A Seasonal Liturgical Resource

from the Archdiocese of Seattle Liturgy Office
September, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 4


Table of Contents
How are you preparing?
Music and the Roman Missal
Roman Missal-the final stages
Trinkets and Treasures
Liturgy Office Contact Information
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Hal Hopson,
Musician and composer will be in Seattle for a Sacred Choral Music Workshop at Plymouth Church on January 21, 2012.  The workshop is intended for music directors, organists, choir members, pastors/priests, worship/liturgy committees and all who love to sing! Learn more

In this issue . . .
In this issue we are focusing on the introduction of the new Roman Missal just a couple of months away. Some parishes have shared their plans for implementation - we hope their ideas will help you as you prepare your own community for the Missal. You'll also find in this issue the schedule for our extensive workshop offerings during this final phase of preparation. We'll also answer questions about the possibility of early introduction of some of the sung texts.

"Martha, Martha, you are concerned about many things..."

Recently I wondered why this caution of Christ to busy Martha has come strongly to mind? For the last three years, so many of us have been engaged in the important and very necessary task of the implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal.


There have been countless workshops for priests, parish liturgical leadership, school teachers, and musicians resulting in 900+ parish leaders, 200+ priests, ~600 musicians, ~150 school teachers, sacristans and others trained in the new translation of Mass prayers. All of us have exerted great energy and serious commitment to this task of preparing all our people to be able to pray the new Mass translations on First Sunday of Advent, November 27th.


As the Archdiocesan Director of Liturgy, I found myself front and center with all other appointed leaders to get this task successfully completed. 


As hinted above, now that the third phase of our implementation process nears the goal line, I have become more reflective about our task and yes, concerned! 


"Martha, Martha, you are concerned about many things..."
only ONE thing is necessary... 


In all our feverish activity, have I, and others with me, merited the strong caution that Christ gave to Martha? Have we become a bit obsessed about pew cards, Mass Settings, power pointHoly Thursday presentations, new Orders of Service, the latest resources, etc., and in all this activity pushed the HEART of the incredible Mystery we celebrate Sunday after Sunday into the background? 


Perhaps article 11 in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy is in need of serious review by all of us. "Pastors (all liturgical ministers) must therefore realize that when the liturgy is celebrated something more is required than the mere observance of the laws governing valid and lawful celebration; it is also their duty to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effects." 


What is the "more" that is required?


Is our time now a unique moment of GRACE for us to seriously embrace? Are we fully aware of what we dare to do Sunday after Sunday? 


The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy article 14 "In the reform and promotion of the liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else. For it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit and therefore pastors must zealously strive in all their pastoral work to achieve such participation by means of the necessary instruction. The Church earnestly desires that all the faithful be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy." 


What is the "nature" of the Liturgy? Is it not the gathering of the Baptized to keep their Baptismal promise to: 

1. Always and everywhere give God praise and thanks, through Christ, with Christ and in Christ?
2. Live the Liturgy we celebrate everyday of the work week? 

What if we took time to simply reflect on: "We become what we eat!"

Centuries of Christians have pondered this awesome Mystery. Were they becoming what they received? Are we becoming what we eat?

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Liturgical Ministries, let us seize the moment to come apart and in silent reverence try to wrap our mind and hearts around the incredible mystery of love in what we are doing when we "Do this in remembrance of ME." 

Liturgy is LOVE poetry. I offer the following selections from Fr.
Austin Fleming on "Preparing for Liturgy" for our mutual reflection.


The Ministry of the Assembly 

Yours is a share in the work of the Spirit of all that is holy,

for in who you are and in what you do is found the most powerful experience of the sacred.


Yours is the kingdom community whose very assembling is sacrament of God's presence in the world.
In the living words, gestures, sacrifice and meal

of your common prayer, the living God is disclosed
as the faithful and redeeming Lord
whose tent is pitched among us.


Yours is to be nothing more and nothing less than
the body of Christ.

Yours is the ministry of being the beloved and espoused of God.
Through your lives and in your midst
the tidings of salvation are faithfully proclaimed.
Yours is the work of telling

and handing on the story of God's mercy.
You are the people who embody the promise of life forever.
For the world you are evidence that the word of judgment is tempered with compassion.


Yours is the ministry of celebrating again and again

The Passover meal of the new Covenant.
Your sacrifice of praise is a hymn to the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world.
Yours is the work of gathering at the table
that welcomes all who turn their hearts back to God.
Yours is the ministry to bring bread and wine,
to give thanks, to break and share the bread,
to bless and share the cup - 
Remembering Christ Jesus

broken and poured out for your sake.
Yours is the proclamation of the mysterium fidei,
the mystery of faith.


