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Advent - 1512 Worship Newss        Thanksgiving is over.  And we have survived Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday.  Now it is time to prepare for the Christmas season…Advent, the Nativity, and Epiphany. 
        The Christmas season celebrates the on-going incarnation of the Word in human life and history.  The liturgy of the season asks the question:  “Where is the Savior being born today?”  The Incarnation of the Word takes place today as it did over 2000 years ago…where it is least expected and among those who consider themselves unworthy or incapable of receiving a visitation of grace.             
        In his wisdom Pope Francis has chosen the season of Advent to open the Year of Mercy.  In a recent interview at the Vatican Pope Francis explained the motives and expectations of the Jubilee of Mercy.  “…today’s world is in need of mercy and compassion…… (it) needs to discover that God is the Father, that there is mercy, that cruelty is not the way…Jesus wants to open the door to His Heart, the Father wants to show us his innate mercy, and for this reason he sends us the Spirit….It is the year of reconciliation … (humanity) is sacred… (it) is the image of the living God.  And the Father says, ‘stop and come to me’”.  All of us sinners from the greatest to the least are invited to allow God to embrace us with his love and mercy.            
        The Archdiocese has prepared resources for parishes to use during this season including a prayer card for each week of Advent.  

News from the Vatican

Year of Mercy
        Vatican Holy Door - Worship NewsOn Tuesday, December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Year of Mercy will begin.  This will be the first time in 15 years that this Holy Door has been opened.         
        On Sunday, December 13th the Holy Door for the Archdiocese of Detroit will be opened by Archbishop Vigneron at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament before the start of the 11 AM celebration of the Eucharist.  You are invited to be part of this celebration.  This Holy Door will be available during the Year of Mercy for pilgrims from the Archdiocese to come through on their spiritual journey during this Holy Year.  Fr. J.J. Mech, rector of the Cathedral, has prepared this video inviting all in the Archdiocese to join Archbishop Vigneron for the Opening the Holy Door.         
        The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has created the attached document Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which outlines the Rite for the Opening of the Holy Door at the diocesan cathedral at the beginning of the Year of Mercy and the Rite for the Closing of the Holy Door at the end of the Year of Mercy.        
         Even as we witness these major events it might be worth reflecting on this question:  What door in my life needs to be opened during this Year of Mercy? 

Hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy – Spanish
        Paul Inwood, the composer of the official hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy, has gathered a group of translators and created the Spanish version of this hymn, available here. 
        You will find assembly editions, and scores for various combinations. If anyone needs the three equal voices version with a Spanish text, please contact Paul at pastoral.liturgist@gmail.com

News from the USCCB

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

USCCB Approves Revised Translation of Canticles for the Liturgy of the Hours
A revised translation of the Canticles of Zechariah (Benedictus), of Mary (Magnificat), and of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) has been approved by the Bishops.  The text is now being prepared for submission to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for confirmation.  According the USCCB Newsletter the new Liturgy of the Hours will most likely not be ready for implementation until 2020.

Misal Romano, Tercera Edición
As we continue to wait for confirmation from Rome of Misal Romano, the Hispanic bishops of the United States are beginning to create material for catechesis; this catechesis will include three video presentations.

An Additional Source for Low Gluten Hosts
Cavanagh Company from Greenville, Rhode Island now offers low-gluten hosts.  For a full list of providers see USCCB website
.  You will also find a full explanation of how the Church responds to persons suffering from Celiac disease and from alcohol intolerance on this site.

Pastoral Response to Pornography
At their November 2015 General Assembly, the U.S. bishops approved the formal statement "
Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography"  with an almost unanimous vote.   The text for the pastoral can be read at this site.

Archdiocese of Detroit

Synod on New Evangelization
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

Naming the members of the Synod
The next step in the Synod process is the choosing of those lay persons, priests and deacons who will be named by Archbishop Vigneron to be present at the Synod sessions.  This will probably be complete by the end of January.

Dialogue Gatherings
During February 2016, the Synod Committee will be conducting training for facilitators for the dialogue gatherings which will be conducted in the parishes of the Archdiocese from March through June 2016.  These are certainly exciting times.  Let us all keep Synod 16 in our prayers. 

Parish Intercession Teams
For those parishes interested in creating Parish Intercession Teams, Sr. Ann Shields of Renewal Ministries has two new videos on YouTube to help those interested in being part of these teams.  They are now available on Renewal Ministries YouTube channel. Scroll to the bottom and you will see a section for Sr. Ann with both parts of the presentation.

Alternately, you can click on the following links to go directly to Part 1 or Part 2.

Jubilee Year of Mercy Reconciliation Services
The Reconciliation Services for Advent 2015 are attached:
English            Spanish            Selected Music Resources
Society of St. Pius X and Other Churches
In November 2009, the Archdiocese shared information on churches in the area that claim to be Catholic but are not in communion with the Catholic Church. Please share this information with your parishioners.

Formation for Liturgical Ministers
Last week all pastors and administrators received a packet of materials prepared by the Worship Office.  The packet included all the material a parish would need to conduct formation for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, namely:
  • leader’s guide with the opening and closing prayer
      - the outline of the process for the session

      - the link to a YouTube presentation by Bishop Barron on           The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist     
  • participant handout
  • notes for a presentation if the parish chooses not to use the video
  • copy of the Old Testament and Gospel readings
  • a copy of one of the Jubilee 2000, Year 5 Essays created by the Archdiocese titled An Ever Present Gift: The Meaning of the Eucharist.  If you wish, we would be able to print and send copies of this resource for each of your ministers.
  • and a link to the process for receiving certification of the parish ministers that the pastor can use
This packet may be helpful to Worship Commissions as well and is attached here for you.


