November 1-2, All Saints Day and All Souls Day

Saturday, November 1 is the Solemnity of All Saints.  While usually a holy day of obligation, the obligation to attend Mass on this day in 2014 does not apply since it falls on a Saturday.  Still, since the Solemnity of All Saints ranks higher in the Table of Liturgical Days than does the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), the evening (anticipatory) Mass on Saturday, November 1 may be for All Saints, although Mass for All Souls is also an option (per the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship).  Either Mass—for All Saints or for All Souls—celebrated at the usual time on Saturday evening will fulfill the faithful’s Sunday obligation (see Canon 12481).  Evening Prayer on Saturday is for All Saints.

            Weddings on Saturday, November 1, if celebrated in the context of Mass, must use the Mass for All Saints, with the marriage rite itself and the nuptial blessing inserted at their appropriate places.  One of the readings from those given for the celebration of marriage may be chosen (see Rite of Marriage, n.11).


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Registration of Confirmation with Multiple Parishes


When the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated with more than one parish coming together at a single location, the fact of the conferral (names, minister, parents, sponsors, place and date (see Canon 895)) ought to be recorded in two registers.  In the parish where the confirmation takes place, information for each one confirmed is entered, even for those from the visiting parishes.  This is the obligation which canon 895 imposes.  It is appropriate to indicate the parish to which the one confirmed belongs in the “Remarks” or “Annotations” column.  In the confirmation registers of the parishes which are visiting, information for their own particular parishioners should be entered, being sure to note also the place of the confirmation.  This information is then more readily available for reporting the number of parishioners confirmed on the “Annual Report to the Bishop,” for example, or issuing certificates of confirmation.  So if Blessed Sacrament Parish and St. Mary Parish travel to Holy Name of Jesus Parish for Confirmation, the host parish—Holy Name of Jesus Parish—enters information for all who were confirmed into its own register.  Blessed Sacrament Parish and St. Mary Parish record information for their own confirmed parishioners in their own parish registers.  Each individual parish should also notify the place of baptism of the confirmation of its own parishioners.


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Friday, September 26, 2014
Decoding the Christian Temple: Church Architecture and Its Place in Christian Worship

Join Institute faculty members Fr. Douglas Martis, Christopher Carstens and Denis McNamara for a day-long investigation into the deep theology of liturgical art and architecture as expressed through the rites of the Church. Perfect for pastors, architects, building committees and all who delight in the visual beauty of sacred worship.

November 14, 2014
Profound Preaching 2014: Get Ready for the New Liturgical Year!

One of the Institute’s most popular events. This year with Dominican Father Alan White, op, Chaplain and Director of the Catholic Center at New York University.

For more information call 847.837.4542 or register for conferences online at when registration becomes available.


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Click here for the 2014 Diocesan Liturgical Calendar


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Learn more about the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman and the man who created it.


Cincinnati architect Edward Schulte designed the La Crosse Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman at the peak of his career as a church architect of national prominence.  The designer of four cathedrals and over 80 churches across the nation, Schulte was recognized as the leading American architect for Catholic churches in the years from World War II to the early 1960s.  With his unreserved commitment to both modern inventiveness and a deep sense of churchliness, he used traditional imagery, texts, materials and allied arts integrated into buildings recognizably of his age, making him a uniquely inventive and successful figure in ecclesiastical circles.

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, Dr. Denis McNamara, Assistant Director of the Liturgical Institute and today’s foremost expert on Edward Schulte, discussed Schulte’s life and work, highlighting in a special way the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman.  Our Cathedral—now celebrating its 50th anniversary—stands as one of the most significant designs of an architect of national prominence and plays a part in an important, but little-known movement, in liturgical architecture.

Dr. McNamara’s presentation can be viewed here.  Enjoy!


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Click here for the "Rite of Distributing Holy Communion Outside Mass", updated in light of the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal.


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