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News from the Vatican

Go Out Now and Get Messy


Recently I was reading the news of the ad limina visit of the bishops of Quebec with Pope Francis and thought how well the Pope’s message to them is a message for all the faithful of Detroit.  We have just heard or read the vision, of Archbishop Vigneron for the future of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the challenge that it presents to all faithful.  Pope Francis said to the bishops and he says to us: “You’ve got to go, and it’s going to be messy”; “start immediately and be creative, even without a detailed plan and even knowing that some of “what you try will fail…”  If you say to me “We tried that before and it didn’t work”, I will tell you:  “You don’t score every time you shoot a goal” and “if you stop trying after three failures, you might as well put away your skates”.  Archbishop Durocher was convinced after the meeting that: “…in Quebec we are not about rebuilding what was there in the 40’s and 50’s.  It was a style of church that is, as far as I’m concerned, dead and does not need to be resurrected.  What needs to be resurrected is faith in Jesus Christ.”  And isn’t that true for our Archdiocese as well.  The church envisioned by Pope Francis is a church of service, one that responds to the unmet needs of people, one in which all the members proclaim the Gospel by word and example of their lives.  Come Holy Spirit; fill the hearts of your faithful with unstoppable, consuming passion and make us missionary disciples.

Vatican Offers Reconciliation to SSPX

Once more the Vatican has offered the possibility of reconciliation and full communion with the Church to Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) if its leaders would accept a doctrinal statement.  The next step in this process is up Monsignor Fellay, the SSPX superior.  The parishes run by this Society are not at present in communion with the Rome.  There are number of them in the Archdiocese of Detroit, including:  St. Joseph Catholic Church, Richmond and St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Livonia.  Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis have been attempting to heal this rift over many years.  But everything depends on whether the SSPX will agree to this doctrinal statement.

Joint Declaration of Catholics and Orthodox


Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II recently signed a joint agreement that ended a long disagreement between the two churches over the sacrament of baptism.  In the declaration the two leaders declared:  “…in order to please the heart of the Lord Jesus, as well as that of our sons and daughters in the faith, (we) mutually declare that we, with one mind and heart, will seek sincerely not to repeat the baptism that has been administered in either of our Churches for any person who wishes to join the other.”  This is one more step on the long journey toward full unity.

News from the USCCB
"Book of the Chair"

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has confirmed a shorter edition of the Roman Missal, Third Edition for optional use at the presider’s chair by the priest.  The text of this document with the title…Excerpts from the Roman Missal is in the process of review by the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the USCCB.   More news will come when publishers are invited to actually publish the book.

Plenary Indulgence for the Centennial of Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima the Vatican has issued the following:
A plenary indulgence is granted:

  1. to the faithful who visit the Shrine of Fatima in pilgrimage and participate in a celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima
  1. to pious faithful who visit an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration in any temple, oratory or adequate place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (13th of each month from May to October 2017) and participate in a celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite  the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima
  1. to the faithful who, due to their age, disease or other serious reason, are impeded of moving, if, repentant of all their sins and having the firm intention of performing, as soon as possible, the three conditions mentioned below, in front of a small image of Our Lady of Fatima, spiritually unite in the days of the apparitions to the Jubilee celebrations, offering with trust to God all-merciful through Mary their prayers and pains, or the sacrifices of their own lives.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, truly penitent and animated with charity must fulfill the following three conditions:
  • Sacramental Confession
  • Eucharistic Communion
  • Prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father
Bishops' Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will gather for their annual Spring meeting, June 14 – 15.  On the agenda for this meeting are the following: 
  1. Presentation and discussion on religious persecution, genocide and human rights violations in the Middle East
  2. Briefing on immigration
  3. Discussion of Synod of Bishops 2018 which will focus on young people, faith and vocational discernment
  4. Discussion on revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities
  5. Discussion on a collection of blessings in Spanish
  6. Discussion on a new translation of the Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism
For Pastors and Worship Commissions
Planning Sheet for Confirmation
The planning sheet for Confirmation has been revised.  Please make a copy of this sheet and place it in the Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy

Prayer for the Canonization of Father Solanus Casey
Even as the committee continues to work at all the arrangements for the beatification of Father Solanus Casey we are encouraged to continue praying for his canonization.  His canonization would require a second miracle attributed to his intercession after he is made blessed.  Attached is the prayer for his canonization.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
I remember as a young girl on my way home from school how I would
often go into the parish church and spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  The door of the tabernacle was closed but there was always the red light burning brightly signaling that Christ was there waiting for me.  That time was always precious because it helped me to grow in my understanding of Christ’s words: “I am with you always, until the end of time.”
As a young religious sister, I would often go to the chapel late at night and just sit in silence allowing myself to feel the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament…and in me.  It was those times of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle that helped my faith in Christ’s presence to grow.  With that growth I became aware of the challenges my faith presented me to truly be Christ’s presence in my world.

I also remember Forty Hours devotion at my parish when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and all the parishioners were able to sign up to be present for part of the forty hours in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  This was special time.  It was an extraordinary experience to be in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed and I looked forward to this experience every year.

