Workshops for Laity on New Roman Missal

Published on Aug 21st, 2011 by Austin Keith | 0
The New Roman Missal
New Words – A Deeper Meaning, but the Same Mass
By Father Tom Willis, director of Liturgy for the Diocese of St. Augustine
Later this year, on the First Sunday of Advent (Nov. 27, 2011), the Catholic Church in the United States will begin use of the English translation of the Roman Missal (third edition). It will replace the Sacramentary which has been in use since the early 1970’s. This is the book that the priest uses at Mass. It contains the Order of the Mass as well as all the “presidential prayers” (Opening Prayer, Prayer over the Gifts and Prayer after Communion).
In January 2011, the St. Augustine Catholic began publishing an eight-part series in the Theology 101 column that we hope has provided you with a better understanding of the revised translation.  The series, which will conclude with the November/December 2011 issue, includes the process that was used to translate the Roman Missal as well as the more noticeable changes that will occur when mandatory use of the Missal begins later this year.
The articles have been written by Rita Thiron, director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing, Mich. Rita is a colleague of mine in the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and brings a wealth of expertise and love for the celebration of the sacred liturgy. Her practical wisdom will be a big plus in helping you understand the “why’s” and the “what’s” of the new translation.
One thing is very important to emphasize – THE MASS IS NOT CHANGING. As one “motto” has put it: “New Words – Deeper Meaning – Same Mass.” The ritual that we have come to know since the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council will remain along with slight adjustments that were made following publication of the third edition of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal in 2002. What will be changing are the words we use in our worship. Therefore, we will need to become familiar with some new responses and our words of worship, especially those prayed by the priest, which will have a more lofty tone to them.
The Liturgical Commission of the diocese has planned a series of workshops and seminars to assist the clergy, parish musicians and liturgy leaders better understand the new texts. As well, there will be opportunities for the laity to learn about the changes. The workshop schedule for laity is listed below.
Change is never easy. However, it is our hope that this series of articles along with the workshops that have been planned will assist you, the People of God, to better understand the changes that are on the horizon. As Catholics we believe that the sacred liturgy is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” Receiving the revised translation of the Roman Missal and implementing it in our parishes will be key steps so that our liturgical celebrations are for the glory and honor of God.
For more resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, click here.
The New Roman Missal:
Workshops provide laity an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming changes
Lay Catholics in the Diocese of St. Augustine are encouraged to participate in any of the following workshops on the new Roman Missal. For more information, contact Father Tom Willis by email:
Christ the King Parish, Jacksonville
Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon
Holy Faith Parish, Gainesville
Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.
St. Patrick Parish, Jacksonville
Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.
St. Catherine Parish, Orange Park
Monday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Palm Coast
Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon

Epiphany Parish, Lake City
Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.