Untitled Document Worship News | May 2015

News from the Vatican

Pope Francis announces an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
At the penitential celebration for the opening of the “24 Hours for the Lord” Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning with the opening of Holy Door in the Vatican Basilica on December 8th, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and concluding on the Feast of Christ, the King on November 20th, 2016. The purpose of this Holy Year is to highlight the Catholic Church’s mission to be a witness of mercy.
In the document announcing the Jubilee Year Pope Francis invites us to contemplate the mystery of mercy. “Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness…..Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive.”

Motto of this Holy Year
Pope Francis has chosen Merciful like the Father as the motto for the Year of Mercy. He asks the Church, all the people of God, as they strive to understand and engage in their mission of evangelization, to reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. As all of us live out this mission of evangelization it is “…the theme of mercy (that) needs to be proposed again and again with new enthusiasm and renewed pastoral action.” You can read the entire document (only 15 pages in length) here.

Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family
Pope Francis once more asks us to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family. Download the Prayer for the Synod on the Family that Pope Francis urges everyone to pray for the success of this Synod.

Fortune Magazine
has chosen Pope Francis one of “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”.

Just Released...May 5th...1:30 P.M.
As the finishing items were being added to this Worship News Pope Francis released the Prayer for the Year of Mercy. You can pray it here.

Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will preside at the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra on September 23rd at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. In a homily on May 2nd, Pope Francis affirmed that Blessed Junipero Serra was a tireless missionary.
“What made Friar Junipero leave his home and country, his family, university chair and Franciscan community in Mallorca to go to the ends of the earth? Certainly, it was the desire to proclaim the Gospel ad gentes, that heartfelt impulse which seeks to share with those farthest away the gift of encountering Christ: a gift that he had first received and experienced in all its truth and beauty”…..The Pope invited those present to contemplate the witness of holiness given by Friar Junipero, “one of the founding fathers of the United States, a saintly example of the Church’s universality and special patron of the Hispanic people of the country. In this way may all Americans rediscover their own dignity, and unite themselves ever more closely to Christ and his Church”…. “May a powerful gust of holiness sweep through all the Americas during the coming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy!” exclaimed the Holy Father.

Priests and Deacons

Msgr. Smetanka’s Reflection on the Homiletic directory | The Homily and its Liturgical Setting
Part I of the Homiletic Directory is “The Homily and its Liturgical Setting.” The first of three sections discusses “The Homily.” There are excellent reminders as we reflect on the definition and nature of the homily. Read more.

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Reflect and Evaluate
The Parish Worship Commission has the responsibility to reflect and evaluate how the parish community celebrated a season of the liturgical year, and all special feast days of the liturgical year. An evaluation sheet is available to help the commission review the celebration of Holy Thursday. Take time in prayer and honest discussion with each directive and question offered. 

Study and Reflect
It is important for all to remember that the Roman Missal Third Edition is the only Missal that may be used for the celebration of our liturgies today and it provides some new directives. There is a reason why the Church has chosen to incorporate some changes in the Roman Missal Third Edition that are different from those we have been using since 1974. The Church is always of the mind to help us grow in a deeper understanding of the mystery we celebrate. Also, it is a well-known principle that if we want to come to a deeper understanding of a ritual it is important to go back to its origin to uncover its meaning closer to the time of its founder. Download some reflection material to help with the evaluation of Good Friday.


Blessing for Neophytes
The RCIA #249 states that “….to close the period of postbaptismal catechesis, some sort of celebration should be held at the end of the Easter season near Pentecost Sunday…” The Blessing of Neophytes is a possible prayer to be included at this celebration. The blessing can be given at: the Vigil Mass, Mass on Pentecost Sunday, Evening Prayer or another gathering of the neophytes with the community.

Adult Confirmation
On May 24, 2014, the feast of Pentecost, Confirmation will be administered to baptized Catholic Adults at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. The letter and registration form have been sent in Parish Mail. In case you have not received these a copy of each is available for download. 

Please Notice

The parish of the confirmand is responsible for entering the information about the confirmation in the parish Confirmation register and in the Baptism register (if the candidate was baptized in that parish). The parish is also responsible for sending this information to the parish of Baptism for those not baptized in the parish which has prepared them and sent them for this celebration. The record of the Confirmation is not entered in the Cathedral’s registers.

