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Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate

Welcome to the Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate

The Office for Divine 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.

02-03 August 2019 at Holy Family Parish in Litchfield, Illinois

Father Steven Lanza will help understand how we can bring it about. He will also help us explore what concrete learnings about the Catechumenate can we take back to our parishes, how the Sunday Liturgy of the Word becomes the springboard for year-round catechesis, how an initiation process encompassing multiple parishes can make this work, and how lay ministers lead sessions in the catechumenate period? He will also consider how we receive candidates throughout the year, how to form and build a team, and what to do when you only have one catechist.

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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 this 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