Seasonal Public Resources

Advent and Christmas
Sunday of the Word of God (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Lent and Easter
Remembering the Dead (November)

Advent and Christmas

Preparation Aid 2021 — This year’s liturgical preparation aid includes:

  • Excerpts from Fratelli tutti by Pope Francis (October 3, 2020)
  • A complete Presider Text for the Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution
  • Readings
  • Alternate Readings
  • Sample Penances
  • Music Suggestions
  • A Liturgical Calendar Advisory for the Season of Advent
  • A Liturgical Calendar Advisory for Christmas Time
  • An overview of the citations from the Lectionary for Mass – Sundays and solemnities of the seasons
  • The Proclamations to be sung on Christmas and on Epiphany

Recent Webinars:

  • ▶️ Advent and ChristmasFr. Dustin Dought of the Diocese of Lafayette, La., examines some of the prayer texts and Scriptures of the Roman Missal and the Liturgy of the Hours for Christmas and Epiphany, as well as some sermons of Pope St. Leo the Great, exploring the mystery into which we enter through these liturgical celebrations. We’ll also briefly examine the season of Advent, both as a season of preparation for Christmas Time and as a season of entrance into the mystery of the Lord’s Coming. Originally presented April 28, 2021

Preparation Aid 2020 — How can we enable our parishioners to fully celebrate the Advent and Christmas Seasons? Not everyone will be able to come to church. How will we minister to those who must stay home? The following guidelines are not legislative, but are pastoral considerations which were gathered from among the members of the Federation who serve in various regions of the country. They are meant to aid conversations among diocesan and parish personnel.

Sunday of the Word of God
(3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Resources for 2021 — 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. The attached pages provide a wide variety of resources to help you, your diocese, and your parishes to celebrate this day more fully.

Lent and Easter

Preparation Aid 2021 — Despite the good news of effective vaccines and the efforts of medical personnel and civil leaders, the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. Certainly, the health and safety of our parishioners and attentiveness to the common good continues to dominate our pastoral practices and our liturgical planning. At this writing, the USCCB has received no directives from the Vatican regarding Holy Week and the Triduum. Last year, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments provided adaptations to the rites since churches were shuttered and ministers would have been celebrating the rites without an assembly. We await any directives. In the meantime, we offer the following general guidelines for your consideration.

Recent Webinars:

  • ▶️ Lent and Holy WeekRita Thiron,the executive director of FDLC, notes that many associate Lent only with the traditional penitential disciplines. But this session will examine the historical development of this season, the rich orations of its liturgies, and the readings which have been assigned since ancient times. In addition, we will recognize how the Elect prepare for the Easter Sacraments and how the faithful accompany them as we continue our own baptismal journey. Originally presented May 5, 2021
  • ▶️ The TriduumMsgr. Rick Hilgartner of the Archdiocese of Baltimore explores the rich history of the Sacred Paschal Triduum, the deep theology of its symbols and rituals, and best practices for its celebration. Originally presented May 12, 2021
  • ▶️ The Easter Season — Dr. Steve Janco of Alverno College in Milwaukee observes that the so-called “Masses for the Neophytes,” are the Sundays of the Easter Season. Especially on those days, we reflect on the sacraments of initiation just received by the neophytes and on our own sacramental  journey. Join us as we examine this joyful “week of weeks” and reflect upon its deep theology, its rich history, and the readings which remind all of us of our duty to be witnesses to the Resurrection. Originally presented May 19, 2021

Remembering the Dead

Resources for November 2020 — In countless cultures around the world, traditions honor those who have died. This is particularly prevalent in the month of November. This year, let us be even more attentive to prayer. Let us be mindful of the power of the liturgy to transform the lives of those who participate in it. Let us draw from our rich treasury of orations and Scripture in order to give comfort to our people. Most of all, let us commend the Dead to the merciful embrace of almighty God.

Published by FDLC

Since 1970, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has served the clergy and faithful of the dioceses of the United States by providing leadership, scholarship, and resources to aid in the authentic implementation and celebration of the liturgy.