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Diocesan Priests Attend Formation Workshop on New Roman Missal

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The Diocese of Raleigh Office of Worship held a two-day workshop for Priests of the Diocese of Raleigh on October 4-5 to guide them through the new English version of the Roman Missal that will be implemented the first Sunday of Advent 2011. The October session followed a series of introductory workshops held in four locations during the last two months.

The workshop, titled "Mystical Body * Mystical Voice: Christ in the Words of the Mass," was led by two members of the faculty from The Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake of the Archdiocese of Chicago: Fr. Douglas Martis, PhD, STD, Director of the Liturgical Institute and Chair of the Worship Department at Mundelein Seminary; and Mr. Christopher Carstens, Director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Their presentation provided liturgical formation on the revised Missal, including a review of its sacramental theology, the construction of its ritual texts, and how the ritual texts must be prayed by the celebrant and increase the active and conscious participation of all the faithful during the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass.

“The sessions were very well received by the more than 100 priests who were present,” said Mr. Gerard Hall, Diocesan Director of the Office of Worship. “The workshops provided the priests the opportunity to reflect on the texts of the revised Roman Missal, not only by what is being said, but also how the words help the Church encounter Christ in the prayers of the Sacred Mass.”

The faithful of the Diocese will have their first opportunity to learn about the revisions at the Catholic Convocation, which will take place Saturday, October 16, at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Information on the Convocation is available in a previous news story and on the Convocation page of the Diocesan web site.

In addition to the Convocation, formation for parish ministers on the new Missal begins on November 20, 2010, at Holy Family in Elizabeth City. A total of 21 total sessions will take place throughout the Diocese through March. Registration materials for these sessions will soon be available from the Office of Worship.

Above: Diocesan priests attending two-day workshop on revisions to the Roman Missal that will take effect Advent 2011.