Annual RCIA Workshops

"Through the Doorway" offered on a Sunday in January.
"Wading Deeper" usually offered the last Friday/Saturday in July.

The Dioceses of Belleville and Springfield in Illinois will continue their collaborative efforts offering two RCIA workshops every year.  However, beginning in January, 2018 and unfolding into the year 2020, the emphasis will be "Year-Round Catechumenate" with a different and growing focus at each workshop.  This three-year plan will help pastors, liturgy committees, initiation teams, musicians, catechists and other ministers image, envision, understand and implement a year-round catechumenate in the parish.

TOPIC:  YEAR-ROUND CATECHUMENATE
Through the Doorway-January 28, 2018-Diocesan Pastoral Center, Belleville
Nick Wagner, Presenter

Wading Deeper-August 3-4, 2018-Holy Family Parish, Litchfield
Mary Birmingham, Presenter
2018 FOCUS: THE VISION
Discover THE VISION of the year-round catechumenate and how it fits with what you are already doing or should be doing.


2019:  YEAR-ROUND CATECHUMENATE (Dates for Sessions are Tentative)
Through the Doorway-January 27, 2019- Diocese of Belleville
Wading Deeper-July 26-27 (or August 2-3), 2019-Diocese of Springfield
2019 FOCUS:  THE METHODOLOGY

2020:  YEAR-ROUND CATECHUMENATE (Dates for Sessions are Tentative)
Through the Doorway-January 26, 2020-Diocese of Belleville
Wading Deeper-July 24-25 (or July 31-August 1), 2020-Diocese of Springfield
2020 FOCUS:  THE PREPARATION

 

Catechumenate (RCIA)

RCIA:  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  This is the title of the process designed to prepare adults for entrance into the Catholic Church by the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.

The Office of Worship:

  • Supports parish catechumenate and initiation ministries,
  • Sponsors Christian Initiation (RCIA) leader and team formation programs,
  • Offers in-service and formation for Christian Initiation ministries, and
  • Plans and coordinates the annual Rite of Election ceremonies at the Cathedral of Saint Peter.

Diocesan Liturgical Commission

The purpose of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission (DLC), in collaboration with the Office of Worship, is the structure charged with promoting good liturgical praxis in the Diocese of Belleville, IL. The commission is an advisory board to the bishop who will be advised on the deliberations of the commission.

The functions of the commission are to be informed of local practices regarding the progress of liturgical renewal; to suggest practical undertakings promoting liturgy, especially to assist parish priests, parish liturgy committees in their planning and executing liturgical celebrations and catechesis and, to provide suggested liturgical guidelines for the diocese as commissioned by the bishop.

Members of the commission are appointed by the bishop upon recommendation from the active members of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. Recommendations should be made to the bishop at the spring meeting with the term of office. 

Diocesan Liturgical Commission
Name Place of Ministry Telephone E-Mail
Mrs. Sue A. Huett
Director
Department of Pastoral Services
Office of Worship
Diocese of Belleville
(618) 722-5038 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reverend Monsignor David M. Darin
Chair
St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish
Belleville, Illinois
(618) 233-3500 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Rick Byers
Vice-Chair
Holy Trinity Parish
Fairview Heights, Illinois
(618) 628-8825 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mrs. Mary Regan
Secretary
St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish
St. Louis, Missouri
(314) 481-1133 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deacon Douglas Boyer St. Mary Parish
Belleville, Illinois
(618) 233-2391 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Catherine (Kim) Diaz     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reverend Robert Flannery St. Francis Xavier Parish
Carbondale
(618) 457-4556 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Bill Harper St. Francis Xavier Parish
Carbondale
(618) 457-4556 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mrs. Karen Seaborn SS. Peter & Paul Parish
Waterloo, Illinois
(618) 939-6426 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Robert Wojcik Holy Trinity Parish
Fairview Heights, Illinois
(618) 682-8825 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Dennis York Cathedral of Saint Peter
Belleville, Illinois
(618) 234-1166 #103 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Art and Architecture Committee
Name Place of Ministry Telephone E-Mail
Mrs. Sue A. Huett
Director
Department of Pastoral Services
Office of Worship
Diocese of Belleville
(618) 722-5038 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deacon Douglas Boyer St. Mary Parish
Belleville, Illinois
(618) 233-2391 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reverend Monsignor David M. Darin St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish
Belleville, Illinois
(618) 233-3500 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Bruce Holland

