Worship News | October 2016 Worship News | November 2016

n0nxtj0c3i627crnv6ufaq5kp9521uv3It is with heavy hearts that at the end of November the Archdiocese of Detroit will say Farewell to Archbishop Byrnes who has been appointed by Pope Francis to be the Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam.  Our prayers go with you Archbishop Byrnes.  Know that if there is anything we can do to support you in your new ministry all you have to do is ask!

Synod 16 is just a little over two weeks away.  The members of the Synod have attended training sessions introducing them to the propositions proposed by the faithful of Archdiocese.  They have been instructed to spend time praying over these propositions and listening carefully for the movement of the Holy Spirit within them.  It is the Holy Spirit who will be guiding all of the members of the Synod as they listen, share, dialogue, offer differing points of view, negotiate and finally come to consensus they will offer to Archbishop Vigneron about the future of ministry and growth in the Archdiocese of Detroit. 
Archbishop Vigneron has called upon all of the faithful of Detroit to storm heaven in prayer for all the members of the Synod.  In his letter of October 27th addressed to all Pastors and Parish Staff, Archbishop has offered intentions for the prayer of the faithful and a Novena to the Holy Spirit.  Additionally, all the faithful are being invited to add their prayers and other spiritual acts into a Spiritual Bouquet, which we will present to the Archbishop as part of the Synod. Synod Prayer cards have been delivered to all parishes.  It is time for all of us to pray that God reveal what is his will for the future of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

News from the Vatican

Cremation and the Order of Christian Funerals

On October 25, Pope Francis approved the Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo, regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation. 
The instruction reviewed for Catholics what the Church believes about the meaning of death, and the resurrection of the body.  The part of the instruction that caused the most stir in the community was the section on cremation.  Mainly for economic reasons, the church has allowed the bodies of the faithful to be cremated and has created additions to the Funeral Mass to reverence these remains.  But, since fn6kq17c9sbubq5gajxovz1mvq28fik0cremation has been allowed, some practices have arisen which are contrary to what we believe.  This instruction addresses these practices in order to correct them and gives the following directives:
  1. the church prefers that the bodies of the deceased be buried in a sacred place
  2. when, for legitimate motives, cremation is chosen, the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place; this will ensure that they will continue to be in the prayers of their family and the Christian community and prevents the faithful departed from being forgotten
  3. It is not permitted to keep the ashes of the faithful in the home
  4. It is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful
  5. It is not permitted to separate and preserve the ashes in mementos, jewelry or other objects
The cremated remains may be buried in a grave, entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium or even buried at sea in an urn, coffin, or other worthy container.

In  2013 Archbishop Vigneron issued a pastoral letter on funerals, In Union with Christ's Dying and Rising: Our Catholic Funeral Rites as a Sharing in the Paschal Mystery including a list of frequently asked questions.  It might be well to review these valuable resources.
News from the USCCB for Pastors and Worship Commissions

National Bible Week
National Bible Week will be celebrated by Catholics across the nation November 13 to 19.  This year’s theme is:  “The Bible: A Book of Mercy”.  The USCCB has created resources to assist parishes, schools and individuals to celebrate this week.  Click here for resources that the USCCB has available for parishes in English and in Spanish.

US Bishops to Meet November 14 -16
The bishops of the United States will meet in Baltimore November 14 to 16 for their general assembly.  The following items are on their agenda:
  • Discuss ways to promote peace in U.S. communities torn apart by violence
  • Vote on ways to implement priority areas for their conference
  • Elect new leaders of their conference
They will also receive an update on preparations for the convocation of Catholic leaders from all across the country taking place next July in Orlando, Florida and focusing on “The Joy of the Gospel in America”.  This convocation will bring together key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from across the country “to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time,” and “form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples”.

National Vocation Awareness Week ~ November 6 – 12
National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the U.S. dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these vocations. Click here for resources your parish can use.

Archdiocese of Detroit

Policy for Eastern Catholic Children in our Catholic Schools
There are a number of Eastern Catholic children in our parish schools and religious education programs.  These children are under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of the Eastern Catholic Church to which they belong.

If the parents request that these Eastern Catholic children be part of the process of preparation for Penance and First Holy Communion with their peers in the parish school or religious education program, the parents are to be directed to first request permission from the pastor of the Eastern Catholic Church.  This permission should be in writing.  Many of these Eastern Catholic children had previously received Holy Communion at infant Baptism, which is another reason to check with the Eastern Catholic pastor.

These Eastern Catholic families will need to be informed that the reception of Holy Communion for the first time from a Latin priest does not constitute a change of ascription from their Eastern Church to the Latin Church (i.e., that they remain Eastern Catholics).  The children will still be members of that particular Eastern Catholic Church. 

