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A New Year's Reflection and Prayer
        Each year, at the end of December, the Holy Father addresses the Curia in the Vatican.  As I recalled the addresses given by Pope Francis it struck me that this same message could be made to all of us who minister in the Parishes, Offices and Ministries of the Archdiocese of Detroit.  Let me share some of his thoughts with you.
        In 2013 Pope Francis stressed “two important and inseparable aspects of the work of the Curia: professionalism and service…”  In 2014 as a preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation, he considered “certain temptations or maladies – the catalogue of curial diseases…which could affect any Christian, curia, community, congregation, parish or ecclesial movement.”  And this year Pope Francis said: “…it would be a grave injustice not to express heartfelt gratitude and needed encouragement to all those good and honest men and women in the Curia who work with dedication, devotion, fidelity and professionalism, offering to the Church and the Successor of Peter the assurance of their solidarity and obedience, as well as their constant prayers.  Moreover, cases of resistance, difficulties and failures on the part of individuals and ministers are so many lessons and opportunities for growth, and never for discouragement.  They are opportunities for returning to the essentials, which means being ever more conscious of ourselves, of God and our neighbors, of the sensus Ecclesiae and the sensus Fidei”.  This is certainly a message that each of us can take as being delivered to us as well. 
        At the end of the message Pope Francis quoted the attached prayer which is attributed to Cardinal Deardon and was presumably written by Bishop Untner.  

News from the Vatican

Mother Teresa to be canonized
rsz_mother_teresa_cna_555cc60f6cf44_60065-255x255 2On Dec. 17, Pope Francis approved the second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa. This miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumors.  The first miracle attributed to Mother Teresa was the curing of an Indian woman suffering from an abdominal tumor.  The date of Mother Teresa’s canonization will be formally announced at the next consistory of cardinals. Unofficially, Archbishop Rino of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has suggested September 4th as the possible date.  She will be canonized in Rome. 

Year of Mercy
AOD Year of Mercy 1On Sunday, December 13th the Holy Door for the Archdiocese of Detroit was opened by Archbishop Vigneron at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament before the start of the 11 AM celebration of the Eucharist.  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. 
AOD Year of Mercy 2   AOD Year of Mercy 3 2  
Pilgrims coming to the Cathedral will first pass by a number of doors:
AOD Year of Mercy 4 AOD Year of Mercy 5 AOD Year of Mercy 6
Each of these will have reflection material to help the pilgrims consider what they will leave behind as they pass through the Holy Door into a new reality of God’s Mercy.
The Door of Mercy is open to the public on the First Friday of every month from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Groups of 15 or more may make an appointment for other times on the Cathedral website.

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
    Also, the webpage now includes:
  • bilingual assembly editions (English/Spanish)
  • reduced-width assembly editions with verses (English, Spanish, bilingual)
  • Slovak and Lithuanian versions
  • a number of brass scores including the Brass Prelude that was played on 8 December as Pope Emeritus Benedict was moving through the Holy Door, together with several other brass scores, parts and recordings.

News from the USCCB

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

The Practice of Mercy
Year of Mercy Logo 2In the Bull of Indiction announcing the Year of Mercy Pope Francis said: “…we must admit that the practice of mercy is waning in the wider culture… without a witness to mercy, life becomes fruitless and sterile, as if sequestered in a barren desert. The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more.  It is time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters.” 

“…It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal works of mercy…. to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead…and the spiritual works of mercy….to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead.

The USCCB has created a set of easy-to-do suggestions for learning to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. 

Observing the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
For nine days …January 16 – 24, 2016… you are invited to join Catholics throughout the country in a Novena for Life.  The USCCB has made prayers, material for reflection and suggestions for acts of reparation available from their website.  In this year of Mercy let us… “ Be merciful like the heavenly father.” 

Calendar Alert

January 10 Baptism of the Lord
Ordinary Time begins on Monday, January 11 and continues to Tuesday, February 9, the day before Ash Wednesday
January 18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 22 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
February 2 Presentation of the Lord
The Blessing of Candles takes place before the principal Mass
February 3 Feast of St. Blase
Blessing of throats may take place. The ritual is contained in the Book of Blessings 1622-1655The Order of Blessing within a Celebration of the Word may be used by a lay person to bless a homebound or elderly person in the home.
Archdiocese of Detroit

Planning for Lent

24 Hours with the Lord

Pope Francis has invited dioceses and parishes to join with him in participating in his “24 Hours with the Lord” initiative.  In his Lenten message last year he stated; “Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices in prayer! The 24 hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed throughout the Church, also on the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer.”  The Holy Father has also stated his wish to place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center of the Church’s mission of the new evangelization.

