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News from the Vatican

Solanus Casey ... on his way to Sainthood

8p84zfep6t2mwb8243rlr2vx9t1tveisThere is much celebration in Detroit.  Pope Francis has authorized that a decree be released recognizing the miracle attributed to the intercession of Solanus Casey, a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit and one of the co-founders of the city’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
 He will be beatified  here in Detroit later this year. 

"The beatification of Father Solanus Casey is an incomparable grace for the Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit and for the whole community of Southeast Michigan,” stated Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroit. “He is an inspiration to all us Catholics – and to all – of the power of grace to transform one’s life.”

“Long before we knew and loved Pope Francis, we had the example of Fr. Solanus who lived the Gospel of Mercy,” said Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap. and Provincial Minister of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. “Known for his compassion and simplicity, he drew many thousands to God.”

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Canonizations Announced

xrnpyz3f78sgldwyotyc0r1xn5ezjrsnThe Vatican has confirmed that Blessed Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto will be canonized on May 12-13 by Pope Francis during his visit to Fatima, Portugal.  The cause of their sainthood had been held up for many years because it was widely believed that children “do not have the capacity to practice Christian virtue in a heroic way.”(Cardinal Saraiva, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes)  But it was one event that convinced Cardinal Saraiva that these children were truly holy.  At the time that the children were having apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary they were kidnapped by the mayor of Fatima.  He was strongly anti-Catholic and attempted to force the children to deny that Mary was appearing to them.  He threatened them with death but their reply was:  “You can do what you want but we cannot tell a lie.  We have seen Our Lady.”  Francisco was 9 and Marto 7 years old.  How many adults would have done the same?

Pope Francis 'bridges' into POP culture

On Wednesday, April 26th, after a year of planning and preparation, the listeners to TED talk were quite surprised to hear Pope Francis address them.  TED talk usually features prominent artists, techies and other cultural figures who want to get their ideas into circulation.  Certainly Pope Francis wants to get his message and ideas into circulation and took advantage of this bit of technology to proclaim his message.  The topic for the evening was:  “The Future You”.  Pope Francis used the allowed 18 minutes to slowly unpack his certain belief that “each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others….we need each other…the other is not a statistic or a number…he/she is my neighbor, someone I need to take care of…the future of humankind isn’t in the hands of politicians…or big companies...it is in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us’.  Click here to read the entire message. 


News from the Archdiocese

7ezef3225gmvptmrnehjzdqdx9h1fgysArchbishop Vigneron continues to work on the Pastoral Letter he promised at the conclusion of the Synod 16 Gathering last November.  The letter will be presented at the celebration of the Vigil of Pentecost, June 3rd, 7 pm at the Most Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.  Please continue to pray the Synod Prayer that all in the Archdiocese receive the Archbishop’s message and continue to grow in becoming missionary disciples. 

Calendar Alert
Attached is a liturgical calendar for 2017 – 2018.  As more liturgical events are added to the Archdiocesan calendar they will be added to this calendar and forwarded to you in future issues of Worship News.


Blessing of Neophytes on Pentecost
The Rite #249 states that “…to close the period of post baptismal catechesis, some sort of celebration should be held at the end of the Easter season near Pentecost Sunday...” The attached Blessing of Neophytes is a possible prayer to be included at this celebration.
The blessing can be given at: the Vigil Mass for Pentecost, Mass on Pentecost Sunday, Evening Prayer or another gathering of the neophytes with the community. 

Corpus Christi
Archbishop Vigneron has personally invited each person who was ufbzgcfhshmwgabc8rnxi98m9pyf60k0initiated at the Easter Vigil and those who were received into the Catholic Church and completed their initiation to join him at the Cathedral for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).  The celebration will begin at 2 pm and will include a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Detroit to witness publicly to our faith.
The feast of Corpus Christi is the patronal feast day of the Cathedral.  This year every parish will be invited to send representatives to celebrate this special feast as a sign of our unity as an Archdiocese on the way to becoming missionary disciples.

RCIA Topics

The RCIA Topics will be offered at the Seminary on Saturdays of June and July this year.  These sessions are designed for priests, deacons, Coordinators of the RCIA, and Parish RCIA Teams. 
Each participant will need a copy of the RCIA text.  Each of the sessions will encourage the participants to share their questions, insights and experiences with the RCIA process.  To register for any or all sessions go to:  www.aod.org/worship/events or call 313-237-5932.

The schedule is as follows:

Topic 1 Overview of the RCIA June 24 9am - Noon
Topic 2 Pre-Catechumenate June 24 1 - 4 pm
Topic 3 Catechumenate Session A July 1 9am - Noon
Topic 4 Catechumenate Session B July 1 1 - 4 pm
Topic 5 Purification & Enlightenment July 8 9 am - Noon
Topic 6 Mystagogy July 8 1 - 4 pm
Topic 7 Presiding at the Minor Rite July 15 9am - Noon
Topic 9 Canon Law for RCIA Teams July 22 9am - Noon
Topic 8 Parish as an Initiating Community July 22 1 - 4 
Q & A

1. May a priest receive into full communion with the Church someone who has been divorced 2x, has no annulment, is not presently married and does not plan to marry?

