Praenotanda - March/April 2015

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Nearly 500 Catechumens representing 61 parishes and missions of the Diocese of Orlando were declared The Elect by Bishop Noonan at the rite of Election held the First Sunday of Lent at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.

Participants learn about entering lyrics during the beginner workshops on Finale notation software held at St. Margaret Mary School, Winter Park during February. Other classes in the tutorial series included formatting for worship aids and a workshop on formatting for projection.

The first NPM Orlando Chapter Mardi Gras Social was held on Friday, February 13, 2015 at St. Charles Borromeo, Orlando. This was an opportunity for music ministers from around the diocese to come together for food and fellowship. Harry Rios, Director of Music at St. Clare, Deltona, delighted attendees with his jazz piano skills. A special thank you to Elizabeth Tilley, Director of Music at Blessed Trinity, Ocala and Hugh Bowen, Music Director at St. Charles and  for their efforts in making this evening a success.
In this issue you will find: 
Workshops & Events

Diocesan Choir Festival (Office of Music - Orlando NPM Chapter)

Friday, May 8, 2015

St. James Cathedral, Orlando

The diocesan choral festival is an opportunity for parish choirs to come together and sing for one another as well as work with area music directors on combined choral pieces. Although choirs are not required to participate in the combined pieces, it is a wonderful opportunity for various music ministries to join together under the direction of a parish music director. In addition to the combined pieces, each choir will have the opportunity to perform one selection of music. There is one mandatory rehearsal for those participating in the combined pieces - Saturday, May 2, 2015. The four selections for the combined pieces will be finalized at the next Diocesan Music Committee meeting on March 18, 2015. Although this event is free, you must register your choir and indicate the number attending and the selection of music you will be singing. You can register by clicking here.

Diocesan Lector Institute (Office of Liturgy) 
Saturday, May 17, 2015
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Orlando

This institute will give an overview of basic skills and documentation regarding the ministry of lector and 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.

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

USCCB Update

Status of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition 
From the January 2015 Newsletter from the Committee on Divine Worship:

The Secretariat of Divine Worship has recently received a number of inquiries about the status of the revisions to the Marriage rite from publishers, diocesan offices of worship, and from liturgical scholars and catechists. The Latin Church Bishops of the USCCB approved the English translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition in November 2013. Subsequently, the provisional text was sent to the Congregation for Divine V/orship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the recognitio which is required before any new liturgical text can be published and used in the dioceses of the United States.

It was the Secretariat's hope that the necessary confirmation from the Holy See would have arrived sometime in 2014. To date, the recognitio has not been received. Reasons for this are speculative, but the longer-than-expected time taken for review is due at least in part to the Congregation's desire to wait for the submission of texts from other English-speaking Conferences of Bishops in order to evaluate them at the same time. Regrettably, there is no way to determine exactly when the approval will arrive.

In addition to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, the Secretariat of Divine Worship is also awaiting confirmation of two other liturgical texts submitted to the Congregation in early 2014, namely a revised translation of the Order of Confirmation, as well as the Misal Romano, Tercera Edición, which will serve as the official Spanish language Roman Missal for use in the United States.

NPM Update

Early Bird Registration for Grand Rapids
The 2015 NPM Annual Convention will take place July 6–10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Early Bird registration is available until Friday, March 6. Register by then to receive the largest discount on convention registration. Because people have limited budgets, we try to keep costs down while offering the biggest “bang” for your buck. Unlike other music associations, NPM embraces all forms of music ministry in a pastoral environment that connects music to ordained leadership, environment, the ethnic mixture that is the Church in the United States, social justice, and liturgical scholarship. It’s all here! And all in one week!

Full information about the 2015 Convention is available online. So is secure registration. Take advantage of the online service and register today! Go to Grand Rapids.

