Norms Governing the Liturgical Ministries

Please check this page often between now and December 2, 2018 to see resources, talking points, and, once Advent arrives, the norms themselves.

 



Norms Governing the Liturgical Ministries

Please check this page often between now and December 2, 2018 to see resources, talking points, and, once Advent arrives, the norms themselves.



Norms Governing the Liturgical Ministries

Please check this page often between now and December 2, 2018 to see resources, talking points, and, once Advent arrives, the norms themselves.

Intro to Liturgical Norms

Join Bishop Frank Caggiano as he outlines the upcoming Revised Liturgical Norms governing four ministries: altar servers, readers, musicians, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

When the liturgical reforms of the second Vatican council were promulgated, the lives of many of the faithful were disrupted because they were neither informed nor prepared for the changes to come. As we look forward to the promulgation of our own revised liturgical norms, Bishop Caggiano is committed to avoiding that same mistake.

The Revised Liturgical Norms for the Diocese of Bridgeport will be promulgated on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018. Between now and then, we will embark on a comprehensive catechetical and communication strategy so that when the norms are made public, there is a more complete understanding of what we aim to do, namely, raise awareness of and commitment to a celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that is both faithful and universal.


Catechesis Timeline

In the video above, Bishop Caggiano outlines the timeline for catechesis, makes the case for why we are revising the norms, and invites everyone to participate in this process. To embed this video in your parish website, please copy and paste this link - https://formationreimagined.wistia.com/medias/4wbosdtksn. 

The following resources will be distributed at all parish Masses:

Article One: “What is the Liturgy?”

English     Spanish

Article Two: “The Role of the Laity in Liturgy”

English     Spanish


Article Three: “The Role of the Reader at Mass”
Article Four: “The Role of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion”
Article Five: “The Role of the Altar Server”
Article Six: “The Role of Music in Liturgy”

December 2: Promulgation of the Revised Liturgical Norms

Consultation Gatherings

In addition to the resources provided by the diocese, there will be several opportunities for the faithful to gather and discuss the upcoming revisions. We will share an overview of the norms, an overview of the process, and take comments.

 

Consultation with Parochial Leaders

All Deacons, religious educators, coordinators of liturgy, musicians, and those who share in the planning of parish liturgical celebrations are welcome to attend one of these sessions to offer feedback on the current draft.

Introduction and Overview of Liturgical Norms

Those who currently serve as a reader, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, or liturgical musician and would like to hear more about the norms are invited to attend one of these sessions. Please note that these meetings will be for information, not formation. Formation workshops will begin after January 1, 2019.

To “Grandfather” Those Currently In Ministry

One of the requests made by priest at their September meeting was that the process for those currently serving in ministry be as easy as possible. To that end, we have updated the Virtus database for every parish and included among the “roles” a place for you to check a box next to Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and Reader.

Between now and November 30, 2018, please make sure you check the appropriate box next to those currently serving in these ministries. By checking off their name, you are recommending these people for service. There will be no need to submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf.

After the norms are promulgated, those whose names have been checked will receive an invitation to begin their abbreviated formation prior to receiving their mandate.

Bishop Caggiano requests that parishes not invite new people into these ministries until after the revised norms have been promulgated. All new minsters will need to attend the new formation requirements that will be explained in greater detail in a separate memo to be sent to you soon.

Thank you for your cooperation as we begin to implement this multi-year process to revise the sacramental guidelines of our diocese.


If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Donovan at pdonovan@diobpt.org

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