The Office for Worship is a resource for the liturgical life of the people of the archdiocese. Through workshops, newsletters and other publications, staff members provide formation and information to all who are engaged in liturgical ministry.
Through consultative services and an extensive lending library, the office offers access to the resources that parishes need to worship well. Staff members coordinate archdiocesan liturgical celebrations through which the people and parishes of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee can unite their voices in praise of God and be moved to do the same in their own communities.
Liturgy with a Bishop Planning Guide
Please follow these guidelines if you're planning for a liturgical celebration with a bishop. The form needs to be submitted to the Office for Worship 30 days prior to the event.
Note: Not for Confirmations.
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Confirmation schedule for 2020 are available to download. This schedule details the location, host parish, number of confirmandi, date, time and celebrant. Please contact the Worship Office directly with any questions.
Download 2020 Schedule
Confirmation Liturgy Planning Guide with a Bishop
This packet will help your parish or multi-parish community plan the Confirmation liturgy with a Bishop. The form must be submitted to the Office for Worship 30 days prior to the event.
Select your packet
Resources to Help During COVID-19 Coronavirus
During this time of social distancing as together we all do our part to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Archbishop Listecki has suspended the public celebration of the Mass. This necessary, but unfortunate, directive leaves us with a deep longing for Christ in the Eucharist. While nothing can replace the Eucharist, the Office of Worship has compiled a list of online resources to help you remain spiritually nourished during this time.
Saint Anthony the Great, Patron of those affected by infectious diseases, Pray for Us!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRAYER
The following are live-stream options for the celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church. This list is in no way exhaustive; it is merely an attempt to help the Faithful pray together.
Masses in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrw_JySXFU94eYPgE_ILokQ
Heart of the Nation: https://www.heartofthenation.org/
Liturgy of the Hours
The Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN: https://saintjohnsabbey.org/live
The Benedictine Monks of Conception Abbey in Conception, MO: https://www.conceptionabbey.org/monastery/live/
WEBSITES, BLOGS & PODCASTS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH & FORMATION
The following are some excellent websites that may be helpful to your spiritual growth.
Integrated Catholic Life is a website and blog for people of all ages. The articles and blogs contained here range from scriptural reflections to Catholic apologetics.
LIFE TEEN blog is an excellent blog for teens and college students as they navigate what it means to be Catholic in today’s society.
CatholicMom.com is a collection of articles, reflections, and activity ideas for today’s busy mom. There is also a podcast and a “hangout” for online discussion.
Ministry Monday is a weekly podcast for liturgical musicians and is a service of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Each podcast provides liturgical musicians with the opportunities to learn, engage, grow and be renewed in their faith.
Busted Halo is a media resource that helps people of all ages understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives, and share it with others.
Echoes from the Bell Tower Blog & Podcast is a ministry of the Monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Saint Meinrad, Indiana. It is devoted to observations on Christian faith, spirituality, and everyday events by contributors who have a deep connection to the Benedictine values lived out at Saint Meinrad Archabbey.
RCIA Scrutinies and Presentations
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass through Sunday, March 29, 2020 may affect your RCIA community and the upcoming Scrutinies and Presentations.
As a result, I invite you to consider this 15-minute video put together by Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal of TeamRCIA on this very matter.
The Scrutinies and Presentations are an important part of the formation and catechesis of the Elect. Therefore, I hope you find this video helpful.
Let us pray for one another.
Contact the Office for Worship with questions at either 414-769-3349 or email@example.com.
The Order of Baptism of Children,
Second Typical Edition
The Order of Baptism of Children has received a few changes in 2020. It is the latest in the series of revised liturgical texts that will get considerable usage in the Catholic parishes throughout the English-speaking world. Check out the Summary of The Order of Baptism of Children.
FDLC Prayer Resources
We need to continually turn to God, asking for guidance, direction and the grace to seek forgiveness as a Church.
As an archdiocese that is a member of the FDLC (Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, we have access to fine liturgical catechetical material. Please use this resource to assist you in preparing a liturgical response to the news of the Pennsylvania grand jury report.
Prayer should always be our first response in times of great trouble. However, we need also to find ways to put our prayer into concrete, tangible actions.
Pope Francis begins his letter to the People of God with this line from 1 Corinthians, “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.”
“Technology is playing an increasing role in worship and communal prayer. Its use can enhance the ability of the assembly to more fully, consciously, and actively participate in the liturgy. When technology is used, however, it also means that the focus of the liturgy moves and attention is focused on where the action is taking place; consequently, guidelines on the proper use of video are essential so that the dignity of the liturgical action can be preserved and technology can be used to its maximum potential to support the liturgy.” Taken from Guidelines for the Use of Video Technology in Churches.
The Guidelines were developed and based on surveys, discussions and meetings, and were reviewed by the Priests’ Council and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. The Guidelines contain practical information:
- Questions for reflection when considering the use of video technology
- Placement/use of video equipment in churches
- Potential uses of video for the Eucharistic liturgy and for sacraments, prayers and formation
Be sure to review this document if you are considering using video technology in your church.
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I am confused/unhappy/curious about a particular liturgical practice in my parish. What resources are available for me?
While we are always willing to provide information about the liturgical norms of the Church, the best approach for parishioners to take when they want to find out more about their parish's liturgical practices is to consult with their own director of liturgy, worship committee, music director and pastor. These staff and committee members know the parish best and should be intimately familiar with the reasons for the choices they have made.
