Greetings as we begin our journey through
this holy season of Lent. May we approach this time with hearts open to the Lord,
returning to him, as the Ash Wednesday reading from Joel states, with our whole hearts.
Already we are looking toward Holy Week, the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and Easter Time.
To prepare for Holy Week and the Triduum, parish staff and liturgy committees will want to read
"We Become the Sacred Triduum," by Mary C. Dumm and Rev. Randall R. Philipps. The authors carefully
point out the nuances of the processions, the readings, and the music within these liturgies that are
the high point of the liturgical year. Homilists will want to pay attention to the insights provided,
especially for the readings on Holy Saturday.
"The Ephphetha Rite," by Rev. Paul Turner, sheds light on the optional preparation rite in which the elect
participate on Holy Saturday. This rite takes place within the baptismal ritual for children but is separate
for adults. Turner clarifies the differences in meaning for this rite with adults and children.
It will be important to read "Collaborating on Music for the First Communion Liturgy," by Jo-Ann Metzdorff,
long before the Easter season, a time when many parishes celebrate first Eucharist with the children of the parish.
The author stresses that those choosing the music need to understand the liturgy and that each piece of music needs
to be pastorally, liturgically, and musically sound. She notes that a mistake made at some of these liturgies is the
emphasis on the children and not on the Paschal Mystery being celebrated.
Nancy Seitz Marcheschi notes that the catechesis for children who proclaim Scripture at Mass occurs long before they seek
to approach the ambo. The catechesis happens as hey listen to their parents read Bible stories, participate in family discussions
on the readings, and as they hear the Word of God weekly at Sunday Mass. Preparing children to proclaim the Word, the author states,
requires a multi-faceted approach that includes coaching and catechesis.
Beginning with this issue, the page allocated for book reviews will contain summaries of three books. By providing summaries
rather than one book review, Pastoral Liturgy® will be able to share with readers information about a
variety of books.
You will want to provide your parishioners the downloadable resources available in this magazine and on the website.
That as Christians we have a responsibility to serve others is highlighted in the resource "Why Are Feet Washed on Holy Thursday?"
The downloadable "Passing on Our Faith to Others" shows that our practices at home will determine the practices of future generations.
These are available in both Spanish and English on the Pastoral Liturgy® website
Finally, we look forward to the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on April 27. Both Cardinals
Angelo Roncalli and Karol Wojtyla had been deemed long shots for the papacy, but the impact of their pontificates is unquestioned. It
seems quite appropriate that the canonizations occur both on the Sunday of Divine Mercy and during the year that we are celebrate the
fiftieth anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. You will want to read the related articles, "A Mutual Call for Mercy"
and "A Parish Remembers John Paul II," by Mary G. Fox.
May the peace of Christ be with you.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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