Praenotanda November/December 2014

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On Monday, October 20, 2014, Pastoral Musician and lawyer Jason Lorenzon presented Copyright Law: A Primer for the Pastoral Musician at St. Charles Borromeo in College Park. Mr. Lorenzon explained the complexities of copyright law and highlighted practical issues that parish musicians and liturgists must be aware of regarding reproduction of music, including worship aids and projection, and the performance of copyrighted works in a concert setting.

In this issue you will find: 

2014-2015 Liturgical Calendar
2014 Advent/Christmas Advisory

  • The 2014-2015 Liturgical Calendar is available to download by clicking here.
  • The 2014 Advent/Christmas Advisory is available to download by clicking here.
Workshops & Events

Diocesan Lector Institute (Office of Liturgy)

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Daytona Beach

This workshop will be presented in two parts. Part one will be an overview of basic skills and documentation regarding the ministry of lector. For part two, we will be joining Liturgical Training Publications live Virtual Workshop presented by Graziano and Nancy Marcheschi. This interactive Virtual Workshop will combine the liturgical and spiritual aspects of being an effective lector with public speaking techniques. The workshop addresses the role of the lector according to Vatican II and provides the latest information on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Participants will be presented with the theological grounding of their ministry, explore the spirituality of the readings and the liturgical seasons, and consider how their proclamation of the Word communicates the voice of God to the gathered assembly.

The cost of the workshop is $15 per person.

To register online, click here.
To register by mail, download the registration form with instructions by clicking here.


St. Cecilia Day of Reflection (Diocesan Music Committee/Orlando NPM Chapter)
Monday, November 24, 2014
Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park

Re-igniting Your Mission: Balance, Self-Care, and Ministry led by Joe Simmons
What calls you to music ministry and how has that evolved over time? How do you nurture your vocational mission amidst challenges and changes in your professional and personal life?

Come spend a day reflecting on your call to music ministry and generating ideas to manage obstacles that keep you from realizing your vision. Through prayer, including Lectio Divina and singing, small group discussion, and personal development coaching techniques, we will invite the Spirit to breathe new life into our mission.

Joe Simmons combines careers as a pastoral musician, cantor and lector clinician, seminar leader, and career and personal development coach. He serves as Director of Music and Cantor for The Sunday Mass, a national broadcast of the Passionist Community and works with adults in transition in multiple fields as a facilitator and coach. He is based in New York City.

The annual St. Cecilia Day of Reflection is open to all parish music and liturgy directors and assistants. The cost is $15 per person and includes a catered lunch.

To register online, click here.
To register by mail, download the registration form with instructions by clicking here

Mardi Gras Social (Diocesan Music Committee/Orlando NPM Chapter)
Friday, February 13, 2015

Save the date for our Mardi Gras Social on Friday, February 13, 2015. Whether you are a music director, ensemble leader, cantor, choir member, or instrumentalist, this is a great opportunity for anyone involved in music ministry to come together for an evening of fun and fellowship before we enter the busy Lent/Easter seasons. More information will follow in the next issue of Praenotanda.

USCCB Update

CDWDS Confirms Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos for U.S. Proper Calendar

On July 25, 2014, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments confirmed the inscription of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos into the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States (Prot. n. 654/13/L), as well as the Latin and English liturgical texts that accompany his Optional Memorial on October 5 (Prot. n. 447/14). Liturgical texts in Spanish are awaiting approval and will follow in due course. Liturgical texts are available by clicking here.

Subcommittee on Divine Worship in Spanish

Implementation Delayed for the Leccionario de la Misa - The decree of publication for the Leccionario de la Misa, issued on February 2, 2014 has been recinded to allow for additional corrections to the text. Since recognitio was granted to the text by the Holy See in June 2013, numerous difficulties with the text of the Leccionario have been discovered and need to be resolved before publication can proceed. A new implementation date will be given as soon as possible.

Misal Romano, Tercera Edición - Subcommittee members reviewed and approved a number of images of artwork that will be included in the future U.S. edition of the Misal Romano, Tercera Edición. In addition, the report by Sylvia Sánchez (Multicultural Specialist of the Secretariat of Divine Worship) noted the completion of the first phase of chant settings for the Misal Romano, namely the Prefaces. Phase two of the project - preparing chant settings for the Order of Mass and the three Nuptial Blessings - is underway.

