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Dear Friends,

Lenten greetings! I hope that you have been able to find time for prayeful solitude during this season in which we reflect on the meaning of our Baptism.

Though we are in the midst of Lent, those who prepare the liturgy are already anticipating the celebration of the Sacred Paschal Triduum and ways the community can improve its observance each year. In this issue Robert Valle, a director of music and liturgy, provides a plan for evaluating the parish celebration of the Triduum. Parish staff and liturgy committees will find his questions and his approach valuable as they review their liturgy and the participation of the faithful. He suggests that brief conversations and notes be taken after each liturgy, so you will want to read "A Prayerful Evaluation of the Parish Triduum" well before the observance of the Three Days.

In "An Invitation to Humble Service," Ronald Patrick Raab, csc, reflects on the Collect that is prayed before the Blessing of Baptismal Water during the Easter Vigil. His consideration of this prayer will help ministers ponder the love God has for us as the elect are invited to be baptized. As Fr. Raab meditates on this text, we are pulled into the awe of the moment for the presider, the elect, and the assembly. The words recall not only God's love but the service that is part of our Christian life.

The art and environment team will be especially interested in the article "Decor for First Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage," by J. Philip Horrigan. But this piece should not be reserved only for those who prepare the environment. The author posits that parishes should have in place a policy concerning decor for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Making such a policy available in the parish office and on the website will prevent misunderstandings.

The article "Celebrating the Sacraments in a Bilingual Community" tells of how one parish has sought full, active, and conscious participation in the liturgy among both English and Spanish speakers. Terry Navarro explains how the parish grew from celebrating one Mass in Spanish to seeking to provide for all of the spiritual needs of the bilingual community. Diversity has been embraced and the parish community has grown in many ways.

Administrators will want to be sure to turn to the page of book reviews. The three reviews in this issue focus on the spirituality of administration, providing another perspective on what sometimes seems to be routine work. Teresa Marshall-Patterson has reviewed these books by Ann M. Garrido, Annmarie Sanders, IHM, and Donald Senior, CP.

For parish bulletins and faith formation sessions, you will want to download the articles on the sacraments of initiation. "What Happened at My Baptism?" by Trish Sullivan Vanni, will help parents and grandparents talk to children about the meaning of their Baptism. The article "Why Are Three Sacraments Received at the Easter Vigil?" by Kristopher W. Seaman, will answer questions that many in your parish might have concerning the reception of the initiation sacraments.

As you celebrate these seasons, try to nourish your spirit as well as that of your parishioners. May the peace of Christ be with you.

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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