There were also shorter periods of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament when it was incorporated into the parish devotions…May devotions, Stations of the Cross.  At the end of the devotion the Blessed Sacrament was exposed in order to give Benediction that would close the devotion. 
Forgive me for this trip down memory lane.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is very important to me.  There was a time when you knew a church was Catholic because it was always open, inviting the faithful to come and spend some time with the Christ really present in the Blessed Sacrament.  But times have changed.  In conversations, I have heard comments like:  “I want to see the Blessed Sacrament!”, and “It’s just not the same when I cannot see the Blessed Sacrament!” Is seeing really believing?  I wonder.  Does seeing help my faith to grow?  Is Christ only present to us when we can see him?

It is important for us to remember always that the celebration of the Eucharist in the sacrifice of the Mass is “truly the origin and purpose of the worship that is shown to the Eucharist outside Mass….”  St. Augustine puts it this way: “no one eats that flesh without first adoring it; we should sin were we not to adore it”.  Pope Benedict tells us “… In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; Eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the Eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church’s supreme act of adoration.  Receiving the Eucharist means adoring him whom we receive.  Only in this way do we become one with him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy.  The act of adoration outside of Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself”.
Since 1974 we have a liturgical rite for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  It is no longer considered a devotion but, rather, is a part of the Church’s official liturgy.  As such, there are directives that need to be followed.  Click here for Guidelines for Celebrations of Exposition and Benediction.

Calendar Alert
June 11 Most Holy Trinity
June 18 Corpus Christi (Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Patronal feast of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated with a procession of the faithful including the neophytes through the streets of Detroit.
June 20 World Refugee Day
Prayer for Refugees
June 22     Optional memorial of the martyrs St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More
June 23 Sacred Heart of Jesus
World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests 
(Attached is a prayer for priests on this day)
June 24 Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Ritual Masses i.e. wedding Masses not permitted.
Funeral Mass permitted
June 29 Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Ritual Masses i.e. wedding Masses not permitted.
Funeral Mass permitted
June 30 First Martyrs of Holy Roman Church
These Christians were tortured, crucified and burned during Nero’s persecution of Christians. Let us remember our brothers and sisters around the world who are dying rather than deny their faith.

Corpus Christi

Archbishop Vigneron has personally invited each person who was initiated 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 2:00 pm and will include a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Detroit to witness publicly to our faith. 
Please ask your neophytes to e-mail Sr Georgette so that their seats may be reserved.

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 9a - 12p
Topic 2 Pre-Catechumenate June 24 1p - 4p
Topic 3 Catechumenate Session A July 1 9a - 12p
Topic 4 Catechumenate Session B July 1 9a - 12p
Topic 5 Purification & Enlightenment July 8 9a - 12p
Topic 6 Mystagogy July 8 1p - 4p
Topic 7 Presiding at the Minor Rite July 15 9a - 12p
Topic 9 Canon Law for RCIA Teams July 22 9a - 12p
Topic 8 Parish as an Initiating Community July 22 1p - 4p

RCIA: How Well Do We Understand This Rite
In 2014 the USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship and the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis hired the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) to conduct a nationwide survey to analyze how practices of parishes in the U.S. were in harmony with the vision of the RCIA.  The results revealed many critical issues that need reflection by every pastor, deacon and coordinator of the RCIA process. 
Fr. Leon Streider, SLD, Diocese of Austin offers us a theological reflection on seven of these issues.  It is important to remember that the National Statutes for the Catechumenate (Appendix III in the RCIA) are the norms that the USCCB have established for how to implement the RCIA in the U.S.  The summer months might be a good time for pastors, deacons and RCIA teams to reflect together on these seven issues attached.


1. Is it necessary to fast before receiving Holy Communion?

Yes.  The following are the directives given in Canon 919
  • Before receiving Holy Communion one should abstain for at least one hour from all food and drink except water and medicine 
  • The sick, elderly, and those who care for them are not bound to any Eucharistic fast. This  usually applies to those who would receive Holy Communion outside Mass in a home or institution
  • A priest who celebrates Mass twice or three times on the same day may take something before the second or third celebration
2. Are there any guidelines about what kind of things a priest can bless?
According to the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Chapter III, #61 “…there is hardly any proper use of material things which cannot thus be directed toward the sanctification of men and the praise of God…”  That is why it is important to ascertain the motive for the Blessing. Read more >>

3. What are the Holy Days of Obligation?
In addition to all Sundays, the following are days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States:
January 1 The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  Easter Sunday
7th Sunday of Easter Solemnity of the Ascension
August 15 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1 Solemnity of All Saints
December 8 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
December 25 Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Whenever January 1, August 15 or November 1 fall on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.
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

June 2017


Symposia at the University of Notre Dame

Litrugy & Life: Encountering Jesus Christ in the Bible and Liturgy
June 19-23

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

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

French Mass
June 18, 12p
Ste. Anne

Feast of Corpus Christi
June 18, 2pm
Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

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

NPM 2017 Convention
July 10-14

Novena to St. Anne
July 18-26
Ste. Anne

Taking Back the Night
August 14
Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

Lay Ecclesial Ministers Convocation
August 31
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Summer Tours at Ste. Anne
Various Dates
Ste. Anne

Catholic Charities Workshops
Various Dates and Locations

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