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A Faithful and Faith-Filled Monk
Kevin Seasoltz

Kevin Seasoltz, OSB
1930-2013


"Well done my good and faithful servant.... Come, share your Master's joy"
Anscar Chupungco
Anscar Chupungco, OSB
1939-2013



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Dear Friends,

As we look forward to a new year, the Archdiocese of Chicago welcomes Archbishop Blase J. Cupich as its new shepherd and prays that Francis Cardinal George has a fruitful retirement.

With gratitude for the years that he served the archdiocese, Cardinal George anticipated his retirement. "I have tried to be a good priest, and that is legacy enough for me and for you," he said as he celebrated his fiftieth anniversary of ordination in 2013. The former president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' influence has been felt nationally and internationally and may be felt for years to come. "I don't think his legacy is finished yet," Boston Globe reporter John Allen said in an interview weeks prior to the cardinal's retirement. Allen may well be right, and perhaps we will continue to hear the cardinal's voice on issues that affect the Church nationally.

We warmly anticipate coming to know Archbishop Cupich, who just before he was appointed to head the Archdiocese of Chicago, issued the pastoral letter Joy Made Complete to the Diocese of Spokane. In outlining the pastoral plan in that letter, he asked parishes to consider scheduling adult education sessions on the liturgy and a parish mission dedicated to themes of liturgy, different types of prayer and meditation, and/or stewardship.

His diocesan column, too, has educated readers on the liturgy. Just before Holy Week 2013, he wrote in a column titled "The Miracle of the Eucharist" of how the sacrament transforms us. "Here, where bread and wine are graced and changed, so are we graced and changed to wash the feet of others." Surely, Archbishop Cupich will be a wonderful partner in Liturgy Training Publications' mission to promote the liturgical formation of the faithful and their active participation in the liturgy.

In this issue of Pastoral Liturgy, a new section becomes part of the magazine. "Initiation" will consider the pastoral concerns surrounding the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, especially in relation to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. With much regret, it was necessary to cease publication of Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation with the November 2014 issue. Unfortunately, the subscriber base could not support the journal. We hope that the articles in "Initiation" will reach the pastoral leaders that Catechumenate did not. In this issue, Maureen A. Kelly writes on the liturgical catechesis of children in "Children and Initiation Symbols" and Teresa Marshall-Patterson writes on "The Liturgy during Holy Week and the Elect."

The article "Come to the Feast: Increasing Participation in the Triduum," by Ricky Manalo, CSP, aims to help you encourage your parishioners to attend the liturgy throughout the Three Days.

In "Living the Stations of the Cross," Gilberto Cavazos-González writes of the Via Crucis, a devotion that helps many enter into the Passion of Christ. He explains how the devotion aids Latinos in pondering the mysteries of death and sorrow and repentance and reconciliation in our lives and in the Gospel.

As we journey toward Lent and Triduum, perhaps we might want to reflect on the mercy of God and how that sustains us and carries us to Easter. May the peace of Christ be with you.

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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