Archbishop Invites the Neophytes to the Cathedral on June 7th

Each of the neophytes in the Archdiocese has received an invitation from Archbishop Vigneron to join him at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral for the celebration of the Eucharist on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Corpus Christi] … June 7th, at 2 P.M.

Just as in the early church the bishop gathered around himself those who had been recently initiated so that he could complete their catechesis by opening up to them the mysteries of the Eucharist, so too, Archbishop Vigneron is anxious to use this occasion to gather at the Cathedral all in the Archdiocese of Detroit who have been initiated and brought into full communion at this year’s Easter Vigil.

Directors/Coordinators of RCIA Please help!!!
In order to prepare for the celebration please use this form to let me know the number of neophytes and guests who will be attending from your parish. Thank you for your help. 

Team RCIA at teamrcia.com has a free newsletter that will give you access to valuable RCIA resources. Featured this month:
  • How to completely transform the way catechumens learn in the RCIA
  • Little known ways to turn your RCIA into an adult process, Even for children.

RCIA Topics

RCIA Topic 3B | The Catechumenate
The period of the Catechumenate, lasting at least one year, has many tasks which provide catechumens with suitable pastoral formation and guidance, aimed at training them in the Christian life. Among these are suitable catechesis, providing celebrations of the word and other liturgical rites to enable their prayer life to mature, challenging them to practice love of neighbor, even at the cost of self-renunciation, and teaching them to work actively with others to spread the Gospel. In this session participants will explore the liturgical rites during the Catechumenate and how to apprentice catechumens into discipleship and mission.

RCIA Topic 7 | Presiding at the Minor Rites of the RCIA
The Church, like a mother, helps the catechumens on their journey of faith by means of suitable liturgical rites, which purify the catechumens little by little and strengthen them with God’s blessing. In the Archdiocese of Detroit the Archbishop gives certified catechists, who request it, delegation to lead the celebration of the Minor Rites… Blessings and Exorcisms…during the catechumenate period. In this session participants will learn how to preside at these rites.
Sessions are open to those who are preparing for certification and for members of Parish RCIA Teams.
Register online at: www.aod.org/worship/events/


For Musicians

Musicians' Social
May 8

Archbishop's Cantata for a New Pentecost
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You Have Been Asking

I am planning to donate my body to science at my death. Will my family be able to ask for a funeral mass at my death?
NO. The funeral Mass includes many blessings directed at the body or remains, such as sprinkling with holy water and incensing. The prayers focus on the body or ashes that represent the deceased. When the body or the remains are not present we would not be celebrating a funeral Mass with integrity.

On the other hand, a Memorial Mass has alternate readings and blessings. It provides a way for the mourners to honor the deceased when the body is not present. However, please keep in mind that this Memorial Mass should be celebrated as close to the day of death as the schedule of the parish church would permit, similar to the way a funeral is scheduled.

Please note: If the body of the deceased has been cremated it is totally unacceptable for the family to hold on to the remains for a long time. The remains are to be interred either in a grave or a columbarium as soon as possible.

At the celebration of First Holy Communion the pastor should be the minister of Communion to the children receiving for the first time. Is this correct?

It is important for the children to understand that the most important thing about this day is that for the first time they will be receiving the body and blood of Christ. Their focus should be on this mystery. The minister of the sacrament is not as important as this mystery. When the group of children receiving First Holy Communion is small it may be convenient for the pastor to minister to them personally. However, when the group is large, the pastor may have other ordinary or extraordinary ministers assist him to minister to the children.

What is the age for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Detroit?
The minimum age for Lectors is 16. The minimum age for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is high school age. (All the guidelines are contained in the Handbook for Lectors and the Handbook for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion available at the print shop or may be downloaded on the Christian Worship webpage.)

May a non-Catholic act as a server at the celebration of the Eucharist? No. The Guidelines for Altar Servers issued by the USCCB states: Altar servers should already have received Holy Communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they serve at the liturgy. This presumes that they are Catholic baptized members of the community. Liturgical ministries are the privilege of the Catholic initiated members of the community.

May 2015

In this Issue

Calendar Alerts

Ascension of the Lord
Sunday, May 17

Pentecost Vigil
Saturday, May 23

Sunday, May 25

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
Sunday, June 7


RCIA Topics 3-B and 7
May 16

Facilitators of Divorce and Separated Support Groups
May 16

Archbishop's Cantata for a New Pentecost
May 16

Pentecost Vigil Mass
May 23

Adult Confirmation at the Cathedral
May 24

Corpus Christi
June 7

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