Thursday, August 6, 2015

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Easter Vigil Start Time 26 March 2016

Considered the most important liturgical celebration of the entire liturgical year, the earliest the 26 March 2016 Easter Vigil liturgy may begin here in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been determined to be 7:45PM. In 1988 the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome issued a document, “Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts,” which includes a section titled “The Meaning of the Nocturnal Character of the Easter Vigil”. This is the document that regulates the starting time of the Easter Vigil, not only in the United States, but throughout the entire world. Quoting from the document: #78 “The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place at night. It should not begin before nightfall; it should end before daybreak on Sunday.” This is to be taken according to its strictest sense. Reprehensible are those abuses and practices that have crept into many places in violation of this ruling, whereby the Easter Vigil is celebrated at the time of day that it is customary to celebrate anticipated Sunday Masses.
Please make note of this 7:45 PM 26 March 2016 Easter Vigil time in your parish calendar, and inform those involved in the parish’s liturgy and RCIA planning.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yom HaShoah

In the USCCB document "God's Mercy Endures Forever", we read...

...encouraged are joint memorial services commemorating the victims of the Shoah (Holocaust). These should be prepared for with catechetical and adult education programming to ensure a proper spirit of shared reverence. Addressing the Jewish community of Warsaw, Pope John Paul II stressed the uniqueness and significance of Jewish memory of the Shoah: "More than anyone else, it is precisely you who have become this saving warning. I think that in this sense you continue your particular vocation, showing yourselves to be still the heirs of that election to which God is faithful. This is your mission in the contemporary world before . . . all of humanity" (Warsaw, June 14, 1987). On the Sunday closest to Yom HaShoah, Catholics should pray for the victims of the Holocaust and their survivors. The following serve as examples of petitions for the general intercessions at Mass.

For the victims of the Holocaust, their families, and all our Jewish brothers and sisters, that the violence and hatred they experienced may never again be repeated, we pray to the Lord.

For the Church, that the Holocaust may be a reminder to us that we can never be indifferent to the sufferings of others, we pray to the Lord.

For our Jewish brothers and sisters, that their confidence in the face of long suffering may spur us on to a greater faith and trust in God, we pray to the Lord.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Pope announces an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

Vatican City, 14 March 2015 (VIS) – Yesterday, 13 March 2015, in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis declared the celebration of an extraordinary Holy year. The Jubilee announcement was made during the homily of the penitential celebration with which he opened the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative. This “Jubilee of Mercy” will commence with the opening of the Holy Door in the Vatican Basilica on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December, and will conclude on November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
The papal Bull will be made public on Divine Mercy Sunday, 12 April, the Feast day instituted by St. John Paul II and celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for March

Vatican City, 1 March 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for March is: “That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognised always”.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Teaching on the liturgy of the Holy Father Francis

10 February 2014: Mass

Pope Francis, Homily, Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (February 10, 2014)

You do not go to Mass with the watch in his hand, as if you were to count the minutes or watch a performance. You go to participate in the mystery of God. And this also applies to those who come to Santa Marta in the Mass celebrated by the Pope, who, in fact, the Pope said this morning, Monday, February 10, the faithful gathered in the chapel of his residence, "it is not a tourist trip. I Have Not! You come here and we gather here to enter into the mystery. And this is the liturgy. "

To explain the meaning of this close encounter with the mystery, Pope Francis reminded that the Lord spoke to his people not only with words. "The prophets - he said - reported the words of the Lord. The prophets proclaimed. The great prophet Moses gave the commandments, which is the word of the Lord. And many other prophets said to the people what the Lord wanted. " However, he added, "the Lord spoke in another way and in another form to his people with the theophanies. That is when he comes close to the people and it makes you feel, makes its presence felt in the middle of the people. " And recalled, in addition to the episode brought by the first reading ( 1 Kings 8,1-7.9-13) some passages referred to other prophets.

"It is the same - the Pope explained - even in the Church." The Lord speaks to us through his word, collecting in the Gospel and in the Bible, and through catechesis, the homily. Not only speaks but, he said, "you also present among his people, in the midst of his Church. It is the presence of the Lord. The Lord who comes close to his people; is present and shares with his people a bit 'of time. "

This is what happens during the liturgical celebration that certainly "not a good social act - said even the bishop of Rome - and it is not a gathering of believers to pray together. It is another thing "because" God is present in the Eucharistic liturgy "and, if possible, is present in an even" closer. " It said the Pope, "is a real presence."