What is the proper way to clean altar linens (corporal, purificator etc)?
Bishops Committee on the Liturgy - Newsletter March 2001
In recent years the Secretariat for the Liturgy has received multiple inquiries concerning the care and cleansing of altar linens. The following article, approved by the Committee on the Liturgy at its March 19,2001 meeting, is provided for the information of those charged with the care of altar linens.
Whatever is set aside for use in the liturgy takes on a certain sacred character both by the blessing it receives and the sacred functions it fulfills. Thus, the cloths used at the altar in the course of the Eucharistic celebration should be treated with the care and respect due to those things used in the preparation and celebration of the sacred mysteries.
This brief statement reflects on the importance of reverently caring for altar linens which, because of their use in the liturgy, are deserving of special respect. These linens should be "beautiful and finely made, though mere lavishness and ostentation must be avoided." Altar cloths, corporals, purificators, lavabo towels and palls should be made of absorbent cloth and never of paper.
Altar linens are appropriately blessed according to the Order for the Blessing of Articles for Liturgical Use. The blessing of a number of such articles for liturgical use may take place "within Mass or in a separate celebration in which the faithful should take part."
Just as the altar is a sign for us of Christ the living stone, altar cloths are used "out of reverence for the celebration of the memorial of the Lord and the banquet that gives us his body and" By their beauty and form they add to the dignity of the altar in much the same way that vestments solemnly ornament the priests and sacred ministers. Such cloths also serve a practical purpose, however, in absorbing whatever may be spilled of the Precious Blood or other sacramental elements. Thus the material of altar cloths should be absorbent and easily laundered.
While there may be several altar cloths in the form of drapings or even frontals, their shape, size, and decoration should be in keeping with the design of the altar. Unless the altar cloths have been stained with the Precious Blood, it is not necessary that they be cleaned in the sacrarium. Care should be taken, however, that proper cleaning methods are used to preserve the beauty and life of the altar cloth. It is appropriate for those who care for sacred vessels, cloths and other instrumenta of the liturgy to accompany their work with prayer.
Sacred vessels containing the Body and Blood of the Lord are always placed on top of a corporal.
A corporal is spread by the deacon or another minister in the course of the preparation of the gifts and the altar. When concelebrants receive the Eucharist from the altar, a corporal is placed beneath all chalices or patens. Finally, it is appropriate that a corporal be used on a side table, and placed beneath the sacred vessels which have been left to be purified after Mass.
Because one of the purposes of the corporal is to contain whatever small particles of the consecrated host may be left at the conclusion of Mass, care should be taken that the transferral of consecrated hosts between sacred vessels should always be done over a corporal. The corporal should be white in color and of sufficient dimensions so that at least the main chalice and paten may be placed upon it completely. When necessary, more than one corporal may be used. The material of corporals should be absorbent and easily laundered.
Any apparent particles of the consecrated bread which remain on the corporal after the distribution of Holy Communion should be consumed in the course of the purification of the sacred vessels.
When corporals are cleansed they should first be rinsed in a sacrarium and only afterwards washed with laundry soaps in the customary manner. Corporals should be ironed in such a way that their distinctive manner of folding helps to contain whatever small particles of the consecrated host may remain at the conclusion of the Eucharistic celebration.
Purificators are customarily brought to the altar with chalices and are used to wipe the Precious Blood from the lip of the chalice and to purify sacred vessels. They should be white in color. Whenever the Precious Blood is distributed from the chalice, poured into ancillary vessels or even accidentally spilled, purificators should be used to absorb the spill. The material of purificators should be absorbent and easily laundered. The purificator should never be made of paper or any other disposable material.
Because of their function, purificators regularly become stained with the Precious Blood. It is, therefore, essential that they should first be cleansed in a sacrarium and only afterwards washed with laundry soaps in the customary manner. Purificators should be ironed in such a way that they may be easily used for the wiping of the lip of the chalice.
The Order of Mass calls for the washing of the hands (lavabo) of the priest celebrant in the course of the preparation of the gifts and the altar. Since it is his hands and not only his fingers (as in the former Order of Mass) which are washed at the lavabo, the lavabo towel should be of adequate size and sufficiently absorbent for drying his hands. Neither the color nor the material of the lavabo towel is prescribed, though efforts should be made to avoid the appearance of a "dish towel," "bath towel" or other cloth with a purely secular use.
Other cloths may also be used at Mass. A pall may be used to cover the chalice at Mass in order to protect the Precious Blood from insects or other foreign objects. In order that palls may be kept immaculately clean they should be made with removable covers of a worthy material which may be easily washed in the sacrarium and then laundered. Chalice veils either of the color of the day, or white may be fittingly used to cover the chalice before it is prepared and after it has been purified.
Disposal of Worn Altar Linens
Consistent with the disposal of all things blessed for use in the liturgy, it is appropriate that altar linens, which show signs of wear and can no longer be used, should normally be disposed of either by burial or burning.
The manner in which we treat sacred things (even those of lesser significance than the chalice, paten, liturgical furnishings, etc.) fosters and expresses our openness to the graces God gives to his Church in every celebration of the Eucharist. Thus, by the diligent care of altar linens, the Church expresses her joy at the inestimable gifts she receives from Christ's altar.