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Winter 2001-02 Liturgical Update

National Day of Prayer for Peace Upcoming Workshops
New Lectionary for Mass What to do about no-show ministers to Mass?
Pastoral Music Consultant All Soul's Day and Weddings

National Day of Prayer for Peace

In response to the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Bishops have designated January 1, 2002 as a National Day of Prayer for Peace and invite all Catholics to pray the rosary to seek the intercessions of Mary, Queen of Peace. Special prayer cards for this day are available in English and Spanish from USCCB Publishing, 1-800-235-8722 or www.usccb.org/publishing/peace.htm. Please order immediately to have them arrive in time.

January 1, 2002 is also a holy day of obligation celebrating the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

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New Lectionary for the Mass

The Lectionary for the Mass: Proper of Seasons for Weekdays, Proper of Saints, Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs, Votive Masses and Masses for the Dead was approved for use by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on June 20, 1992 and subsequently confirmed by the Apostolic See on June 6, 2001. The “first date use” is Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2002. The “compulsory use date” is Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2002. It has been decided that this second lectionary will be divided into 3 volumes.

  • Volume II: Proper of Seasons for Weekdays, Year I; Proper of Saints, Common of Saints
  • Volume III: Proper of Seasons for Weekdays, Year II; Proper of Saints, Common of Saints
  • Volume IV: Common of Saints, Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, Votive Masses and Masses for the Dead

Of course, Volume I is the Sunday Lectionary which we are currently using. The new volumes will be published by Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) 1-800-933-0662 and The Liturgical Press 1-800-858-5450. It is recommended that you order them now so they you will have them in time for Ash Wednesday.

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Pastoral Music Consultant

Because many parishes do not have a professional pastoral musician on staff, the Office of Worship has secured the services of several Pastoral Music Consultants who are willing to come to your parish and work with your choirs, music groups and their directors for several sessions. The cost of these consultations will be underwritten primarily by Office of Worship. The requesting parish will be asked to contribute a nominal fee. If your music groups are in need of this kind of personalized help, please call Dolly Sokol at the Office of Worship to discuss your needs and the availability of consultants. Requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Preparing for Prayerful Scrutinies
    Saturday, January 26th
    9am –3pm
    Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Albuquerque
  • Learning to Read Music Workshop
    Saturday, February 9th
    9am – 3pm
    St. Bernadette, Albuquerque
  • What are they saying about Inculturation? with Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP
    Friday, April 5, 2002
    9:00am – Noon
    Catholic Center, Albuquerque
  • Choir Director Clinic with OCP’s Christopher Walker
    Friday, April 12th
    7:00pm – 10:00pm
    Catholic Center, Albuquerque
  • Archdiocesan Choir Festival with Oregon Catholic Press composer, Christopher Walker
    April 13, 2002
    Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
  • Beginnings “Plus” Institute of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate
    June 27-30, 2002
    Catholic Center

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What do we do about ‘no-show’ ministers for Mass?

Parishes throughout the United States seem to ask this question regularly. Recently, in a posting on the Notre Dame Liturgy Network, some good ideas were shared by Gail Morris and Fr. Neil Sullivan. We share them with you for your reflection.

“How do we encourage responsible ministry? We use ministry job descriptions and have created Ministry Agreements that are signed by each minister after his/her training. If someone misses their time, they receive a phone call in a pastoral way from their ministry chair. After repeated “no-shows” they are reviewed by the parish liturgy commission.”

“We are talking about ministers – something quite different from volunteers. That difference needs to be fully explored and explained in their formation process. Often we spend a great deal of time – time that is needed and important – in the function of “what” the liturgical minister does. But do we spend enough time on “who” a minister is? It has been my experience that if our liturgical ministers understand that “what” they do is an expression of “who” they are – a response to their baptismal call to holiness and service, “what” they do is done with greater reverence, responsibility and prayer.

As far as scheduling, I know of a parish that when a minister does not show or doesn’t find a replacement – he or she is sent a postcard – gently asking “Did you forget? Please remember to check your schedule.” After the second miss, the postcard is sent out again. On the third time, a letter is send acknowledging the absences, reminding them of their responsibility, and asking if they wish to continue at this time. If there is no response, they are taken off the schedule.”

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All Souls Day, Saturday, November 2, 2002 – Weddings?

Questions have already risen about the advisability of scheduling weddings in 2002 on All Souls Day. According to church norms, a ritual Mass (like a wedding Mass) is not permitted on All Souls Day. There are several options:

  1. Do not accept any wedding on All Souls Day. Certainly, the liturgical character of the day does not lend itself to festive celebration.
  2. If a wedding must be accepted, use the Rite of Marriage Outside Mass.
  3. If the couple wants a Mass, the Mass texts and readings must be from All Souls Day. In looking over these texts with the bride and groom, it will be apparent that these scripture texts and prayers are not fitting for a wedding celebration, and would give you the opportunity to suggest another day.

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