Friday, May 6, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Instructions for the  Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion 
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist 
14 February 2016 – 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM 
21 February 2015 – 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM 

Greetings from the Office for Worship,

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is pleased that your parish will be celebrating the Rite of Election at the Cathedral this year. Thank you for your patience as we assigned dates and seating this year. We had over 950 registrations for Catechumens, Candidates, and Sponsors.

As we prepare to celebrate the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion, I want to share with you some important instructions and guidelines for the celebration. Please read the following carefully.

Review the Cathedral floor plan, which may be downloaded from the Archdiocese web site, so that when you arrive you will have some idea as to the location of your seating assignment. Members of the Archdiocesan staff as well as some parish staff will be Hospitality Ministers should you require assistance.

I look forward to praying with each of you for this special liturgical celebration of the Church in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Seating Assignments

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist – Floor Plan

Cathedral Tour


Dean Daniels

Office of Worship

1. Review the Rite with sponsors, catechumens, and candidates found in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults #550ff.

Ø It is advisable to point out responses such as “They have.” and “We do.”

Ø While some of the responses will be printed in the participation aid, catechumens and candidates should not bring their participation aids with them after their names are called. Please rehearse their appropriate responses prior to the celebration so they will not feel self-conscious.

2. The seating area surrounding the altar will be reserved for catechumens, candidates, and sponsors.

Ø Your seating assignment and seating map may be downloaded from the Archdiocesan web site. Please bring it with you to the Cathedral.

Ø Arrange your group so that catechumens and candidates may easily exit the rows without having to climb over anyone.

Ø Family members, team members and other parishioners may attend and sit in the general seating area.

3. The Books of the Elect will be carried in the Opening Procession by an individual (not a catechumen or candidate) named by each parish and then carried by them to their seats where the catechumens and candidates are seated.

Ø “Book carriers,” one from each parish, should assemble in the Cathedral Treasury Room 15 minutes before the liturgy begins for entrance procession instructions. Be sure to hold the open books as you process. The Books will be used later in the Rite for the calling of the Elect.

Ø The signing of the Book of the Elect (For Catechumens only) should take place at the Rite of Sending, celebrated in your parish on the First Sunday in Lent.

Ø The Signing of the Books by the Archbishop will not be a part of this liturgy. Books left on the table behind the Cathedra after the calling of the Elect will be signed as soon as possible by Archbishop Listecki. You may pick up your parishes’ Book after they are signed. The Books will not be returned via US Mail. Other arrangements may be made for those parishes that cannot pick up their Books.

Ø Please be certain your parish name, city, and date, is written in the Book.

4. Procedures for calling of the names:

Catechumens will be called first. After the catechumens are presented to the Archbishop by a representative of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Initiation Team, the archbishop will say:

Ø “Those who are to be chosen in Christ, as your name is called, please come forward.”

There will be one microphone next to the Cathedra. There will be a member of the Archdiocesan Initiation Team standing next to the microphone to assist you. The people designated by each parish to call the names will line up behind the Cathedra. The person designated by your parish steps up to the microphone and simply states:

Ø “Archbishop Listecki, the parish N. (city), presents to you N., N., N., etc.”

Ø When the catechumens are called, their names should be read from your parish’s Book of the Elect (or a more legible piece of paper inserted therein.)

Ø Please note: After a certain number of parishes, all will sing an acclamation. An assistant will inform you if you need to wait for the acclamation before the calling of the names resumes.

Ø When you have completed calling the catechumens’ names from the Book of the Elect, you may either place the Book on the tables next to the microphone location or take it back to your place.

Ø Books left on the tables will be signed by the presiding bishop and made available for pickup after the liturgy. Please note, it is not required that the bishop sign the Book. However, the bishops are willing to do so for the parishes that desire a signature.

Candidates for Full Communion will be called later in the liturgy. The same procedure as above will be followed.

Ø Names of the Candidates may be read from a folder or binder that is appropriate for the occasion. Candidate names are not read from the Book of the Elect. (Please have these names in an appropriate looking folder.)

5. Parishes will present their catechumens and candidates in the order in which each parish representative is standing at the microphone. A member of the Archdiocesan Initiation team will stand next to the microphone to assist the parish representatives.

Ø Please line up immediately with all the other parish representatives behind the Cathedra. Be prepared to state the name of your parish as soon as the person before you has completed their presentation of names.

