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Revised Roman Missal Workshops Begin in Diocese

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The first of a series of 13 workshops on the revised Roman Missal was held Thursday, January 13, 2011, at Immaculate Conception in Wilmington. More than 30 adults, representing a wide range of parish ministries in the Cape Fear Deanery, participated in the day-long workshop offered by the Office of Divine Worship and facilitated by Mr. Gerard Hall, Director of the Office of Divine Worship, and Sr. Mary Agnes Ryan, IHM, Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh.

A multi-media presentation led by Msgr. Michael Clay covered topics essential to understanding the revised Roman Missal. The presentation began with the fundamentals of liturgical prayer, rooted in an understanding of the Holy Trinity and the Paschal Mystery. The workshop continued with a focus on liturgical spirituality in its relationship to the spirituality of the Bible, the Incarnation, and the Church. Following a final presentation on ritual prayer and the significance of the way we pray, there was an opportunity for further questions and a more detailed discussion of the changes in the revised Roman Missal. Each participant also received the Diocese of Raleigh’s Study Materials for the Introduction, Reception and Implementation of the Roman Missal, 3rd Edition, to take home for more information and reflection.

More workshops are set to take place across the diocese in order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the liturgy and the revised Roman Missal before its implementation on the First Sunday of Advent, 2011. In addition to Mr. Hall and Sr. Mary Agnes Ryan, facilitators include Ms. Bea Callery, Director of the Office of Lay Ministry Formation; Mr. Andrew Casad, Director of Liturgy and the Catechumenate, St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill; Sr. Barbara Marie Cady, S.U., Pastoral Administrator, Infant of Prague Church in Jacksonville; Mrs. Rosalie Innacelli, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools; and Ms. Donna Smith, Director of Liturgy, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh. Although the workshops are primarily designed for parish ministries, registration for these workshops is open to all and available on the Diocese’s Roman Missal website. Visit the Roman Missal section of the website for more information.

Above: Gerard Hall, Diocesan Director for the Office of Divine Worship, conducting Roman Missal workshop for Cape Fear Deanery at Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington.

Below: Workshop participants viewing multi-media presentation by Msgr. Michael Clay, Pastor of St. Ann Church in Clayton, on the Roman Missal and the new revisions.