If your community's liturgy is alive and beautiful,
take care lest you begin to worship your worship:

this is idolatry.
If your community's liturgy needs help - offer it!
Model your community's liturgy on Christ's divine service,
Not on the experience of neighboring parishes.
The liturgy your parish offers

is a mirror of the life your parish lives:

Have we looked in the mirror lately? 

Fr. Kevin Irwin reminds us "to live the Liturgy is to live life right or at least a little less wrong!" As we near the First Sunday of Advent, may we be the true witnesses, fully embracing, Living the Liturgy we celebrate.

Carolyn Lassek,
Director of Liturgy
Archdiocese of Seattle



How are you preparing for the new Roman Missal?

This summer, the parishes and missions of the Archdiocese are preparing to teach and implement the third edition of the Roman Missal, which will be used across the United States beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011.  We asked parishes to share their plans for implementation.  Here are some of the responses:  


Holy Family, Auburn

So far, our leadership has attended workshops offered by the archdiocese.  Father began talking with the assembly about the coming changes last fall, and spoke about the changes again starting this last Spring.  The weekly inserts from LTP began in June.  We are currently having meetings with our pastor, liturgist, musicians, school liaison, and representative from HolyFamlyAuburnReligious Ed, youth group, and RCIA for planning.  We plan to have small group education sessions about the Mass using Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ, plus speakers with all parish groups, from the Knights of Columbus to the Religious Education classes, starting in September.  Our goal is to teach the new prayers in the Mass, but also, and almost primarily, to take advantage of this opportunity to teach the community about the Mass with the ultimate goal of helping them to participate fully, knowingly, prayerfully in the celebration of the Mass.

Some of the resources we are using and would recommend to others are:  Preparing Your Parish for the Romal Missal- Homilies and Reproducibles for Faith Formation from LTP; Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ, DVD resource; Parish Guide to Implementing the Roman Missal 3rd Edition from the Conference of Catholic Bishops; Mass cards with new words from Our Sunday Visitor; and workshops offered by the Archdiocese.

We have also developed a plan for music, after group consultation and planning with pastor, musicians, and liturgist.  We will begin introducing the Amen, the Memorial Acclamation, the Holy, Holy, Holy, and the Gloria in chant settings over a 7-week period, one at a time, starting the first weekend in September through October 9th.  Then we will begin introducing those same Mass elements using the Mass of Christ the Savior starting the weekend of October 15 & 16 all the way through the Advent and Christmas seasons.  We chose chant first because our celebrant will be singing in chant (listen to and download the chants) and he wants the assembly to know how to respond in chant, and because we thought it would be easiest to begin with chant as a simpler melody so the assembly could concentrate on learning the new words. 


After Christmas, we plan to assess how things have gone and plan, musically, for the next seasons.

Dawn Kuhlman
Holy Family Parish, Auburn



St. James Cathedral

At the Cathedral Parish, our efforts to educate around the new Missal begin in September, with a special series of bulletin inserts that we'll be creating in-house.  You can read the materials and share your reactions at our Cathedral Liturgy Blog . These inserts will address the most significant changes to the people's responses, and will also give a sampling of the celebrant's texts-Collects, Prefaces, and Eucharistic Prayers.  At the end of the month, our annual Liturgy Day with liturgical ministers will focus on the new translations, and help our liturgical leadership to get a head start on understanding and getting comfortable with the new texts.

Because we have done two major catechetical programs focused on the Mass in the past five years, we decided that to StJamesfocus on the meaning of the Mass in preparation for the implementation of the Missal would be too repetitive for our parishioners.  Instead, we've decided to offer a series of presentations on the history of the liturgy, from the early Church through the present day, with Edward Foley's From Age to Age:  How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist (Liturgical Press, 2008) as our "textbook."  We believe this will be an effective way to prepare for the Missal, as it will make us more aware of the roots of our tradition, and also reveal the many and dramatic changes in the Catholic liturgy through the centuries.

In November, as implementation draws near, we will offer information sessions after every Mass.  We will spend time reading the texts, both the people's dialogues and parts of the celebrant's texts, to let people experience the overall impact on the language of our prayer that the new Roman Missal will bring.  These short sessions-our hope is to keep them to about 30-35 minutes, in order to encourage as many as possible to attend-will also include an overview of the Missal, and time for questions and answers.


Corinna Laughlin

St. James Cathedral 


St. Alphonsus, Seattle

At our June liturgical commission meeting we established a parish liturgical commission subcommittee for preparation of the parish for RM3, laid out a few broad-brush plans for what we needed to do over the summer, and then we all "disappeared" in various directions!