Rite of Election
In 2016 Lent begins on February 10th.  As is custom, the Rite of Election usually takes place on the first weekend of Lent.  Therefore, mark your calendar on February 13 and 14 for the Rite of Election.  The full schedule is as follows:

Saturday February 13th 11:00 a.m. Bishop Cepeda
    2:00 p.m. Bishop Byrnes
    5:00 p.m. Bishop Hanchon
Sunday February 14th 11:00 a.m. Archbishop Vigneron

The letter of explanation and the Registration form (on-line or downloadable) have been sent to the parish person named as the Director/Coordinator of the RCIA and the date for the return of the form is January 8th.  There was a slight error in the original letter.  Since there is only one celebration on Sunday, please select your 1st and 2nd choices from all the celebrations listed.

May 29th will be the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2016
Once again Archbishop Vigneron is inviting all those who will be initiated at the Easter Vigil 2016 to join other pilgrims at this celebration. He looks forward to completing their Mystagogy at this celebration honoring the Body and Blood of Christ on May 29 at 2 p.m.
You have been asking
  1. How many intentions may there be for any particular Mass?
    Canon 948 states that ordinarily there may be no more than one offering (intention) for one Mass.   However, in 1991 the Congregation for the Clergy issued a decree …Collective Intentions…which permitted the practice of taking more than one offering for a single Mass. 
    The principle rules governing this practice are:
          • The donors must be informed and agree to combine                their offerings with others in a single Mass.
         •  The time and place for the celebration of the                            Mass are to be made public.
         •  Masses for collective intentions may not be                              celebrated by a priest more than twice a week.
         •  If the total amount of the offerings for a collective                   intention exceeds the amount of the usual offering the             excess is to be given to the Ordinary for the purposes he         has specified. 

  2. May a baptized Christian be a sponsor at the baptism of a child? How is this recorded?
    A baptized Christian may not be a sponsor (godparent); however, he or she may be present at the baptism of a child as a Christian witness as long as there is a Catholic who is present and acting as the sponsor (godparent).  In addition if the catholic sponsor is male the Christian witness must be female; and if the catholic sponsor is female the Christian witness must be male.
    The name of the Christian witness is recorded in the Baptismal register followed by the words “Christian witness”.  The name is also placed on the Baptism certificate with the same notation.

  3. What are the guidelines for Weekday Communion services?
    The Committee on the Liturgy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following Pastoral Response to this question. The proper ritual for the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Holy Communion is found in Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist outside Mass. The specialized provisions of Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest are not appropriate to weekday celebrations.  Attached is a copy of the ritual that can be used.

  4. Where can I find the document that came out a few years ago for the Celebration on Sunday when the priest does not arrive for the celebration of Mass?
    This document can be found on the Office for Christian Worship website in the section called Resources.  

  5. In our parish we have a mother who is returning to the Church. Her 11-year-old daughter has never been baptized. She is just beginning the RCIA process for children. Is it necessary for her to be in the Catechumenate for a full year? Why?
    Yes it is necessary.  A child who has reached the age of reason is capable of “…receiving and nurturing a personal faith and of recognizing an obligation in conscience.” [RCIA 253]  But that requires time and all of the steps that are part of the RCIA.
     It is necessary that the child acquire habits that will serve her for the rest of her life as a fully initiated member of the God’s family.  As a catechumen she will be required:
           •  to attend the celebration of the Eucharist every Sunday
           •  she will be dismissed after the homily so that she will               develop the habit of listening to the scripture to hear               what God is saying to her
           •  gradually during the course of a year she will hear one             full Gospel…what better way to develop a relationship             with Christ than to hear, reflect, and respond to his full             story
           •  she will learn how to serve others by being given                     opportunities to join with the community in its service               projects 
           •  she will learn who we are, what we believe, how we               share our faith
           •  she will come to acknowledge her sinfulness and at the           same time come to know God’s mercy, love and                       forgiveness….this takes time

    Remember, you are preparing her for full initiation, i.e. baptism, confirmation and Eucharist.        


Resources Available from AOD Print Office
The following resources are available for purchase from the Archdioccese of Detroit Print Shop:
  • Handbook for Lectors (English and Spanish)
  • Handbook for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (English and Spanish)
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (English and Spanish)
  • Nicene Creed
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • Communion to the Sick Card for Patient
  • Layperson's Manual for Communion to the Sick
  • RCIA Inventory and Envelope (a form to collect the necessary information from each person in the RCIA process with an accompanying envelope to keep information confidential).
    • ​Call the Print Shop at (313) 237-5967 to order copies of these
How You Can Find God in Your Rearview Mirror by Ron Ward
This new book is about Evangelization and answers some of the questions that parish Evangelization Commissions have about how to get started.

Jubilee Year of Mercy by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. This resource consists of eight books which are the official catechetical resource for the Jubilee Year.


December 2015

In this Issue


"The Watchmen" Regional Discernment Groups for men 16-55: Is God calling you to serve?
Various Dates

Hearts Open to Love: Missionaries of Mercy
December 4, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Annual Christmas Concert: "For Unto Us a Child is Born"
December 4, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Jesus: Come Spend an Hour with Me: A Reflection on Eucharistic Adoration
December 5, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. Rene Goupil, Sterling Heights

Chosen: A Day of Formation
December 10, 2 - 5 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Family and Youth Center, St. Clair Shores

Come and Celebrate the Vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 11, 5 p.m. (Mass begins at 7 p.m.)
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Detroit
English | Spanish

Basic Evangelization Workshop
December 12, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
St. James, Novi

Come, Encounter Christ!
December 13 - 15
St. Matthew

Ecumenical Christmas Sing
December 13, 3-5 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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