"Tell Us Your Story" allows people across the country to learn from each other as stories of catechesis and formation are shared. LTP would like to hear from you! Login and share your story. Tell us how you will be catechizing and leading formation sessions about the liturgy and the third edition of the Roman Missal. Feel free to comment and add ideas and reflections to stories already posted. Please be patient; all posts need to be approved before being published to this Web site.
Our parish community - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Albany, Indiana - has been doing remote preparation for the implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal for several months. Our Liturgy Committee has studied the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, and the revised texts themselves. We have formed an ad-hoc committee for preparation and formation for the revised translation; the committee includes representatives of the Parish Staff, Liturgy Committee, Faith Formation Commission, Catechists, Catholic School Teachers, and Musicians. We are currently in the process of developing a schedule for liturgical catechesis between March and September, followed by more direct formation on the revised translations starting in September.
 
As part of this process, I have complied a Schema of Liturgical Catechesis to provide a starting point – some initial reflections – for priests, liturgy committees, faith formation teams, catechists, and other parish leaders in the months leading up to the November 27, 2011, implementation date. For each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, I have identified themes from the Scripture readings from the Lectionary that could provide for liturgical catechesis in homilies, small group discussions, prayer services, or catechetical sessions. From the First Sunday of Lent through the middle of September, most of the themes are designed for general liturgical catechesis, without direct reference to the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. Beginning in the middle of September and continuing through the end of December, the focus shifts to themes that primarily help to prepare for the new translations. Again, these themes are just beginning ideas – they are not exhaustive of possible connections between the Lectionary readings and the liturgy.
 
The full schema can be downloaded here as a pdf file: http://www.box.net/shared/65jxkane5j. It is my hope that these reflections may be helpful for others who are planning a similar liturgical catechesis in the coming months.
 
Fr. Eric M. Augenstein, Pastor
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
New Albany, Indiana
March 7, 2011
Memorial of Saints Perpetua and Felicity

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