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Synod 16
o2e3ada4qsfq8nnx2ijmhflnahcj66t9In May 2015 Archbishop Vigneron announced his intention to convoke a synod with a focus on New Evangelization and with the purpose of changing the DNA of the Archdiocese of Detroit.   Since then the themes:
 have become familiar all over the Archdiocese.  Thousands of faithful Catholics have been involved:

  • at Eucharistic missions focusing on Eucharistic Adoration, dynamic preaching, worshipful music and an atmosphere of prayer
  • in parish groups of intercessory prayer
  • at dialogue sessions for parishes, for clergy, for lay ecclesial ministers and other groups…each of these groups surfacing responses that eventually will become the matter for discussion at the Synod meetings
  • at the Amazing Parish Conference

Members of the Synod have been nominated by their parishes and chosen by the Archbishop to be those who will seriously prepare themselves by prayer and reflection to listen to the movement of the Holy Spirit who will direct the outcome of the Synod.  These members are now in the process of formation for their presence at the formal Synod meetings
And now, more than at any time before, the prayer of all Catholics in the Archdiocese is needed so that all of us will be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit within us, in our parishes, in our ministries and truly embrace the change the Holy Spirit has in store for us.  Please pray this prayer for the Synod.

News from the Vatican

Changes in Canon Law Bring Latin and Eastern Practices Closer

Pope Francis has issued an Apostolic Letter, De Concordia Inter Codices, which makes some changes in the Latin Code of Canon Law to bring it in line with the Eastern Code.  The document issued in Latin has not been translated yet but, Bishop Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, shared some of its content with journalists on September 15th.   The changes regard practices for ministering to Eastern-rite Catholics and also to members of the Orthodox churches when a priest of their church is not available.
The following were included in his presentation:

For Eastern Catholic Church members
  • Since the blessing of a priest is necessary for the validity of a marriage in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox traditions…..
    • Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church
  • A Latin-Eastern couple is free to decide in which church to enroll their child; if they cannot agree, the child becomes a member of the father’s church. 
  • If both parents are Eastern Catholic, even if the baby is baptized in a Latin-rite parish, the baptismal registry must note that the child is an Eastern Catholic and specify the church to which he/she belongs.
For Orthodox Churches
  • When an Orthodox priest is not available, a Catholic priest can baptize a baby whose parents are members of an Orthodox Church and plan to raise the child Orthodox.
  • The baptism would not be recorded in the Catholic parish’s baptismal registry; the parents would receive a formal certificate and would register their child’s baptism later at an Orthodox parish.

News from the USCCB for Pastors and Worship Commissions

Ritual Editions of Order of Celebrating Matrimony (OCM)

Five liturgical publishers have received permission to produce the ritual editions of the Order for Celebrating Matrimony:

  • Catholic Book Publishing Co. (CatholicBookPublishing.com, 877-228-2665)
    Hardcover ($27.95) and Bonded Leather ($34.95); both

    7 ¼  x 10 ¼
  • Liturgical Press (LitPress.org, 800-858-5450)
    English-only Hardcover ($34.95) and Bilingual Hardcover ($44.95); both 7 ¼ x 10 ½

  • Magnificat (Magnificat.com, 970-416-6670)
    Semi-Leather ($39.95); 6 ½ x 9

  • USCCB Communications (store.USCCB.org, 800-235-8722)
    Hardcover ($39.95), 7 ¼ x 10 ½
  • Ave Maria Press (AveMariaPress.com, 800-282-1865,
    ext. 1)
    Box of Ritual Cards ($55.95) and Binder plus Ritual Cards, ($74.95); cards are 6 x 9; binder plus cards are 7 ½ x 10
Texts may be used in the liturgy as early as September 8, 2016.  Texts are obligatory as of December 30, 2016, Feast of the Holy Family.

The Office for Christian Worship will have copies of all these publications available for priests to review at the clergy gatherings in November…Mass for deceased clergy on Nov. 3rd at the Seminary and Clergy Reconciliation celebration on Nov. 28th.  These copies will also be available for review during November in the Office for Christian Worship.

Also, some free resources are available to parishes.  Click here.
Celebration of Matrimony Involving Catechumens

In all celebrations involving a catechumen, Chapter III of the OCM is the proper ritual to be used.  The marriage is celebrated at a Liturgy of the Word and never at the Eucharistic liturgy.  The Nuptial Blessing in Chapter 1, (# 73 – 74), may be used, all references to Eucharistic sharing being omitted.

