Last year at this time we were preparing for the celebration of the beatification of one our own, Blessed Solanus Casey. Over 60,000 people gathered at Ford Field on that October day in solemn prayer.
The most awesome memory I have of the day was leaving the celebration. The people walked almost silently in the rain …still awed by what we had just experienced.
This year we are faced with a different scenario. Over the past months we have been reading and hearing about revelations from around the world… about priests, bishops, even cardinals who have used their authority and power to manipulate and sexually abuse others. And it has created distrust, doubt, fear, anger and suspicion of all priests.
These are difficult times for the Church. But they can be times of growth in faith also. Those who knew Solanus said that he had an unconditional trust in God and a belief that good would come out of any situation. One of his favorite expressions was “Give thanks ahead of time.” In other words, trust God and give thanks no matter what happens; God never abandons you. Being able to recognize the presence of God in all events helps to build faith.
Everything that happens—from the pleasant to the painful—presents a spiritual opportunity: God calls you to something good and holy in every experience. Solanus Casey teaches that one thing we can try to do at all times is to be thankful. In the meantime it is important to pray for our priests.
Prayer for Priests
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen.
Blessed Solanus was known to say: “Do not pray for easy lives;
pray to be stronger people.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers;
pray for powers equal to your tasks.
The FDLC has prepared the attached prayers that can be used to pray for the victims of sexual abuse.
The following is the schedule for the Rite of Election in 2019:
The RCIA Topics will be offered on Saturdays once or twice a month beginning in November 2018. The full schedule and registration information is attached. Because we need to prepare handouts for each of the participants we are asking that you register as soon as possible. All RCIA Team members and/or prospective team members are invited to join us to be prepared to share your gifts of helping catechumens and candidates journey toward full initiation in the Church.
News from the USCCB
Consultation on the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Committee on Divine Worship has begun the preparation of a new English edition of the RCIA. The title has been changed to Order of Christian Initiation of Adults to better reflect that the book contains many rites which are celebrated as a person journeys toward full initiation. As each of the former sacramental books of rites are revised we notice that each of them has been renamed an Order.
In preparation for this revision The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate conducted a survey that looked at how the statutes were being implemented. Another consultation was done by the FDLC that contained suggestions for improving the National Statutes. The National Statutes, which appear as Appendix III at the very end of the RCIA book, are the laws that govern the way the RCIA is to be done in the United States.
With the results of these consultations the Secretariat of Divine Worship would like to hear from you about your experiences with the process of the RCIA and in particular with the ritual book and the National Statutes:
In your reply, please tell us a little bit about yourself:
- What have you found helpful and effective?
- What difficulties have you encountered?
- What changes would you recommend?
- Do you have other feedback concerning the RCIA (book and/or process)?
Through December 31, 2018, responses can be e-mailed to RCIA@usccb.org or sent by regular mail to: USCCB – Divine Worship, 3211 Fourth Street, NE, Washington, DC @0017, ATTN: RCIA Consultation.
- How have you been involved in RCIA ministry?
- In what capacity and for how long?
- Have you gone through the RCIA process yourself?
- What was you experience like?
News from the Vatican
Pope Francis will canonize Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero October 14th.
||Pope Paul VI
“The world calls for, and expects from us, simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility, detachment, and self-sacrifice. Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man.”
||Archbishop Oscar Romero
"His martyrdom is what we see, but behind his martyrdom is a life of holiness and heroic virtue that marked his life, and that few know about," said Msgr. Urrutia.
|Others who will be canonized on October 14th include the following:
||Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio
At the beatification of Nunzio Sulprizio, Pope Paul VI said: “He will tell you that you, young people, can regenerate within you the world in which Providence has called you to live and that it is up to you, the first ones, to devote yourself to the salvation of a society which needs precisely strong and intrepid souls.”
||Blessed Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa
She founded the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church whose mission, she said, was: “in loving, obeying and cooperating with the church in its work of preaching the Gospel to every creature. That is our life, that is who we are.”
||Blessed Vincenzo Romano
Admired for his simple way of life and his efforts in particular to look after the wellbeing of orphaned children, he was nicknamed “the worker priest” by the local community.
||Blessed Francesco Spinelli
was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and
the founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.
||Blessed Catherine Kasper
Already as a child Catherine was sensitive to the needs of the poor in her village.
As a young woman she began to help the poor and the abandoned and visited the sick. Her works of charity attracted other women of the village and with the encouragement of her spiritual director; she formed an Association of Charity.
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 that an up-to-date listing may be maintained.) Click here for information.