And, he pointed out the Pope, "when I talk about the liturgy I refer mainly to the holy mass.When we celebrate Mass, we do not do a representation of the Last Supper. " The Mass "is not a representation; is another thing. It is the Last Supper; is to live again the passion and redeeming death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord is present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world. "

So Papa Francesco has revived, as it is often used to do, a usual behavior in the faithful: "We hear and we say," But, I can not right now, I have to go to Mass, I have to go to hear Mass. "Mass does not feel, you participate. And you participate in this theophany, in this mystery of the Lord's presence among us. " It's different from other forms of our devotion, set out again leading to the living nativity scene as "we do in the parishes at Christmas, or the Way of the Cross we do in Holy Week." These, he explained, are representations; the Eucharist is "a commemoration real, that is a theophany. God approaches and is with us and we participate in the mystery of redemption. "

The Pope then referred to another very common behavior among Christians: "How many times - has noticed it - we are counting the minutes ..." I just half an hour, I have to go to church ... "." This "is not just the attitude that asks us the liturgy: the liturgy is God's time and space of God, and we must put ourselves in God's time there, in the space of God and not look at the clock. The liturgy is really enter into the mystery of God; letting oneself to the mystery and be in mystery "

And, turning right at the present at the celebration continued: "For example, I'm sure you all come here to enter into the mystery. Perhaps someone said: "I have to go to Mass in Santa Marta, because in the sightseeing tour of Rome there is to go visit the Pope in Santa Marta every morning ...". I Have Not! You come here, we gather here, to enter into the mystery.And this is the liturgy, God's time, the space of God, the cloud of God that surrounds us all. "

So Pope Francis has shared with the participants some memories of her childhood: "I remember that child, when we were preparing for First Communion, we were singing" O holy altar guarded by angels "and this made us realize that the altar was guarded by angels, gave us a sense of the glory of God, the space of God, of God's time. And then, when we were doing the test for fellowship, brought the hosts to do the test and told us: "Look, these are not are the ones that you shall receive; these are not worth anything, because then there will be the consecration. " We did well to distinguish one from the other: the memory of the commemoration. " So celebrate the liturgy means "to have this willingness to enter into the mystery of God," in his room, in his time.

And, going to the end, the Pope invited those present to "ask the Lord to give us today to all this sense of the sacred, that sense that makes us understand that it is one thing to pray at home, pray in church, praying the rosary, pray many beautiful prayers, do the Stations of the Cross, read the Bible; and another thing is the Eucharistic celebration. In celebration we enter into the mystery of God, in that way that we can not control: he is the only one, he is the glory, he is the power. We ask this grace that the Lord teach us to enter into the mystery of God. "

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Prayers of the Faithful for the 21 Coptic Martyrs

Greetings from the Office for Worship and the Ecumenical and Interfaith Concerns

Over the last several months, the self-proclaimed terrorist group known as ISIS has brutally murdered innocent people of all faiths for their own political ends. This past weekend this group beheaded 21 Coptic Christians. You are receiving two intercessions (see below) that may be used to pray for these Coptic Christians, and for all people of faith.

Although the members of ISIS profess to be Muslim, it is important to understand that ISIS is not representative of Islam and that Muslims worldwide have condemned these barbaric actions. We are reminded, on this 50th anniversary year of the Vatican declaration on relations with non-Christian religions proclaimed on 28 October 1965 by His Holiness Pope Paul VI, that we Roman Catholics are called to cooperate with our brothers and sisters in the faith of the One God.


"3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting."

Referencing this text, the US Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs recently issued a statement in which they assert “Following the lead of the Second Vatican Council, the unambiguous and consistent support of recent popes, and the goodwill of many celebrated leaders in the Islamic world, we whole-heartedly reassert our commitment to interreligious dialogue and, given the severe tension between Christians and Muslims, dialogue with Muslims in particular.”


We pray with Pope Francis for those Coptic Christians in the middle-east who were martyred for their faith… “… for our 21 brother Copts, beheaded for the simple fact of being Christians. Let us pray for them, so that the Lord may welcome them as martyrs, for their families...who suffers deeply”
We pray to the Lord

For all people of faith in the One God,
For Jews, Muslims and Christians in all parts of the world, May our struggle for unity in our One God help us to protect people who have no one else to protect them.
We pray to the Lord

Dean Daniels
Director, Office for Worship

Judith Longdin
Director, Ecumenical and Interfaith Concerns

Friday, February 13, 2015

Return to the Sources - Geus Church and Marquette Campus Ministry

The Church of the Gesu and Marquette University Campus Ministry begin an 8 month study of Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (1963) on January 25, 2015. All participants are asked to read each article, reflect on it during the week, watch these videos that could provoke further reflection, let the text address currently held understanding, and learn to piece together the picture of liturgy offered therein.