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By Sandra Dooley on 10/25/2010 1:11 PM
When my children were young and avid watchers of Sesame Street, I remember one of the alphabet skits in which a Muppet walked into a saloon and said, “I wanna know ‘Y’!” That became one of our family jokes: “I wanna know ‘Y’!” whenever our kids needed to explain themselves for whatever reason. I was reminded of that phrase recently when speaking with the parish liturgy committee about the upcoming revisions of the translation of The Roman Missal. In the course of the presentation, I asked for recommendations from the group as to how best go about educating and preparing the parish community regarding the changes. One of the committee members spoke of the importance of telling people why these changes are taking place and he stated that people are much more likely to take ownership of something if they know why it is being done. His comment confirmed the wisdom of addressing this question before going into details about the changes themselves. The first chapter of the booklet by Paul Turner, Understanding...
By Todd Williamson on 10/25/2010 12:58 PM
Last week, over 1,200 priests who celebrate the liturgy in the Archdiocese of Chicago gathered in Oakbrook, Illinois, for a daylong presentation on the English translation of the third edition of The Roman Missal. Truly, it was amazing to see that many priests gathered together to focus on this most important subject! Father J. Michael Joncas, professor, liturgist, and composer, led the day for the Chicago priests. The purpose of the day was to set the context of the third edition and then to help them unpack some of the texts of the English translation—notably, Eucharistic Prayers II and III. Father Joncas’s scholarship and pastoral approach was most helpful during the day of study and discussion. His focus was to acquaint the priests with the texts in an attempt to assist them to begin to interiorize the revised translation. He highlighted some characteristics of the translation, hoping that this would help the priests begin to make the texts their own. This is a major concern for many—priests and laity...
By Sandra Dooley on 10/18/2010 12:29 PM
I was in a different part of the country this past week and, of course, I was curious about what parishes in that area are doing about the revised translation of The Roman Missal. I had a brief conversation with the pastor of a parish that has about 2,000 families. As it turned out, the parish liturgy committee was meeting that very evening to discuss the revised translation and what they would do to prepare for the change. (I did not attend the meeting. I was in town for my father’s funeral and time with family was my first priority.) The pastor did not seem particularly concerned or worried about the changes. I don’t know if that’s because he’s not aware of the extent of the changes or because he’s the type of person who is good at “going with the flow.” I suspect, however, that the process of change will go fairly smoothly in that parish. The staff was extremely gracious and welcoming to my family when we arrived to prepare my father’s funeral, even though Dad had been a parishioner at another parish in another...
By Todd Williamson on 10/14/2010 2:29 PM
Last week I attended the annual meeting of the National Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. The focus of the meeting was the implementation of the English translation of the third edition of The Roman Missal. Two outstanding speakers led the members in study and discussion throughout the week: Father Paul Turner (Kansas City - St. Joseph) and Monsignor Kevin Irwin (The Catholic University). Both are renown in their understanding of and ability to speak on the third edition of The Roman Missal. Among the numerous topics that were presented, one has continued to stay with me after the meeting—it was a presentation on “Living a Eucharistic Life,” emphasizing the dynamic of allowing our lives to be shaped by the prayers we pray in the liturgy. Traveling back to Chicago from the meeting, I spent time reviewing the Order of Mass with this dynamic in mind. For some reason, the prayers of preparation that...
By Sandra Dooley on 10/8/2010 6:38 PM
I have had numerous conversations with a friend about the forthcoming changes in The Roman Missal. My friend is someone who has been actively involved in Church ministry most of her adult life and is recently retired. Our conversations about this, though not heated, have shown that we have different opinions about the changes. Her view is more negative than mine about how people will react and respond to whatever catechesis and formation is offered. I know that I certainly felt that way a few years ago when news of the changes first came to us in the Office for Worship in Los Angeles. Having been exposed over the last eight or nine years to much information and formation regarding the changes, and also having observed how the Bishops of our country have debated and dealt with the proposed changes, I have come to understand and accept the changes, and I am glad to help lead others through the process of transition. Nonetheless, my friend has agreed to help me do some research on how much people are aware of the coming changes (or not) and what their responses are. I asked for her help because most of the people with whom I have talked and taught in the last year or so seem to have a pretty accepting and almost blasé attitude about the changes—far less confrontational than what I had expected....
  
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