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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 ourContinue reading “Liturgy Preparation Aid”

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 placeContinue reading “Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: March 25, 2022”

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.

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.

A change to the concluding doxology of the orations

This change to the concluding doxology of orations is to be implemented on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The words “one God, for ever and ever” are simply replaced with “God, for ever and ever.”

Pope Francis adds memorials of 6 Saints to Roman Calendar

The Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments released two decrees, approved by Pope Francis, on Tuesday. One inscribed the Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus into the Roman Calendar on 29 July. In a separate decree, Pope Francis inscribed three Optional Memorials in the Roman Calendar for three Doctors of the Church.

Ministries of lector and acolyte to be open to women

With a Motu proprio released on Monday, Pope Francis established that from now on the ministries of Lector and Acolyte are to be open to women, in a stable and institutionalized form through a specific mandate.

Pope Francis proclaims Year of St. Joseph

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.