Our subcommittee includes pastor, school principal, altar server coordinator, and me. We are planning a workshop with a guest presenter and will invite all parish leadership and all StAlphonsusparishioners to participate.  For any who cannot attend for any reason, I will be offering "small group" workshops for anyone who wants to meet for an introduction to the Missal, much like the larger workshop in content, but for more intimate groups, such as seniors during the day, our choir members, as well as parish leadership and parish lay liturgical ministers who can't attend the larger session. Tentative scheduling is already underway for these sessions, which will be completed by November 13 or so.

In the meantime, for the rest of July and August, our subcommittee will meet and place orders for flyers, plan bulletin inserts to be included from September 10-11 through November 12-13, and other necessities and events.

We chose the LTP edition of the Roman Missal and pew cards for the parish, and these have been ordered.


Our music director will be participating in one of the music workshops being offered by the Archdiocesan Liturgy Office, and our choir members and sub cantors are very interested. Our School Principal has already signed on for the Principals, Pastors, School liturgy coordinator session at Palisades on August 17. Our sacristans are making plans to attend the November 5 or 11 workshop for deacons, sacristans.

Our preparations prior to the implementation of the Missal are meant to be basic. We are discussing also the possibility of follow-up catechesis on the Mass itself. We have not named any resources yet. I am drawn to Carstens and Martis, Mystical Body, Mystical Voice for lay liturgical ministers, but at this point it is for future reference.


Sandy Dresbeck

St. Alphonsus, Seattle

St. Benedict Catholic School, Seattle

The parish school has a plan for implementation that is coordinated with the parish. You may find their planning worksheet a helpful resource.





Music resources for the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal

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The United States Conference of Bishops approved the early introduction of the new texts for the sung parts of the Mass ONLY beginning September 2011. Archbishop Sartain has given permission to pastors of the Archdiocese to determine whether to introduce these sung texts early for their parish. The new texts are required on and after the 1st Sunday of Advent. Pastoral Musicians may find the following resources helpful as the 1st Sunday of Advent approaches. 


Audio Chants of the Roman Missal - You may download free of charge both musical scores (PDF) and recordings (MP3). Ideal for priests, deacons, and music directors.

Music Accompaniments for Chants of the Roman Missal - You may download free of charge organ/keyboard accompaniments for the chants of the Roman Missal. Ideal for music/choir directors and accompanists who would like to accompany the chants of the Roman Missal.

Mass of Renewal - The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) announced on July 16, 2010 that Mass of Renewal by William Gokelman and David Kauffman of San Antonio, Texas, was voted the winner of a new Mass setting competition sponsored by NPM. 


Mass settings from GIA Publications 

Mass settings from Oregon Catholic Press (OCP)

Mass settings from World Library Publications (WLP) 

Tool for evaluating a Mass Setting 






Roman Missal - the final stages

As we enter the final stages of welcoming the newly translated text of the 3rd Edition, the Liturgy Office is offering (or has offered) workshops to assist specific areas of liturgical leadership. 
This series does not duplicate earlier workshops offered but is intended to enhance what was explored earlier.  If you haven't already attended one of the workshops in this last phase - or already registered for one - it's very easy to reserve a place. Just click on a location and register online. YOUR CHANCE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES IS RUNNING SHORT - DON'T DELAY! Workshops that are completed or have reached attendance limits are listed for information purposes only. 

July 30 - St. Rose de Viterbo, Longview COMPLETED
August 6 - St. Mary, Aberdeen COMPLETED
August 13 - St. Olaf, Poulsbo COMPLETED
August 20 - St. Charles, Burlington COMPLETED
August 27 - St. Stephen the Martyr, Renton COMPLETED
September 10 - St. Thomas More, Lynnwood  COMPLETED
September 17 - Mary, Queen of Peace, Sammamish 

Deacons, Sacristans, and Liturgy Committees
November 5 - Isaac Orr Center, Chancery     CLOSED ATTENDANCE LIMIT REACHED
November 11 - St. Joseph, Chehalis







Trinkets and Treasures
The Archives of the Archdiocese of Seattle is making the most of very limited storage space by giving away a few old "treasures"!  There are statues, tabernacles, kneelers, and a variety of other items, all in usable condition, and they're free for the taking.  To download the catalog with images and dimensions for all the available items click here.  Please contact Archivist Seth Dalby for additional information.  All items are offered free to a good home - you must arrange for pick up and transportation.   


LiturgyOfficeStaffLITURGY OFFICE

Carolyn Lassek, Director
Tony Varas, Associate Director
Jennifer Gramaje, Administrative Assistant
Teresa Chudecke, Office Assistant





 Ms. Michelle Clinton 
Ms. Sandra Dresbeck
Rev. Kevin Duggan
Very Rev. James Johnson
Ms. Corinna Laughlin
Deacon Juan Lezcano
Mr. William McNamara
Rev. Steve Sallis
Ms. Rose Shandrow
Sr. Beth Taylor