Readings for Initiation

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Q: My parish is planning for the initiation of our catechumens and candidates on a Sunday in Ordinary Time. Are we free to choose readings from among those in the Lectionary for Ritual Masses: Christian Initiation Apart From the Easter Vigil or are we bound to use those readings assigned to that particular Sunday of Ordinary Time? == A: Yes, you are so free. RCIA 208 gives you permission to use the Ritual Mass for Christian Initiation – both the lectionary texts and the presidential prayers from the missal. You’ll find an explanatory paragraph about the Ritual Masses in the …

Vestments for First Communion

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Q: We will finally have First Communion on Sat. morning June 27. Are vestments white or green?? == A: On that Saturday, the priest may wear white. First Communion has no ritual book in the same way as baptism, confirmation, weddings and funerals do, for example. The Roman Missal has no Ritual Mass for First Communion, probably because the ceremony grew up in popular piety, not by Vatican authorization, and the point is that the children receive communion, which is the point of any mass. However, the Lectionary DOES include a section among the Ritual Masses called “First Communion for …

Receiving communion

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Q: I so appreciate being able to receive a GF host where I attend mass.  Prior to the pandemic I only received the blood.  Now that we are only receiving the host I have a question  My question is what is the best way to receive it when it is wrapped in plastic.  Out of respect to the communion line and concern that if I unwrap it it could fall on the floor I have taken it to my pew and received it.    At another church where I go for morning mass it will have a slit in the …

Finding Bulletin Inserts

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Q: Dear Fr. Paul, I refer to your book Celebrating Initiation all year and am grateful for your resource.  I am delighted to see that you have a web page. Can you please tell me where I can find your bulletin inserts?  I see that it is on this page, but the links are not working. Perhaps I missed something: https://paulturner.org/ministry-liturgy/ Thank you so much and GOD BLESS! == A: Here’s a recent blog post with the correct links: https://paulturner.org/bulletin-inserts-4/ Thanks for asking.

Musician

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Q: You are a musician, not just a priest and a liturgist. I think you should share some of your music with the people who follow your blog. == A: Well, thanks for the suggestion. This blog is mainly a Q & A on liturgical topics, but if you want a little diversion, you may go to my Facebook or YouTube page, where I’ll be posting all 12 movements of Tchaikovsky’s Seasons for solo piano over the next few weeks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9O6ZuytMgHUCOy0RGJqyw?view_as=subscriber https://www.facebook.com/fatherpaulturner/

Prostrate during the Eucharistic prayer

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Q: A friend of mine is on retreat at a monastery right now. Going to mass yesterday, he witnessed the altar server leave the sanctuary prior to the epiclesis and prostrate in the main aisle until the Doxology and Amen. I’ve never heard of something like this, but, then in liturgical practices nothing really surprises me these days. Have you ever heard of this practice? == A: There is no provision for anyone to prostrate during the Eucharistic prayer. The postures change from one conference of bishops to another, but I’m unaware of any conference that promotes this practice. Prostrations …

Godparents

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Q: If willing godparents cannot attend the baptism, do we still find someone to stand in? == A: Yes. The baptismal record should note who is the real godparent and who is the proxy.

Litany of the Saints

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Q: When doing the Litany of the Saints, is it required to do the “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy” before the actual Saint names? And is it also required to do the intercessions after the Saint names with the responses “Lord, deliver us, we pray” and “Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer” ? In looking at the new OBC, it doesn’t seem to reference these when mentioning the Litany. However, in the RCIA it does mention these. Are they only used with adults? Only at the Vigil? Or is it always used? If only used …

Sacrarium

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Q:  Good afternoon Fr. Paul! I don’t want to disturb you… just I would like to know if there are a provisions (dispositiones) for construct a “sacrarium” or “piscina” at the Church == A:  I’ve never seen anything official, but the idea is that the pipe from the sink goes into the earth instead of the sewer. Traditionally a sacrarium is covered with a hinged lid.

The Creed at Confirmation

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Q: Our bishop has given all pastors the faculty to confirm because of the pandemic etc.    Should the assembly join in the profession of faith with the candidates for confirmation on a Sunday?  If not, do we omit the creed for the assembly or profess it after the confirmation?  It would seem very odd to me to do that but I wanted to make sure.  == A: The Creed is omitted (Order of Confirmation 31). The rubrics indicate that the candidates – not the entire assembly – renew their baptismal promises. But often many people join in anyway. Furthermore, even …