Unleash the Gospel and the RCIA
Recently, Pope Francis said:
“ If one doesn’t have a sense of humor, it’s very difficult to be happy; it’s necessary not to take oneself too seriously….A sense of humor is fundamental to be able to breathe, because it’s linked to the capacity to enjoy life, to be enthusiastic…”
As I reflected on this quote I thought of Archbishop Vigneron’s second Foundational Conviction in Unleash the Gospel.
“…the Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit is resolved to obey the Holy Spirit and be made by him a band of joyful missionary disciples…..through personal encounter with Jesus Christ (all) will embrace his or her identity as a son or daughter of God and, in the power of Holy Spirit, will be formed and sent forth as a joyful missionary disciple…”
In the past artists depicted a very serious looking Jesus, a suffering Jesus, a solemn looking Jesus. The first time I saw a picture of a laughing Jesus, just like the one above, I remember feeling …He is just like us. I imagine him smiling, laughing to himself, at the reaction of the disciples to the overabundance of fish they catch when he tells them which side of boat to cast the net from. I imagine him with the children that he demanded the disciples not to send away but to send to him. I see him taking them into his arms, holding them close, telling them stories, and laughing as we all do at the questions of little children.
Yes, even as we and all our Neophytes begin our journey of becoming a “band of joyful missionary disciples...” we must never forget a sense of humor. With Pope Francis let us often pray this prayer of St. Thomas More.
Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs, and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I”.
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.
Agents for the New Creation
Archbishop Vigneron believes that “our communities are ready for renewal” and that there is a “readiness to move beyond the ways we have always done things and think about new ways”. He believes that the first step in any renewal process is repentance from sin.
In the first of a series of pastoral notes …Agents for the New Creation…he provides spiritual guidance on the sins of racism. This is especially appropriate this week which marks 75 years since racial tensions contributed to three days of civil unrest in Detroit. Click here to read and meditate on this pastoral note.
The RCIA Topics are scheduled to be presented the week of August 13 – 17. See flyer attached. Please remember these presentations will be valuable for those who are coordinators of the RCIA and also for members of your RCIA Teams. It is important that everyone who is working with catechumens and candidates understand that this is a process of CONVERSION TO CHRIST. This process provides the seekers with “personal, living encounter with Christ…rather than a faith reduced to teaching and moralism.” The process is more about sharing our faith and discerning conversion than it is about teaching theology or morality.
National Gathering in Chicago
The 2nd Annual National Gathering on Christian Initiation will be held in Chicago July 5 & 6, 2018. It is titled: To Emmaus and Back: Liturgy and Catechesis. If you remember from last year the group that attended from the Archdiocese of Detroit came back with a fuller understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults which they shared with us and put into place in their parishes. This year’s focus looks exciting as well.
The RCIA was the first rite issued after Vatican II that captured a vision of the RCIA as a real conversion journey…a journey like that of those disciples on the way to Emmaus who were taught by Christ himself all that was contained in the scriptures about the promised messiah. This would be a wonderful opportunity for our priests and RCIA teams to hone their own understanding of the RCIA and the importance of appropriate celebrations of the rites during the process. To register: www.NGCL.org
News from the USCCB
FDLC will be publishing the following resources this summer include to assist pastors and parishioners as they begin using the Misal Romano:
Our Sacrifice of Praise:
A Collection of Resources for Liturgical Formation
Nuestro Sacrificio de Alabanza:
Una colección de recursos para la formación litúrgica
These camera-ready resources will be ideal for use as bulletin inserts, homily helps, or handouts at adult education workshops, junior and senior high school classes and liturgical minister training. Visit the FDLC website at www.fdlc.org for more information.
- A comprehensive collection of thirty-two-- two page articles, on the Misal Romano, on general liturgical catechesis, and on the parts of the Mass.
- Appendices include a select bibliography, a vocabulary list, and sample reflection questions
Q. Is any publisher offering a discount on the new USA edition of the Misal Romano?
Only two publishers will be printing the Misal Romano, tercera edición.
- The Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN) is offering a special discount to everyone who registers for the FDLC workshops. Click on the special link https://litpress.org/LP/MisalRomano/Index and enter the coupon code FDLCMR. You will receive 20% off and free shipping!