Ø Please note: After a certain number of parishes, all will sing an acclamation. An assistant will inform you if you need to wait for the acclamation before the calling of the names resumes.

6. As the names are called, the catechumens or candidate will come forward into the space surrounding the altar, face the Archbishop, and remain there until all have been called. The Archbishop will ask a couple of questions of each group and then indicate when to return to their seats. Members from the Archdiocesan Initiation Team will assist the catechumens or candidates to stand in the appropriate place.

7. If your catechumens or candidates would like to write beforehand to Archbishop Listecki, please encourage them. Collect the letters and forward them to the Office for Worship. I will in turn give them to the archbishop. Please make certain that they indicate their parish and city in their letter.

8. If you have any questions concerning the RCIA Process, Rite of Election, dismissals, Scrutinies, Presentations, Triduum, Easter Vigil or Mystagogy, please feel free to contact me at 414.769.3348.

Thank you for all you do to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pope Opens Mandatum to Women

The Holy Father broke convention in 2013 when he washed women prisoners' feet. Pope Francis has issued a decree changing the way that the Holy Thursday foot-washing rite is celebrated around the world.

The decree was published today by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and signed by prefect Cardinal Robert Sarah.

The decree says that the rite should no longer be limited to men.

The Vatican website has published a letter from Pope Francis to Cardinal Sarah confirming the changes. The letter, written in Italian, says that the Pope made the changes “so that it might express more fully the meaning of Jesus’s gesture in the Cenacle, His giving of Himself unto the end for the salvation of the world, His limitless charity”.

The Pope continues: “After careful consideration, I have decided to make a change to the Roman Missal. I therefore decree that the section according to which those persons chosen for the washing of the feet must be men or boys, so that from now on the Pastors of the Church may choose the participants in the rite from among all the members of the People of God. I also recommend that an adequate explanation of the rite itself be provided to those who are chosen.”

Francis broke convention on the first Holy Thursday after his papal election in 2013, when he washed the feet of women prisoners.

In practice, many parishes around the world have long included women in the rite.

The foot-washing rite is known as the Mandatum, after the first word of Jesus’s saying in John 13:34 before he washed his disciples’ feet: “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another”).

The rite was celebrated separately to the Holy Thursday Mass before Pope Pius XII restored it in 1955.

The rubric for the washing of the feet in force until today read: “After the homily, where a pastoral reason suggests it, the Washing of Feet follows. The men who have been chosen (viri selecti) are led by the ministers to seats prepared in a suitable place. Then the priest (removing his chasuble if necessary) goes to each one, and, with the help of the ministers, pours water over each one’s feet and then dries them.”

According to the decree, the rubric will now read “Those chosen from among the People of God” instead of “The men who have been chosen”.

According to the Vatican Information Service, the decree says: “The reform of the Holy Week, by the decree Maxima Redemptionis nostrae mysteria of November 1955, provides the faculty, where counselled by pastoral motives, to perform the washing of the feet of twelve men during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, after the reading of the Gospel according to John, as if almost to represent Christ’s humility and love for His disciples.

“In the Roman liturgy this rite was handed down with the name of the Mandatum of the Lord on brotherly charity in accordance with Jesus’ words, sung in the Antiphon during the celebration.

“In performing this rite, bishops and priests are invited to conform intimately to Christ who ‘came not to be served but to serve’ and, driven by a love ‘to the end’, to give His life for the salvation of all humankind.

“To manifest the full meaning of the rite to those who participate in it, the Holy Father Francis has seen fit to change the rule by in the Roman Missal (p.300, No. 11) according to which the chosen men are accompanied by the ministers, which must therefore be modified as follows: ‘Those chosen from among the People of God are accompanied by the ministers’ (and consequently in the Caeremoniale Episcoporum No. 301 and No. 299 b referring to the seats for the chosen men, so that pastors may choose a group of faithful representing the variety and unity of every part of the People of God. This group may consist of men and women, and ideally of the young and the old, healthy and sick, clerics, consecrated persons and lay people.

“This Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, by means of the faculties granted by the Supreme Pontiff, introduces this innovation in the liturgical books of the Roman Rite, recalling pastors of their duty to instruct adequately both the chosen faithful and others, so that they may participate in the rite consciously, actively and fruitfully.”

Monday, January 11, 2016

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.