We are experiencing an exciting time in our Church as we move forward
in prayer and dialogue with Lutherans. On October 31, Pope Francis is scheduled to join
Lutheran World Federation President Bishop Munib Younan and General Secretary Martin
Junge in leading a joint ecumenical service commemorating the Reformation.
That service will be the start of a yearlong worldwide commemoration of the 500th
anniversary of the Reformation. In many communities in the United States, Catholics and
Lutherans will gather at ecumenical services that will use the Common Prayer,
prepared by the Liturgical Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commision on Unity.
In "Catholic-Lutheran Prayer Service Recalls Past, Looks Forward," Rev. Donald J. Rooney
explores ways to prepare for the ecumenical service. "The moment we are about to commemorate
has much potential," he writes. "May we come together with an earnest longing for God's will
for unity and peace."
In the article "Discipleship in the Digital Age: Making the Most of the Parish Website,"
Corinna Laughlin and Maria Laughlin show how a website can offer continual formation to both
parishioners and visitors. Not only can the website provide bulletins, the pastor's letter, and
Mass times, it can help people understand more about a specific observance, such as the Jubilee
of Mercy. Parish staff will want to discuss this article and consider whether they are making the
most of their presence on the Internet.
Within each issue of Pastoral Liturgy®, Jakob K. Rinderknecht provides guidance on
the liturgical environment. In this issue, he presents principles for art and environment teams to
keep in mind. These principles help the community to reflect on how the environment supports worship.
The practical insights in the article "Principles for the Worship Space" will support the art and
environment team in their ministry.
Often, even parishes that have strong initiation team are unsure of the Christian initiation team
are unsure of the Christian initiation process concerning children. Mary A. Ehle helps teams explore
the text of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the article "Christian Initiation of
Children of Catechetical Age." Initiation teams will want to discuss this article together as they
learn how the rite approaches children
Your staff may want to consider enriching their ministry through a book discussion. Perhaps each
month a different staff member could be responsible for choosing the book and leading a discussion. An
excellent starting point for such discussion would be the books reviewed in this issue, Liturgy and
the New Evangelization, by Timothy P. O'Malley; Divine Renovation, by James Mallon; and
Augustine and the Catechumenate, revised edition, by William Harmless.
On All Souls' Day, we remember and pray for those who have gone before us. In "A Day for Prayers,
Remembering," Kristopher W. Seaman considers how we honor those who have gone before us. This bulletin
insert will help parishioners understand this important day in in the liturgical year.
The Living Our Faith article "Praying with Mary to Christ" will support families as they teach the
Rosary to children. In this article Trish Sullivan Vanni explains the origins of the Rosary and how the
prayer helps us remember the journey of Christ and the role his mother played in it.
As we move into fall, may you embrace ways for your faith to be increased.
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!