As we look forward to a new year, the
Archdiocese of Chicago welcomes
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich as its new
shepherd and prays that Francis
Cardinal George has a fruitful retirement.
With gratitude for the years that
he served the archdiocese, Cardinal
George anticipated his retirement. "I
have tried to be a good priest, and that is
legacy enough for me and for you," he
said as he celebrated his fiftieth anniversary
of ordination in 2013. The former
president of the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops' influence has been
felt nationally and internationally and may be felt for years to
come. "I don't think his legacy is finished yet," Boston Globe
reporter John Allen said in an interview weeks prior to the cardinal's
retirement. Allen may well be right, and perhaps we will
continue to hear the cardinal's voice on issues that affect the
We warmly anticipate coming to know Archbishop Cupich,
who just before he was appointed to head the Archdiocese of
Chicago, issued the pastoral letter Joy Made Complete to the
Diocese of Spokane. In outlining the pastoral plan in that letter,
he asked parishes to consider scheduling adult education sessions
on the liturgy and a parish mission dedicated to themes of liturgy,
different types of prayer and meditation, and/or stewardship.
His diocesan column, too, has educated readers on the liturgy.
Just before Holy Week 2013, he wrote in a column titled
"The Miracle of the Eucharist" of how the sacrament transforms
us. "Here, where bread and wine are graced and changed, so are
we graced and changed to wash the feet of others." Surely,
Archbishop Cupich will be a wonderful partner in Liturgy
Training Publications' mission to promote
the liturgical formation of the
faithful and their active participation
in the liturgy.
In this issue of Pastoral Liturgy,
a new section becomes part of the
magazine. "Initiation" will consider the
pastoral concerns surrounding the
Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation,
and Eucharist, especially in relation to
the Rite of Christian Initiation of
Adults. With much regret, it was necessary
to cease publication of
Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian
Initiation with the November 2014 issue.
Unfortunately, the subscriber base could not support the journal.
We hope that the articles in "Initiation" will reach the pastoral
leaders that Catechumenate did not. In this issue, Maureen A.
Kelly writes on the liturgical catechesis of children in "Children
and Initiation Symbols" and Teresa Marshall-Patterson writes
on "The Liturgy during Holy Week and the Elect."
The article "Come to the Feast: Increasing Participation in
the Triduum," by Ricky Manalo, CSP, aims to help you encourage
your parishioners to attend the liturgy throughout the Three Days.
In "Living the Stations of the Cross," Gilberto Cavazos-González
writes of the Via Crucis, a devotion that helps many
enter into the Passion of Christ. He explains how the devotion
aids Latinos in pondering the mysteries of death and sorrow and
repentance and reconciliation in our lives and in the Gospel.
As we journey toward Lent and Triduum, perhaps we
might want to reflect on the mercy of God and how that sustains
us and carries us to Easter. May the peace of Christ be with you.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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