11/16/2011 11:58:00 AM Let's focus on more than changes
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Marilyn Peters at St. Francis, Roy.
What are the particular challenges that these revised Mass texts give? What are the opportunities provided? Will I use new music, or a revised version of an existing musical setting?
The Internet is a good tool for learning more about the revised texts. Organizations with helpful websites include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.usccb.org/romanmissal), National Association of Pastoral Musicians (www.npm.org), Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (www.fdlc.org), and Catholic music publishers like OCP, GIA Publications, and World Library Publications.
These changes provide an opportunity for catechesis about liturgy and our Sunday gathering for prayer. This catechetical process should involve the parish school (teachers and students), religious education programs, and sacramental formation sessions with students and parents. The focus should not be limited to the text changes themselves.
The writer is associate director of music at St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners, Wis.