The warmth of the summer is still
upon us, but already we are turning
our eyes to the liturgies toward
the end of the year, liturgies that
will stir us to honor the saints and
all of our loved ones who have
passed before us. These liturgies
near the end of the liturgical year,
as the days grow shorter, also look
to the coming of the Kingdom of
God, cautioning us to be "alert
and sober" (1 Thessalonians 5:6,
Second Reading on the Thirty-
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Looking ahead, we are preparing
also for the season of
Advent and celebrations such as
that of the Feast of Our Lady of
Guadalupe. In many areas of the country, the faithful carrying
roses for Our Lady fill churches on this feast day. In "Our Lady
of Guadalupe: A Refuge to Many, a Feast for All to Celebrate,"
Timothy Matovina explains that those preparing liturgies for
this feast need to understand the regard held for Guadalupe as
the faithful mother. He also explains that theologies of
Guadalupe articulate a response to the conquest, evangelization,
and struggle for life, dignity, and self-determination of the people
of the Americas.
For parishioners, Matovina's downloadable bulletin article
"Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America," considers the
devotion to Our Lady. He notes that when Pope John Paul II
named Our Lady as Mother and Evangelizer of America, she
became a symbol for people from Tierra del Fuego to the northernmost
parts of Canada.
Families, especially those
with young children, will appreciate
your downloading and distributing
the faith formation piece "A Season
to Learn about Mary." In that short
article, parish consultant Trish
Vanni explains ways families can
cultivate a devotion to Mary.
On All Souls' Day, but also at
many other times of the year, people
pray at the graves of their loved
ones. Kristopher W. Seaman's back
cover article, "Remembering the
Dead," brings attention to the
"Order for Visiting a Cemetery on
All Souls' Day, Memorial Day, or on
the Anniversary of Death and
Burial." With the order of service,
which may be led by a layperson or
ordained person, providing a ritual, families and friends can
gather more comfortably to honor the dead.
As we continue to delve into the richness of the Constitution
on the Sacred Liturgy, during its fiftieth anniversary year, Liturgy
Training Publications is offering to collaborate with dioceses,
vicariates, deaneries, and large parishes to form its ministers at a
Ministry Enrichment Gathering. A number of dioceses are
greeting the first Ministry Enrichment Gathering, "Liturgy as
Source and Summit," with much interest. You will want to read
about these gatherings in "LTP Launches Program of Events to
May the peace of Christ be with you.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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