Discussion continued from the previous meeting about elaborating a catechetical strategic plan on the liturgy, and more specifically on the Mass. Besides the videos that are being planned, the Subcommittee will invite the Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia (National Hispanic Institute of Liturgy) to collaborate this endeavor.
NPM Update
Since its founding, NPM has been committed to encouraging the Church's song of praise that rises to God in the Sacred Liturgy. Today, supported by the work of NPM in forming well-trained pastoral musicians, the music of the Catholic Church in the United States is continually enriched as a vehicle for the people to sing God’s praise and to grow in holiness.

NPM is for Musicians - For those Responsible for Music Ministry, Clergy, Choir Directors, Campus Ministers, Military Musicians, Organists, Ministers Serving African American Communities, Hispanic Musicians, Cantors, Seminary Music Educators, Youth Ministers and Ensemble Musicians. NPM helps you keep up-to-date on your ministry. It offers practical advice. It brings you new ideas and offers the support of other professionals involved in the ministry of music.

NPM is for Clergy - NPM addresses the vital role clergy play in their liturgical music programs. NPM offers support to clergy who care about the liturgical life of their community.

NPM is for Both - The future of liturgical renewal depends on both clergy and musicians working together. Together, you shape the sound and tone of your celebrations. NPM helps you work together to make the ministry of music suit your local situation.

NPM is - A non-profit organization for professionals, for volunteers, for everyone who cares about the liturgical life of the Church. More than 7,000 musicians and clergy are actively involved in this important effort to foster the art of pastoral music.

If you are not a member of NPM, consider joining! Encourage your choir members, cantors, ensemble leaders, and clergy to be a part of this important and vital organization. Visit to explore what NPM offers and to join.
FDLC Update

Over two hundred twenty leaders from one hundred three dioceses gathered in Lombard, Illinois, October 1-3, for the annual national meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). Their focus was "The RCIA: Ever Ancient, Ever New." Specifically, they would examine the National Statutes on the Catechumenate (1988) which have served as particular law for the dioceses of the United States for the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

At the heart of their discussions were the results of a recent study on pastoral practice commissioned by the FDLC, the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship, and the USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. The survey was conducted in the spring and summer of 2014 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). The one-hundred-question instrument was sent to a random sampling of 5000 parishes in the USA. Dr. Mary Gautier of CARA presented a summary of the results, analyzing such data as the length of the formation process, the number of catechumens and candidates, the celebration of the rites which mark their journey, proper ministers of the rites, catechetical resources used, the specific needs of children of catechetical age, and the proper celebration of the rites of initiation and reception into full communion.

Father Ron Lewinski, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a pioneer in the implementation of the RCIA in the USA, offered a pastoral response to the findings. While he acknowledged that this rite of the Church has gained great acceptance in the dioceses of the USA, he lamented that the richness of the RCIA has not been uniformly implemented in parishes. He cautioned, "We tend to become slaves to our systems instead of developing systems that reflect our values and beliefs." On the one finding that "64% of the children of catechetical age are being prepared for baptism in less than one year" he noted that "we cannot arbitrarily plan to foster conversion, catechize, teach prayer, and form young people as missionary disciples in nine months."

Father Paul Turner, a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City and a noted scholar on Christian Initiation, offered a theological response to the survey’s findings, citing six theological principles. Among them were "adaptation strengthens worship, catechetical formation accompanies liturgical practice, ministries are diversified, uncatechized adults need pastoral care, and the sequence of initiation rites reveals the Paschal Mystery." He offered particularly passionate rhetoric on the topic of respecting the valid baptisms of those candidates coming into full communion with the Catholic Church, recalling the historical development of the rite of reception, its publication in the 1972 editio typica (typical edition) and its intended use at Sunday Mass.

On Friday afternoon, FDLC members, former team members from the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, and catechetical leaders brought their considerable experience and expertise to bear in a consultation on the National Statutes on the Catechumenate. They methodically read each statute within table discussions and analyzed what should be affirmed, what pastoral difficulties had been encountered, and what might be added to the statutes. The findings will be submitted to the relevant committees of the USCCB. Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso and member of the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship was present throughout the meeting. All the Bishops of the USA will consider a revision to the National Statutes as well as the proposed translation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the next two to three years.

The celebration of daily Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours was integral to the meeting. The attendees also participated in a Eucharistic liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus. Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet served as principal celebrant.

