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Cardinal Francis George
(January 16, 1937 - April 17, 2015)

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

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Dear Friends,

As the warm weather of the summer wanes, our thoughts turn to liturgies and events in the coming year. Many of our parishes paredown schedules during the summer as we leave time for our staff and congregation to enjoy the weather and vacation with family and friends. But now it is time to look ahead, knowing the need for careful preparation.

It is not too early to consider ways to help families grow closer to the Lord as their children prepare for their first reception of the Eucharist. In "First Communion Preparation: Forming Children and Families," Jo-Ann Metzdorff states, "Since Catholics can always grow in appreciation of the Eucharist, the time when children are being formed for First Communion also is an opportunity for formation of families and nurturing the parish's Eucharistic spirituality." The author discusses not only how to help children understand the Eucharist but assist in teaching parents how to pray and read Scripture with their children. Your staff will want to read this article to further their understanding of how preparation for First Communion can be an opportunity for evangelizing the family.

The team that coordinates the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will appreciate the insights of the article, "Purification and Enlightenment: Fashioning the Elect in the Likeness of Christ." Author Donna Eschenauer explains that the elect are called to a deeper spiritual experience during Lent. This is a time of contemplation for them, for they are nearing a participation in the sacred mysteries. During this time, the hidden meaning of God's mercy is revealed in the gestures and actions of ritual prayer.

Some parishes may have noticed that the assembly's voice can be heard throughout the Gloria, while others find that parishioners join the cantor or choir only during the refrain. In "Singing the Gloria," Rev. Paul H. Colloton explores what lends "singability" to a piece of music. This article will help parishes become more aware of the qualities in music that their congregation will embrace.

In each issue, Pastoral Liturgy® provides formation articles for your parishioners. In the downloadable "Baptismal Symbols at Funerals," Kristopher W. Seaman explains that the sprinkling of holy water on the coffin, the light of the Paschal candle, and the white pall at funerals draw on baptismal symbols to signify the eternal life that awaits those baptized in Christ. You will want to provide this article in faith formation sessions and in your bulletin. The Living Our Faith article, "Honoring Creations," will help parish families concretize the thoughts in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Sí.

May the peace of Christ be with you as your staff plans for the months ahead.

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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