Worship News | July 2015 Worship News | April 2016

18567885-he-is-risen-religious-words-isolated-on-white 3Easter Time
We have blessed oils, washed feet, venerated a cross, started the new fire, listened to our history as a saved people, blessed water, initiated new members and have come to the table to become so united with our Lord and Savior that we have become his presence in our world.  Now it is time to celebrate what God has done.  To shout it from the rooftops, to tell everyone we meet, our God has saved us…our God is a living, loving God.  Alleluia!

Children at Mass

Just this week I received a video that I want to share with you, especially all parents with little children.  So often we believe that little ones cannot really understand what is happening at Mass.  We try to keep them fed, and occupied with their favorite books or toys.  But when I viewed this video I became convinced that God can really touch even the little ones of the flock.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

News from the Vatican

Canonizations Announced
On March 15 Pope Francis announced the dates of the following canonizations:

  • On June 5 Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, the founder of the Marian Fathers and Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad, founder of the Bridgettine sisters will be canonized. 
  • The anxiously-awaited canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, who cared for the poor and dying on the streets of India, is scheduled for September 4.
  • And on October 16, Pope Francis will canonize Argentina's "gaucho priest", Blessed Jose Brochero, who rode a mule to reach and care for his people. Also, on this day he will canonize Blessed Jose Sanchez, a 14-year-old Mexican boy who was martyred for refusing to renounce his faith during the Cristero War of the 1920s.
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Blessed Stanislaus Blessed Mary Elizabeth Blessed Teresa Blessed Jose Brochero Blessed Jose Sanchez

News from the USCCB

catholicweddingThe Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony
Archbishop Kurtz, president of the USCCB, has issued a Decree of Publication for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.  He established that the text may be published and used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016 and its use will be mandatory as of December 30, 2016.  After that date no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the dioceses of the United States.

The USCCB and the FDLC have teamed up to offer formation on the rite.  Day-long workshops will be offered in regions across the country.  The workshop is intended for priests, deacons, parish musicians, and diocesan leaders who actively prepare couples for marriage.  It will address the following:

  • What’s new in the second edition?  What has stayed the same?
  • The Theology of Marriage
  • Duties and Ministries
  • Pastoral Preparation of Engaged Couples
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and Catechumen or non-Christian
  • Principles of Preparing the Wedding Liturgy
  • Music for the Wedding Liturgy
In addition the FDLC has prepared several resources including:
  • “The Gift of Love: A Guide to Prepare the Wedding Liturgy” for the bride and groom
  • “Presiding at the Celebration of Matrimony: A Guide for Deacons”
  • “How Wonderful the Bond: A Pastoral Companion to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony”
  • A diocesan workshop kit

The Archdiocese of Detroit will host this workshop on May 20 with a repeat performance on May 21.  Both workshops will be presented at Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  All registration will be handled on line by the FDLC Office at www.fdlc.org/marriage-rite-workshops.  The cost is $55 per person.

The Revised Order of Confirmation
The USCCB has published the revised
Order of Confirmation.  It has been published as a bilingual text with facing pages of Spanish and English.  The implementation date of the new text is Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016.
The Worship Office is in the process of preparing a revised Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy.  A copy of this resource will be sent to all parishes as soon as it its printed with extra copies available for purchase.

Other uses of the text
One of the questions that arise as the rites are revised one by one is:  Which text should be used when the text appears in multiple books?  The general principle to be followed is that an approved liturgical book may continue to be used, even if some parts of its text have been retranslated in another book, until such time as a new version of the book is approved.  However, in order to avoid confusion, it is advisable in some cases to substitute the new text.  Since most people have become accustomed to the response “And with your spirit” it would be wise to substitute this response where it does not appear in older rite books.  The Prayer at the Laying on of Hands, whose new translation includes the traditional names for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, also lends itself to substitution in older books.  This prayer is found in four locations, namely:

  • initiation of catechumens [RCIA #234]
  • initiation of children of catechetical age [RCIA #325]
  • reception of baptized Christians into full communion with the Catholic Church [RCIA #590
  • Christian initiation of the Dying [Pastoral Care of the Sick #290]
A copy of the prayer is attached.

