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Kevin Seasoltz, OSB

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

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Dear Friends,

Surely, each of us works in our parishes to promote the full, conscious, and active participation of all the faithful. Sometimes, though, individuals and their needs are overlooked. Sometimes, too, we focus on a disability instead of an ability and fail to see the gifts of members of our parishes. We also should consider that we have made accommodations to ensure that all feel welcome while overlooking some obstacles. In this issue, author Ellen McBride opens our eyes to see ways in which parishes and dioceses are helping families and individuals participate in the Mass. The article, "Nurturing the Liturgical Roles of the Whole Assembly," offers practical suggestions for how disabilities can be accommodated to integrate individuals into the worshipping community. You and your staff may want to discuss this article.

Many parishes offer the catechumenate year-round, but still a number of others struggle with how to do so. The year-round catechumenate might seem to be a difficult undertaking but is worth the initial work, Jim Peters explains in "The Benefits of a Year-Round Catechumenate." This piece will illuminate the process not only for the coordinator and team members of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults but for the parish staff as well.

Liturgy is the most important thing a parish does, but sometimes evaluating the liturgies is difficult for a number of reasons. In "Toward Sustainable Stewardship of a Community's Worship," Jim Alphen considers such a situation at an imaginary parish and presents a positive way for the liturgy committee and parish staff to work together.

Many people in our parishes would like to understand their faith better but cannot fit a faith formation session into their schedule. The downloadable article, "Our Liturgical Spirituality," by Kristopher W. Seaman, will help parishioners understand how we come to know Christ through our celebration of the seasons of our liturgical year. Distributing this article with your bulletin will support your parishioners in their faith.

Our other downloadable piece, "Awaiting the Light," by Trish Sullivan Vanni, will help families in your parish keep the season of Advent. Pass this out in your parish religious-education classes as well as in your bulletin.

On the back cover, the article, "Blessing the Domestic Church," outlines the "Order for the Blessing of Homes during the Christmas and Easter Seasons." These blessings are significant because the home is where children are taught to pray and where our parishioners pray daily.

In the "Preparing the Season" piece, Mary C. Dumm and Rev. Randall Phillips ask, "How will we keep ourselves and our faith community in Advent?" This is a question worth wrestling with each year, for as the authors state, "to ignore it (Advent) is a loss to the growth of our soul."

May the peace of the Lord grow in your hearts during these seasons.

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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