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Solemnity of the Ascension Volunteers Needed in the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Notes from the FDLC
NPM Music and Liturgy Institute Continuing Education in Liturgy
NPM Western Regional Convention Phoenix  

Solemnity of the Ascension

A number of years ago, the bishops of our province decided that the Solemnity of Ascension would be moved from Thursday of the Sixth Week of Eastertime to the Seventh Sunday of Eastertime. Therefore, on the weekend of May 22-23 the Mass and Readings of the Ascension of our Lord are to be used.

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This year the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on August 15th, falls on a Sunday. As a result, it replaces the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Please note that there are two different sets of readings for this Solemnity. The first set of readings (#621 in the Lectionary) is to be proclaimed at the Vigil Masses of the Assumption on August 14th. The second set of readings (#622 in the Lectionary) is to be proclaimed at the Sunday Masses. Please make sure your preachers and lectors are aware of this.

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NPM Music and Liturgy Institute

For the last several summers we have been privileged to host an Institute of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). This summer we will host NPM’s Music and Liturgy Institute beginning at 4pm on Friday, August 27th and concluding at 4pm on Sunday, August 29th at the Catholic Center.

Leading this very special Institute will be Dr. J. Michael McMahon, the President of NPM and Dr. Elaine Rendler-McQueeney, Professor of Music at George Mason University and Director of the Georgetown Chorale.

Because of NPMs special relationship with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, we are being offered a fantastic registration discount. Instead of the regular member commuter rate of $315, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are being offered the special commuter rate of only $65 for the entire weekend! Mark your calendar now and encourage all parish musicians, liturgy planners and ministers, deacons and sacristans to participate in this wonderful educational and formational institute. Registration brochures will be mailed out shortly. For further details, call the Office of Worship!

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NPM Western Regional Convention in Phoenix

For a real treat, consider attending the NPM Western Regional Convention, being held in Phoenix, AZ this year, August 3-6. Presenters will include musicians and liturgists,
Jesse Manibusan, John Angotti, Christopher Walker, Jaime Cortez, Rudy Lopez, Peter Kolar, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, David Anderson, Fr. Ray East, Bob Hurd, J. Michael McMahon, Elaine Rendler-McQueeney and Pedro Rubalcava. For a brochure, call the Office of

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Volunteers Needed in the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation

From time to time the Office of Worship needs help in doing phoning, filing, stuffing envelopes, copying, and numerous other office tasks. If you would be willing to help out for a day, a half-day or a few hours, on a regular or as needed basis, please call Dolly at the Office of Worship. We would appreciate your service!

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Notes from the FDLC

The annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) was held this year in San Antonio. Many of the speakers provided interesting and useful insights into liturgy and prayer. Here are a few.

Msgr. Kevin Irwin offered a good criteria for evaluating parish devotions. He indicated that the following elements should be included in all parish devotions:

  • The Word of God
  • Trinitarian prayer (through the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit)
  • Communal (full, active and conscious participation by all gathered)
  • Intercessory (praying for our needs and the needs of the world)

Sr. Joyce Ann Zimmerman spoke of the Paschal Mystery. She reflected that we have bread and wine as our Eucharistic symbols because by their very nature they already model the Paschal Mystery. Grain has to be ground and milled, kneaded and baked to become the new creation of bread. Grapes have to be crushed and fermented to become the new creation of wine. Grains and grapes have already been transformed once by human hands, and then they again become transformed in the Mass into the Body and Blood of Christ.Dr. Richard Gaillardetz spoke of the Church as an Ordered Communion. The Constitution onthe Sacred Liturgy envisioned an ordering of the Church on three dimensions:

  • Vertically - with God in Christ
  • Horizontally - with the community of believers
  • In Mission - with the world

The full text of these talks may be found at

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Continuing Education in Liturgy

The Office of Worship is presenting a series of high-powered seminars this fall for priests, deacons and liturgical and catechetical leaders, featuring some of the most well-known liturgists in the United States. Mark your calendar now!

  • Ecclesiology for Today’s World
    • Dr. Richard Gaillardetz - Friday, September 10th - 9am til 4pm
  • An Evening of Wisdom and Reflection on the Ministry of Preaching
    • Rev. Edward Foley, Capuchin, PhD - Friday, October 1st - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • An Evening of Wisdom and Reflection on the Eucharist
    • Rev. Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, PhD - Friday, November 5th - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • An Evening of Wisdom and Reflection on Sacramental Theology
    • Mr. David Philippart, MA - Friday, December 3rd - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

All seminars will be held at the Catholic Center. The cost of the all-day Ecclesiology seminar is $25 including a light breakfast and lunch. The cost of each Evening of Reflection is $10 including light refreshments. For further information, call the Office of Worship, 831-8194.


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