BASIC GOALS for WORSHIP AND THE CATECHUMENATE
- To collaborate with the Commission for the Liturgy and its four subcommissions to further the liturgical life of the diocese.
- To provide consultation services for questions and issues on worship, liturgy, liturgical catechesis, the catechumenate, and the sacraments.
- To provide resources for parish staff and liturgy committees.
- To provide formation and resources for ministers who work with the Christian initiation of adults and children of catechetical age.
- To provide formation and resources for liturgical ministers.
- To provide diocesan guidelines and resources for liturgy and sacraments.
- To provide consultation services for the renovation and building of worship spaces.
- To facilitate the celebration of diocesan episcopal liturgies.
- To teach and direct in the programs for Ministry Formation.
- To publish the educational newsletter Gatherings and other formational resources.
- To collaborate with curial offices, other agencies, and national bodies on liturgy and Christian initiation.
- To promote and participate in the work of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
- To promote and participate in the liturgical formation of deacons.
DOMINANT LONG TERM GOAL:
To promote a liturgical catechesis proclaiming and developing
both a personal and a communal relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord
that is animated by a living faith.
To foster this work, two statements will give guidance to office programming:
VATICAN COUNCIL II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, 4 December 1963.
14. 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. Such participation by the Christian people as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 Pt 2:9; see 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.
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.
6. Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Good celebrations foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken and destroy it.
7. To celebrate the liturgy means to do the action or perform the sign in such a way that its full meaning and impact shine forth in clear and compelling fashion. Since liturgical signs are vehicles of communication and instruments of faith, they must be simple and comprehensible. Since they are directed to fellow human beings, they must be humanly attractive. They must be meaningful and appealing to the body of worshipers or they will fail to stir up faith and people will fail to worship the Father.
DOMINANT GOAL FOR 2007-2008:
- To promote good celebration of the Word of God and an ever deepening understanding of its place in the liturgy.
- Stressing the ongoing faith formation presented in the Sunday celebration and the liturgical year.
- Focusing on the Bible reading plan of the Lectionary for Mass, Volume I: Sundays, Solemnities, Feasts of the Lord and the Saints.
- Focusing on adult learning and catechetical approaches of experience and story that shape faith formation and training in the Christian life.
- Focusing on the ministries of reader, psalmist, preacher, and catechist.
- Providing resources for sacramental formation, faith formation, liturgical ministry, and Generations of Faith.