O God,

who are rich in mercy and

who willed that the blessed John Paul the Second

should preside as Pope over your universal Church,

grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,

we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,

the sole Redeemer of mankind.

Who lives and reigns.


All other texts from the Common of Pastors:  For a Pope.


Proper text for the Office of Readings (Matins) here.


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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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The Institute of St Joseph will be hosting a chant workshop on the Memorial of St Cecilia, Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9.30 am to 3.15 pm, at Cor Iesu Oratory, 31360 County Highway MM, Boyd, WI 54726.  The aim of the workshop will be to look at the fundamentals of singing Gregorian chant, learn one or more settings of the ordinary chants of the Mass, to sing a number of the Marian antiphons used throughout the liturgical year and to learn the main chants used for Eucharistic adoration and benediction.  There will be a particular focus on the chants used during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  The day will begin with Mass in the extraordinary form at 8.30 am in Sacred Heart Church (optional) followed by a period of social and enrollment in the priory dining hall.  Lessons in chant will begin by 10 am and end by 1 pm.  Lunch will be served for all who attend.  The day will end with an hour of Eucharistic adoration culminating with the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 pm followed by benediction.  A free will offering can be made by those who attend to help with the costs of the chant workshop.  Please contact the Institute of St Joseph at (715) 563 0790 or if you plan to attend.


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Rite of Baptism of Children

During the “Reception of the Child” at the beginning of the Baptismal Rite, the minister, after questioning the parents and godparents about their willingness to baptize and raise the child according to the faith, is to say:  “N., the Church of God [Ecclesia Dei] welcomes you with great joy...” (versus “N., the Christian community [communitas christiana] welcomes you with great joy….”).  The change was authorized by Pope Benedict XVI on February 22, 2013, in order to clarify the membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, which baptism causes, rather than simply a community of Christian believers.  See news story here.


Purification of Sacred Vessels by a Deacon

While the General Instruction of the Roman Missal allows the priest to purify the sacred vessels “at the altar or the credence table” (n.163), the deacon is to purify the vessels only at the credence table:  “When the distribution of Communion is over, the Deacon returns to the altar with the Priest, collects the fragments, should any remain, and then carries the chalice and other sacred vessels to the credence table, where he purifies them and arranges them as usual, while the Priest returns to the chair” (n.183);  the deacon may also purify the vessels immediately after Mass.  “This clarification of the deacon’s role,” explains the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, “helps to bring forth a further expression of our theology of liturgy and holy orders, matters which are indeed central to our life in the Church.”  See fuller explanation here.


Book of Blessings:  On always making use of the Sign of the Holy Cross in Blessings

“Since, from the established usage, the liturgical custom has always been in force that in the rites of blessing the sign of the cross is employed by being traced by the celebrant with the right hand over the persons or things for whom mercy is implored, this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in order to dispel any doubts, has established that, even if the text of the part of the Roman ritual entitled The Book of Blessings remains silent about the sign itself or lacks an express mention of the appropriate time for this action, nevertheless the sacred ministers should adopt the aforementioned sign of the cross as necessary when carrying out any blessing.  Without a mention, however, the appropriate time should be regarded as when the text of the blessing uses the words “blessing,” “to bless,” or similar or, lacking these words, when the prayer of blessing itself is concluded.” (From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 2002)  See full text here.


The Ritual Expression of the Gift of Peace at Mass

Pope Francis, in an audience of June 7, 2014, approved the Circular Letter Pacem relinquo vobis, “Peace I leave you,” on the ritual expression of the gift of peace at Mass.  Beginning with Pope Benedict and the Synod of Bishops celebrated during the 2005 Year of the Eucharist, the liturgical meaning of the exchange of peace and its implications for Christian living have been much discussed.  Among other things, the Circular Letter seeks to instill the deep meaning of the gesture.  “It should be made clear once and for all that the rite of peace…has its own profound meaning of prayer and offering of peace in the context of the Eucharist. An exchange of peace appropriately carried out among the participants at Mass enriches the meaning of the rite itself and gives fuller expression to it. It is entirely correct, therefore, to say that this does not involve inviting the faithful to exchange the sign of peace ‘mechanically.’  … The intimate relationship between the lex orandi and the lex credendi must obviously be extended to the lex vivendi. Today, a serious obligation for Catholics in building a more just and peaceful world is accompanied by a deeper understanding of the Christian meaning of peace and this depends largely on the seriousness with which our particular Churches welcome and invoke the gift of peace and express it in the liturgical celebration.”  See here for the complete text of the Circular Letter, and here for an explanation from the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship.


Liturgical Practices During Flu Season

Pastors and parochial administrators in the Diocese of La Crosse are to use their own discretion about inviting the exchange of the Sign of Peace and the distribution of the Precious Blood from the chalice during flu seasons.  Individual members of the faithful can also determine for themselves whether to exchange the Sign of Peace with their neighbors or to receive the Precious Blood from the chalice (pastors will please make those in their care aware of this option).  If a significant change in the situation surrounding the flu occurs, further direction from the Diocese will be offered.


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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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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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