Spring 2018 Meeting of the USCCB
- Catholic Book Publishing is also offering special pricing (20% off) to diocesan offices who are buying multiple copies. Please contact Phil Etienne at https://catholicbookpublishing.com/read/misal-romano.
The Committee on Divine Worship proposed two action items for the bishops to consider, namely:
- Proposed translation of the 2014 – 2016 Roman Missal and Liturgy of the Hours Supplement. There have been additions to the liturgical calendar…St. Mary Magdalen, St. John XXIII, and St. John Paul II. Initially, provisional prayers and readings were given. The bishops approved the new text that will replace the prayers that have been used. Once they receive confirmatio by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline the new supplement will be published and the provisional texts can no longer be used.
- Proposed translation of the Liturgy of the hours: Proper Time.
The Committee for Divine Worship and ICEL have been working for years on this translation and have targeted 2020 for its completion.The translation presented for the bishops’ approval included:
- The non-scriptural parts of the readings
- Translation of the Benedictus and the Magnificat
- Translation of the antiphons for most of the year
This translation will be submitted for confirmatio by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
You can read the full vote on these and other items on the agenda of the meeting click here.
For Pastors and Worship Commissions
Obtaining Low-Gluten Hosts
In the dioceses of the United States, there are four approved distributors of low-gluten hosts and two of mustum known to the Secretariat of Divine Worship. (Any additional low-gluten host and/or mustum distributors are strongly encouraged to contact the Secretariat so than an up-to-date listing may be obtained.) See attached for contact information.
To help parishes with their future plans the liturgical calendar for the remainder of 2018 is attached.
Memorial of Blessed Solanus Casey
On July 30th the Archdiocese will celebrate for the first time the Memorial of Blessed Solanus Casey.
Attached is a copy in Spanish and in English of the Collect for this celebration
Q & A
1. Is it possible to schedule a wedding for December 8th, 2018?
December 8th is always a holy day of obligation. A couple can get married on most days of the liturgical year with the celebration of Mass, however on our most holy days (holy days of obligation) there are restrictions.
2. What are the restrictions?
- The Ritual Mass for Matrimony may not be used….the Mass prayers and readings of the day must be used without change :
- from Holy Thursday to Easter
- Corpus Christi
- Holydays of Obligation
3. Does attendance at the 4pm Mass on December 8th, the holy day of obligation, fulfill the Sunday obligation?
- When the Ritual Mass is celebrated during Advent or Lent the special nature of these liturgical seasons needs to be taken into consideration by the couple. The couple should refrain from too much pomp or display.
As Catholics we have an obligation to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist on a holy day of obligation and we have an obligation to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday. If a person has attended a morning celebration on December 8th, and then participates in the evening Mass on December 8, the evening Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation.
4. May the Gloria be sung during the Sprinkling Rite at Mass?
NO. Sing to the Lord (2007) gives us the following directive:
#150. The Gloria may not be moved to a different part of the Mass than the one assigned by the Roman Missal. It may not, for example, be used in place of the Entrance chant or song, or during the sprinkling with blessed water.
The Roman Missal gives us the following directive:
Only after the Amen to the prayer that completes the Sprinkling Rite should the «Gloria in excelsis» begin. This is what the Roman Missal, 2002, appendix II, rubrics 5 and 6 directs.
5. Can a person in the Annulment process still receive the sacraments?
NO. Until the annulment process is completed one does not know whether the previous marriage was valid or not. Remember, there are instances when an annulment cannot be granted. Until the previous spouse has died the person is validly married to him/her. Therefore, the sacraments of initiation cannot be received until the impediment no longer exists.
6. May those receiving Confirmation wear robes and stoles?
Confirmation gowns may be worn as a remembrance of baptism. However, stoles are absolutely forbidden. This is not a new directive. It has been in effect since the 1980’s by the authority of the USCCB (United States Council of Catholic Bishops). Neither the pastor nor the Coordinator of Confirmation for the parish has any authority to countermand this directive.
The stole is a symbol of the office of the priest. Confirmandi are not receiving ordination at their confirmation. They are receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Nothing that resembles a stole may be worn….including a confirmation gown that has a border on the front resembling a stole.
Archive Request Forms
Steve Wejroch, the Archdiocesan Archivist has asked that parishes use these forms to request a certificate of the sacraments you have received when the record of them is now housed in the Archives.
The following forms are also available:
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 the news at aod.org/parishmail.