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NMP Guitar School Express (Bi-lingual) All Saints/All Souls 2003
2003 Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Conference The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)
Order of Christian Funerals Liturgical/Musical Job Hunting/Position Filling?
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NPM Guitar School Express (Bi-lingual)

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 around noon at Madonna Retreat and Conference Center, Albuquerque. The weekend will be led by national known guitarists/instrumentalists, Bobby Fisher (English) and Rudy Lopez (Spanish). Encourage your guitarists to mark their calendars to plan to come to this wonderful educational and formational weekend! Special discount rates available to musicians from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Call for details!

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2003 Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Conference

The Southwest Liturgical Conference and the Diocese of Las Cruces are hosting the third Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Conference on July 24-27, 2003 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Presenters include Mary Frances Reza, Rudy Lopez, Tony Alonzo, Dolores Martinez, Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez, Fr. Juan Sosa, Peter Kolar and more! Brochures are being sent to parishes and are available in the Office of Worship. Registration deadline is June 24, 2003.

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Order of 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

Registration materials will be mailed out in August. Call the Office for further details.

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RCIA Training

If you have RCIA team members that are in need of training in the RCIA process, visit the website of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate for a listing of their institutes, offered throughout North America. Their website address is

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All Saints/All Souls 2003

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).

  1. 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.
  2. 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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The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)

The approved English translation of the revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal including adaptations for the United States was released in early April. Copies of the document will be published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the next few months.

Archbishop Michael Sheehan has indicated that the GIRM is not to be implemented in parishes in the archdiocese until a thorough catechesis has taken place. The Office of Worship will assist parishes in this catechesis by offering parish bulletin articles, by producing and distributing a video, and by holding regional workshops. Specific information on liturgical catechesis will be sent to each parish. Archbishop Sheehan has set the implementation date for the new GIRM as November 30, 2003, the First Sunday of Advent.

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Liturgical/Musical Job Hunting/Position Filling?

During this time of the year, music ministers and parishes begin putting together job descriptions, seeking parish music directors and liturgists. The Office of Worship would like to be of assistance to you. Parishes - If you have an opening for a parish music director, full or part-time, or a parish liturgist, please notify the Office of Worship and, if possible send a job description. Musicians - If you are looking for a parish liturgical position, send your resume to the Office of Worship. We will try to help the process by providing you with connections. The rest is up to you!

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