Archdiocese of Detroit

The Holy Door
The Door of Mercy is open to the public on the first Friday of every month 9:00am – 2:00pm and every Sunday afternoon 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  Groups of 15 + may make an appointment for other times on the Cathedral website.  

What has to be done to gain an indulgence when visiting the Holy Door?
  1. In order to be capable of gaining an indulgence one must be baptized, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the completion of the prescribed works.
  2. To gain a plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to fulfill the following three conditions:
    1. sacramental confession
    2. Eucharistic Communion
    3. prayer for the intention of the Holy Father [one Our Father, one Hail Mary, or any other prayers
A plenary indulgence can be acquired only once in the course of a day.

The Joy of Mercy: Forgiving and Forgiven
Recently, I came across a booklet written by Fr. Joe Kempf that gives 30 days of real life reflections on forgiving.  Each day begins with a gospel quote followed  by a reflection.  Thought you might enjoy it.  Here are some sample pages.

Come, Encounter Christ
These evenings of inspirational preaching, live music Eucharistic adoration and Confession continue to be hosted by various parishes in the Archdiocese and are open to all.  The schedule of remaining experiences is attached here.

Adult Confirmation at the Cathedral
It is the custom in the Archdiocese of Detroit to celebrate Adult Confirmation at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday and the feast of Christ the King.  This year Pentecost falls on May 15.  Information and registration is sent from the Office of the Archbishop.  Look for this information in Parish Mail.

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Parish Dialogue Gatherings
Prior to the Synod in November, the people of the Archdiocese are invited to attend a parish Dialogue Gathering. The purpose of these gatherings is to hear directly from the faithful and identify the most important issues that should be addressed at the Synod. These gatherings will encourage open, honest, and respectful sharing of each participant’s perspective. Responses from the gatherings will be recorded and serve as the foundation for Synod 16.

The gatherings will be hosted by parishes and take place in local churches, schools, or other gathering spaces throughout the Archdiocese from March through June 2016. We look forward to your participation!  You can find more information and a list of sites for these gatherings on the Archdiocesan website. Check this page often since more sites are being added daily.

Calendar Alert  
April 17 World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Suggested intercessions and the Prayer for Vocations are attached.
April 25 Feast of St. Mark
The Order of Blessing of Fields and Flocks may be celebrated today. See Book of Blessings Chapter 26 #966-984.
May 1 Sixth Sunday of Easter
Since the feast of the Ascension is transferred to the seventh Sunday of Easter in the Archdiocese of Detroit, the second reading and the Gospel from the seventh Sunday of Easter may be read today.
May 2, 3, 4 The Order of Blessing Seeds at Planting Time may be celebrated on these days. See Book of Blessings Chapter 27 #986-1001.
May 5 Easter Weekday. This is not a holy day of obligation.
May 8 Ascension of the Lord
The Feast of the Ascension is the primary focus of this day. Including a petition for mothers in the Universal Prayer would be an appropriate way of recognizing mothers on this day. Also the Prayer Over the People from the Book of Blessings #1728 may be used.
May 14 Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the Vigil Mass for Pentecost at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 7:00 p.m.
May 15 Pentecost Sunday
The Easter Candle is lit at all of the masses today. The Easter season ends with the conclusion of Vespers. If Vespers is not celebrated, the Easter Candle may be carried in procession at the end of (each) Mass as a sign that the Easter Season has ended.
The Blessing of Neophytes may be prayed today.
May 29 Feast of Corpus Christi
2:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

All those who have been initiated this year have been invited to join Archbishop Vigneron and other pilgrims at the Cathedral for this celebration.

Initiation at the Easter Vigil 2016
This year a total of 1025 persons were fully initiated at 152 parishes of the Archdiocese.  Of these 435 were fully initiated, 380 came into full communion with the Catholic Church, and 210 baptized adult Catholics completed their initiation with Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.  An additional 21 parishes have catechumens and  candidates,  whom they discerned were not ready. They are continuing their conversion journey until the next Easter Vigil.  

