As more parishes in the United States become part of clusters,
communities increasingly face questions surrounding how all of the faithful will
join as one to pray throughout the Sacred Paschal Triduum. In "The Triduum in Cluster
Parishes: Gathering the Community to Celebrate," Fr. Paul Turner addresses concerns,
including selecting readers and ministers of hospitality, the number of services on
Good Friday, and the lighting of the Paschal candle.
The Collect during the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper notes that our participation
in the Eucharist continues in the charity that we extend to others. Fr. Ronald Patrick Raab
CSC, reflects on the connection of service to the Eucharist in the essay "The
Summons of the Eucharist: To Follow Christ in Loving Service."
When the faithful arrive at the church for the Easter Vigil, a blazing fire greets them.
In "Building the Easter Fire," Fr. J. Philip Horrigan notes both the theological meaning of
the fire and the need for it to be in a safely constructed vessel that is substantial in size.
Whether or not a new place for the fire is needed in your parish, this liturgical environment
article contains helpful suggestions that you will want to provide to your art and environment
Those preparing the liturgy for the Triduum will want to take note of the query in the Q & A
on the appropriate time for turning on the lights in the church during the Easter Vigil. In answering
the questions, Fr. Dennis C. Smolarski, SJ, addresses the challenge of remaining faithful
to the symbolic dynamic the Missal describes while making use of artificial lighting.
The pastor is mindful of many things as he prepares to initiate the catechumens at the Easter Vigil.
Not only does he need to be humble and gracious to draw the elect and faithful into the mystery of paschal
life, but he is concerned with the preeminent symbols of initiation. In "The Priest as Shepherd in the
Celebration of the Sacraments," Fr. Stephen S. Wilbricht CSC, explores the responsibilities
of the priest in preparing for the Easter Vigil.
Many parishes wonder how they can get more of their community to participate in the Christian initiation
process. Jim Peters writes about how a larger segment of the parish can become involved by making the white
garments that the neophytes wear. All members of the staff will want to read "Involving the Parish Community:
The Baptismal Garment Ministry."
Parishes will want to provide their parishioners with the bulletin inserts on keeping Lent. In "Lent: A
Time for Inner Cleansing," author Kathy Kuczka shows how the Lenten disciplines help us open the cupboards
of our heart to see what needs to be cleaned. The Living Our Faith faith formation piece "Participating in
Lent as a Family," by Kathryn Ball-Boruff, will aid parents as they seek ways that the season can unite the
household in prayer and service.
May your Lent and Triduum be grace-filled.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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