Archdiocese of Detroit

Celebration of Adult Confirmation 2016

Fr. Pullis has alerted parishes that there will be a change in the Celebration of Adult Confirmation at the Cathedral this year.  Usually this celebration takes place on the feast of Christ the King.  However, because the Synod will be taking place the same weekend, this year the celebration will take place:  November 6, 2016 at 11 AM.
Closing the Holy Door

On November 6th Archbishop Vigneron will officially close the Holy Door at the Cathedral during the 11 A.M. celebration of the Eucharist.   As an archdiocese we have received many blessings during this Holy Year of Mercy.  Thousands of pilgrims have made the pilgrimage to the Cathedral and left evidence of their visit on the wall of petitions.  There is only one month left to experience this holy door and the blessings God is waiting to give to you. 

December 11 and 12, 2016

18yhk1aq7licel0kf9fm49jtqz6zhs5lThe USCCB has provided the following clarification on the celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent (Dec.11) and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12), 2916:

Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours on Sunday, December 11 are that of the Third Sunday of Advent, and despite its great popularity in the United States, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mass and Office) is liturgically celebrated only between midnight of Sunday and midnight of Monday, December 12:  “Feasts are celebrated within the limits of the natural day”(Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, no.13).  Popular devotions connected with Our Lady of Guadalupe, such as the Mañanitas, could be celebrated in the evening hours of December 11, provided that the spirit of the Advent Sunday is kept in mind; the Mañanitas could perhaps even conclude with Mass at midnight to officially begin the Feast.

Influenza and the Liturgy

The flu season is upon us once more and some of our parishioners are very concerned about the spread of germs especially from some of the liturgical practices at Mass.  Hopefully the attached suggestions will help with these concerns.

Calendar Alert

October is Respect Life Month.  This year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy”

In Amoris Laetitia Pope Francis wrote: “Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, couples longing to conceive a child, people pushed to the margins of society by a ‘throwaway culture’, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, and every other person – each has a place in Lord’s heart from all eternity”
[ See this USCCB site for materials and resources that can be downloaded.]  

October 7 Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
  Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the Mass for Pardon at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 7 pm
October 11 Feast of Pope John XXIII
  Use the Mass from Common of Pastors: For a Pope
The readings of the day are used.
Gal 5: 1-6; Psalm 119: 41, 43-45, 47-48
October 15 Feast of St. Teresa of Avila
  First woman to be decalred a Doctor of the Church
October 18 Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist
October 22 Feast of St. John Paul II
  Use the Mass from Common of Pastors: For a Pope
The readings of the day are used.
Ephesians 4: 7-16; Psalm 122: 1-5; Luke 13: 1-9
  Collect for the Feast of St. John Paul II
O God
Who are rich in mercy and who willed
that St. John Paul the Second should preside as Pope over your universal church,
grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,
we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole redeemer of mankind.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
October 22 Chapel of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary
Orchard Lake
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  Archbishop Vigneron invites all to join him in a holy hour to pray for his intentions and guidance in the New Evangelization.
October 23 Mission Sunday in the Archdiocese of Detroit
  There will be a special celebration and reception at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am
November 1 All Saints Day
Holy Day of Obligation
  (Relics of saints may be exposed for veneration on this feast. They may be placed either before the altar or at some other location of honor.)
November 2 All Souls Day
  The Order of Visiting a Cemetery may be used today.
See Book of Blessings #734 - 754


Rite of Election 2017

The full schedule for the Rite of Election 2017 as follows: 
Saturday March 4 11:00 am Bishop Hanchon
    2:00 pm Bishop Byrnes
    5:00 pm Bishop Cepeda
Sunday March 5 11:00 am Archbishop Vigneron

Should Baptized Christians Be Included in the RCIA Process?

114gn0bj6dffbfm45ni33ou6k7xqxdgxIn many of our parishes that have not yet converted to an ongoing Catechumenate process, September and October seem to be the months when persons seeking to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church are beginning their conversion journey.  These potential candidates present challenges to the parish RCIA Coordinator and Team.  In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Part II: Rites for Particular Circumstances Chapter 4 addresses their needs.

It is important for the RCIA Team to remember that the RCIA is a sacramental rite….it is the primary evangelization tool given to the church to do its work of proclaiming the gospel.  It was never intended to be the parish’s adult formation process.

Chapter 4 addresses the needs of adults, who although baptized, have never had formation in the faith.  They are considered to be uncatechized and come to us to prepare for Confirmation and Eucharist.  Some of these adults have been baptized in another Christian tradition and will be prepared to celebrate Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Others have been baptized in the Catholic Church and will be preparing to complete their initiation.  The preparation of the uncatechized requires considerable time and includes: 
  • catechesis accommodated to the liturgical year
  • celebrations of appropriate rites
  • involvement with the social and mission life of the parish community
How can we tell that these adults are uncatechized?

