Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Believe, Celebrate, Live the Eucharist - A Tool for Liturgical Catechesis

Hello everybody. It's a partly sunny morning here in Chicago. After a very brisk morning workout (a 50-minute "Spin" class — tough work for this 51 year-old!) here I am at the desk at WLP. I haven't tried to use this blog as a marketing tool for WLP (although I have posted sample octavo pages and mp3 files to help with issues I have raised), but this morning I'd like to alert you to a valuable resource we have recently published.



Please allow me to bring Believe, Celebrate, Live the Eucharist: A Program for Reflection and Study to your attention because of many comments and questions I received during the recent NPM convention, as well as at conferences around the country in the past few months. As we prepare to receive the new English translation of the Missale Romanum, many are asking what they can do now to help prepare their communities for the changes. As I have said in the past—as have many others—the reception of the new translation will stir waters that have remained relatively calm for the past decades. People will be wondering about the changes and, hopefully, will be asking core questions about the Mass. I think that liturgical, pastoral, and musical leaders can do two things. First, we can seize the opportunity now to focus on doing some solid liturgical catechesis with our people. Secondly, we can take the opportunity during the inevitable tide of questions during the transition to do a second wave of liturgical catechesis. 

Believe, Celebrate, Live the Eucharist is a tested liturgical formation program that has been used at Seattle's Saint James Cathedral. It consists of five sections, each focusing on the various movements of the Mass (Gathering, Liturgy of the Word, Giving Thanks, Communion, and Sending). Reproducible materials are included on the included CD-ROM. These can be used in parish bulletins. There are also more extended user-friendly materials to further catechize on the various parts of the Mass. Introductions, designed to be proclaimed at Mass, invite the assembly to ponder the meaning of the particular movement of the Mass. The program also includes "table tents" with reflection questions that can be used by small groups at a larger gathering. Carrying an Imprimatur by the Most Reverend Alexander J. Brunnett, Archbishop of Seattle, this program is a very simple and straightforward way to help parishioners grow in their understanding and love for the Mass. 

Thanks for allowing me to present this commercial this morning. As you know, I am so proud of the work we do here at WLP in service to the singing, praying, and initiating Church. This resource will help parishioners pray and sing more deeply and fully at the celebration of Mass. And, as you know, we gotta sing and we gotta pray.

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