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Date Set for Implementation of New Roman Missal

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On Friday, August 20th, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), announced that the full text of the English-language translation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, has been approved by the Vatican’s Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The Congregation also provided guidelines for publication.

Cardinal George made the announcement in a letter to the U.S. Bishops and issued a decree of proclamation that states, “The use of the third edition of the Roman Missal enters into use in the Dioceses of the United States of America as of the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the Dioceses of the United States of America.” 

“I am confident,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said, “that the third edition of the Roman Missal will lead us to a deeper knowledge and appreciation of our Sacred Liturgy. I ask the faithful to join their parish leaders in embracing this time of preparation by utilizing the opportunities for formation that will assist us in continuing to pray well the mysteries we celebrate.”

To assist clergy and faithful in preparing for the implementation of the Missal, Bishop Burbidge instructed Gerard Hall, Diocesan Director of Worship, to design a plan, which includes creation of a task force to assist with the formation process of the various constituents of the Diocese. Bishop Burbidge appointed a committee made up of Priests, Religious and Laity to work with the Office of Worship in formation and catechesis on the Missal.

“Numerous formation opportunities will be provided throughout the coming year for Priests, Deacons, Diocesan and Parish Leadership,” Mr. Hall said. “To date a total of 31 formation opportunities have been scheduled with workshops for priests already underway. The faithful will have an excellent opportunity for instruction and catechesis on the new Missal at this fall’s Catholic Convocation scheduled October 16.”

Mr. Hall noted there will be articles published in the NC Catholics magazine about the Mass and the revised translations of the Roman Missal throughout the year, as well as bulletin information and other resource materials. In the very near future, there will be a web page dedicated to the Implementation of the Roman Missal that will include information, formation materials, and links to various resources.