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News from the Vatican

Pope's Synod Exhortation to be published in March

1603 Worship News OneArchbishop Paglia has announced that Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on Family Life will be issued before the end of March.  This will be the official teaching document of the Church.
There has been much speculation, spurred on by the Media, about possible changes that will be contained in this document.  At the Synod itself, there was discussion about current issues, sharing of the difficulties in family life in all regions of the world and disagreements about the appropriate pastoral response.   But it is important for us always to remember that it is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church.
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? The following is a synopsis of his address:

  • 1603 Worship News Two 2the 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

Woman to lead theological-pastoral aspect of Vatican communications
Pope Francis has appointed Natasha Govekar as the first woman to head the theological-pastoral department of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication. At the same time Francesco Masci, 37 years old, was appointed to direct the Secretariat’s technical office.  Msgr. Vigano, prefect of the secretariat said: “The Holy Father’s appointing a woman as head of the theological-pastoral department is an affirmation that attention to the pastoral is not exclusive to pastors, but involves the practices and ways of being church today…the Church is the gathering of men and women disciples of Jesus Christ.”  The responsibilities of the secretariat include coordinating the work of the Vatican website, Vatican Television Center, Vatican Radio, the Vatican newspaper and the Vatican press office.

Historic Meeting of Pope Francis with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill
On February 12th Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill met face to face in Cuba. “Finally! Now things are easier…”Pope Francis said as the two met in the Havana airport.  This was the first-ever papal meeting with head of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1000 year schism that has divided Christianity.  After a lengthy conversation the two prelates issued a statement that stressed the suffering of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, called for a strong defense of religious freedom in the Western world, as well as defense of human dignity, marriage and the family.  To read the full statement click here 


News from the USCCB

Book of the Chair

The bishops of the USCCB have approved a new liturgical text, Excerpts from the Roman Missal: Book for Use at the ChairThis book will contain only materials commonly used at the presidential chair…less than half the length of the full Missal.  Concern for such a resource arose because the full Roman Missal is a rather large volume that can be difficult for younger altar servers to carry and hold.  The book will now be forwarded to the Holy See for requisite confirmation.  Use of this book will be optional.

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities
Because significant developments in medicine and research have suggested new pastoral approaches to the faithful living with various disabilities, including celiac disease, autism, age-related dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, etc. the bishops have authorized a revision of the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities.  The revision is now in process.

Revision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults  
The first drafts  for the revision of The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and The Baptism for Children are anticipated in 2016.

Archdiocese of Detroit

The Holy Door
The Door of Mercy is open to the public on the first Friday of every month 9:00am – 2:00pm and every Sunday afternoon 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  Groups of 15 + may make an appointment for other times on the Cathedral website

What has to be done to gain an indulgence when visiting the Holy Door?

  1. In order to be capable of gaining an indulgence one must be baptized, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the completion of the prescribed works.
  2. To gain a plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to fulfill the following three conditions:
    1. sacramental confession
    2. Eucharistic Communion
    3. prayer for the intention of the Holy Father [one Our Father, one Hail Mary, or any other prayers ]
A plenary indulgence can be acquired only once in the course of a day.
Doors leading to the Holy Door
Some pilgrims to the Holy Door have requested the texts from the doors at the Cathedral leading to the Holy Door.  These provide material for meditation during this Year of Mercy.  They are attached here.

Prayer Cards for the Year of Mercy
1603 Worship News Three 3Prayer cards for the Jubilee Year of Mercy are available from the Archdiocese of Detroit Print Shop.  The double-sided prayer card features the logo of the Year of Mercy, and the prayer for the jubilee composed by Pope Francis.  You can place your order at www.aod.org/printshop

Come, Encounter Christ
Parishioners across the Archdiocese have received the “Come, Encounter Christ” experiences with great enthusiasm.  These evenings of inspirational preaching, live music, Eucharistic Adoration and Confession will continue to be hosted by various parishes in the Archdiocese and 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.  The full schedule of remaining experiences is attached here

24 Hours for the Lord
Attached is the list of parishes of the Archdiocese that will provide 24 Hours for the Lord on March 4 – 5.  This is intended also to be a time of reflection and prayer, an opportunity to speak with a priest, and a chance to rediscover — or perhaps discover for the first time — the great mercy at the heart of the Catholic Faith.

