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Resources on the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

FDLC joins in prayer for the repose of the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who passed into eternal life on December 31 at 9:34 AM (Rome Time) at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City. May he rest in peace. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Eucharist: The Work of Our Redemption

In response to Pope Francis’ call for a “serious and dynamic liturgical formation” (ibid, 31), the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions is pleased to present a five-part Lenten series for an exploration of the Mass – “Eucharist: The Work of our Redemption.”

Sunday of the Word of God 2023 Resources

On September 30, 2019, on the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome, Pope Francis announced that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time would be celebrated as the Sunday of the Word of God. This year it will fall on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Annual Appeal 2022-2023

“With thankfulness in our hearts to God” Colossians 3:16 Dear FDLC Members and Friends, This Federation was founded in 1969 during a momentous period in our Church’s history. Those early years were marked by remarkable scholarship, legendary leadership, and bold change. The liturgical renewal continues to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. The wisdom of the Council Fathers continues to be championed by Popes and applauded by the faithful. The mission of this Federation continues to be the fulfillment of the Council’s vision. Yet again and still, the FDLC seeks to educate and enlighten, to train and teach. As members…

New Apostolic Letter: Desiderio Desideravi

On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the Holy Father has released a new Apostolic Letter, Desiderio Desideravi, on the liturgical formation of the People of God.  Its title is drawn from Luke 22:15 – “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”

Liturgy Preparation Aid

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 19, 2022 On June 19, 2022, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launches a Eucharistic Revival initiative. Over the next several years, the dioceses of the USA will recommit ourselves to our Eucharistic identity and will reaffirm our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We believe that the best way to increase faith in the eucharist is the full and authentic celebration of the Mass – the source and summit of our…

Optional Text for Good Friday Solemn Intercession: For Peace in Ukraine

The Roman Missal states that “in a situation of grave public need, the Diocesan Bishop may permit or order the addition of a special intention” (Roman Missal, The Passion of the Lord, no. 13) in addition to the ten solemn intercessions which are provided for the Good Friday Liturgy. Sample (Austria Bishops Conference): (Translations courtesy of Fr. Michael Lewis and Fr. Ivan Montelongo, Diocese of El Paso. Music engraved by Peter Kolar.) Sample (Diocese of Albany):

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: March 25, 2022

Pope Francis has invited all the Bishops of the world and their local Churches to participate in an Act of Consecration on March 25 to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  “…I intend to carry out a solemn Act of Consecration of humanity, and Russia and Ukraine in particular, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Since it is fitting that we should invoke peace with our hearts renewed by God’s forgiveness, the Act of Consecration will take place within a Celebration of Penance to be held in Saint Peter’s Basilica at 5:00 p.m., Rome time. The Act itself will take place…

Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week Celebrates 60 Years

Congratulations to our friends and colleagues in Regions Ten and Thirteen who have just completed their 60th Annual Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week!  The Church of the United States has been blessed by their six decades of tireless dedication to liturgical formation.

Sunday of the Word of God 2022 Free Resources

On September 30, 2019, on the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome, Pope Francis announced that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time would be celebrated as the Sunday of the Word of God. This year it will fall on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

2021 Advent and Christmas preparation aid now available

Our free, seasonal booklet to help prepare liturgies during the Advent and Christmas seasons is now available in English and Spanish. Feel free to share it among your parishes and schools.

Synodal Process Resources

On October 11, the Church celebrated the memorial of Saint John XXIII, Pope. This date was chosen since it is the day on which he opened the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Nearly sixty years hence and not unlike Saint John XXIII, Pope Francis is calling forth the voices of the Church.

Resources for understanding Traditionis Custodes

To better understand Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, “On the Use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the Reform of 1970,” it might be helpful to read previous papal documents.

Resources for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Remarkably, the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is only two months away. Appropriately, this solemn day should be marked with prayer. The Federation is pleased to offer you a 22-page resource which will aid your preparations.

Liturgical calendar updates for July

On June 3, 2016, Pope Francis raised the rank of the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to a feast. And on January 26, 2021, the Holy Father inscribed the new obligatory memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus (on the same day that was inscribed for St. Martha alone).

New edition of ritual book for ordinations approved

The new edition of The Ordination of Bishops, of Priests and of Deacons, the English translation of De Ordinatione episcopi, presbyterorum, et diaconorum, editio typica altera has been approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The use of this translation will be obligatory in the dioceses of the United States beginning November 28, 2021.

Pope approves 7 new invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Saturday introduced 7 new invocations to the litany in honour of St. Joseph. The initiative comes during the Year of St. Joseph which Pope Francis declared from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021.