St. Nicholas Parish
O'Fallon, Illinois

(618) 212-6700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reverend Joseph Rascher

St. Mary Parish
Trenton, Illinois

(618) 224-9335 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mrs. Kathy Sjoquist St. Clare of Assisi Parish
O'Fallon, Illinois
(618) 628-1840 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Standing Committees

In addition to the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, there are several standing committees that fall under the Office of Worship.  They are listed below:

  • Art and Architecture
      Responsibilities:
      1.  Serve as an advisory body to parishes in the initial stages of building and renovation.
      2.  Review parish building and renovation plans as outlined in the diocesan Construction and Renovation Policy Manual.
      3.  Periodically review the Guidelines for the Building and Renovation of Churches in the Diocese of Belleville.
      4.  Stay current about national resources and trends.
  • Liturgy
      Responsibilities:
      1.  Assist the Director of the Office of Worship with diocesan celebrations.
      2.  Provide renewal workshops for those already trained in leading Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP).
      3.  Provide for the training of liturgical ministers as needed.
      4.  Create, review and update diocesan guidelines.
      5.  Compile and maintain liturgical resources for diocesan use.
  • Music
      Responsibilities:
      1.  Assist the Director of the Office of Worship with music for diocesan celebrations.
      2.  Suggest appropriate music for various rites and events.
      3.  Create, review and update music compendiums for the rites of the church.
      4.  Provide leadership concerning church documents on liturgical music.
      5.  Serve as a resource to parishes.
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
      Responsibilities:
      1.  Create a cycle of ongoing formation on specific areas of initiation (sponsors, stages of the rites, evangelization, etc.).
      2.  Assist with the promulgation of information about national and regional workshops i.e., Through the Doorway and
          Wading Deeper.
      3.  Serve as a resource to parishes.

Featured Resources

Liturgy Training Publications

The Lectionary for Mass Supplement includes updated citations, corrections, and new saints and blessed that were confirmed by the Holy See since the revisions made to the four-volume Lectionary for Mass between 1998-2002.

Thoughtful design and craftmanship worth of the Church's
liturgy; beautiful gold foil-stamping on the front and spine; efficient layout
that reduces page turns.

Size:  9 11/16 x 12 - Blue Softbound
Product Code:  LMSRE
Cost:  $24.00 

Liturgical Press

Since the publication of the current English-language Lectionary for Mass (a process completed in 2002), a variety of liturgical changes have expanded the possibilities for the Scripture readings that the Church provides for proclamations on various occasions.

Eminently readable and beautifully designed, with a sturdy ribbon bookmark, the Lectionary for Mass Supplement will compliment the exceptional quality and format of current editions of the Lectionary for Mass.

Size:  8 1/2 x 11 - Burgundy Hardcover
Product Code:  4513
Cost:  $39.95   

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 

 

 

                   

Catholic Book Publishing  

This new resource gathers in one convenient volume  those additions or changes that have been made to the current four-volume Lectionary for Mass published between 1998-2002.

Additions or modifications made to the Lectionary affected the Proper of Time, the Proper of Saints, Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, and Votive Masses.

Size:  8 1/2 x 11 - Burgundy Hardcover
Product Code:  97/22
Cost:  $21.95

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

 

 

 

Helpful Resources

Links

Books

Title Author Copyright Publisher
 A Catechumen's Lectionary  Robert M. Hamma  1988  Paulist Press
 Celebrating Initiation A Guide for Priests  Paul Turner  2007  World Library Publications
 A Child's Journey The Christian Initiation of Children  Rita Burns Senseman  1998  TeamRCIA
 Great Is the Mystery Encountering the Formational Power of Liturgy  Joe Paprocki & D. Todd Williamson  2013  Liturgy Training Publications
 Guide for Sponsors  Ron Lewinski  2008  Liturgy Training Publications
 A Harvest for God Christian Initiation in the Rural and Small-Town Parish  Michael Clay  2003  Liturgy Training Publications
 The Heart of Faith A Field Guide for Catechumens & Candidates  Nick Wagner  2010  Twenty-Third Publications
 A Mystagogy of Sacrament Saying Amen  Kathleen Hughes  1999  Liturgy Training Publications
 The Mystery of Faith A Study of Structural Elements of the Order of Mass  Lawrence J. Johnson  2011  FDLC
 One at the Table The Reception of Baptized Christians  Ronald A. Oakham  1995  Liturgy Training Publications
 A Prayerbook for Catechumens and Candidates  Kathy Kuczka  2010  Twenty-Third Publications
 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Study Edition  NCCB  1988  Liturgy Training Publications
 The RCIA Transforming the Church  Thomas H. Morris  1989  Paulist Press
 The Way of Faith A Field Guide for the RCIA Process  Nick Wagner  2008  Twenty-Third Publications
 When Other Christians Become Catholic  Paul Turner  2007  Liturgical Press


Please go to Liturgical Book Sales to order these and many other resources.

