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
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
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.
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