Where should parishes be at this point in implementing plans for the new missal?
According to the Diocese of Rochester’s Liturgy Office, which is part of diocesan Parish Support Ministries, the following things should be happening now or will be happening in the upcoming months:
Preachers should have begun a four-part series of homilies on the Order of Mass on the Sundays of February. A DVD with Bishop Matthew H. Clark, homily suggestions, bulletin inserts and bulletin blurbs were sent to parishes to assist this effort. Homily suggestions for preaching on March 6 on the Lent-Easter season will be sent in mid-February.
Parishes should have an ad hoc committee and/or designated staff members and volunteers working on the full parish implementation plan. There are some good ideas already in the works in various places for Lenten programs, book clubs, retreats and other efforts to help people understand the Eucharist, the Order of Mass and the liturgical year more deeply.
Meetings with priests
Priests and pastoral administrators who were not able to attend the initial missal meetings in November will meet Tuesday, March 29, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Pastoral Center in Gates. More information will be coming from the bishop’s office.
The annual convocation for priests and pastoral administrators — scheduled for May 2-4 in Corning — will be devoted to the missal and the art of celebration. Father Paul Turner will be the guest speaker.
There also will be meetings with small groups of priests throughout in the late summer and early fall to assist them in a more individualized and direct way in using the new missal. They will include sessions with senior priests as well. These sessions are still being developed and scheduled, so stay tuned for more information.
Meetings with parish staffs/other leaders
Three meetings have been scheduled in June to introduce the new Missal to parish staff members and other concerned parish leadership. The dates are June 6 at Church of the Assumption in Fairport, June 14 at Our Lady of Peace Parish Center in Geneva and June 22 in the Southern Tier at a place to be announced. All meetings will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. More information will be available in a March update on missal implementation.
Meetings with pastoral musicians
On Jan. 29 more than 100 pastoral musicians from around the diocese attended the first music networking meeting on the missal. Held in Geneva, the meeting addressed the forthcoming changes in the texts, and began conversation about the place of chant in the revised missal and the many settings of Mass parts that are becoming available from missal publishers. The next meeting is scheduled for May 21, again in Geneva. For more information contact Janet Andrychuk-Tedesco or Ginny Miller.
For catechists, catechetical leaders, Catholic-school teachers
The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has provided the following materials to catechists, catechetical leaders and Catholic-school teachers to help with missal implementation:
- The office’s first newsletter on the missal, "Planning Is Essential," was sent in January to catechetical leaders, youth ministers, and campus ministers
- Lesson plans to complement the February preaching on the Order of Mass for grades pre-K through 8 were sent via Lotus Notes
- Meetings with all elementary and junior high school principals were held to discuss and agree on their plans for implementation
The following are materials that will be distributed and events and meetings that are being arranged by the office in the coming months:
- Additional lesson plans for faith-formation programs
- Teen retreats on the Order of Mass and the new missal, and adolescent catechesis video tools in pertinent areas
- Meetings with theology chairpeople and chaplains at the Catholic high schools
- Mornings of reflection on "Why Go to Mass?" by Timothy Radcliffe
- Development of a process for using the ICEL resource "Becoming One Body One Spirit in Christ"
- Summer "Theology On Tap" for young adults
- Fall gathering for catechetical leaders, youth ministers and campus ministers on the spirituality of the missal
- Address teachers and principals at Superintendent’s Day Sept. 1