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Dear Friends,

As Easter Time segues into the months of Ordinary Time during the summer, we anticipate days when we can spend more time considering our vision for our parishes. With fewer meetings during this time of year, we can reflect on what we do well and areas that need to be strengthened. As the title of this issue emphasizes, we are always working for the Kingdom of God.

In the main feature in this issue, "A Prayer of a Priestly People," Paul F. Ford helps us reflect on how the Universal Prayer is prayed in our parishes. Ford notes the significance of the Universal Prayer to the liturgy. In this prayer, he states, "the People of God recover their irreplaceable role of interceding for the needs of the Church and the world." He questions whether the importance of this prayer is known throughout parishes. Does the writing of this prayer receive the time it deserves, and is it composed in light of the readings and liturgy of the day? Ford emphasizes that the congregation should hunger for this prayer just as it does the Eucharist. Parish staff would do well to consider how this yearning could be the norm within their assembly.

May is considered the month of Mary, and many of our religious education programs will seek to help youth look to the Blessed Virgin as a model disciple. Our parishes may have additional times for praying the Rosary and an image of the Blessed Mother may be crowned. Sometimes, though, an effort to honor the mother of our Lord leads to the singing of Marian hymns at times when another hymn is more appropriate. Julie G. Males addresses this concern in the article "The Place of Marian Hymns in the Liturgy."

The summer is perhaps the best season during the year to set aside time to take a good look at the best way to organize the sacristy. Liturgical Environment author Mary Patricia Storms provides guidance for the storage of vessels, the hanging of vestments, and the storage of materials that are used only during certain seasons. No matter how organized your sacristy, this article may provide a solution to a quandary the sacristan faces.

Many parishes struggle with the formation of the team for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The article "Collaboration and Cohesion: RCIA Teams That Matter" provides information for growing and nurturing teams. Author Teresa Marshall-Patterson explains that many people who would serve as excellent team members are already extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, hospitality ministers, or proclaimers of the Word. These parishioners have a love for the Church and a prayer life that is enriched through Scripture and the liturgy.

You will want to be sure to distribute the downloadable handouts to your parishioners. The Living Our Faith article, "The Saints Show Us the Way to God," will support families as they seek to help their children look to the saints for guidance on how to live. Parishioners will develop a deeper understanding of the Church's celebration of Pentecost in the article "The Gift of the Holy Spirit."

May your summer be filled with reunions of family and friends but also with much fruitful dialogue with your staff on how your parish can help build of the Kingdom of God.

Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago

Using the liturgy as its source, Pastoral Liturgy® has been intentionally designed to be of service to the whole parish with resources for leaders and parishioners, those who are just beginning to learn about liturgy, and those who are seasoned volunteers and professionals.

The six 32-page, full-color issues follow the course of the liturgical year to provide guidance for liturgy preparation, faith formation, liturgical art and architecture, and the many areas of parish ministry that flow from the liturgy to witness the Gospel and build the kingdom of God.

Pastors, parish staffs, liturgy committees, catechists, musicians, architects, and everyone seeking to learn more about how the liturgy forms and informs all of parish life will find this resource a valuable support to understanding the liturgy more fully and incorporating it as the source for all they do. That's why Pastoral Liturgy® magazine is the liturgy magazine for the whole parish!

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