Valid Baptisms
The Tribunal and the Office of Worship have created a revised list of churches which perform valid baptisms. Also on the list are those churches which do not perform baptisms recognized as valid by the Church.  Much investigation has been done to determine whether the three conditions necessary for the valid baptism were adhered to, namely:
  • Real water must be used and administered by pouring or immersion.  Sprinkling is also considered a valid form of administering baptism, provided the water touches the person being baptized.
  • The words:  I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, must be used.
  • The minister of baptism must intend to perform the baptism, i.e., the minister must intend what the Church intends and means by baptism.
  • For adults, the person must want to be baptized.
RCIA Topics
Plans are underway now to hold sessions for the RCIA Topics on Saturdays of late June and July.  Please remember, these sessions are open to all members of RCIA Team members.  It is important for everyone walking the conversion journey with catechumens to have a good understanding of the process and their role in it.  Flyers will be coming soon.

You Have Been Asking
  1. ​​​I will be having a serious operation and I am preparing an Advance Directive for the hospital. Are there any specific directives of the Church for end-of-life issues that I should be aware of?
    Yes.  Basically, as Catholics we have a moral obligation to take “ordinary” means to preserve life, but no one is obliged to take “extraordinary” means.  For a more complete answer you can download a pamphlet produced by the Michigan Catholic Conference. This pamphlet contains:
    • Guidelines regarding end of life decisions…the Catholic Church’s teaching and direction as a context for these decisions
    • Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare…a document creating a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare decisions
    • Acceptance by Patient Advocate
    • Wallet Identification Card
  2. I have always been under the impression that the practice of "intinction" is not an acceptable way of receiving the Eucharist. Is this no longer the church's position?
    In 2002 the USCCB issued the following document that accompanied the New Roman  Missal Third Typical Edition. The document, Norms for the Distribution and   Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America, includes the following paragraphs:
    49. Holy Communion may be distributed by intinction in the following manner: "Each communicant, while holding a Communion-plate under the mouth, approaches the Priest who holds a vessel with the sacred particles, with a minister standing at his side and holding the chalice. The Priest takes a host, intincts it partly in the chalice and, showing it, says: 'The Body and Blood of Christ.' The communicant replies, 'Amen,' receives the Sacrament in the mouth from the Priest, and then withdraws."
     50. The communicant, including the extraordinary minister, is never allowed to self-communicate, even by means of intinction. Communion under either form, bread or wine,   must always be given by an ordinary or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. More>>

  3. Recently I became aware that the Archdiocese has a form that can be used when a person does not have and/or cannot obtain a baptism certificate. May I have a copy of this form to keep at the parish so that it can be used when needed?
    NO.  The form you refer to is called an Affidavit Form.  It is issued on a case-by-case basis after a thorough investigation has been conducted by the Worship Office and the Tribunal.  It may never be copied, either by scanning or reproducing.  If a situation arises at the parish please contact St. Georgette at 313-237-6064 for help.  Most situations are resolved in a matter of days


Resources Available from AOD Print Office
A number of parish resources are available for purchase from the Archdiocese of Detroit Print Shop. Visit them on the web or phone them at (313) 237-5967.

LTP Virtual Workshops 2016
This is an affordable, convenient, and interactive option for training parish ministers. For more information, visit http://www.ltp.org/virtualworkshops. Workshops are offered in the following areas of ministry: 
Living the Easter Call: Discipleship and Mission
The USCCB is offering this comprehensive plan for the period of Mystagogy.  You can access free sessions here.  

April 2016

In this Issue


Discernment as a Lifestyle
April 14, 2016
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Encore: Remarriage Workshops
April 16, 2016
10:00 am – 2:30 pm (all couples)
3:00 pm – 5:00 (couples with children)
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
Royal Oak

Monteverdi 1610 Vespers
April 24, 2016
3 pm
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Chew and Chat Liturgical Musician Certification
May 4, 2016
12 Noon – 2 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Pentecost Vigil
May 14, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Order of Celebrating Matrimony Workshops
May 20, 2016 repeated May 21, 2016
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Unlock the Treasures of Jesus Christ Within
Catholic Women’s Conference
May 28, 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
SS. Cyril & Methodius Church
The Live Free Conference
June 10 and 11, 2016
SS. Cyril & Methodius Church

Notre Dame Center for Liturgy Symposium
Liturgy and the New Evangelization

June 20 – 23, 2016
Center for Liturgy, Notre Dame IN
World Youth Day for those unable to travel to Poland
July 30 -31, 2016
St. Mary’s Orchard Lake

Engaging the Young Church Conference
September 30 – October 1, 2016
St. Anastasia Church

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