The parish where an Eastern Catholic child was baptized should, as a courtesy, be notified of the fact of reception of first Holy Communion in the Latin Church.

After the reception of Penance and Holy Communion, Eastern Catholics can regularly receive these Sacraments, as well as Anointing of the Sick, from a Latin priest per canon 844.

Adjustment of Policy for Chaldean Catholics

The Chaldean Eparchy responsible for Chaldean Catholics in Michigan does not require permission of the Chaldean pastor to admit Chaldean children to Catechetical formation or for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance and first Holy Communion.

Bishop Kalabat has given general, standing permission for those occasions when the parents of Chaldean Catholic children ask to have their children prepared for Penance and first Holy Communion in a Latin parish.  Bishop Kalabat only asks that the Chaldean pastor be informed after the children have received these sacraments.
Attached is a list of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Detroit.  Please note Eastern Orthodox Churches are not in full communion with the Latin Catholic Church.  Children of Eastern Orthodox parents may not be prepared for Holy Communion in Catholic parishes.

Directives for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

There has been some confusion over what permissions Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive when they are commissioned.  This may be a good time to review these permissions as noted below.
  • The EMHC is commissioned to serve at ONE parish…the one named on the certificate received.
  • When the EMHC has finished distributing the Body of Christ he/she brings the vessel to the altar and places it on the altar.  Do not remove any of the consecrated bread.  The priest and/or deacon will either consume the remaining hosts or place them in the ciborium and carry them to the tabernacle.
  • If the EMHC is present at a different parish than the one named on his/her certificate he/she must receive permission from the pastor/or celebrant to serve as an EMHC at the celebration of Mass.
  • The EMHC may only bring Holy Communion to the homebound members of the parish in which he/she is commissioned.  If the EMHC is visiting another parish he/she must receive permission from the pastor to bring Holy Communion to a member of that parish or a family member who is visiting.
  • When bringing Holy Communion to the sick the EMHC will go directly to the home of the sick person.  Do not stop for any errands.
  • The EHMC may not give a blessing to anyone in the context of Mass. (Book of Blessings #18)
John Paul II Scholarships
The Augustine Institute plans to name four John Paul II scholars for the entering class next August.  Each of the scholars for the Graduate School of the Augustine Institute will receive a scholarship and work as an intern for one of the Institute’s programs or for another Catholic apostolate in Denver as they complete their two-year course of studies and training.  Full scholarships are guaranteed to renew so long as satisfactory progress toward the degree is maintained (3.0 cumulative GPA). Check here for requirements, selection process, and application.

Calendar Alert

December 11 and 12, 2016
The 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:

18yhk1aq7licel0kf9fm49jtqz6zhs5lMass 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.

e6w893gf561b55t61oq9gc34kygwh0nrThank you for your responses to the Survey recently sent.  The information you provided will help me to place prospective candidates for the RCIA in a parish that fits their particular needs. If you have misplaced the survey form I am attaching one here.

Catechized and Un-catechized Candidates  Is there a difference? Yes. There is a difference. 

The first thing we have to remember is: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the rite used to initiate adults into the Church.  It is meant to be the culmination of the evangelization efforts of a parish community who by their example and sharing of faith have reached out to the unbaptized in their community.   It is only by exception that the bishops of the United States agreed to include some baptized adults in the process.  However, the bishops made it very clear in the National Statutes for the Catechumenate that baptized candidates should never be treated as catechumens.  Let us look at these statutes. (They are located in Appendix III of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.)
#30. Those who have already been baptized in another Church or ecclesial Community should not be treated as catechumens or so designated. Their doctrinal and spiritual preparation for reception into full Catholic communion should be determined according to the individual case, that is, it should depend on the extent to which the baptized person has led a Christian life within a community of faith and been appropriately catechized to deepen his or her adherence to the Church.

#31. Those who have been baptized but have received litle Christian upbringing may participate in the elements of catechumenal formation so far as necessary and appropriate, but should not take part in rites intended for the unbaptized catechumens.

#32. The reception of candidates into the communion of the Catholic Church should ordinarily take place at the Sunday Eucharist of the parish communtiy
So what is the difference between a catechized and an uncatechized candidate?

Catechized Candidate
A catechized Christian candidate is one who has been living as an active part of the faith community of his/her baptism:  This candidate:
  • identifies with the traditions and faith system of the community of his/her  baptism
  • has the habit of Sunday worship
  • is familiar with the bible and may or may not read it regularly
  • is familiar with other members of his/her faith community
  • is a person who prays
  • understands and may or may not be involved in community outreach
Read here for further information.
Uncatechized Candidate
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 community outreach
  • may or may not be a person who prays
Read here for further information.