An uncatechized Christian or Catholic candidate is one who has had little or no experience with the faith community of their baptism.  This candidate is:
  • Not very vested in the traditions of that community
  • Does not have the habit of Sunday worship
  • May or may not have the habit of bible reading
  • May or may not be familiar with other members of that community of origin
  • May or may not be involved with community outreach
  • May or may not be a person who prays
But this candidate is baptized and the catechumenate team must honor that baptism.  All of the baptized have been incorporated into Christ and constitute the Christian faithful (Canon 204). This incorporation into Christ establishes a spiritual relationship between God and the person. Even if the person is not faithful to that relationship we know that God is always faithful.  Careful discernment and listening to the candidate is needed to determine the needs of these candidates.
Formation Process

The formation of these candidates centers on the effects of the baptism they have received.  In the course of their formation the catechumenate team needs to help these candidates:
  • Remember and come to an appreciation of their baptism and its effects especially God’s faithfulness
  • Uncover and come to appreciate the presence and action of God in the events of their lives both past and present
  • Become aware of how God has already been helping them to witness to his presence and love of humankind
These candidates do not participate in all of the rites that are designed for catechumens.  The rituals that are proper to them are:
  • Rite of Welcoming the Candidates
  • Celebrations of the Word of God….at Sunday Mass
  • Presentation of the Creed
  • Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer…(only if they have never prayed this prayer)
  • Presentation of the Book of the Gospels…(only if they have no knowledge or experience with the Scriptures)
  • Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversion…(either at the parish or at the combined rite celebrated by the bishop at the Cathedral)
  • Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation sometime before the Rite of Reception into full Communion
[Next month we will look at the difference between an uncatechized and a catechized candidate.]

1. Is reception of the sacrament of Confirmation required for a person to get married in the Catholic Church?
Yes.  According to Canon Law (#1063), “Catholics who have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation are to receive it before they are admitted to marriage if it can be done without grave inconvenience.” Read more about grave inconvenience

2. Is it proper to bring gifts for the poor during the Presentation of the Gifts? Where should they be placed? Is it proper to bring up water during the Presentation of the Gifts?
It is important to remember that the gifts brought up are of two different kinds. First and foremost there are the gifts for the sacrifice…the bread and the wine…. These gifts, presented by the entire assembly, are the gifts to be transformed into the body and blood of Christ. They are received by the priest and deacon and placed on the altar by the priest or deacon.   Water is not brought up as a gift.
Secondly, there are those gifts meant to be used for the ministries of the community. These gifts which can be monetary and other gifts for the poor {food, clothing, etc.} may be brought in the procession and, given their purpose, they are to be put in a suitable place away from the Eucharistic table [GIRM #73] but not in the sanctuary.
Nothing should be placed on the sanctuary that would obstruct the sight line of the people to the altar of sacrifice or impede the movement of the ministers on the sanctuary in the course of the celebration.

3. May a priest who is not a pastor confirm someone that he receives into full communion of the Church?
The law (Canon 883) gives the faculty to confirm to priests who, in virtue of an office they lawfully hold, baptize an adult or a child old enough for catechesis or receive a validly baptized adult into full communion of the Church. Read how this permission extends to priests.
4. May the Gloria be sung when the Rite of Sprinkling is used at Mass?
NO.  According to Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship #147, (USCCB, 2007)   the hymn that accompanies the sprinkling with blessed water should have an explicitly baptismal character. 
The Gloria is a very ancient and venerable hymn in which the Church, gathered together in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb ( #148).”
“It may not be moved to a different part of the Mass than the one prescribed by the Roman Missal (150)”.

5. What is the proper vesture for the deacon at the Order of Celebration of Matrimony?
When a deacon presides at Rite II or Rite III in the Order for the Celebration of Matrimony he is to wear a dalmatic.  (OCM #83)

6. We have a number of baptized candidates in our RCIA process who have been validly baptized. They have also been confirmed. Do we recognize their confirmation as valid?
There are only a few churches which have valid Confirmation. They are: Orthodox, Old Catholic, and the Polish National Church.  We do not accept the Confirmation of other churches.  The reason for this is:  anyone can baptize.  However, the law requires that a bishop who has valid orders and apostolic succession be the one to confirm.

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



Mass for Pardon
October 7
7:00 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mass

October 9
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Entertaining Angels
Hospitality Training

October 11
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Anastasia 

Mass for Commerce
October 19
8:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Requiem for the Innocents
October 21
8:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Holy Hour at the Shrine of St. John Paul II
October 22
6:00 p.m.
Orchard Lake

World Mission Sunday
October 23
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Deceased Clergy Mass
November 3
11:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Closing of the Holy Door
November 6
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

In the Herat of the Church Speaker Series
November 10
12:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

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