Mass was followed by a banquet at the cathedral center. Retiring board members were honored and Mr. Daniel Demski of the Diocese of Toledo, a graduate student in liturgical studies at St. Mary on the Lake, was awarded the Tabat Scholarship, given in honor of Sr. Joan Tabat who died in a car accident in 2000. Msgr. John Burton was honored for his twenty-one years of service on the Board of Directors.

The FDLC’s highest honor, the prestigious Frederick R. McManus Award was presented to Msgr. Kevin Irwin of the Catholic University of America in recognition of his outstanding contributions to liturgical scholarship and ministerial formation. In his typically eloquent remarks, Msgr. Irwin urged all to recover the essential link between liturgy and justice – a renewed concern for the poor, a recommitment to unity and peace instead of rubrical debates, and an "unfussy" approach to liturgical celebrations which commission us all to bear witness to Christ’s Gospel and "to share in the very life of God."

A "Parish Day" followed the national meeting on Saturday, October 4. One hundred eighty parish RCIA team members gathered at nearby Ascension of Our Lord Parish (Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois) to listen to Mr. James Schellman, former Executive Director of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate offer his reflections on "Implementing the RCIA: Then, Now and to Come." The enthusiastic participants also attended ten workshops, offered in English and Spanish, which were designed to enrich their own formation and to better serve the process in their parishes.
Orlando Liturgical Conference 2015 Update

Planning and preparations are well underway for The Orlando Liturgical Conference 2015: Liturgy in Action: Glorifying the Lord by Your Life.  The focus of the keynote presentations and individual breakout sessions will center on the concept of how our liturgical prayer forms our beliefs and how liturgy leads us to action in the world.  We are delighted that the following keynote speakers have agreed to be with us: Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin of the Catholic University of America, consultant to the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship, theologian, author; Rev. Juan J. Sosa, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miami, FL, president of the National Hispanic Institute for Liturgy, composer, author; Tony Alonso, liturgical musician, composer, author; and ValLimar Jansen, cantor, liturgical musician, storyteller. Special features of the conference will include clergy sessions on the new translation of the Rite of Matrimony soon to be approved and published, The Order of Christian Funerals, and the Celebration of Exposition, Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. For the first time ever we will be offering a Liturgy Institute for those who provide liturgical leadership in their parish. This conference is for Clergy, Pastoral Musicians, Pastoral Liturgists, Liturgy Team Members, Choir Members, Choir Directors, Cantors, Lectors, Art/Environment Team Members, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Sacristans, and Hospitality Team Members. Mark your calendars now for this wonderful event.
Upcoming Liturgical Considerations

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - All Saints (Solemnity)
  • Ritual Masses are not permitted.
  • However, marriage may be celebrated within the Mass of the day; one reading from the ritual may be substituted at Masses which are NOT parish Masses, and the nuptial blessing is used.
  • A funeral Mass is permitted.
  • Masses after 4:00pm are in anticipation of the Sunday, November 2 Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Soul’s Day).
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)
  • No Gloria this Sunday.
  • However, the Creed is recited.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Anniversary of the Rededication of St. James Cathedral
  • Solemnity at the Cathedral Church.
  • Feast day for all parishes in the Diocese of Orlando. Note for Mass: Use Common of the Dedication of a Church: the Anniversary of the Dedication; use readings of the day or Lectionary for Ritual Masses, vol. IV, nos. 701-706; suggested readings:  Ez. 43:1-2, 3c-7a; Ps. 122; Eph. 2:19-22; Matt. 16:13-19.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Second Sunday in Advent
  • All Masses on Sunday are for the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
  • No anticipated Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception are permitted.
 Monday, December 8, 2014 - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
  • Holyday of Obligation.
  • Provisions should be made by parishes to be sure to include both morning and evening hours for Mass.
December 25, 2014 - Nativity of the Lord (Solemnity)
  • Masses for the Vigil of Christmas may not begin before 4:00pm.
  • Masses for Christmas for the traditional sequence: Vigil Mass, Mass during the Night (Midnight Mass), Mass at Dawn and Mass during the Day. Please refer to the Ordo for pastoral notes regarding the use of readings.
  • The Gospel Reading at all Masses is to be proclaimed by either a deacon or a priest; it is not permitted to have the Gospel (of the Nativity) proclaimed with multiple readers and/or voices. (GIRM #109)
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God (World Day of Peace)
  • Holyday of Obligation.
*Please refer to the 2014 Advent/Christmas Advisory for additional information.
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