Welcome to this installment of "New Translation Tuesday."
In a little over an hour, the pastoral staff from my parish, Saint James, will arrive here at the offices of WLP and J. S. Paluch to discuss our strategies for the reception and implementation of the new translation of The Roman Missal.
In a previous meeting with the pastor, our two fine deacons, and our music director, our pastor suggested an approach of "ever-widening circles." We named the groups in the parish that would need preparation sessions, including the entire pastoral staff (occurring today), a gathering of liturgical ministers, the choir, our parish's social organizations, the young adult group, the college students served by our campus ministry outreach, our children and teens. Following these sessions, as the circle of catechesis and preparation grows ever wider, we felt that there still needed to be general parish "town meeting." We have held these kinds of general meetings in the past, in order to receive feedback on a number of pastoral issues.
So, this is the general plan, which I am hoping is more fleshed out today.
I look forward to sharing the results with you in the coming days.
Tomorrow is a big day for us here at WLP. Several of us are flying to California to exhibit our resources, give workshops, sing, offer concerts, pray, and network with others in the publishing world at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. We look forward to this event, one of the largest annual Catholic gatherings in the world. I will have internet access at the hotel and hope to blog faithfully each day while there. We are very excited to have such a great presence at both the Youth Day portion of the Congress, as well as the three days after Youth Day. The Jacob and Matthew Band, from the Los Angeles area, were invited to compose the theme song for Congress this year, People, Rise Up!. If you are planning to attend Congress, please stop by our booth (#600), find me, identify yourself as a faithful follower of Gotta Sing Gotta Pray, and I will give you a little gift. (Just one more incentive to visit L.A. Congress!)
Please pray for the safety of travelers. As the situation in Japan worsens, let us all join together in prayer for those who have died and those who mourn them, as well as those that have lost so much.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.