Yes. It will be important for the priest to impress on the person that if he/she does plan to marry in the future it will be necessary to enter the annulment process for each of the previous marriages.

2. May a priest baptize a child of the age of reason at Sunday Mass outside the Easter Vigil?

Yes. A priest may baptize a child of the age of reason at Sunday Mass provided it is at a Mass during the Easter Season and the child has participated in the RCIA process for as long as necessary to be prepared for full initiation. The child should receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist at the celebration.

3. When can a priest baptize conditionally?

Conditional baptism is rarely used. When there is doubt whether a person has received valid baptism it is necessary to do serious investigation of the church of baptism. If no record exists of the baptism it will be necessary to secure the sworn statement of someone who was a witness at the baptism and/or has serious proof of the baptism. There is an official Archdiocesan Affidavit form that should be used to record this testimony.

If after you have talked with the person it is apparent that you will not be able to get the testimony of a witness to the baptism then you may need to baptize conditionally. 
When a baptism is given conditionally the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults # 480 states a “non-solemn form of baptism is to be used”…and The National Statutes for the United States (at the very end of the Rite book) # 37 says:  “If conditional baptism then seems necessary, this must be celebrated privately rather than at a public liturgical assembly of the community and with only those limited rites which the diocesan bishop determines.”
The only rites needed for a conditional baptism in the Archdiocese of Detroit are:
  • Renunciation of Sin
  • Profession of faith
  • The conditional baptism using the words…"If you are not already baptized, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
For the renunciation of sin and the profession of faith you may use the questions that are used at the Easter Vigil for the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

4. At Confirmation what name does the candidate give to the Bishop?

At Confirmation the candidate presents his/her Confirmation name to the Bishop.


Top Five RCIA Resources for Your Team
Team RCIA has created these resources for parish RCIA teams.

Annulment: A Guide for RCIA Candidates, Ministers and Others (Fr. Kevin McKenna)
This book is a handy summary of how the annulment process works and especially, a great refresher on what the grounds for nullity are and how the process unfolds. Available from Paulist Press.

Virtual Workshop Series for RCIA Ministers

The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (LTP) and Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) have collaborated to produce a series of fourteen Virtual Workshops exploring the RCIA – its vision, rich theology, pastoral directives and authentic celebration.
These are designed to provide high quality formation in an accessible and affordable format.  They will cover a wide range of topics – from general overviews to detailed legalities.  They will examine the various periods and steps of the catechumenate process, recapturing the vision of the RCIA and offering best practices for liturgical celebrations. They are aimed at various levels of experience, but will be fruitful for the seasoned veteran as well as the new parish volunteer.  We hope that you, your parish staffs, and especially parish RCIA team members will take advantage of all of these online seminars.  

Recapturing the Richness Tuesday May 2
Initiating Parish Tuesday May 16
Discernment Tuesday June 6
Concerning the Baptized Tuesday June 20
Period of Evangelization Pre-Catehcumenate Tuesday August 8
Rite of Acceptance and Rite of Welcome Tuesday August 22
Catechumenate Period Wednesday September 6
RCIA as Adapted for Children of Catchetlcal Age Thursday September 14
Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion Tuesday September 19
Period of Purification and Enlightenment Wednesday October 11
Rites of Initiation Tuesday October 24
Period of Mystogigia Tuesday November 7
National Statutes on the Catechumenate Tuesday November 14
Preaching for the Rites Tuesday December 5

Registration is Open!

The registration for the first four workshops is already “live.” Each workshop will be only $15.    

The workshops will be offered during the day and repeated in the evening – this is designed to accommodate paid staff as well as volunteers in multiple time zones.   Please note your session of choice as you register.

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

May 2017


School of Evangelization
Hosted by the Priests and Seminarians of the Companions of the Cross

May 12
6:30 pm - 9 pm
May 13
8 am - 4 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Central Region Hospitality Conference
May 13
8 am - 4 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

The Amazing Parish Reboot
May 18
12 pm - 3:30 pm OR
5:30 pm - 9 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Symposia at the University of Notre Dame

Liturgy & Life: Encountering Jesus Christ in the Bible and Liturgy

June 19 - 23

Forming the Sacramental Imagination: The Senses of the Scriptures
June 26 - 30

Liturgical Music Ministers: The Word, Music and the St. John's Bible
July 17 - 21

National Gathering on Christian Initiation: Disciples Making Disciples
July 5 - 6
Chicago, Illinois

NPM 2017 Convention: Formed as One, Union of Voices - Unity of Hearts
July 10 - 14
Cincinnati, Ohio


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