Liturgical Book Sales

The Liturgical Book Order Form - 2018 highlights those items most used and requested.  However, if you are in need of additional resources that are not listed, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Worship.   As the Diocesan Office of Worship, we are afforded the opportunity of receiving discounts from various publishers which enables us to pass savings onto the parishes.

Below is the current order form for your liturgical resources:

pdf Liturgical Book Order Form - 2018 (531 KB)

Once you have completed the form, you can e-mail to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FAX:  618-257-2969 OR mail to:  Office of Worship - 2620 Lebanon Avenue, Belleville, Illinois 62221 - Attention:  Book Order

The Office of Worship orders resources from these main sources:

  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
  • Liturgy Training Publications (LTP)
  • Liturgical Press
  • J.S. Paluch-World Library Publications (WLP)
  • Twenty-Third Publications
  • Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC)
  • Ave Maria Press
  • Ascension Press
  • The Catholic Company

 

Liturgical Resources

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  • Funerals

    The funeral liturgy tells us that life is changed, not ended.  Funerals are acts of faith.  Jesus, who walks with us through all our other events in life, is present at our funerals, the liturgy of the passage from death to eternal life.

    Bereavement

    Bereavement and Funerals

    Cremation

    To Rise with Christ, "Ad resurgendum cum Christo"
    Key Passages from "Ad resurgendum cum Christo" by the Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville
    Cremation and the Order of Christian Funerals

  • General Instruction on the Roman Missal

  • Guidelines for Ministers

  • Guidelines for Music Reprints and Permissions

    Parishes that use copyrighted material are required to obtain a license to legally reproduce music and/or music text(s). The diocesan/chancery office license covers the liturgies, conferences, trainings, retreats, rallies, and activities that are organized and executed by the central office staff. This is not intended to cover worship in the local parishes (Sundays, School Masses, Confirmations, etc.). Even if the Bishop is in attendance or is presiding it is not considered a diocesan event.

    In previous years, parishes were required to obtain permission from every music publishers whose music was reprinted in their worship aid. Only one license is now required. One License has brought together OCP, GIA and WLP and dozens of top sacred premier publishers under one company. With OneLicense.net, you can reproduce the words (lyrics) and music (melody) used by a congregation or organization in a religious service for songs owned or administered by the Member Publishers of One License. Reproduction may be in the form of a bulletin, program, order of service, song sheet, songbook, transparency, or by electronic storage and retrieval system for the projection of words or music or both. Reproductions may not be permanently bound into a worship aid that is sold, published, or shared with other congregations.

    Your license is intended for the reproduction of words and/or music for the congregation or those attending the event. Specifically excluded are choir parts, accompaniments, full scores, and instrumental parts of any kind.  Additionally, no choral music (octavos) may be reproduced, except that part of the work that may be identified in the score as intended for congregational singing (commonly called a music or reprint box). One License distributes royalties equitably to composers, authors, and publishers.

    For more information about license options and prices go to OneLicense.net.

  • Liturgical Calendar

    Each year, the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops publishes the Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses in the United States of America.  This calendar is used by authors of ordines and other liturgical aids published to foster the celebration of the liturgy in our country.

    The calendar is based upon the General Roman Missal Calendar, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on February 14, 1969, subsequently amended by Pope John Paul II, and the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America, approved by the United States of America, approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Prot. n. 578/10/L, July 24, 2010).