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Calendar Alert
March 4    1st Friday (during Lent)
  Mass prayers and readings from Friday of the 3rd week of Lent.

Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart is forbidden.
March 6 Fourth Sunday of Lent
  If there are elect present at this Mass, the Second Scrutiny is celebrated.
  The scrutinies should take place within the ritual Masses “Christian Initiation: The Scrutinies,” which are celebrated on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent; the readings with their chants are those given for these Sundays in the Lectionary for Mass, Year A.  When, for pastoral reasons, these ritual Masses cannot be celebrated on their proper Sundays, they are celebrated on other Sundays of Lent or even convenient days during the week. (RCIA #146.)

Because the Gospels for Year A are of major importance in regard to Christian initiation, they may also be read in Year B and Year C, especially in places where there are elect present. (Lectionary for Mass, Introduction, Chapter 5, #3.)
March 13 Fifth Sunday of Lent
  If there are elect present at this Mass the Third Scrutiny is celebrated. 

In dioceses of the U.S., the practice of covering crosses and images throughout the church from the 5th Sunday of Lent may be observed. Crosses remain covered until the celebration of the Passion on Good Friday. Images remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.
March 17 Memorial of St. Patrick
March 19 Solemnity of St. Joseph
  [The Order for Blessing St. Joseph Table can be found in the Book of Blessings, chapter 53, #1679 - 1696.]
March 24 Chrism Mass at the Cathedral at 11 a.m.
  Archbishop Vigneron will bless the Chrism and other Holy Oils which will be distributed to pastors after the celebration.
  Mass of the Lord's Supper
March 25 Good Friday
  The celebration of the Lord's Passion takes place about three o'clock, unless pastoral reasons suggest a later hour. The priest is the proper presider at this celebration. A deacon may not preside. Only one cross should be used for the veneration.
March 26 Holy Saturday
  Preparation Rites for the Elect are celebrated early in the day.

[The Order for the Blessing of Food for the First Meal of Easter can be found in the Book of Blessings, chapter 54, #1701 - 1723.]
  Easter Vigil
This celebration must take place during the night. Sunset on March 26 will be at 7:10 p.m.
The Vigil should start at least one hour after sunset.
April 2 Divine Mercy Sunday
May 14 The Vigil of Pentecost will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 7 p.m.

Preparation Rites for Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday for the Elect should be a day when they refrain from their usual activities and spend time in prayer and reflection and, as far as they can, observe a fast. [RCIA 185]
The preparation rites are exclusively for those who are preparing for baptism. If the group includes Candidates completing initiation at the Easter Vigil, their preparation may be enhanced by participation in the scripture reflection, sharing and common prayer that are part of the retreat experience, but not in the rites.

Some or all of the following rites may be celebrated:
  • the presentation of the Lord’s Prayer if this has not been celebrated [RCIA 178-180]
  • the recitation of the Creed [RCIA 193-196]
  • the Ephphetha rite [RCIA 197-199]  If you choose to celebrate the Ephphetha Rite and the recitation of the Creed,  the Ephphetha is celebrated after the reading and homily…before the Prayer before the Recitation of the Creed
In the United States the choosing a baptismal name is always to be omitted. [RCIA #33.4] It is suggested that these preparation rites be scheduled for early Saturday morning, perhaps around the time when morning Mass on Saturday is celebrated during the year… before the hustle and bustle necessary to prepare the worship space for the Easter Vigil.

May 29th will be the feast of Corpus Christi in 2016.  
Archbishop Vigneron is inviting all those who will be 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 29th at 2 PM. and sending them as our Church’s newest disciples to spread the Good News of the Gospel.  Individual invitations will be mailed to RCIA directors this week.

