The Office for Worship aims to facilitate our growth in unity as a local Church through our joyful and prayerful liturgical celebrations. In our role as a resource to the Bishop and as collaborators with the parishes and priests of the diocese, we are ready to connect you with information, materials, and formation opportunities to promote that unity.
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Holy Communion and Heath Concerns
In the middle of cold and flu season, clergy and lay ministers are reminded that due attention should be given to hygiene in cleansing communion patens (plates) and chalices (cups). A two-step process is requested after each Mass:
Purifying the vessels with water alone, which is to be done by the priest or deacon. This may be done during Mass (Bishop Pates prefers that it be done with reverence and in a manner that does not draw undue attention or unnecessarily prolong the liturgy), or it may be done after Mass.
Cleansing all of the vessels, thoroughly, using soap and hot water. This should be done after the vessels have been purified by the priest or deacon. Both lay and ordained may cleanse the vessels. Again this should be done after each Mass.
The omission of step 2 above will likely promote the growth and spread of bacteria and viruses, putting parishioners and ministers at risk of infection.
Most parishes already use the following recommended practices:
Encourage usage of hand sanitizer by extraordinary and ordinary ministers
Offer reminders parishioners that those who feel ill should consider receiving Holy Communion only under the form of bread
Usage only of freshly cleaned purificators at each Mass
Laundering purificators before reuse
Adding the above steps to purify and cleanse vessels will help all to feel confident about receiving Holy Communion under both forms, even during cold and flu season. Please contact Kyle Lechtenberg in the Office for Worship if there are questions of how to implement this in your parish.
The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversionwill be held three times in the diocese: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. (Holy Rosary, Glenwood); and Sunday, February 17, at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. (Cathedral of St. Ambrose, Des Moines). Catechumens and Baptized Candidates for reception into the full communion of the Church, along with their families, sponsors, and catechists will gather for this experience of deeper connection with the Church before their initiation/reception.
The Chrism Mass will be held Friday, March 22, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Ambrose--the annual gathering of the Diocese of Des Moines. All are invited!
Prayer for Christian Unity was held at the Catholic Pastoral Center at 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. The service was adapted by local leaders from the materials developed jointly by the Pontifical Council on Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches. Worship aid here, Press release here.
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Roman Missal, Third Edition: Rolled Out!
Are you still deepening your experience of God in our worship? An excellent series for parishes is the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission’s “Three-minute Catechesis”, which is a series of 26 short reflections meant to be read at some point during, before, or after the parish Sunday liturgy.