    Liturgical Calendar 2018

  • Liturgical Ministries

    Liturgical Guidelines

    pdf Guidelines for the Building and Renovation of Churches in the Diocese of Belleville (177 KB)
    These Guidelines were prepared by the Office of Worship, Committee on Art and Architecture, Diocese of Belleville

     

  • Liturgy, Cold, and the Flu

    As we continue through the winter cold and flu season on our way to the warmer days of spring, it's a good time to review some common sense liturgical practices and issues to help everyone say healthy and to care for one another as we gather each week for Mass and other parish activities.

    pdf Common Sense Practices (318 KB)

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Ministry of Presiding

Our Catholic people have an almost instinctive awareness that there is an intimate relationship between their Catholic life of faith and their regular participation in the Sunday Eucharist.  The Church, ever anxious to strengthen this intimate relationship, has a special pastoral concern for those who cannot attend Sunday Mass because a priest is not available.  Occasionally, the pastor or parish life coordinator needs to ask a deacon or layperson to preside at a Liturgy of the Word Service with the Communion Rite.

It is important that leaders of prayer be chosen thoughtfully and prayerfully.  They should be committed Catholics of deep personal faith, who live in fidelity to the teachings of the Church.  They should be held in high regard by their fellow parishioners.  The average person needs training in this liturgical art.  In order that our parishes have properly trained leaders of prayer, the Office of Worship has carefully prepared a program that will be a great help in providing the quality of presiders that we need in today's Church.

Seminar #1 - The Ministry of Presiding at Prayer for Deacons and Lay Leaders - Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest
This seminar is intended for deacons and lay leaders of prayer who may have the responsibility to lead public prayer such as Sunday Liturgy of the Word with Communion.  Participants must be recommended by their pastor or parish life coordinator.
The seminar consists of two study days and a practicum for competency in presiding at prayer.  The seminar includes teaching and demonstration of the skills of effective presiding, deepening the understanding of theological and liturgical issues and exploring the rite, Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, at which lay leaders and deacons preside.  Participants who successfully complete the seminar and practicum are duly mandated to act in this ministry for a period of three years.

Participants will develop competency in:

  • the role of presiding and the qualities and skills of effective presiding
  • the language of public prayer and the use of gesture, ritual objects and liturgical space
  • the use and importance of posture, movement, and gesture in leading liturgical prayer
  • the writing of petitions and the structure of liturgical prayer


Seminar #2 - The Ministry of Presiding at Prayer for Deacons and Lay Leaders with a Focus on the Order of Christian Funerals

(Prerequisite:  The Ministry of Presiding at Prayer - Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest)
This seminar is intended for deacons and lay leaders who may have the responsibility to lead public prayer such as a Vigil for the Deceased or the Rite of Committal and have successfully completed Seminar #1.  This seminar is part of the on-going formation for those whose three year mandate is coming to an end.

Participants will develop competency in:

  • ministering to the dying, the dead and those who mourn
  • enacting the rites with dignity
  • organizing funerals in a context of pastoral care
  • recognizing that the whole parish shares in this awesome experience of the paschal mystery

Mission

We are commited to apply the very best of Catholic theology to the many kinds of formational programs and services we provide.  We prepare our liturgical ministers, RCIA catechists and Small Christian Community coordinators and facilitators to have a collaborative role with us, with each other and in their parishes.  We work to enrich the faith of the people who comprise the Catholic Church of Southern Illinois.


The Office of Worship, in collaboration with the Diocesan Committee on Small Christian Communities and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and its committees, seeks to promote the liturgical and spiritual life of the people of God in the Diocese of Belleville.

If this is your first time visiting our website, we hope you find valuable information for your ministry and that you will return often for updates of our services and other important news.

May God bless you in your life and in your ministry! 

Office of Worship - Diocese of Belleville, Illinois

 

The Office of Worship is committed to apply the very best of Catholic theology to the many kinds of formational programs and services we provide.  We prepare our liturgical ministers, RCIA catechists, deacons and lay leaders of prayer to have a collaborative role with us, with each other and in their parishes. We work to enrich the faith of the people who comprise the Catholic Church of southern Illinois.

 
 

The Office of Worship is a service and resource center for the Liturgy and Liturgical Catechesis including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Adult faith formation and good liturgy foster and nurture faith.  Realizing this, the services of the Office of Worship, in collaboration with the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and its committees, seeks to promote the liturgical and spiritual life of the people of God in the Diocese of Belleville.

"The Catholic Church in southern Illinois is a community of believers, rich in tradition and diversity.  Through baptism we are called to be a community of faith whose members support and challenge one another to make Christ visible in our world.  We are called to celebrate our faith in worship, to nurture our faith through ongoing formation of mind and heart, and to express it in service to others."

