Sacrament of the Sick

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Q: I hope and pray that this email finds you well. I’ve been enjoying your posts on Facebook, especially your sharing of your playing various compositions. They being me joy and challenge me to practice more. I am preparing to teach a class on the Sacrament of the Sick. I know that there are no longer texts for Presidential Prayers, a Preface, or inserts for EPs I, II, III in the Roman Missal, 3rd edition. Does that mean that the texts in the Pastoral Care of the Sick, may no longer be used during the Ritual Mass for Anointing within Mass? My understanding …

First communicants

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Q: I enjoy your observations on liturgical matters. So what are your thoughts on giving first communicants “roles” in the liturgy, such as lectors, cantors,  gift bearers, a “special song,” etc.?  I know expectations such as these  can cause tension between the music/liturgy personnel and the DRE/catechists. Thanks for your insight. == A: Thanks for your comments on my blog. My personal preference – and that’s all it is – is for others to perform those roles, not the first communicants. The first communicants already have a role: They are the first communicants. The sole exception is the gift bearers. …

Saint name for confirmation

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Q: I know that the teaching now is that adults in the RCIA no longer have to choose a saint name as part of their initiation process. My question is – does that also apply to teens?  Is it also recommended that teens no longer choose a saint name for confirmation? Thank you! == A: Actually, there is no new teaching pertaining to choosing the name of a saint. There never has been any teaching on choosing the name of a saint. It has been a custom in the United States for those approaching confirmation to select a saint’s name, …

New name at initiation

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Q: I teach a course on the RCIA. Can you give me the reason why the US bishops say no to giving a new name in the initiation rites. I agree with this, but students want to know why! Thank you. == A: I think the permission exists to accommodate those cultures where bishops tried to show that Catholic initiation bore similarities if not improvements over other types of initiation. I’m not sure if our bishops gave a reason, but I suspect that they thought at the time that the custom of awarding a new name at baptism was not …

Diocesan patronal feast

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Q: Our diocese will commemorate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (our diocesan patronal feast) on Sunday 15 November. There are various texts in the Roman Missal including the Common of BVM and Votive Masses of BVM. I was also alerted to the separate ritual book of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Normally these masses would be celebrated on weekdays. May we use any of the Masses of BVM on the celebration of our patronal feastday (replacing the texts of the Sunday of Ordinary Time) ? == A: On the Table of Liturgical Days, the feast of …

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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Q: A deacon in our diocese has asked me why the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is not included in the Liturgical Calendar (Roman Martyrology).  He stated that is June 27th.  Has it ever been there? I figured you would know the answer. == A: Mary was listed under that title on that day in the 1962 missal in the proper of saints “for certain places,” so not in the universal calendar. The revised calendar in 1969 made some difficult but helpful decisions to edit the list of days. I’m not sure what governed the decision not to include …

First communion

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Q: Do first time Holy Communicants need to receive from a priest or ordinary minster of the sacrament? Thank you. == A: The Vatican has requested that a priest administer first communion. You find it in Redemptionis Sacramentum 87: “First Communion should always be administered by a Priest and never outside the celebration of Mass.”

Communion Service

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Q: My pastor isn’t available for two of the masses this weekend, and he asked me to lead a communion service at those times. Is that all right? == A: No. If you have any mass at all at the church this weekend, then you may not have any communion service on the same day in the same place – even if it’s a Saturday night mass, even if it’s in another language. Even without that prohibition, you would need the bishop’s permission under normal circumstances. See the Vatican Office of the Congregation for Divine Worship’s 1988 “Directory for Sunday …

Lectionary

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Q: Is my 1970  lectionary Current? == A: No. The Vatican promulgated a second edition of the lectionary in 1981 and the US edition was approved in 1997. It includes a few more bells and whistles – more readings for sacraments, an expanded introduction, additional readings for some celebrations – that sort of thing.

Confirmation on Pentecost

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Q: Just a question out of curiosity inspired by a student proposal for an assignment: can Confirmation (just confirmation) be celebrated on Pentecost? == A: Yes, it may. But it takes place within the missal’s mass for Pentecost. The Pentecost mass may not be replaced with the presidential prayers and readings of a confirmation mass, but a confirmation may take place during it.