Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Office of Worship
and Office of Christian Initiation
Director: Dolores (Dolly) Sokol
Secretary: Angela Flores
Mission of the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation The mission of the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation is to:
· Provide ongoing education/catechesis of clergy and laity
· Offer liturgical consultation and respond to questions/concerns
of clergy and laity
· Plan and implement Archdiocesan liturgical celebrations
· Be an expert advisor for the Archbishop in liturgical matters
· Support and engage in ongoing learning about liturgy in the
larger church context
· Collaborate with Pastoral Ministries Division, other
Archdiocesan offices, Cathedral, Native American community, African American
· Provide for professional development of the Archdiocesan
· Network and coordinate archdiocesan liturgical ministries
· Empower parish liturgical ministers to share talent and gifts
with other parishes
· Encourage good liturgy wherever it is found
· Advertise services available from Office of Worship and
The Archbishop is the chief liturgist of the archdiocese. The Office of
Worship and Christian Initiation assists him in the work of the liturgy.
The Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission reports to and collaborates with the
Office of Worship to assist in the work of the liturgy. The Vicar of Worship
sits on the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and is the Archbishop’s liaison
to the Commission.
Areas of Responsibility
· Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
· Liturgical Music
· Environment and Art
· Liturgical Ministries
· Clergy Liturgical Education
Annual Liturgical Celebrations
· Rite(s) of Election
· Chrism Mass
Each year the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation offers workshops and
conferences to assist parishes in improving their liturgical life. Call the
Office for upcoming learning and prayer opportunities.
The Ministry of the Assembly
(Excerpts from the keynote address of Bishop Donald
Trautman at the Jubilee 2000 Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress)
· The liturgical assembly is the Body of Christ, the community of
God’s people who have come together in faith to worship. We do not go to
Mass to watch what happens. We go there to make it happen. We are the Body of
Christ – the assembly - and what happens at Mass happens through us.
· The liturgy must be moved from something the priest does alone -
to a celebration by all the people. The liturgy must be moved from one
activity among thousands of things that the parish does – to the primary
activity of the parish.
· What was recovered at the Vatican Council was the dignity of
Baptism. Recovered was an understanding that our bodily presence at Eucharist
is not enough, that the liturgy asks for a variety of responses: prayer, song,
gesture, listening, eating. What was recovered was the understanding that this
full and active participation by the people is the aim to be considered before
all else in the reform and renewal of the liturgy.
· Our liturgical assemblies are to challenge cultural values at
odds with gospel values. Our liturgy should make us squirm in our places when
we hear the radical message of the prophets or Christ in the Beatitudes.
· Since there are pastoral needs beyond the sanctuary and church
doors, the liturgical assembly must move into the streets. It is not enough to
pray in our petitions at the Eucharist for the hungry and homeless; it is not
enough to pray for the poor and the powerless.
· A parish is alive when the liturgy is alive. Good celebrations
foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations weaken and destroy faith. Everyone
in the assembly should work together to make the Mass the center, the
heartbeat, the source and summit of parish life.
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