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Dear Friends,

As we celebrate the glorious feast of Christ’s resurrection, our hearts are filled with paschal joy, “the abundance of which overflows to occupy fifty days” (The Roman Missal, Easter Vigil, 1). The radiant joy manifest in this season is the hallmark of all those who have encountered Christ and have been reborn through the waters of baptism. Like the first disciples to encounter the risen Lord, we cannot keep this joy to ourselves!

The joy of the risen Christ is to be shared with everyone without exception. In “Sensory Friendly Masses Unify the Body of Christ,” Noelle Collis-DeVito offers guidance for parishes looking to make the liturgy a more inclusive and joyful experience for persons with autism or other sensory needs, providing practical ways parishes can support their full participation at Mass.

Stanley Francis Zerkowski invites us to consider how broader listening and discernment that engages all the baptized enhances the parish’s work of sharing the joy of the Gospel. In “Living Synodality: Parish Discernment and Visioning,” Zerkowski explores one parish’s experience of embracing synodality, proposing ideas that other parish ministers could adopt in their ministerial setting.

Jessica Cole guides us to reflect on the joy of living in communion with Christ. “Remaining Connected to Christ’s Resurrected Life” focuses our attention on the image of Christ the vine and calls us live intentionally so as to bear abundant fruit for God’s kingdom.

First Communion and confirmation celebrations during the Easter season provide additional opportunities for the parish to rejoice in the gift of our life in Christ. John Michael B. Reyes’ piece, “Supporting the Community’s Prayer at Sacramental Rites” provides guidance to ensure that the decor and environment for these celebrations help the faithful encounter the paschal mystery with renewed joy and wonder.

In “Embracing the Vision of Christian Initiation for Children,” Rita Burns Senseman shows how parishes can offer a rich initiation process for children preparing to receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist.

The issue’s bulletin inserts offer fruitful reflections on baptism. In “Observing the Anniversary of Entry into God’s Family,” Kathyrn Ball-Boruff offers concrete ideas to help families celebrate anniversaries of baptism within the home. Kathy Kuczka’s “Water in the Liturgy Is a Reminder of Baptism” aims to guide all the faithful to a renewed sense of the gift of this sacrament.

May you find joy in Christ and your service to his Church during this Easter season.

Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago


Using the liturgy as its source, Pastoral Liturgy® has been intentionally designed to be of service to the whole parish with resources for leaders and parishioners, those who are just beginning to learn about liturgy, and those who are seasoned volunteers and professionals.

The six 32-page, full-color issues follow the course of the liturgical year to provide guidance for liturgy preparation, faith formation, liturgical art and architecture, and the many areas of parish ministry that flow from the liturgy to witness the Gospel and build the kingdom of God.

Pastors, parish staffs, liturgy committees, catechists, musicians, architects, and everyone seeking to learn more about how the liturgy forms and informs all of parish life will find this resource a valuable support to understanding the liturgy more fully and incorporating it as the source for all they do. That's why Pastoral Liturgy® magazine is the liturgy magazine for the whole parish!

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