Skip to comments.Teaching the New Missal - Some Parishes Already Gearing Up for Mass Changes
Posted on 05/16/2009 2:21:27 PM PDT by NYer
RICHBORO, Pa. Instead of saying Good morning, Father Joseph McLaughlin greets his secretary with a bright Peace be with you. Theres been a change recently in the way Jeanne Flower responds.
And with your spirit, she says.
It used to be: And also with you, just as at Mass.
But she now replies with the revised version, which American Catholics will begin using liturgically sometime in the near future.
That is one of the changes approved by Rome, reflecting the Vaticans desire for translations more faithful to the Latin original.
Realizing that it is important to catechize his parishioners regarding the changes, Father McLaughlin, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Richboro, Pa., put a link on the parishs web page to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worships website. He also excerpted the changes in parts of the Mass in his parishs newsletter.
You have an opportunity for it to sink in, to give them some of the explanations, said Father McLaughlin.
Msgr. Anthony Sherman, executive director of the U.S. bishops Secretariat for Divine Worship, said he is encouraging priests and lay people to become familiarized with the texts of the Roman Missal that have been approved already.
His office recently suggested, in its bulletin, that parishes and dioceses begin to catechize people on the coming changes. He suggested several ways to do so:
Pastors can take several snippets of text about the changes at a time to place in their bulletins. They can also excerpt reasons why there is a new translation from the U.S. bishops website, USCCB.org (first, choose Church Life & Ministries, then Liturgy, followed by Roman Missal Formation).
Msgr. Sherman also hoped that priests would look over the revised order of the Mass and practice reading out loud. The cadence is different, as are some of the words, he said.
When this missal finally appears in the parish and people have cards in their hands with the (revised) responses in front of them, our hope is that it wont be the first time they have seen this, he said.
There are other ways to get the word out.
For instance, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., the Office of Divine Worship plans to have Msgr. Sherman speak at a workshop for clergy, deacons and lay leaders in March 2010, said Father David Baranowski, the offices director.
Prepare Hearts and Souls
Other plans include organizing small group discussions and releasing catechetical materials from groups such as the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions to people serving in the Church, such as extraordinary ministers of holy Communion and parish liturgy committees, Father Baranowski said.
If done right, (the new translations) can have a positive effect on the life of the Church here in the United States, he said. If we fumble the ball, this can say to lots of people, The Church is always changing, but so what. I think this has the possibility for helping people understand the Eucharist better and appreciating it better and hopefully be able to pray better.
Father Baranowski wants to emphasize to people that the words are not the only thing that will change.
This is not just a change of texts, but a change of hearts, he said. Ask people to be more committed to the celebration of the Eucharist now that we can look at the (revised) texts, and we have the leisure to do that in advance of their actual usage.
The people who went to church after the changes of the Second Vatican Council did not have time to prepare, said Benedictine Sister Sharon Marie Stola, director of the Divine Worship Office for the Diocese of Joliet, Ill.
We dont want to lose this opportunity to evangelize, she said, and that opportunity is for people to concentrate on the Eucharist and a deeper understanding of the Eucharist.
Msgr. Sherman said there will be people who resist the changes, but he added that there is no translation in the world that is perfect. It is important for the faithful to be open to the movement of the Spirit, he said.
Now is the time to begin to prepare our hearts and souls to open up our minds and our hearts to the richness that can be found there if people would give it a chance, he said.
Making the Effort
One such person who is open to that is Tracy Cefaratti, a parishioner in Hinsdale, Ill. She said she has not heard of any of the new revisions, but she will make an effort to understand it.
Im at the place in my faith where Im always trying to get the most out of Mass, so I would want to understand it, she said.
She said catechizing people early enough so that they understand the changes is vital.
I think if people understood the changes and its explained to them, theyll embrace it better than if they are told to do it this different way and they dont know why, she said.
Even if she does not agree with some of the changes, she said she will still make the effort to understand why a part of the text was changed.
Said Cefaratti, I will just trust.
I’m not saying anything. I could, but I’m not.