FDLC Update

Resources for the Lent and Easter Seasons
The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has published a resource for the Lent and Easter Seasons. In addition, the Examination of Conscience en español is available. Both documents may be downloaded by clicking here. The document is intended to complement the Lent and Easter Advisory already provided by the Office of Liturgy (see Upcoming Liturgical Considerations below). It contains:
  1. A full Presider’s Text for the Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution
  2. Readings, sample penances, and music suggestions for that Rite
  3. Answers to frequently-asked questions about the seasons
  4. A Liturgical Calendar Advisory for the seasons of Lent and Easter and for the Sacred Paschal Triduum
  5. A synopsis of the Lectionary for Mass (Year B) for these Ninety Days
  6. “Planning sheets” for the Triduum which might be helpful to your pastors, their commissions and their liturgical ministers

Becoming an Associate Member of FDLC

Who We Are - The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) is a national organization composed primarily of members of diocesan liturgical commissions, worship offices and/or the equivalent diocesan liturgical structures. These diocesan liturgical personnel, appointed by their bishops, have responsibility for the promotion of the liturgical life of their dioceses. The FDLC serves as an official collaborating agent between the local churches through diocesan worship offices and liturgical commissions and the USCCB Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW). 

Our Goal - To promote the liturgy as the heart of Christian life‑especially in the parish community. As a pastoral, “locally-based,” and professional organization, the FDLC shall be committed to assist the Catholic Church in the United States of America, its hierarchy, the local churches, and the individual bishops in their responsibilities of providing positive leadership in liturgical celebration, education, and development.
Associate Members receive
  • a one-year subscription to the FDLC Newsletter
  • regular e-mail communications of liturgical interest
  • 25% discount on FDLC publications
  • member discounts to the FDLC National Meeting
  • access to the members-only pages of the website
  • regional networking opportunities (priceless!)
Annual Fee: $75
For more information and a registration form please visit

Orlando Liturgical Conference 2015 Update

Registration will soon be open for the Orlando Liturgical Conference:  “Liturgy in Action—Glorifying the Lord By Your Life”  “Liturgia en Acción—Glorificando Al Señor con Tu Vida” The full conference runs from August 20 through August 22.  There will be pre-conference intensives for Clergy, Liturgy Directors and Coordinators as well as Music/Choir Directors.  We will also be offering a 3-day Liturgy Intensive for Liturgy Directors and Coordinators.  This intensive will be especially helpful to those who desire to obtain the basic skills and knowledge that are foundational to the role of the liturgist and liturgy coordinator in the parish.  On Thursday evening we will be gifted with a performance of Tony Alonso’s “In Endless Song—An Anthology” presented in concert.  On Friday, there will be workshops for music directors; cantors; choir members; teen ministers; liturgists; those who work with media/technology during worship; those responsible for preparing bi-lingual and multi-cultural liturgies; those who wish to know how social justice and liturgy complement each other; and those who work with Spanish choirs.  Another highlight will be the celebration of Mass on Friday Evening with our own Bishop John Noonan and guest homilist Monsignor Kevin Irwin of the Catholic University of America.  This year we will be offering a fully bi-lingual day on Saturday, August 22, 2015.  Saturday will be a day dealing with all of the liturgical ministries.  All of the offerings on Saturday will be offered in English AND Spanish with presentations for cantors, lectors, environment and art ministry members, sacristans, altar server trainers and many others involved with liturgy.  We’ve prepared a full schedule with inspiring presentations by Fr. Juan Sosa from the Archdiocese of Miami and recording artist ValLimar Jansen.  To make it easy for as many of your ministry members to participate on Saturday we have even provided the option for a single day rate.  There will be offerings in English and in Spanish all day long!  If you love the liturgy and love participating in the liturgy in whatever capacity be sure to take advantage of this wonderful and unique opportunity with some of the best and brightest speakers in our country today. 

Upcoming Liturgical Considerations

Please review the 2015 Lent/Easter Advisory from the Office of Liturgy for liturgical considerations. You can access it in PDF form by clicking here.
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