The AOD Print Shop has the following resources available for parishes.
RCIA Pre-catechumenate Questionnaire
  • Initial Interview Forms – 25 cents ea.
  • printed envelope to track information – 15 cents ea.

Resources Available
  • Resources available from the AOD Print Shop
  • Living the Word: Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, World Library Publications, 1-800-621-5197.
    The commentary on the Scriptures in this book would prove an invaluable and economical tool for RCIA catechists. 
  • The Journey/El Camino, Paulist Evangelization Ministries
    If you are look for something after Alpha ... watch the introductory video to learn more about the program.
  • The Cantor as Animator of the Assembly: Bringing the Liturgy to Life, Liturgical Training Publications, Chicago, IL
    This is a virtual workshop for your cantors and music ministers that will be presented on November 21 by Daniel Girardot and Berta Sabrio. Participants may register as individuals or a parish/vicariate/etc. may register for a closed session for a group of cantors. Learn more here.
For Priests and Deacons
  • To All the World: Preaching and the New Evangelization, Michael Connors, CSC, editor
    This book draws together contributions from a variety of expert voices to reflect on the importance of liturgical preaching today. To All the World combines contemporary scholarship with pastoral practicality in one volume by well-known practitioners in the ministry of preaching including Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Honora Werner, OP, Paul Turner, Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, Karla J. Bellinger, and Cardinal Donald Wuerl. It will serve as a perfect companion to the United States Bishops' document, Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily, and will be of interest to all those who share the pope's vision and call to be evangelists of the Word to all the world.
Ritual Editions of the Order for 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 x9; 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.
he Office for Christian Worship will have copies of all these publications available for priests to review at the clergy gatherings in November… at the Seminary for the Clergy Reconciliation celebration on Nov. 28th.  These copies will also be available for review during November in the Office for Christian Worship.

Q & A

1. In our parish we are using the attached Rite of Enrollment for candidates who are preparing for reception of Confirmation. We want to be sure that we are not confusing anyone by this and/or the Rites used in the RCIA process. Please advise. 

The Rite of Enrollment for Confirmation is something that has been in use around the country for many years.  The value of such a rite is that it seriously asks the whole community to assume some responsibility for the initiation of these candidates.  I do have some reservations with this particular Rite of Enrollment.  Let me outline them for you.
  • In the section Affirmation by the Sponsors and Assembly
  • Take out the paragraph beginning with So I announce…it is totally unnecessary
  • Put the section The celebrant addresses the sponsors next
  • do not ask sponsors to place a hand on the shoulder…this is a sacramental sign and will be used when the candidate receives the sacrament of Confirmation
  • after the two questions to sponsors the celebrant addresses the assembly
  • then he addresses the candidates
  • do not use the prayer with hands extended over the candidates…this also is part of the sacramental celebration
  • end with the paragraph that comes before the directive “with outstretched hands…”
  • Add…let us stand and together profess our faith
  • Then Mass continues as usual
Attached is a copy of the adjusted Rite of Enrollment.

2. Why did my mother not let my children receive Holy Communion at her Catholic Church when they had been through all the proper steps in our Lutheran church?

Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of oneness in faith, life, and worship.  The Lutheran Church is not in union with us.  Some of what  they believe and practice is contrary to what we believe and practice.  We welcome them to be with us at Mass.  We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us.  However, because of the differences in our faith and practice about the Eucharist, in ordinary circumstances, members of the Lutheran Church, and other churches not in full communion, do not receive Holy Communion with us.  I am attaching a very good document from the bishops of England titled One Bread, One Body.  I think it provides a clear catechesis about why we do not permit inter-communion in the Catholic Church.

3. I teach in Detroit. Our district has policies on gang recognition. I want clarification on how to hold, wear, or not wear a rosary. Can you help?

The rosary is a scripture-based prayer. It is never meant to be worn as a piece of jewelry. If you go to this website you will find information for how the beads of the rosary are used to help a person meditate on the mysteries of the Faith.

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



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

Awaken Ministry
November 18
7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
SS. Cyril and Methodius
Sterling Heights

Prayers for Christians in the Middle East
November 21
7:00 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 9
5:00 p.m. - Welcome, Rosary, Songs, and Festivities
7:00 p.m. - Mass
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Awaken Ministry
December 9
7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Gaurdian Angels

Holiday Celebration with the Detroit Children's Choir
December 11
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Visit the worship events page



To Receive Worship News: If you received this email, you are on my distribution list.
If any member of the parish Worship Commission would like to be added to the list to receive these updates, please e-mail us at worshipoffice@aod.org or sign up on our website.


Click to view this email in a browser

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe

Archdiocese of Detroit
12 State Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.

Try Email Marketing with VerticalResponse!