December 2017

In This Issue:

Blessed Solanus Casey Pray for Us


News from the Vatican

News from the USCCB

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Calendar Alert


Upcoming Events

Annual Christmas Concert
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

A Symposium on Eduardo Echeverria's book Divine Election: A Catholic Orientation in Dogmatic and Ecumenical Perspective
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Hearing His Call featuring Dcn. Hubert Sanders
December 9, 2017
Fr. Solanus Casey Center

December 9, 2017

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 11
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Training for Parish Prayer and Intercession Teams
December 16, 2017
Our Lady of the Woods

Detroit Children's Choir Christmas Festival
December 17
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

RCIA Certification Core Module
January 23, 2018
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Cultures of Formation: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment featuring Bishop Robert Barron
May 5 - 7
University of Notre Dame

Visit the Worship Office events page

Blessed Solanus Casey Pray for Us
5e1sduvyt787k8rk8trh55kxmluknr8aI have been eagerly reading the many reports about the Mass of Beatification for Fr. Solanus Casey.  But this one by Fr. Roger J. Landry, posted on the Catholic preaching website really touched something deep inside me.  Here are just a few sentences.
“I was so happy to be among the nearly 71,000 who filled Ford Field as Blessed Solanus was officially raised to the altars. I have been to bigger Catholic Masses —World Youth Days, mega-beatifications and -canonizations in Rome, and various other papal liturgies — but never to a Mass so big that retained such a “small feel.” Ford Field was like the first Blessed Solanus Casey Parish.
Everyone sang with gusto the hymns and Mass parts. The lectors, including a member of his family, were normal, unpolished, sincere, and prayerful, like those you’d find on any Sunday in a parish near you. Everyone laughed in unison — a sign of how much everybody was paying attention — at Cardinal Angelo Amato’s joke that Father Solanus had “one little defect namely, he was a ‘bad musician.’” (
Read the full article here.)
Now as a diocese we are being called to pray for
the canonization of Father Solanus.

Prayer for the Canonization of Father Solanus Casey
Oh God, I adore you. I give myself to you.
May I be the person you want me to be,
and may your will be done in my life today.

I thank you for the gifts you gave Father Solanus.
If it is your will, bless us with the canonization of Father Solanus
so that others may imitate and carry on his love for all the poor
and suffering of the world.

As he joyfully accepted your divine plans,
I ask you, according to your will,
to hear my prayer for ... [your intention]
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessed be God in all his designs.

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
May 2017

According to Fr. Larry Webber, OFM Cap and Bro. Richard Merling, OFM Cap, the next step in the canonization process is for one more miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr. Solanus Casey to be investigated and accepted as a true miracle.  For questions, more information or to report stories of miracles please contact the Capuchins at 313-579-2351.


Rite of Election 2018
The schedule for the Rite of Election in 2018 is as follows:

Saturday, Feb.17 11:00 a.m. Bishop Hanchon
  2:00 p.m. Bishop Cepeda
  5:00 p.m. Bishop Battersby
Sunday, Feb.  18 11:00 a.m. Archbishop Vigneron

All coordinators of the RCIA have received a letter with more information and a form to register the catechumens and candidates in their parish process who have been discerned as fully prepared to be initiated at the Easter Vigil.  Remember, there is no teaching during Lent.  It is the time of spiritual preparation for initiation.

Sponsors give testimony
mwa5mkzt3r5lypo4ib2a83bksupo2w6wAccording to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, before the Rite of Election is celebrated:

“…the catechumens are expected to have undergone a conversion in mind and in action and to have developed a sufficient acquaintance with Christian teaching as well as a spirit of faith and charity.  With deliberate will and an enlightened faith they must have the intention to receive the sacraments of the Church….”#119. 

            At the Rite itself the Archbishop will ask the sponsors present to give testimony to the fact that the catechumens standing before him are truly ready to take on the Catholic life in its fullness.  I would urge sponsors to consider this testimony the same way they would consider the testimony they would give to a judge at a court…. “…to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…”  This testimony is serious business.

Why does the RCIA Take So Long?
On Tuesday of this week I had a unique experience.  Three young men from De LaSalle High School came to interview me about the RCIA for a theology project.  They had prepared a series of questions and came with video equipment to record the interview.  Their questions ranged from how do you know there has been conversion, what are you supposed to do during Lent, what is Breaking Open the Word, etc.  All leading to the most important question:  Why does the RCIA take so long?
This question reflects the prevailing culture which seeks instant gratification and as Archbishop Vigneron says in the Pastoral Letter, Unleash the Gospel: “…viewing the Church…as simply a human institution, and the Catholic faith as merely a lifestyle enhancer…”
My question back to them was:  Why does it take so long for someone to become a doctor?  Or a football player?  We don’t give a doctor the tools for healing until he/she is ready…has enough knowledge and hands on experience to be trusted with the awesome task of that profession…he has the life of others in his hands.  Neither would we put someone into a professional football game until he is ready and equipped to help his team win!  So too, we take time with those seeking initiation providing all the opportunities and help they need for faith and conversion to become a solid part of their lives…so solid that they are willing to face life with all of its ups and downs for the rest of their life.