I’m gonna barf
I thought it was going to be another Obeyme thread with a response of “praise be obama”. Thank God.
> And with your spirit, she says. It used to be: And also with you, just as at Mass.
Sorry. I’m too tired to “change”. “Peace be with you” is good and sincere enough.
There have been many times that I’ve gone reluctantly to Mass. I would have to be pushed and prodded and have a more than a little guilt thrown on me by my wife to get me to go. My excuses were countless but in most cases it was simple laziness.
Yet when we were all standing and the priest opened his arms and said, “Peace be with you” and we responded “And also with you” the desire to be back home in bed melted away. There was, and is, a simple goodness in the moment. The air felt cool and crisp life was as it ought to be.
I guess there is no way out of these changes. I just don’t know why The Church feels the need to fix something that is not broken.
Go ahead. Express yourself. Have some courage!
> I guess there is no way out of these changes. I just dont know why The Church feels the need to fix something that is not broken.
Bingo! It was a non-story to begin with. “And also with you” is more genuine than “and with your spirit”?! On another note, I also agree with you that heading to Sunday mass is often times “dragging” but I do sometimes attend Saturday night mass which qualifies for the Sunday mass.
I am well familiar with that feeling. For several years, it was a struggle because it meant confronting the priest to prevent him from commiting liturgical abuse. My stomach would be tied in a knot as I drove to church.
It is important, however, to understand just what is happening at the Mass, be it the Novus Ordo or the TLM. Take a few minutes to visit this site. You will shed any trepidation the next time you attend Mass.
The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - A Primer for Clueless Catholics. It is in several parts which all deserve some serious reflection.
“I just dont know why The Church feels the need to fix something that is not broken.”
Unfortunately it is broken. For the past several decades the current ambiguous, faulty, and inaccurate translation has damaged the understanding of the Mass and of Catholic belief.
It is an overdue change which I hope will correct the errors rammed down our throats by the liberals back in 1969.
I have never been completely comfortable attending an English Mass and I hope that these changes have been made without the input of the heretical/radical liberals so ubiquitous in today’s Church.
Thank you so much for the link. Great! Not “boring’ at all.
I get really annoyed now in mass when couples can’t keep their hands off each other, kids are not able to sit though one hour without talking, poking each other etc and parents think this is fine ( I understand every kid is gonna goof up sometimes..), people look around, chomp and look clueless when they come from communion...and often just rush right out the door with a ‘glad THAT”S over” look.
Is it me? am I being too judgemental? should I be glad that at least they are at mass ( which I am).
Try attending an evening mass. I don’t know why, and it may just be me, but the Sat. eve mass is always more tranquil, (for lack of a better word) than those on Sun. morn.
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But it is a mistranslation, and the Latin rite has been saying "and with your spirit" for more than a millenium at least. The Latin says:
Pax vobiscum. Et cum spiritu tuo.
I for one and glad to be returning to a proper translation and the venerable language.
To each his own.
Latin Mass ping. This only gets worse when the church libs are in charge. Pray for the Pope to pull the plug.
>>Bingo! It was a non-story to begin with. And also with you is more genuine than and with your spirit?! <<
Bingo, it should have never been changed in the first place.
P: Dòminus vobìscum
C: Et cum spiritu tuo.
It’s not “And also with you.” and should have never been translated that way.
I will not attend one even after these changes. Not due to the vernacular per se, but rather to avoid the feeling of complicitness in the destruction of the Holy Mass, which the ecumenists and liberals so cleverly put into motion following Vatican II.
>>am I being too judgemental? should I be glad that at least they are at mass ( which I am).<<
No. You are not.
I tire of the “At least they’re there” excuse. because they are not. Their bodies are there.
It’s time we started to get people to understand that we are asked for ONE hour a week. ONE hour. Hold still, stop texting, playing PS3s, sipping water, and feeding your kids. Jesus is there, right there, on the Altar.
If your parent was in a nursing home couldn’t you give him/her an hour a week? Afterall, Christ was ONLY nailed to a cross for three hours for you. These people should get on their big kid undies and suck it up for Jesus.
Just my rant for the day.
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