Vol. XVII, No. 2
News & Views
From Adoration to Evangelization | Weak Masses, Weak Faith, Cardinal Say | Missal Implementation in England, Wales, Scotland and Australia
From Adoration to Evangelization
Adoratio 2011, a major international conference on Eucharistic Adoration, will take place in Rome from June 20-23, 2011. Organized by the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, a new community founded in 2007 by Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon, France, the conference will feature a wide range of international speakers, including seven cardinals.
“The first condition for the new evangelization is adoration”, Bishop Rey said. “We must regain the ability to adore Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist if we are to bring the men and women of the twenty-first century to faith in Jesus Christ. This is one of the key themes of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI”, he said, “which is why we are taking this initiative”.
Adoratio 2011 will include fourteen conferences, workshops, the celebration of Mass in the new and older forms, all-night adoration and the Divine Office. Simultaneous translation services will be provided in the main languages.
The conference will conclude by joining with Pope Benedict in his celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi at the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Eucharistic procession to the Basilica of St. Mary Major that follows.
Father Florian Racine, founder of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist and the principal organizer, stated: “We are confident that this conference will make an important contribution to the new springtime of Eucharistic adoration that is so dear to the heart of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict. We are humbled by the many people who have already given so much to make this conference something far better than we ever dared to hope it could be. Adoratio 2011 already promises to be an important international event in the life of the Church in 2011”.
News Release: Missionarii Sanctissimae Eucharistiae: www.adoperp.com
Weak Masses, Weak Faith, Cardinals Say
“A weakening of faith in God, a rise in selfishness and a drop in the number of people going to Mass can be traced to liturgical abuse or Masses that are not reverent”, said two Vatican cardinals, as reported by Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service (CNS) March 3.
Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, who heads the Apostolic Signatura (Vatican supreme court) and Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, made this observation on March 2 at the launch in Rome of a book by Father Nicola Bux, a consultant to the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith and for the Causes of Saints, and of the Office for Papal Liturgical Celebrations.
The book was published in Italian; an English translation of its title would be, “How to Go to Mass and Not Lose Your Faith”. According to the CNS report, Cardinal Cañizares commented that while the book’s title is provocative, it demonstrates a belief he shares: “Participating in the Eucharist can make us weaken or lose our faith if we do not enter into it properly” and if the liturgy is not celebrated according to the Church’s norms.
Father Bux said that although many Catholics think the Mass is something that the priest and the congregation do together, it is actually something that Jesus does, CNS reported. He added: “If you go to a Mass in one place and then go to Mass in another, you will not find the same Mass. This means that it is not the Mass of the Catholic Church, which people have a right to, but it is just the Mass of this parish or that priest”.
Source: Catholic News Service
Missal Implementation in England, Wales, Scotland and Australia
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has a special web section on the new translation of the Roman Missal, which is being introduced gradually throughout the year.
A key to the implementation is given in a timeline on the web site:
• In January parishes began using new musical settings of the Ordinary of the Mass, and a list of settings approved by the Bishops Commission for Liturgy is posted on the site.
• From Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011, dioceses can introduce both spoken and sung parts of the Order of Mass. (The National Liturgical Council has produced cards with people’s parts of the Order of Mass. These cards will be distributed through the bishop’s chancery in each diocese.)
• The process of the implementation of the Order of Mass is to be completed by November 1, 2011. Full implementation is ex- pected before the end of the year.
The ACBC site also stresses that “the process of implementation is a matter for each diocesan bishop to determine”. There is a section of frequently asked questions, and the Missal texts are also available.
ACBC Missal site: catholic.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1894&Itemid=437
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales notes on its web site that the bishops see the introduction of the new Missal translation “as a time to deepen our understanding of and renew our faith in the Eucharist”, so they are introducing the text gradually “with accompanying catechesis”. The following timeline appears on the BCEW Liturgy Office web page:
• September 2011 – use of the Order of Mass from the new translation in England & Wales; other texts such as Collects will remain in our current translation.
• Accompanying the use of the Order of Mass from September to the end of November there will be catechesis on the Mass and the new translation.
• Parishes will be encouraged to offer preparatory formation from May so that people are aware of the forthcoming changes and so that priests, deacons and lay liturgical ministers can assist with the reception of the translation.
BCEW Liturgy Office web site: liturgyoffice.org.uk/Missal/Resources/IntroductionFAQ.shtml.
The Catholic Truth Society (CTS), the publisher of the new Roman Missal for England, Wales, Scotland and Australia, announced March 14 that the new altar Missals are nearly complete:
After lots of painstaking work on the thousands of cross-references within the Missal, three fully typeset proofs of the Roman Missal, 2011 edition are off to the Bishops Conferences of England and Wales, Scotland, and Australia for the ‘Concordat cum Originali’.
Books for the Order of Mass — the core of the Mass that does not change from week to week — will be available from June 2011. CTS will also publish new editions of its Simple Prayer Books, Order of Mass cards, the Order of Mass in Latin and English, etc. These editions will enable the people in the pews to become familiar with the new translation.
Beginning in June, priests will use an interim version of the Altar Missal that will contain all the texts that the priest will need to celebrate Mass from September to Advent 2011. By Advent 2011 the rest of the text will be in use and available to all, including people’s Missals.
CTS web site: ctscatholiccompass.org/category/roman-missal/