Change Is Coming

We are very blessed as Catholics. We can trace our liturgies all the way back to the original Christian communities. We know the Word we profess, and the sacraments we participate in are part of the mission Christ gave to us. Our understanding of what God has revealed in Christ is always deepening. This means that the mysteries of God and how the Church articulates and explains them has been developing over the last 2000 years. It continues to develop.

Certainly, the core fundamentals of our Faith and all the doctrines explained in the Catechism are constant. Although, some of the practices of our Faith (tradition with a small “t”) can and do change. We have been blessed with something called the Magisterium. This is the teaching office that is entrusted to the bishops in communion with the Holy Father, St. Peter’s successor. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they decide when changes in our practices need to be adopted. The reason this is done is to unite the universal Church.

Beginning this fall, we will be implementing changes in the way we celebrate the Mass. We will officially begin using the new translation here in our parish and throughout the entire Archdiocese of Detroit on the First Sunday of Advent.

Archbishop Vigneron has given permission to begin to practice the “sung” Mass settings in September. In October, we can begin to use the musical Mass settings within the Mass. Finally, on the weekend of November 26 – 27, we will fully implement the new translation.

So, what does this mean to you? How will you remember what the new words are? What will you say? DO NOT WORRY! We have ordered cards that will be in the pews to help all of us get used to the new words and phrasing. In fact, the congregation’s changes are minimal. It is really a major change for us priests.

To help get us ready, we will do a “mock Mass” on November 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. We will walk through the Mass (without actually celebrating it) and take time at each new part to explain what is changing. So mark your calendars. Also, keep watching the bulletin and the website for up to date information.

God bless,

Fr. J.J.

P.S. Since we are getting used to all this new wording, I’m thinking of going by “His Excellency, Fr. J.J.” Good or bad idea?