-- Mission Statement of the Diocese of Belleville

The Office of Worship attempts to forward the mission of the diocese by first remembering that it is a part of this "community of believers" and exists to nurture and support the pastors and lay faithful of the Church of southern Illinois.  The Office provides "ongoing formation of mind and heart" through a variety of workshops, seminars and resources offered and in the celebrations in which it is involved.  With a desire to be faithful to the traditions of the Church, parishes turn to the Office of Worship as a source of education/formation, support and catechesis in the areas of Liturgy, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Music and Art and Architecture.

Pastoral Services Contact Side Info

Mrs. Sue A. Huett, Director

Department of Pastoral Services
Diocesan Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue, Building #2
Belleville, IL 62221
618-722-5038
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Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

In the Diocese of Belleville, on the first Sunday of Lent (February 18, 2018), we will celebrate the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates.  As you are aware, this rite is among the last steps the catechumens and candidates take before they pass through the waters of Baptism, are sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and take their place at the Eucharistic table.  Like all of the liturgies of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, this rite is rich in meaning for all who take part in it.

Sacraments

  • Baptism

    The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church.  Traditionally, the rite (or ceremony) of baptism was held outside the doors of the main part of the church, to signify this fact.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Doctrinal Statements

    • The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
    • The Risen Jesus commissioned the Apostles to baptize when he said, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 28:19-20).
    • Baptism gives a person birth into new life.  It is necessary for salvation and for entry into the Church.
    • The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the person in water three times or pouring water on his or her head three times while invoking the Holy Trinity:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    • The effects of Baptism are delivery from all sins (Original and personal), reception of the grace of divine adoption, being made a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit, initiation into the Church, and being made a sharer in Christ's mission as priest, prophet, and king.
    • Baptism seals the person's soul with a permanent spiritual mark or character identifying one as belonging to Christ.  Because of this character, Baptism cannot be repeated.
    • People who die for the faith, catechumens who died before being baptized, and those who do not know Christ or the Church through no fault of their own but who, by the action of grace, seek God sincerely and do his will can be saved even without being baptized.
    • Infants have been baptized since apostolic times, for this is a gift from God and does not presuppose human merit.  Children are baptized in the faith of the Church.
    • Trusting in God's mercy, we confidently hope for the salvation of children who die without Baptism.
    • In time of necessity such as the danger of death, all persons can baptize.  The person baptizing must intend to do what the Church does, by pouring water three times on the candidate's head while saying "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated pp. 197-198

     

  • Confirmation

    The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace...."By the sacrament of Confirmation [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit." (CCC, no 1285, citing LG, no.11)

    Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated p. 203

    Please contact Sue Huett, Director of Worship (618) 722-5038 for questions regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation

    Guidelines and Other Helpful Resources for Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation in the
    Diocese of Belleville

    pdf FORM A - Guidelines for the Person Preparing the Liturgy and for the Clergy (556 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    pdf FORM B - Guidelines for the Person Preparing the Confirmation Worship Aid (220 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    pdf FORM C - Guidelines for the Confirmation Sponsor (288 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    pdf FORM D - Guidelines for Choosing the Names of Saints for Confirmation (270 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    pdf FORM E - Guidelines for the Person Preparing the Confirmandi (488 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    Required Reading:  "Treating Saints Like Superheros is a Dangerous Game" by Robert Ellsberg - America Magazine - 2/17/17
    Required Reading:  pdf "ICHTHUS" (210 KB) by Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D. - 2/7/18
    pdf FORM F - Guidelines for the Name Tags (221 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    pdf FORM G - Guidelines for Music Reprints and Permissions (137 KB) - Updated September, 2017

    pdf Suggested Hymns and Responsorial Psalms for Confirmation (142 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    Musical Score -  pdf "Receive the Power" (161 KB)
    pdf Websites and Resources for Clip Art Images (583 KB) - Updated September, 2017
    pdf Information Sheet for the Sacrament of Confirmation (150 KB) 
    - due from the parishes January 17, 2018
         

    The Order of Confirmation
    The Order of Confirmation and Principles for Making Changes in Other Ritual Books
    Rite of Confirmation, Chapter 1, English Only
    Rite of Confirmation, Chapter 1, English and Spanish

    Sample Worship Aids
    default Worship Aid (4 MB) - (Publisher Format)
    pdf Worship Aid (1.69 MB) - (Adobe Format)

    Music Reprints and Permissions
    Parishes that use copyrighted material are required to obtain a license to legally reproduce music and/or music text(s). The diocesan/chancery office license covers the liturgies, conferences, trainings, retreats, rallies, and activities that are organized and executed by the central office staff. This is not intended to cover worship in the local parishes (Sundays, School Masses, Confirmations, etc.). Even if the Bishop is in attendance or is presiding it is not considered a diocesan event.

