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By Sandra Dooley on 11/28/2011 2:17 PM
 

We made it through the first weekend at our parish with the new translation, and I must say that it was pretty uneventful. Many people indicated to me in the last several weeks that we have done so much to prepare people in the parish that they are comfortable with the changes. A few things helped: Before every weekend Mass, our pastor spoke for a minute or so just reminding everyone to pick up the supplement books that contain all the new texts and the music we are using at the parish. He delivered the message with a bit of humor, assuring people that the priests will probably make more mistakes than those of us in the pews. (“It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks!”)

Also helping, I think, were the reminders given at various times in the Mass by the celebrant. I placed post-it notes at strategic places in The Roman Missal for the priest to ask everyone to pick up their supplements so they could pray the new words. I noticed many people keeping their supplement books open throughout the Mass....
By Sandra Dooley on 11/7/2011 9:12 AM
In the parish where I serve as liturgy director (which is also my home parish), we are “coming down the home stretch.” We are singing a new Gloria (by Robert LeBlanc) and we have been singing a new Holy, Holy, Holy and Memorial Acclamation (Steve Janco’s Mass of Wisdom) since early September. The music for these new settings has been inserted into the hymnal supplements that are in the pews of the church. (We have hard-back hymnals in the pews plus hymnal supplements that are in small binders the same size as the hymnals.) When we first sang the Gloria during Mass a couple weeks ago, participation was poor at best. Almost no one was looking at the book with the music! After discussing this with our musicians, we decided to try announcing the page number of the Gloria just before it is sung. We were concerned about interrupting the flow of the Mass at that point, but decided to try it this past weekend. The difference was dramatic! When the page number for the Gloria was announced, nearly everyone in the church...
  
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