Faculty for a priest/pastor to confirm
We often receive questions about when a priest may confirm. Attached here are the faculties that may be exercised within the territorial limits of the Province of Detroit as applicable.
Society of St. Pius X
The Office for Christian Worship has received some calls from faithful Catholics asking about some churches in the Archdiocese of Detroit that claim to be Roman Catholic but in fact at this time are not in full communion with Rome. Pastors are asked to share the attached list of these churches so that our faithful are fully informed.
The attached Collect for the Feast of St. John Paul II on October 22nd does not appear in the Roman Missal 2011.
Marriages on December 8th
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.
What are the restrictions?
Does attendance at the 4 pm Mass on December 8th, the holy day of obligation, fulfill the Sunday obligation?
- The Ritual Mass for Matrimony may not be used ... the Mass prayers and readings of the day must be used without change on the following days:
- from Holy Thursday to Easter
- Corpus Christi
- Holy Days of 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.
Q & A
1. What does the Church require for the baptism of an adopted child?
The archdiocesan policy is:
- the baptism should occur after the adoption is completed
- the parents should present you with a copy of the adoption papers
- after the adoption is completed the adopted parents have all of the rights and responsibilities of natural parents
- baptism may be scheduled as soon as the adoption is complete
- when recording the baptism the following information should be recorded:
Do not record the names of the birth parents. In the notation section, simply write “adopted”. Any certificate you issue for this person will not make mention of the fact of the adoption.
2. At a celebration of matrimony, who signs the marriage record?
- name of the adopted child
- names of the adoptive parents
- date and place of birth
- place and date of baptism
- name of the minister of baptism
#78 of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass states:
When the Mass is concluded, the witnesses and the Priest sign the Marriage record. This is the record for the Church. The priest also signs the Marriage license as the presider at the celebration of marriage.
3. With the approach of flu season, what are the regulations for reception of communion at the celebration of the Eucharist?
Influenza and the Liturgy
The flu season is upon us once more and some of our parishioners are very concerned about the spread of germs especially from some of the liturgical practices at Mass. Hopefully the following suggestions will help with these concerns.
- To reduce and/or eliminate contracting the flu be sure that you get your flu shot in a timely manner.
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently and/or sanitize them using a hand sanitizer. “Correct” hand washing is the single most important habit that can help prevent the spread of infectious disease.
- Be sure you get sufficient rest, and if you are sick: coughing, sneezing, sniffling or generally not feeling well stay home.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control said that the possibility of catching illnesses from a communion cup is really not something that the public should be panicked about.
- Priests, deacons and all liturgical ministers should carefully wash their hands and/or use a hand sanitizer before and after Mass.
- Communion should be distributed in the hand during this season to avoid contact of the minister’s hands with the mouth and saliva of communicants.
- All who are sick: coughing, sneezing, sniffling or generally not feeling well should not approach the Chalice to receive the Precious Blood out of a sincere concern for the health and well-being of others.
- If someone is sick, please refrain from holding hands during the Our Father. All should be encouraged to pray the Our Father with hands raised to God …the Orans position.
- If someone is sick do not hesitate not to shake hands at the Kiss of Peace. It might be prudent to tell your neighbors before the start of Mass that you have a cold and will not be shaking hands only because of that. Perhaps a bow of the head and the greeting “Peace be with you”, could be shared with those around instead.
“In summary, the risk for infectious disease transmission by a common communion cup is very low, and appropriate safeguards – that is wiping the interior and exterior rim between communicants, use of care to rotate the cloth during use, and use of a clean cloth for each service – would further diminish this risk,” the statement read in part. “In addition, churches may wish to consider advising their congregations that sharing the communion cup is discouraged if a person has an active respiratory infection (i.e., cold or flu) or moist or open sores on their lips (e.g. herpes).”
So it seems the lesson is: Take caution and be careful, though the risk – based on expert opinion – is minimal.
Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation by Fr. Josh Johnson
Only 2 in 10 Americans under 30 believe attending a church is important or worthwhile. Well over half of young adults raised in the Church have dropped out with many having a strong anti-Church stance, many even believing the Church does more harm than good. Fr. Josh Johnson was one of these people and tells his story.
Quick Catholic Lessons by Ascension Press
Are you looking for material to update the adults in your parish on important Catholic topics?Ascension Press has produced 15 quick videos lessons to help you.
Directives for Catholic Funerals: Questions and Answers
The Archdiocese has prepared a four-fold brochure that parishes can provide to families as they come to prepare for the funeral of a loved one. These are available by contacting the Print Shop at: Printshop@aod.org
Check out the resources available on the Worship Office website and from the Archdiocesan Print Shop.
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.