    In previous years, parishes were required to obtain permission from every music publisher whose music was reprinted in their worship aid.  Only one license is required now. One License has brought together OCP, GIA and WLP and dozens of top sacred premier publishers under one company. With OneLicense.net, you can reproduce the words (lyrics) and music (melody) used by a congregation or organization in a religious service for songs owned or administered by the Member Publishers of One License. Reproduction may be in the form of a bulletin, program, order of service, song sheet, songbook, transparency, or by electronic storage and retrieval system for the one projection of words or music or both. Reproductions many not be permanently bound into a worship aid that is sold, published, or shared with other congregations.

    Your license is intended for the reproduction of words and/or music for the congregation or those attending the event. Specifically excluded are choir parts, accompaniments, full scores, and instrumental parts of any kind. Additionally, no choral music (octavos) may be reproduced, except that part of the work that may be identified in the score as intended for congregational singing (commonly called a music or reprint box). One License distributes royalties equitably to composers, authors, and publishers.

    Click here for more information about license options and prices. 

  • Eucharist

    The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.  This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church.  In a variety of ways, she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise, "Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.  Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling with confident hope. (Pope John Paul II, On the Eucharist [Eccleisa de Eucharistia; EE], no. 1) 

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated p. 219

      Doctrinal Statements

    • Jesus instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice, the banquet of divine life, at the Last Supper.
    • We need to remember that the Eucharist is the summit and source of our Christian life.  Why?  Because in the Eucharist is found the entire treasure of the Church--Jesus Christ.
    • The Eucharistic celebration begins with the Introductory Rites and the Liturgy of the Word, followed by the Liturgy of the Eucharist--the preparation of the gifts, the Eucharistic Prayer (the prayer of thanksgiving and praise, including the consecration of the bread and wine), and the reception of Holy Communion.  The celebration concludes with the sending forth to serve the Lord.
    • The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ's saving life, death, and Resurrection, made present for our salvation by the action of the liturgy.
    • Christ, acting through the ministry of his priests, is both the priest offering the sacrifice and the victim being sacrificed.
    • "Only validly ordained priests can preside at the Eucharist and consecrate the bread and wine so that they become the Body and Blood of the Lord" (CCC, no. 1411).
    • The essential signs of the Eucharist for the Latin Church are unleavened wheat bread and grape wine.
    • At Mass, the consecrated bread is Christ's Body.  The consecrated wine is Christ's Blood.  Jesus Christ, whole and entire, is fully present under each form of the Eucharist.  He is substantially present in a way that is entirely unique.  This happens by the power of the Holy Spirit through the ministry of the priest's acting in the person of Christ during the Eucharistic Prayer. 

     

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated pp. 228-229

  • Reconciliation

    The Sacrament of Penance reconciles us with God.  "The whole power of the Sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship" (CCC, no. 1468).

    This Sacrament also reconciles us with the Church.  Sin should never be understood as a private or personal matter, because it harms our relationship with others and may even break our loving communication with the Church.  The Sacrament of Penance repairs this break and has a renewing effect on the vitality of the Church itself.

    In this Sacrament, the penitent received the merciful judgment of God and is engaged on the journey of conversion that leads to future life with God.  The Church also recommends that a person go regularly to confession, even if only for venial sins.  This is because "the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our consciences, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit" (CCC, no. 1458)

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated p. 242

    Resources

    document Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B (2.91 MB) - Word Format
    pdf Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B (1000 KB) - PDF

    document GUÍA PARA LA PREPARACIÓN LITÚRGICA DE LA CUARESMA, EL SAGRADO TRIDUO PASCUAL,Y 
    LA TEMPORADA DE PASCUA (3.00 MB)
     - Word Format
    pdf GUÍA PARA LA PREPARACIÓN LITÚRGICA DE LA CUARESMA, EL SAGRADO TRIDUO PASCUAL,Y 
    LA TEMPORADA DE PASCUA (1.29 MB)
     - PDF

     

