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Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate

Welcome to the ministry of Worship and the Catechumenate

Worship and the Catechumenate is a service and resource center for the liturgy, for liturgical catechesis, and for Christian initiation.

Realizing that adult formation and good liturgy foster and nourish faith, the services of Worship and the Catechumenate seeks to promote the liturgical and spiritual life of the people of God in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Wading Deeper

Wading Deeper is the annual summer workshop to engage catechumenate ministers in a deeper immersion in the vision, method, and ministry requires by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for parish and diocesan ministry. It is cosponsored by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and the Diocese of Belleville. Credit is granted in the catechist certification process by each diocese.

03-04 August 2018 at Holy Family Parish in Litchfield, Illinois

Mary Birmingham will speak on the Year Round Catechumenate. What is the vision of the ‘Year-Round Catechumenate’ and how does this fit with what you are already doing or should be doing? The RCIA describes an initiation process that exists at the heart of the Church’s life and on the same schedule as the Church: every day, all year long. While that may sound overwhelming and unimaginable, she will carefully explain how it is not only possible but also the best stewardship of the gifts and talents of initiation ministers. She will walk participants step by step through the periods and rites of the RCIA, providing helpful insight along the way. Mary Birmingham will help pastors, initiation teams, liturgy committees and other ministers imagine, envision, understand and implement a year-round catechumenate in the parish.

Download the registration form for Wading Deeper 2018

Lectionary for Mass Supplement

The USCCB Committee for Divine Worship has complied and approved this supplement to correct and add needed texts for the four-volume lectionary of 1998--2002. Three publishers will offer the book for sale beginning 1 April 2017. It may be used immediately on publication. See more details in pdfthis attached PDF.

How to prepare a new liturgical book for first use

Jonathan Sullivan offers this short video showing how to properly open a good book so that it lays flat, lasts a long time, and does not break the spine.

Click here to view the video