died of cancer.  “Let us all pray silently, in our hearts…Each of us can pray in his own heart.  He is here with us.”  Then Pope Francis continued.  “It’s the truth, and we have to get used to good things and bad things.  Life is like that, dear young people.  But there is one thing which we cannot doubt:  the faith of this young man, of this friend of ours, who worked so hard for this WYD ... that faith has carried him to heaven, and he is at this moment with Jesus, Who looks at us all!  We too will meet him one day: ‘Ah, it was you!  Good to meet you!  That’s how it is.  Because life is like that:  today we are here, tomorrow we will be there.  The hard part is to choose the right path, as he did.”

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

July Worship News 2Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy
Copies of the revised Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy have been mailed to each pastor in the Archdiocese. 

Additional copies of this guide will be available on the AOD website at the Print Shop site.  

Order for Celebrating Matrimony: Part 3 Role of the Deacon
Order of Celebrating Matrimony Within Mass
uy6qvw7ocb25rbz1kq5e7cow9j3oi6i8When a deacon assists the priest at the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass his role includes proclaiming the Gospel reading, sometimes preaching the homily, announcing the intentions of the Universal Prayer, ministering to the priest, preparing the altar, serving at the celebration of the sacrifice, distributing the Eucharist to the faithful especially under the species of wine and from time to time giving directions regarding the people’s gesture and posture.  The USCCB has prepared a full description of the deacon’s role at mass
  • However, since the priest is the presider at the liturgy, he is the official witness for the Church and presides over the entire Order of Matrimony at the Mass.  A Deacon may not do any part of the celebration of Matrimony within Mass
  • Similarly, if a priest presides at the celebration of the Order of Matrimony without Mass or the Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a Catechumen or Non-Christian, the deacon’s role is to assist the priest but not to act as the official witness for the Church.
If his Bishop has given him faculties to preside at weddings, a Deacon may preside at the:
  • Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass and
  • Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a Catechumen or Non-Christian
When he presides at these celebrations he is acting as the official witness for the Church.  In addition, in the Archdiocese of Detroit Holy Communion is distributed only at the Celebration of Matrimony within Mass.  There is no Holy Communion when a deacon presides.

Resources for the Revised Order for Celebrating Matrimony

The following organizations have prepared resouces for parishes to use in preparing couples for marriage:
Commissioning of Liturgical Ministers
Process to Request Commissioning for EMHC and Lector

The Archdiocesan Office for Christian Worship has launched a new optional online web form allowing parishes to request commissioning for liturgical ministers. The new web form: 
  • 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
 To access the form, visit the Staff and Ministry page on AOD.org and click on “Commissioning Liturgical Ministers.”
The form is broken down into two pages. On the first page, a pastor or parish staff 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.
A Sample of the form is below.
Then enter in your name and e-mail address, the date and check the box indicating that you are the pastor/administrator at your parish and click submit.
The form will check that all required fields are filled in. If there are errors, you will be asked to correct them before proceeding. Once all fields are filled in correctly and you click submit, you will have an opportunity to review the entries and go back and make corrections prior to submitting to the Worship Office. Once you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating that the Worship Office has received your requests.
We want to stress that this form is optional. Parishes may continue to contact the Worship Office by letter or e-mail to request commissioning of new ministers as in the past. However, we encourage parishes to use the web form as it allows for greater accuracy, shorter turnaround time and less paperwork. Should you have any questions about the new form, contact the Worship Office.

Calendar Alert  
August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Anniversary of the Atomic explosion over Hiroshima
A prayer for peace from St. John Paul II is attached.
August 9 Optional Memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

She was born of Jewish parents in Germany.  Inspired by St. Teresa of Avila she was baptized in 1922 and entered the Discalced Carmelites in 1933.  In 1942 she was arrested and killed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Anniversary of Atomic explosion over Nagasaki
August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 22 The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 27 St. Monica, patroness of mothers. After 30 years of prayer she obtained the conversion of her pagan husband and won the conversion of her son, St. Augustine. Perseverant prayer can do wonders.
September 4 Canonization of Mother Teresa
There will be a special celebration at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 11 a.m. to celebrate the canonization.

3qvic2umhaf1yh4655qkzpzdtydsmsp1Have you ever asked yourself what motivated Mother Teresa. Listen to some of her own words:

"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls."
September 11 This site on aod.org has Reflection and Prayer to help us examine our conscience and uncover some of the causes of terrorism that still exist.

Even as we remember the victims of 9/11 we need also to keep in prayers all who are suffering violence throughout the world. This might be the time to pray for our brothers and sisters in Syria who are suffering martyrdom for the faith.

You Have Been Asking
  1. Our church has a cross adorned with the figure of the resurrected Christ suspended from the ceiling.  Recently you answered a question about the necessity of having a cross adorned with a figure of Christ crucified present for the celebration of the Eucharist.  May our cross still remain in its place?
    Yes.  The suspended cross remains in place and during the celebration of the Eucharist. The Processional Cross with the figure of Christ Crucified is placed near the altar.  The USCCB resource Built of Living Stones has a more complete treatment of this issue. 
  2. May a couple who are in the process of adopting a child have the child baptized before the adoption is finalized?
    No.  It would not be wise to baptize the child until the adoption is finalized and we have completed legal documents to show the adoption is finalized.  
  3. What is the proper way of receiving the precious blood at Mass?  May I dip the host in the cup of precious blood?
    Holy Communion is always received not taken.  It is not proper to dip the host in the cup of precious blood.  I have attached photographs and text that describes how to receive Holy Communion.

For Your Summer Reflection
Recently I came across the attached video … What does it mean to be a practicing Catholic? and thought it might give you some food for thought.  Enjoy!!    
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 this news at aod.org/parishmail

August 2016

In this Issue


Laughter Works: A Fun Workshop For and About Seniors
August 24
10 am - 2 pm
Troy Community Center

Convocation of Lay Ecclesial Ministers
August 31
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

5K Race for Vocations
September 10
Clarkston, MI

Pilgrimage for the Uubilee Year of Mercy

September 17
Visit the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Solanus Casey Center, and Divine Mercy Center

Engaging the Young Church Conference
September 31 - October 1
St. Anastasia


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