News from the Vatican

 On the way to Sainthood
  • Pope John Paul I has been declared venerable
Technology is getting in the way of true worship
Recently Pope Francis has begun a series of talks on the true meaning of the Eucharist.  In his first two talks he addressed an issue that has been a growing concern for pastors and staffs of parishes, namely, the use of smartphones to take pictures during the celebration of the Mass.  The use of this technology is getting in the way of true worship.  “The Mass is not a show, but a beautiful encounter with the true loving presence of Christ.” (Pope Francis). Read the full article published in Catholic News Service.

News from the USCCB

Archbishop Vigneron Elected USCCB Secretary
Archbishop Vigneron has been elected to a three-year term (beginning 2019) as Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The Secretary serves as Chairman of the Committee on Priorities and Plans, keeps minutes of the Plenary Assemblies and of the meetings of the Administrative Committee.  Please keep Archbishop in your prayers.
At the General Assembly the bishops also approved the following:
  • Approved the gray book translation of the Order of Baptism of Children. The copy is on its way to Rome for confirmatio by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
  • Approved that the cause for the canonization of Nicholas W. Black Elk, of the Oglala Tribe may begin.

For Pastors and Worship Commissions

Advent Communal Penance Service
Attached is material prepared by the FDLC to help parishes prepare and celebrate their communal Advent Penance Service.

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 attached suggestions will help with these concerns. 

Approved Wedding Chapels…Archdiocese of Detroit
Though weddings should take place in the parish churches of the diocese, the following chapels have been approved by the Cardinal as suitable sites for Catholic weddings (i.e., no permission regarding the location is required):
  • Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel (Bloomfield Hills – St. Hugo of the Hills Parish)
  • Dominican Motherhouse Chapel (Oxford – St. Joseph Parish (Lake Orion))
  • Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel (Grosse Pointe – St. Paul Parish)
  • Marygrove College Chapel (Detroit – Gesu Parish)
  • Mercy Center Chapel (Farmington Hills – Clare of Assisi Parish)
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary Chapel (Orchard Lake – Our Lady of Refuge Parish)
  • St. Bonaventure Chapel (Detroit – St. Charles Borromeo Parish)
  • St. John Center Chapel (Plymouth – Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish)
  • University of Detroit Mercy – McNichol’s Campus Chapel (Detroit – Gesu Parish)
Please note no other chapels have received approval.

Touching the Hem of His Garment: A reflection on the Sacrament of the Sick
7xdvsye5jj924om0o3hw8r2zlvm7domxAt the FDLC National Meeting, October 2017 our own Msgr. John Kasza delivered a presentation on the Sacrament of the Sick to the group of diocesan directors of worship and diocesan worship commissions.  

Msgr. Kasza began with the scripture story of the woman suffering from hemorrhages, who, with faith that she would be healed, reached out and touched the cloak of Christ.  It was her faith that cured her, as it was the faith of all whom Christ healed.   Then using the scriptural bases of the sacrament, the history of the sacrament, and the contents of the Sacrament proposes some conclusions and open questions including:
  • As a result of the Second Vatican Council, the Church has opened its doors and windows to a new understanding of caring for the sick, elderly, and disabled.
  • The Pastoral Care of the Sick and ministry to the sick is an act of embrace and deliverance.  We embrace our frailty before God and trust that God will deliver us.  Caring for the sick among us is a remembrance that God is always with us, even in our darkest moments.  Finally, when we minister to and with the sick, we participate in the mystery of Christ himself.  (The full article is attached.)
New Planning Sheet for Confirmation
There is a new Planning Sheet for Confirmation.  A copy is attached. I ask all who have received their copy of the revised Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy to attach this Planning Sheet to their book.

Commissioning Liturgical Ministers
Fall is the time when many parishes provide formation for their liturgical ministers.  This formation supports and grows their understanding of the Eucharist and their role as a liturgical minister.  All liturgical ministers are, as a rule, are commissioned by the Archbishop for a period of 5 years. This link provides the guidelines and form for parishes to request commissioning of Lectors and of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Calendar Alert

Christmas 2017
4y5i0aa8hqcps3209oxswa7h88uwq192According to Canon Law, "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass". This year the Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24, Christmas falls on Monday, December 25. Some people are beginning to ask: Can I satisfy both obligations by attending Mass on the evening of December 23?
The prevailing view of canon lawyers is that each obligation must be fulfilled by attending a separate Mass: "A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass" (#1248 no. 1)
Parishes will need to be creative in scheduling Masses over this weekend ... perhaps cutting one of the Sunday morning Masses. Those Masses scheduled for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will need to honor the focus of this celebration ... it is not Christmas. The Worship Commission suggests that the lights not be lit on the trees for this Mass, that the flowers not be placed yet, in order to preserve the anxious waiting for the Christmas celebration. 


Passing on the Faith:
A Practical Look at Passing on the Faith to Future Generations
This presentation, intended for parents, will provide them with tools and methods to talk about the faith with their children.

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. 

New Archdiocesan Certificates for full initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist

New Archdiocesan Certificates for those who are welcomed into Full Communion with the Catholic Church

Guia Para La Preparación de la Liturgia de la Confirmacion: the Spanish copy of the Guide for the Preparation of the Confirmation Liturgy

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.

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