Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Translation Tuesday: Singing in September (At Least in Chicago)

Welcome to this installment of "New Translation Tuesday." I hope you had a good holiday weekend.



I am gearing up for two talks I will be giving to the students in Notre Dame's SummerSong program, scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday at the university. Here are the outlines:

Roman Missal, Third Edition: Working with the Clergy
This session will focus on ways that parish musicians can work with bishops, priests, and deacons to encourage them to sing the dialogues, orations, prefaces, and Eucharistic prayers. We will concentrate on ways to teach the simple and solemn tones in the missal, as well as the challenges of working with priests who have become convinced that they cannot sing.

Roman Missal, Third Edition: A Comprehensive Parish Plan for Implementation
This session will examine ways to involve the entire parish—clergy, musicians, parish leaders, parish groups, the entire assembly—in a plan for catechesis and formation aimed at providing a smooth implementation of the new translation of the Missal.

The first talk will be based on my work with the Missal texts and the clergy of the Davenport Diocese a few weeks ago, only this time aimed at musicians who will need to work with the clergy.

The second talk is a bit more challenging, since these students come from a variety of dioceses across the United States and Canada. I am sure that many of them already have a pastoral plan in place. We should have some good dialogue about this, especially given the fact that some of them will be from dioceses, like the Archdiocese of Chicago, where singing the peoples' parts of the new translation has been approved for September. We in the Archdiocese received a memo late last week with this news. Here is a snippet from the memo:

In accordance with this, Cardinal George has decided to allow parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago to use these new sung settings as of September 3, 2011 (the first Sunday of September).


Please Note: This allowance is only for the Sung settings of the Gloria, the Sanctus and the Memorial Acclamation. This allowance does not include any other part of the English translation of the 3rd ed. of the Roman Missal (e.g., dialogues, responses of the people, Eucharistic Prayers, etc.).

There is a section of the memo containing a helpful set of Q & A's. As soon as I find the memo posted on the Archdiocesan web site, I will provide the complete link.

So, it looks like things are rolling along. Has your diocesan bishop made a decision yet about allowing the singing of these parts of the Mass beginning in September? Please let us all know by clicking the comments box below and leaving a comment or by sending me an e-mail here at WLP: galipeauj@jspaluch.com

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

8 comments:

Dave J said...

I got a memo on Friday that our bishop here in Metuchen, NJ has NOT approved the early start. No rationale was given. Even though it will mean just going back to our original timeline, it is still rather disappointing, to say the least. I think I will still use the new Lamb of God and Alleluia starting in September, at least to give a little bit of an idea of what is coming up.

Kevin Keil said...

Kevin Vann, the Bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese, has given us permission to start in September with the sung ordinaries.

Anonymous said...

We will begin learning the new Mass parts the first weekend of September in the diocese of Madison, WI - Robert Morlino, bishop.

Paul said...

It's so nice of the Bishops to give permission to something we were going to do anyway.

Robert Pedesco said...

ARCHBISHOP GREGORY AYMOND OF NEW ORLEANS, LA. , CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC BISHOP'S COMMITTEE ON THE LITURGY HAS GIVEN PERMISSION, THROUGH THE OFFICE OF WORSHIP, FOR NEW MASS PARTS TO BE SUNG, BEGINNING SEPTEMBER, IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS.

Chironomo said...

Paul;

Are you implying that if people (Catholics?) are going to do something anyway that the Bishops should give permission for it? I would think this would cause some conflicts down the road on issues such as abortion, marital infidelity, same sex-marriage...all kinds of things that we might "do anyway" that Bishops should not only withhold approval for, but should outright oppose.

Incidentally our Bishop, Frank Dewane (Venice in Florida) has given permission for the early rollout of sung responses.

Frank Klose said...

The Director of Worship in Philadelphia told me YES; says they will be "proactive".

Fr. John Sauer said...

Bishop Quinn in the Diocese of Winona has given permission. We will probably set a date that will allow schools and religious ed programs to get up to speed before we all astart.