The Archdiocese of Detroit will be joining the Holy Father on March 4th and 5th, 2016 in this important initiative of prayer and reconciliation.  We would like to ensure that at least one parish in each region would provide this opportunity.

The tentative program would look something like this…

March 4th
  • 7:00pm - Mass
  • Adoration continues after the celebration
  • 8:00pm - 12:00am - Individual confessions
  • Adoration continues through the night
March 5th
  • 8:00am - Morning Prayer
  • Adoration continues
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Individual confessions
  • Adoration concludes with the celebration of the Saturday anticipated Mass
Would your parish be willing to host this experience? Please contact mcafee.dan@aod.org.

Come, Encounter Christ!
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 yourneighbors, invite those you know who have been away from the Church. The full schedule of remaining experiences is attached here.

Some Frequently Asked Questions About Lent
  1. May Baptisms and Weddings be celebrated during Lent?
    Yes. Sacraments cannot be denied to the faithful during Lent. However, it would be well to share with parents of children for baptism and couples preparing for marriage the spirit of the season of Lent. More>

  2. Who can impose ashes?
    The ordinary minister for the blessing of ashes is a priest or deacon. Others may assist with the imposition of ashes where there is genuine need, especially for the sick and shut-ins.

  3. What are the formulas to be used?
    "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." OR "Remember, man you are dust and to dust you will return."

  4. Is it permissible for people to self-impose ashes on Ash Wednesday?
    No.  Ashes are meant to be received, not taken and self-imposed. More>>

  5. Is it proper to empty baptismal fonts during Lent?
    No.  Removing the holy water from the baptismal font during Lent is an innovation based on custom not liturgical law. The practice shows a lack of understanding of the season of Lent. More>>

  6. May the Stations of the Cross be prayed during Eucharistic Adoration? May the Stations of the Cross be ended with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament?
    Benediction is part of the Order for Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist. This order of prayer is part of the Church's official liturgy. It is no longer permitted for benediction to be added to end any other service or devotion. The USCCB has a more complete explanation on their website.
Formation for Liturgical Ministers

In December 2015 all pastors and administrators received a packet of materials prepared by the Worship Office. The packet included all the materials a parish would need to conduct formation for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of 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 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 helfpul to Worship Commissions as well and is included here for you.

Rite of Election
I have received responses from approximately 50% of the parishes in the Archdiocese and will begin making the assignments and creating the seating plans during the week of January 11th.  Each parish that registered will be receiving their information by e-mail during that week.  The e-mail will be addressed to the person noted as Director/Coordinator of the RCIA on the registration form.  Thank you for your timely responses.

Host Parish
We still need a host parish for the following celebrations:
            Saturday, February 13th          2 PM
            Saturday, February 13th          5 PM

             Sunday, February 14th            2 PM
The Host Parish will be asked to bring parishioners who are not candidates or catechumens to take on the liturgical ministries … incense, cross, candles, reader, deacon if available and Hospitality Ministers to help with set up of the Cathedral and welcome of those attending.

May 29th will be the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2016
Archbishop Vigneron is inviting all those who will be initiated at the Easter Vigil 2016 to join him and other pilgrims at the celebration of Corpus Christi.  He looks forward to completing their Mystagogy at this celebration honoring the Body and Blood of Christ, on May 29th at 2 PM. and sending them as our Church’s newest disciples to spread the Good News of the Gospel.


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).
Altaration: The Mass as Teens Have Never Seen it Before by Mark Hart, Ascension Press. The goal of Altaration is not to fill teens' heads with information but to pierce their hearts with transformation. The program contains a 3 DVD set, a Leader's Guide, and a Student Workbook. More>>

SPARCS: Spiritual Program for All Returning Catholics. The online video sessions in SPARCS are designed as an accessible way to give a better understanding of the Catholic faith. Watch this brief introduction to SPARCS!

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.

January 2016

In this Issue


Parish Nurse Ministry
January 12, 2016
9am - 12:30pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
January 18, 2016
10 am
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Dinner for Life
February 5, 2016
Mass: 6 pm
Dinner: 7 pm
Keynote: Mr. Louis Brown
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Notre Dame Center for Liturgy Symposium
Liturgy and the New Evangelization

June 20-23, 2016
Center for Liturgy, South Bend, IN

World Youth Day for Those Unable to Travel to Poland
July 30-31, 2016
St. Mary, Orchard Lake


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