Fall 2003 Liturgical Update
The General Instruction
of the Roman Missal (GIRM)
Each parish has received from Archbishop Sheehan a set of 23 bulletin
inserts on the revised GIRM which should be inserted weekly in parish bulletins so
that the assembly may be educated in the liturgy. If your parish has not begun, it is not too
late! Just begin inserting the articles in numbered order, one or more each week. The numbers
are at the bottom of each insert.
In addition, a GIRM video is being produced that will be given to each parish.
This video is primarily intended for liturgical ministers and liturgy teams, but it may be shown
and discussed by all. A video study guide will be accompanying the video so
that parishes may drive maximum benefit from discussing it.
Additionally, the priests and deacons have been requested to attend special GIRM implementation
- Deacons - Saturday afternoon, September 27th as part of their annual retreat
- Priests - Wednesday, October 15th from 10am til 3pm at the Catholic Center
- Liturgical Ministers - Sat, November 8th from 9am til Noon - John XXIII
The Office of Worship has limited copies of the GIRM and the Norms
for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds available. Call if
you would like to purchase a copy. For multiple copies, order from USCCB at 1-800-235-8722.
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Christian Funerals (OFC)
We are privileged to host a full-day seminar for priests, deacons,
funeral musicians, bereavement ministers and funeral home directors on the revised Order
of Christian Funerals. Leading this seminar is the internationally-known expert on the
OCF, Rev. Richard Rutherford, CSC, professor of pastoral liturgy at the University
of Portland and author of The Death of a Christian.
The seminar will be presented twice.
- Friday, September 12, 2003 from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m.
Risen Savior Parish Hall, Albuquerque
- Saturday, September 13, 2003 from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m.
Santa Maria de La Paz, Santa Fe
The registration deadline is fast approaching, September 5th. Call
the Office to register, and then send in your registration fee!
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We are offering two training workshops this fall in the RCIA process:
- Which Rite is Right? - Saturday, October 25th from 9:30am til 2:30pm
at the Catholic Center; learn about the rites that accompany each stage of the RCIA; get your
questions answered; for RCIA coordinators and teams
- Understanding the Role of Sponsor - Sunday, November 16th from 2:00pm
til 5pm at the Catholic Center; presented by nationally-known RCIA expert and editor of Catechumenate
Magazine, Vicky Tufano. RCIA coordinators, teams, and sponsors are welcome to attend.
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This year, the Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Saturday. The US Bishops decided
a number of years ago, that if certain Holy Days fall on a Saturday or Monday, the Solemnity
is still celebrated on that day, but it is not a Holy Day of Obligation. All Saints Day is one
of those days. It is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.
So the Masses during the day on Saturday, November 1st should celebrate the
Solemnity of All Saints. Anticipatory Vigil Masses on Saturday afternoon/evening and all Sunday
Masses should celebrate the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day).
- Weddings on All Saints Day- Ritual Masses, including the Nuptial Mass,
are prohibited on solemnities (GIRM #372). So if the Rite of Marriage is celebrated
within Mass on November 1st, the Mass of All Saints Day is used (presidential prayers, readings,
and preface) with the Nuptial blessing and the special final blessing. The Rite of Marriage
Outside Mass may be celebrated with no restrictions.
- Funerals on All Saints Day - A Funeral Mass may be celebrated on any
days except Solemnities which are holy days of obligation, Holy Thursday, the Easter Triduum,
and the Sunday of Advent, Lent, and Easter…(GIRM #380). Since this year, All Saints Day
is not a holy day of obligation, Funeral Masses may be celebrated on this day.
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of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
The feast of the Immaculate Conception falls on a Monday this year. This solemnity
is a Holy Day of Obligation, in accord with the US Bishops decision in 1992.
The question then arises, “If we have a regularly scheduled Mass on Sunday
evening, which Mass is celebrated, the Second Sunday of Advent or the Immaculate Conception?” The
Bishops Committee on the Liturgy have responded that either Mass can be used, however, the choice
must be communicated to the faithful in advance since they have an obligation to participate
in both a Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent and a Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
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