Worship Office to offer workshop series to help laity with revised Roman Missal

The Roman Missal is the ritual text for the celebration of the Mass. The diocesan Office of Worship will soon offer “Catechesis on the Mass,” a workshop series to help the laity get ready for the revised English translation of the Roman Missal.
Fr. Mike Nolan, director of the diocesan Office of Worship, said the new translation is still some time away but diocesan worship offices have been asked to begin sharing information about the upcoming changes in the Mass.
“This gives us an excellent opportunity to do a catechesis on the Mass,” Father Nolan said. “We can look at the prayers, reflect on the movement of the Mass through the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and consider how life and liturgy relate.”
Sister Loretta Beckius, administrative assistant in the Worship Office, said she hopes the faithful will attend “to deepen their understanding and be able to celebrate more prayerfully the Holy Mass.”
The first workshop in the series is called “Revisiting the Roman Rite” in which participants will review some theological principles of the “General Instruction to the Roman Missal” (the how-to of Mass), the translation principles used in revising the English-language missal, and a few examples of the Ordinary of the Mass, such as the Creed and Gloria, which generally are invariable, and which Rome has already approved.
The Ordinary of the Mass was released by Rome last year so that musicians could work on their compositions and so that interested persons could begin to hear how the translation will sound. It is not yet authorized for use in the liturgy.
Father Nolan added that for those interested it is the Proper of the Mass that consists of items that change with the feast or follow the Liturgical
This first workshop will be offered in the Wichita area at several places and times. This same workshop will be offered later this winter and in the spring in other areas of the diocese. Dates, locations, and times will be published in the Advance.
The Missale Romanum (the Roman Missal) is the ritual text for the celebration of the Mass. It was first promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as the definitive text of the reformed liturgy of the Second Vatican Council. A second edition followed in 1975.
The English translation of the Roman Missal includes updated translations of existing prayers, including some of the well–known responses and acclamations of the people.
Pope John Paul II issued a revised version of the Missale Romanum during the Jubilee Year 2000. The bishops of the United States approved the final sections of the English translation of the revised Roman Missal in November 2009. Among other things, the revised edition of the missal contains prayers for the observances of recently canonized saints, additional prefaces for the Eucharistic Prayers, additional Votive Masses and Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Intentions, and some updated and revised rubrics (instructions) for the celebration of the Mass.
The revised English translation of the Roman Missal is now in Rome. Typically, the Vatican has taken as long as two years to review texts. Hence approval of the revised English-language missal could come this year or next. Then a period of at least a year would be necessary for publishers to ready their materials.

Future workshop topics in the series
Hearers of the Word—Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word
The Eucharist Prayer—The Holy Exchange of Gifts
Eucharist and Mission—Living the Liturgy, Stewardship as the Way of Life
Translating the Mass

Want more info about the new translation of the Roman Missal?
More information about the revised English translation of the Roman Missal is available at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website: www.usccb.org/romanmissal.

Workshop schedule for ‘Revisiting the Roman Rite’
Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard, Spirit Hall, Monday, Jan. 25, 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Parish Hall, Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 to 11:15 a.m.
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Wichita, Pius X/Marian Halls, Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Stewardship Hall, Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 to 8:15 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, Wichita, Setter Hall, Tuesday March 9, 7 to 8:15 p.m.