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Winter 2002-03 Liturgical Update

Communion Services in the Parish  
Order of Christian Funerals Shaping a Liturgical Environment for Worship Workshop
New Roman Missal and General Instruction (GIRM) Thinking of Building or Renovating Your Worship Space
Planning the Triduum Workshop Parish Music Directors and Liturgists Needed
Wedding Music Guidelines Workshop NPM Liturgical Guitarist Express


Communion Services in the Parish

There has been some confusion regarding which ritual books are to be used by deacons and lay persons leading communion services in the parish. There are three different ritual books that are used for various circumstances, all approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and published by various US liturgical publishers. It is not lawful to use ritual books from other countries (eg. Canada) when celebrating rites in the United States.

  • For Weekday Communion Services, use Holy Communion Outside Mass (HCOM)
  • For Sunday Communion Services, use Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP)
  • For Communion to the Sick, use Pastoral Care of the Sick (PCS)

It is also important to note that if a Sunday Mass is celebrated in a parish, it is not lawful to celebrate a Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest at another time that day. “In circumstances in which there is no reasonable opportunity to provide for a celebration of Sunday Mass, local bishops may judge it necessary to provide Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest… (#8, SCAP). If a priest knows that he will not be available for a regularly scheduled Sunday Mass and cannot find another priest to take his place, parishioners are to be advised ahead of time that Mass will only be celebrated at designated times the next weekend. “…Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest…should not be regarded as the ideal solution to present circumstances nor as a surrender to mere convenience” (#11 SCAP).

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Order of Christian Funerals

The Order of Christian Funerals (OCF), the official rite of the Church, provides for three principal times of liturgical prayer following the death of a Christian: the Vigil for the Deceased, the Funeral Liturgy, the Rite of Committal. The OCF was revised for the United States in 1989. It has been some time since the liturgical leaders of the Archdiocese have formally learned about and reflected on these rites. In addition, deacons and lay people who have been chosen to lead some of these rites for their parish may not have had appropriate theological or liturgical training in the rites.

To give all an opportunity to learn, the Office of Worship with the support of the Archbishop and the Presbyterial Council will be offering a full-day seminar on the Order of Christian Funerals in September, 2003. We have been able to engage the services of the pre-eminent teacher, expert and pastoral leader on the OCF in the United States, Rev. Richard Rutherford, CSC, Chairman of the Theology Department at the University of Portland, and author of numerous books and articles on the OCF to lead us.

Mark you calendars now! Fr. Rutherford will lead the OCF seminar on Friday, September 12, 2003 from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. at Risen Savior Parish Hall, Albuquerque. He will repeat the seminar at Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. at Santa Maria de La Paz, Santa Fe. Registration materials will be mailed this summer.

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New Roman Missal and General Instruction (GIRM)

There is not an approved English translation of the revised Roman Missal and General Instruction(GIRM) as yet. Archbishop Sheehan has requested that priests and parishes refrain from making any liturgical changes based on draft translations. Once an approved English translation is published, the Office of Worship, will provide training and catechesis on the appropriate implementation of these documents. Please don’t move ahead of the Archbishop’s request.

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Planning the Triduum Workshop

Now is the time to begin planning for the liturgies of the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Passion and Easter Vigil/Easter. We are happy to welcome a wonderful pastoral liturgy teacher and liturgical musician, Steve Janco, to lead the Triduum Planning Workshop on Sunday, February 23, 2003 from 1:30pm til 5:30pm at the Catholic Center. The cost is $7.00 per person and pre-registration is required.

Want to get additional ideas for celebrating the Triduum? Check out three videos by LTP: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil. You can preview them by checking them out of the Archdiocesan Resource Center. To order them, call LTP at 800-933-1800.

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Wedding Music Guidelines Workshop

In 2002, Archbishop Sheehan issued revised guidelines for music to be used at celebrations of the sacrament of marriage. This workshop, for parish wedding musicians, wedding coordinators, deacons and priests will break open those guidelines and present samples of musical selections that are appropriate for Catholic weddings. The Wedding Music Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 from 7p.m. til 9 p.m. at the Catholic Center. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required.

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Shaping a Liturgical Environment for Worship Workshop

Nationally known liturgical artist and consultant, John Buscemi, will visually and theologically guide participants through the principles of shaping an appropriate liturgical environment for worship. John has been the liturgical design consultant for many church building and renovation projects including our own, Santa Maria de La Paz Church in Santa Fe. He has shaped worship environments as small as chapels to as large as the Papal Mass in a cornfield in Des Moines, Iowa. The Liturgical Environment Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2003 from 2 p.m. til 5 p.m. at the Catholic Center. The registration fee is $5.00 per person, and pre-registration is required.

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Thinking of Building or Renovating Your Worship Space?

The Office of Worship has a listing of liturgical design consultants, architects and artists who can be hired to assist you in your project. The Office also has a library of liturgical environment & art magazines which provide photographs of worthy church renovations. Stop in and take a look. The Office, located on the lower level of the Catholic Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am til 4:30pm.

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Parish Music Directors and Liturgists Needed

There are several parishes who are in need of full-time or part-time Music Directors as well as parish liturgists. If you are qualified and interested, or know anyone who is, please encourage them to call the Office of Worship for details.

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NPM Liturgical Guitarist Express

For the past two years the Office of Worship and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, (NPM), have successfully sponsored two weekend institutes in music and liturgy: the NPM Cantor School and the NPM Pastoral Liturgy Express. This summer, we will again sponsor a music and liturgy school, but this time for Liturgical Guitarists. The NPM Guitar Express School will be held on Friday, August 22nd from 4 p.m. through Sunday, August 24th at 4 p.m. at Madonna Retreat and Conference Center, Albuquerque. Encourage your guitarists to mark their calendars to plan to come to this wonderful educational and formation weekend! More details in the Spring!

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