    Doctrinal Statements

    • On Easter night Jesus appeared to the Apostles, greeted them with peace, and breathed on them, saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit, Whose sins you forgive are forgiven, and whose sins you retain are retained" (Jn 20:22-23).
    • "The Creed links 'the forgiveness of sins' with its profession of faith in the Holy Spirit, for the risen Christ entrusted to the apostles the power to forgive sins when he gave them the Holy Spirit" (CCC, no 984).
    • Sins committed before Baptism are forgiven by Baptism.  Sins committed after Baptism are forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called the Sacrament of Forgiveness, Confession, and Conversion.
    • Sin wounds our relationship with God and others and our human dignity.  Faith reveals to us the destructive force of sin in our lives and the world.
    • The path back to God after sin is a process of conversion initiated by his grace.  The return to God includes sorrow for sin and the resolve to sin no more.
    • In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, the acts of the penitent are contrition, confession, and satisfaction.  The act of the priest is absolution for the sins of the penitent.
    • Perfect contrition arises from love for God; imperfect contrition results from other motives.
    • The penitent, after an examination of conscience, needs to confess all mortal sins.  While it is not necessary to confess venial sins, the Church strongly recommends this practice.
    • The priest proposes a penance to the penitent to repair the harm due to sin and to restore the penitent's commitment to be a disciple of Christ.
    • Individual confession of grave sins according to kind and number is the only ordinary way of receiving absolution and reconciliation with God and the Church.
    • The effects of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation include reconciliation with God and the Church, peace of conscience and spiritual consolation, the remission of eternal punishment due to mortal sin as well as some degree of temporal punishments, and a greater power to face spiritual challenges (cf. CCC, no. 1496).
    • "Through indulgences the faithful can obtain the remission of temporal punishment resulting from sin, for themselves and also for the souls in Purgatory" (CCC, no. 1498).

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated pp. 244-245

  • Anointing of the Sick

    The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death.  Hence as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived" (CCC, no. 1514, citing SC, no. 73).

    When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. The Holy Spirit renews our faith in God and helps us understand the temptations of the Evil One to be discouraged and despairing in the face of suffering and death.  Also, a sick person's sins are forgiven if he or she was not able to go to Confession prior to the celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated pp. 253-254

    Doctrinal Statements 

    • "Is anyone among you sick?  He should summon the presbyters [priests] of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.  If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven" (Jas 5:14-15).
    • The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for those who are seriously ill or in danger of death or suffering the difficulties of old age.  The Sacrament may be received each time the believer falls seriously ill or an illness worsens (cf. CCC, no. 1529).
    • Only priests and bishops may administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  This is because one effect of this Sacrament can be the forgiveness of sin.  They use Oil of the Sick blessed by the bishop or, in necessity, an oil blessed by the priest.
    • The rite of Anointing of the Sick includes the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick or other parts of the body accompanied by the liturgical prayer that asks for the grace of the Sacrament.
    • The gifts of this Sacrament include uniting the sick person with Christ's Passion, for the person's well-being and that of the Church; strength to endure patiently the sufferings of illness and old age; the forgiveness of sins if the person was unable to receive the Sacrament of Penance; and preparation for the passage to eternal life. 

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated pp. 257-258

  • Marriage

    The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator.  Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes. (CCC, no. 1603)

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated p. 279

    pdf Updated Information on the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Ritual Edition (3.81 MB)
    Advice from the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worship - includes questions concerning catechumens and the Order of Celebrating Matrimony and Best Practices for the Procession.

    Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation (includes Your Wedding in the Catholic Church)
    These Guidelines were prepared by the Department of Pastoral Services' Committee on Marriage Preparation, Diocese of Belleville 

  • Holy Orders

    The Essential Rite of Holy Orders

    The essential rite of the sacrament of Holy Orders for all three degrees consists in the bishop's imposition of hands on the head of the ordinand and in the bishop's specific consecratory prayer asking God for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and his gifts proper to ministry to which the candidate is being ordained.  (CCC, no. 1573)

