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.
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
pdf Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (94 KB)
pdf Guidelines for the Ministry of Cantor (106 KB)
pdf Guidelines for the Ministry of Reader (85 KB)
These Guidelines were prepared by the Office of Worship, Diocese of Belleville
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.
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).
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.