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The Church's Relationship with the World
by Kristopher W. Seaman

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Dear Friends,

The warmth of the summer is still upon us, but already we are turning our eyes to the liturgies toward the end of the year, liturgies that will stir us to honor the saints and all of our loved ones who have passed before us. These liturgies near the end of the liturgical year, as the days grow shorter, also look to the coming of the Kingdom of God, cautioning us to be "alert and sober" (1 Thessalonians 5:6, Second Reading on the Thirty- Third Sunday in Ordinary Time).

Looking ahead, we are preparing also for the season of Advent and celebrations such as that of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In many areas of the country, the faithful carrying roses for Our Lady fill churches on this feast day. In "Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Refuge to Many, a Feast for All to Celebrate," Timothy Matovina explains that those preparing liturgies for this feast need to understand the regard held for Guadalupe as the faithful mother. He also explains that theologies of Guadalupe articulate a response to the conquest, evangelization, and struggle for life, dignity, and self-determination of the people of the Americas.

For parishioners, Matovina's downloadable bulletin article "Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America," considers the devotion to Our Lady. He notes that when Pope John Paul II named Our Lady as Mother and Evangelizer of America, she became a symbol for people from Tierra del Fuego to the northernmost parts of Canada.

Families, especially those with young children, will appreciate your downloading and distributing the faith formation piece "A Season to Learn about Mary." In that short article, parish consultant Trish Vanni explains ways families can cultivate a devotion to Mary.

On All Souls' Day, but also at many other times of the year, people pray at the graves of their loved ones. Kristopher W. Seaman's back cover article, "Remembering the Dead," brings attention to the "Order for Visiting a Cemetery on All Souls' Day, Memorial Day, or on the Anniversary of Death and Burial." With the order of service, which may be led by a layperson or ordained person, providing a ritual, families and friends can gather more comfortably to honor the dead.

As we continue to delve into the richness of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, during its fiftieth anniversary year, Liturgy Training Publications is offering to collaborate with dioceses, vicariates, deaneries, and large parishes to form its ministers at a Ministry Enrichment Gathering. A number of dioceses are greeting the first Ministry Enrichment Gathering, "Liturgy as Source and Summit," with much interest. You will want to read about these gatherings in "LTP Launches Program of Events to Nourish Ministers."

May the peace of Christ be with you.

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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