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated p. 267


    Doctrinal Statements

    • Through Baptism all the members of the Church share in the priesthood of Christ.  This is known as the "common priesthood of the faithful."
    • Through Holy Orders there is another participation in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood of bishop and priest.  This differs in essence from the common priesthood because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful.
    • The ordained ministry occurs in three degrees or orders:  bishop, priest, and deacon.  These ministries are essential for the life of the Church.
    • Bishops receive the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  They are the chief teachers, sanctifiers, and shepherds in their dioceses.
    • "Priests are united with the bishops in priestly dignity and at the same time depend on them in the exercise of their pastoral functions; they are called to be the bishops' prudent co-workers" (CCC, no. 1595).  With the bishop, priests form a presbyteral (priestly) community and assume with him the pastoral mission for a particular parish.
    • Deacons receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, but not the ministerial priesthood.  Through ordination, the deacon is conformed to Christ, who came to serve, not to be served.  Deacons in the Latin Church may baptize, read the Gospel, preach the homily, assist the bishop or priest in the celebration of the Eucharist, assist at and bless marriages, and preside at funerals.  They dedicate themselves to charitable endeavors, which was their ministerial role in New Testament times.
    • "The essential rite of the Sacrament of Holy Orders for all three degrees consists in the bishop's imposition of hands on the head of the ordinand [man to be ordained] and in the bishop's specific consecratory prayer" (CCC, no 1573).  Ordination confers a permanent sacramental character.
    • Only men may be ordained.
    • Normally in the Western Church, ordination to priesthood is conferred only on those men who freely promise lifelong celibacy.
    • Only bishops may confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders in the three degrees.

    -- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
    Part II. The Sacraments:  The Faith Celebrated pp. 273-274

    For more information about Holy Orders in the Diocese of Belleville, please contact:

    Vocations         Deacon Formation
    Reverend Nicholas Junker, Director
    (618) 722-5035
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      Very Reverend Eugene H. Wojcik, V.F, Director
    (618) 826-2444 (parish)
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    Mrs. Patricia (Patti) Warner
    (618) 722-5043
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    Mrs. Patricia (Patti) Warner, Associate Director
    (618) 722-5043
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      Deacon Robert J. Lanter, Coordinator of Deacons
    (618) 722-5042
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Administrative Assistant

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The Office of Worship serves the Parishes in the Diocese of Belleville in a variety of ways.

  • Provides seminars for competency in presiding at prayer.  These seminars include teaching and demonstration of the skills of effective presiding, deepening the understanding of theological and liturgical issues and exploring the rite, Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest and the components of the rite of the Order of Christian Funerals at which lay leaders and deacons preside

  • Coordinates and implements the various liturgical celebrations celebrated by Bishop Braxton i.e., Rite of Election, Chrism Mass, Triduum, Ordination of Deacons and Priests, Rite of Admission to Candidacy, Institution of Lectors and Acolytes, Mass for Bishops, Priests and Deacons from the Diocese of Belleville Who Have Died, Jubilee Mass for Priests, Mass of Thanksgiving for Married Couples, Spring Farm Blessing, Red Mass, Blessing of the Harvest

  • Co-sponsors two annual workshops on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) with the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois - "Through the Doorway" is offered the last Sunday in January and "Wading Deeper" is offered the last weekend in July

  • Provides a day of prayer for parish and diocesan administrative assistants, secretaries, bookkeepers and other non-professional office staff to renew their spirituality, to affirm their call to ministry and to network with others in similar ministries while raising awareness of how the Office of Worship can assist parishes in their day to day functions

  • Updates and maintains guidelines for the various liturgical ministries i.e., reader, cantor, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

  • Assists the Bishop's Office with various aspects of the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation - updates guidelines, schedules parish celebrations, reviews all parish materials (i.e., worship aid, information sheets, confirmandi letters, etc.), prepares packet of materials for the Bishop

  • Serves as a resource and consultant to parishes and the diocese on matters of liturgy, sacred music, Art and Architecture and RCIA

  • Plans and facilitates annual one-day Quinceanera Retreat for Hispanic female youth

  • Informs parishes of current liturgical resources and provides an avenue for parishes to order those resources at substantial discounts through the Office of Worship

Sundays and Seasonal Resources

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Wading Deeper 2018

document The Year-Round Catechumenate (231 KB)
Mary Birmingham, Presenter

Friday-Saturday, August 3-4, 2018
Friday, 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, 3:15 p.m.
Holy Family Parish, Litchfield, Illinois

pdf Click here to register. (232 KB)

 

 

 

Worship Contact Side Info

Diocesan Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue, Building #2
Belleville, IL 62221
FAX:  618-257-2969

Director of Worship

Mrs. Sue A. Huett
618-722-5038
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Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Markfort
618-722-5040
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