You Have Been Asking
  1. We have a woman who is catholic but has been away from the Church for many years.  She has been studying with the RCIA each week.  Can she be part of the Rite of Election?
NO.  The Rite of Election is reserved for those who are being fully initiated at the coming Easter Vigil.
By exception those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition but are uncatechized and are coming into full communion with the Catholic Church may be part of the RCIA process.  They are recognized at the Rite of Calling Candidates to Continuing Conversion when combined rites are celebrated. More>>
  1. We have a young man who is a foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic.  He expressed interest in becoming a Catholic at Christmas but will not receive his sacraments until the summer.  Can he be part of the Rite of Election?

    NO.   You will need permission from the Archbishop to use the ritual provided in the RCIA for Christian Initiation in Exceptional Circumstances.  (See RCIA #331-339 for a full explanation of this ritual)  You will notice in the explanation the importance of including some of the rites from the full rite.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a liturgical rite with opportunity for the candidate to experience the work of the Spirit calling him to conversion and the prayer of the community.  I am sure that the classes you will provide will give him a catechetical background.  A wise incorporation of some of the rituals from the full rite should provide spiritual grounding.  I am thinking particularly about the prayers in the ritual of signing the senses in the Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate; the dismissal session after the homily every Sunday which gives the catechumen the opportunity to reflect on how God is calling him to conversion; and the celebration of the Scrutinies from the period of Purification and Enlightenment.
  1. Is there an age limit for abstaining?
The law of abstinence binds a person from age 14 throughout the rest of his/her life.
  1. If we do not have elect can we celebrate the Scrutinies with the candidates?

    NO.  The Scrutinies are rites for the Elect only.  Candidates prepare for and celebrate Reconciliation during Lent to prepare for the admission into full communion.  [National Statutes #27, 36]   


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.

LTP Virtual Workshops 2016
This is an affordable, convenient, and interactive option for training parish ministers.  The recent offerings include: Tre Ore:  The Seven Last Words of Christ by Bishop Barron
This CD contains seven talks reflecting on the seven last words of Christ.  The talks were given at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  “The Three Hours’ Agony or Tre Ore is a liturgical service on Good Friday from noon until 3 o’clock to commemorate the Passion of Christ.  Specifically, it refers to the three hours that Jesus hung on the Cross.  The CD includes a booklet with reflection questions that correspond to each talk.  Cost is $19.95 throughout Lent.  Contact Team@CatholicWord.com , www.CatholicWord.com, 1-800-932-3826


March 2016

In this Issue


Knowing, Loving and Serving Christ: A Day of Spiritual Transformation
March 5, 2016
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. John Neumann Church, Canton

17th Annual Rose Mass and Lecture
March 6, 2016
10 am
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Movie Premiere: 'The Young Messiah'
March 10, 2016
7 pm
AMC Theater
32289 John R Road
Madison Heights

The Jubilee Year of Mercy
Holy Trinity Apostolate 19th Annual Lenten Symposium

March 12, 2016
7 am – 4 pm
SS Cyril & Methodius Church, Sterling Heights
Lenten Day of Reflection for Boy Scouts
March 13, 2016
2 pm - 7:30 pm
Sacred Heart Church, Grosse Ile

Be Merciful as Your Heavenly Father is Merciful
Conference for Priests, Religious and Laity

March 31 – April 2
Our Lady of Grace Educational Center
Alma, MI
Monteverdi 1610 Vespers
April 24, 2016
3 pm
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

In the Footsteps of the Saints: A Discernment
Pilgrimage in France

May 24 – June 4 2016
Scholarships available
Notre Dame Center for Liturgy Symposium
Liturgy and the New Evangelization

June 20 – 23, 2016
Center for Liturgy, Notre Dame IN
World Youth Day for those unable to travel to Poland
July 30 -31, 2016
St. Mary’s Orchard Lake

NCYC National Catholic Youth Choir Choral Camp and Multi-State Concert Tour
June 13 - 25, 2016
St. John's Abbey & University
Collegeville, MN

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