September 25, 2011
The new Roman Missal comes to Saint Brigid: a workshop for us to get ready for it.
Most everyone reading this column and most everyone that does not read these few words of mine…we are way too busy for words! Whether it’s because of your work or because of the care and formation of your children (grandchildren) or because of some personal issue, most of you are way too busy for words. I know a bit about this busy-ness myself.
So, I know what the following request means…more scheduling! Still, I’m going to ask this of you because what we are offering is that good. I am guessing that most everyone has heard that the English-speaking portion of the Catholic Church will experience a change in the way we celebrate Mass (starting this Advent). Saint Brigid is offering a two-day workshop that will explain the changes and help to begin the process of familiarizing you and us to these liturgical changes. We will hold a two-day workshop on the new Roman Missal this coming week, on the 27th and 28th.
Tuesday the 27th: Jim Schellman, the Executive Director of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, will speak to us on Tuesday evening. He will offer us a thumb-nail sketch of the process that has brought about the English translation of the new Roman Missal; and he will introduce the basics of this new way of praying and celebrating the Mass of the Lord. You will hear from Jim at all the Masses this weekend.
Wednesday the 28th: Jim Schellman will talk to us on Tuesday evening about the new Missal as an expert in the process. On Wednesday evening, we will meet as a parish family and hear how these changes will be experienced at Saint Brigid. The coordinators of the four choirs/music groups of our parish will introduce us to the new “Mass parts” that our parish will begin to use formally on the first Sunday of Advent. They will be in attendance and will begin to assist us in singing a new song to the Lord!
The Divine Liturgy…holy Mass…is at the heart of our worship of God and our ongoing formation, as the sons and daughters of God. I know that you’re busy. I know that there are other things you can do with these two nights. But I urge you to join me on Tuesday and Wednesday evening …as we learn how we are to pray the Mass.
Time and Place: 7:00 PM—8:30 PM in the Nave (Sanctuary)
Babysitting available — $5 per child