Sundays and Seasonal Resources

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  • Advent


    "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!" Our sanctuaries and our homes ring with these ancient words of invitation and welcome as we embrace the season of Advent. Quieting ourselves, much as the coming of winter stills and quiets the natural world, we seek to prepare a place for Christ to come again and to be born anew - for his come or "advent" - in our hearts and in our world. December 3, 2017 through December 24 (morning).

     -- 2018 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays - Liturgy Training Publications
    Advent - The Meaning p. 1


    Resources

    pdf Blessing of the Advent Wreath (171 KB)
    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Word Format)
    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Adobe Format)
    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Word Format) - Spanish
    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Adobe Format) - Spanish

     

     

     

  • Christmas Time

    The ancient monastic Rule of St. Benedict includes many memorable lines, but perhaps no instruction points more powerfully to the meaning of the Christian life than, "Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ" (c.53). On Christmas Day, we receive the Christ-child anew, God's gift of love and transformation taking flesh and dwelling in our midst. December 24 (evening), 2017, through January 8, 2018. 

     -- 2018 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays - Liturgy Training Publications
    Christmas Time - The Meaning p. 29

    Resources

    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Word Format)
    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Adobe Format)
    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Word Format) - Spanish
    A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas (Adobe Format) - Spanish

  • Lent

    Lent is our season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, ancient practices dating back to the Israelites. Mentioned in a number of places in the Old Testament - particularly the Books of Job, Jeremiah, and Daniel - the sprinkling of ashes, wearing of sackcloth, and practices of fasting were the central gestures of sorrow and repentance for the chosen people.

    The use of ashes for all the faithful at the start of Lent began in the tenth century. In many ways it is ironic that on the day we hear Jesus speak of praying, fasting, and almsgiving being done in secret, we participate in what may be the year's most public physical statement of our belief in him! As we are signed on the forehead with the Cross (a gesture that, with holy oil, is also part of Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing) we are told to "Repent and believe in the Gospel." Alternatively, the formula "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" is used, which also points to the urgency of recognizing and reconciling our sinfulness.  We are reminded that with our Baptism has come the responsibility to live our lives for the Lord. February 14, 2017 to March 28, 2018

     -- 2018 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays - Liturgy Training Publications
    Lent - The Meaning pp. 84-85

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    Resources

    Lenten Regulations 2018
    Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B - Word Format
    Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B - PDF

  • Sacred Paschal Triduum

    Having prepared ourselves during Lent and Holy Week, we move to the greatest celebration of the Christian liturgical year: The Sacred Paschal Triduum. The Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper and continues through Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday (see UNLY, 19).  During this time, we are in a sense outside of time.  Through the rites of the Triduum, we transition from Lent to Easter Time, from red vestments to white, from death to resurrection, and from human frailty to the fervent hope of eternal salvation in Christ, who "is our hope of eternal salvation, life and resurrection, / through whom we are saved and delivered" (Entrance Antiphon for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper).

    The liturgy of the Sacred Paschal Triduum is, in most settings, the most beautiful communal prayer of the year. Still, many parishes have many members who have never experienced these three days. March 29 (evening) through April 1, 2018 (evening)

     -- 2018 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays - Liturgy Training Publications
    Sacred Paschal Triduum - The Meaning pp. 129-130

    Click here to go to the USCCB website for more information and helpful resources.

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    Resources

    Holy Saturday:  The Easter Vigil
    Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B - Word format
    Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B - PDF 

  • Easter Time

    The Solemnity of Easter and its season can be incredibly sweet, literally and figuratively. Lilies grace the sanctuary, jelly beans and other candies have been given and received, and symbols like the egg and the bunny remind us of fertility and new birth. In many regions of the world, the land is greening and spring has either commenced or is around the corner.

    Easter can be a good time to provide an active "come home" program for people who have stepped away from the Church. Unlike Christmas, with its frenetic preparation and busyness, Easter can feel more open and less harried. The parish community has experienced, hopefully, the journey of catechumens and candidates into full membership in the Church.  If they have attended the Easter Vigil, they have experienced an important moment in the process of Christian initiation. Witnessing adult Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist adds a deeper valence to the importance of this journey not only for the individuals who have participated, but for the Church as a whole. April 2, 2018 through May 20, 2018

     -- 2018 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays - Liturgy Training Publications
    Easter Time - The Meaning p. 161

     

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    Resources

    Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B - Word format
    Liturgy Preparation Aid for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter Season - Year B - PDF 

  • Ordinary Time

    The winter portion of Ordinary Time is but a few weeks. We may think that this time is ordinary in the sense of "run of the mill." However, the term ordinary derives from the word "ordinal," or numbered, as the Sundays in Ordinary time are numerically ordered. The time between the close of Christmas Time with the Baptism of the Lord and Ash Wednesday's introduction to Lent does not have to be fallow; it can be a time in which our faith can flourish and grow, "greening" in the spirit of this season's liturgical color. Perhaps one of the great opportunities of Ordinary Time - whether in winter or summer - is to make our discipleship visible not only through our words but also through our deeds. In this way, Ordinary Time becomes anything but ordinary.

    The seasons of the Church reflect the rhythms of our lives, with peak moments and times of quiet growth. The liturgical color of Ordinary Time reminds us that this is still a season of growth in our discipleship, a time to continue maturing into the followers of Jesus Christ we are meant to be.  Ordinary Time During Winter:  January 9, 2018 through February 13, 2018 - Ordinary Time During Summer and Fall:  May 21, 2018 through December 1, 2018

     -- 2018 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays - Liturgy Training Publications
    Ordinary Time During Winter - The Meaning p. 51
    Summer and Fall - The Meaning pp. 208-209

  • Bulletin Shorts for the Liturgical Year - Cycle B

  • Collects/Prayers After Communion - Mystagogy Resource

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Contact

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
shuett@diobelle.org

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Mary M. Fournie
618-722-5040
mfournie@diobelle.org

 

Featured Events

Through the Doorway 2018

Year Round Catechumenate
The Vision
Nick Wagner, Presenter

Sunday, January 28, 2018
King's House Retreat & Renewal Center
700 North 66th Street
Belleville, Illinois 62223
12:15 pm - Registration
1:00 pm - Presentation

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