As we move from Easter Time into Ordinary Time, we continue to ponder the
mysteries of the sacraments and the new life Christ has given us.
The privilege of living in Christ carries with it the responsibility of bringing forth
the Kingdom of God. We do that, having been sent forth from the liturgy, where our prayers
have united us to the Tribune God and to our brothers and sisters. In "Liturgy Unites, Fortifies
Disciples to Bring Justice to the World," Fr. Larry Dowling explains that the liturgy invites
prayer for a world united in faith, hope, and love. Parish staff and catechists will find that
this article will assist them with liturgical catechesis. Often current events call for the
homilist to address a situation. In "Preaching That Links the Word to Our Mission in the World,"
Dowling points out how priests and deacons can connect the day's Scriptures to what is occurring
in the community and the world.
On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we especially reverence the
Eucharist and ponder how it sustains us. In "Nourished by the Eucharist, Sent Forth in Service,"
Fr. Ronald Patrick Raab, csc, examines lines of the Preface prayed on Corpus Christi.
The Eucharist unites us, he notes, so that we go forth to invigorate the lives of others. While
continuing to reflect on the mysteries, parish staff might consider discussing this article together.
Many parishes seek to nurture the faith of the youngest members of the assembly through a children's
Liturgy of the Word. In the Liturgical Environment article, J. Philip Horrigan emphasizes that care
needs to be taken to provide a sense of the sacred in these spaces through candles, the placement of the
Lectionary, and fabric. Coordinators and catechists with the parish children's Liturgy of the Word will
want to read "Preparing the Worship Space for Children's Liturgy of the Word."
With the thirtieth anniversary this year of the current text of the Rite of Christian Initiation of
Adults, Rita Ferrone considers how the Rite has been received and areas that need attention. In "Implementing
the Rite: Progress and Challenges," Ferrone writes that the most important thing now is for people to fall in
love with the Rite again.
The downloadable article "The Faithful Seek God's Mercy" will help parishioners understand why the assembly
lifts up their prayer with petitions during the Universal Prayer. Parishes will want to provide this in their
bulletin or during faith formation sessions.
The Living Our Faith article "Discovering God's Call" assists parents and grandparents in helping children
realize the work that God is calling them to do. The article will be welcomed by all who seek to pass on their
faith to young people.
As the spring turns to summer, may your days be filled with blessings.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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