Around 1,000 Anglicans in Australia could join Catholic Church ordinariate

December 22, 2010

Sydney, Australia, (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Hepworth of the Traditional Anglican Communion has said that about 1,000 Australians are expected to join the Catholic Church through a special jurisdiction created by Pope Benedict XVI.

Catholics, mainstream Anglicans and members of the breakaway Traditional Anglican Communion established a nine-member committee last week to oversee the transition by June 12, 2011.

The Anglicans believe they will be able to retain their church properties, which removes one obstacle to their entry into the Catholic Church, the Australian newspaper The Age reports.

Archbishop Hepworth said that if Anglican priests and congregations do not resign, they might be able to show “beneficial ownership” and keep their properties. He noted that in England the Archbishop of
Canterbury has allowed departing Anglicans to keep using their properties. The Australian archbishop said he hoped the Australian church would do the same.

“It would be the tolerant and godly thing to do,” he said.

The Anglicans seeking entry into the Catholic Church have objected to theological changes in the Anglican Communion such as the ordination of women. Under the Anglican ordinariate which Pope Benedict established in his 2009 apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus,” they will keep their clergy, liturgy and church structures.

Archbishop Hepworth reported that an Australian ordinariate would have churches in all capital cities of the country and in many regional and rural places.

The Traditional Anglican Communion claims 400,000 members worldwide but only 700 in Australia

The best way to celebrate Christmas

December 15, 2010

- by Fr. Frank Pavone

Ligesite News  - As we enter the second half of Advent, the liturgy focuses more specifically on the Incarnation and birth of Jesus at the first Christmas. We think about Mary’s initial fear and uncertainty in the face of her unexpected pregnancy. Then, in every Church in the world, believers spiritually rush to her side to eagerly await with her the birth of the Savior.

The best way for a parish to celebrate Christmas is to rush physically to the side of those in the community who, like Mary, are uncertain and afraid about their pregnancy. We are to accompany them through their pregnancy with support and encouragement, and help them experience the fact that every birth reflects the joy of the birth of Christ.

Fort Worth: 2010 All Schools Liturgy

July 27, 2010

From the Diocese of Fort Worth:

To mark the close of the Fort Worth Diocese’s 40th Anniversary year and to celebrate the opening of the new school year, more than 6000 students from 19 diocesan schools will gather for a special Mass of the Holy Spirit in an All Schools Liturgy. Bishop Kevin Vann will preside.

This special liturgy is for all students in grades one through 12 and will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration.

Vatican Approves New Version of Roman Missal, Bishops to Decide When to Implement in Dioceses, Parishes

May 5, 2010

Date for implementation still to be set
Educational preparation vital for priests, parishioners
First major change to Mass in decades

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - The Vatican has given its “recognitio,” or statement of acceptance, of the proposed U.S. version of the new edition of the Roman Missal. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) now must decide when to authorize its use in dioceses and parishes in the United States.
In a letter from Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, dated  March 25, 2010,  (Protocol Number 269/10L)  the text of the English translation of the Roman Missal, third edition, has been approved with the required recognitio. 
In addition,a series of adaptations and proper texts for the Dioceses of the United States also has been approved. Cardinal Francis George, OMI of Chicago, USCCB President, was in Rome to attend meetings of the Vox Clara Committee, of which he is a member, and received the decrees personally.  The complete text of the Roman Missal is still undergoing final editing by Vatican officials. It is expected to be forwarded to Conferences of Bishops later this spring, at which time it will be prepared for publication. 
Bishop Arthur Serratelli, Chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, voiced gratitude for the approval.
“I am happy that after years of study and review, the Congregation for Divine Worship has concluded its work and provided us with a text that will enable the ongoing renewal of the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy in our parishes,” he said.
In the coming weeks, the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship will offer to Cardinal George its recommendation regarding the date of the implementation of the new translation. Once the final decision is made, Cardinal George will announce the date to the bishops. It is also expected that a suggested implementation timeline and process will be offered to the bishops for implementation within their dioceses.
The receipt of the recognitio marks the beginning of the proximate preparation for the implementation of the Roman Missal. During the time leading up to actual first Sunday of use of the new text, pastors are encouraged to make use of the wide variety of resources available to prepare parishioners for the reception of the new text.  Some of these resources have been made available already in the remote preparation, while others are being released now, including the Parish Guide for the Implementation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, from USCCB Publishing.  In addition, the Office of Divine Worship has launched Website to provide up-to-date information about the Missal:
Msgr. Anthony Sherman, Director of the USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship, said work already is in progress so that priests and congregations will be prepared for the first substantial changes in the Mass in decades.
“A great effort to produce the new Roman Missal for the United States of America is underway now among the publishers of liturgical books, along with the other necessary resources by publishers of liturgical music and catechetical resources,” he said. “Even as that work is underway a full–scale implementation of catechesis for the new Missal should be taking place in the parishes, so that when the time comes, everyone will be ready.”
Currently the Office of Divine Worship is leading a series of workshops for clergy and diocesan leaders as a first step in preparation for the changes.


April 29, 2010

VATICAN CITY, 29 APR 2010 (VIS) - This morning in the Vatican, the Holy Father received prelates from Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, who have just completed their “ad limina” visit.

Speaking English the Pope referred to the bishops’ five-yearly reports, telling them of his pleasure at their efforts “to preach the Gospel at confirmations, in your visits to parishes, when meeting with groups of priests, religious or lay people and in your pastoral letters”.

“Strive to build”, he went on, “vibrant and expansive communities of men and women strong in their faith, contemplative and joyful in the liturgy, and well instructed on ‘how to live in the way that pleases God’. In an environment marked by divorce and polygamy, promote the unity and well-being of the Christian family built on the Sacrament of Marriage. Initiatives and associations dedicated to the sanctification of this basic community deserve your full support. Continue to uphold the dignity of women in the context of human rights and defend your people against attempts to introduce an anti- birth mentality disguised as a form of cultural progress.

“Your mission also requires that you give attention to the adequate discernment and preparation of vocations and to the ongoing formation of priests, who are your closest collaborators in the task of evangelisation”, he added. “Continue to lead them by word and example to be men of prayer, sound and clear in their teaching, mature and respectful in their dealings with others, faithful to their spiritual commitments and strong in compassion towards all in need. Likewise do not hesitate to invite missionaries from other countries to assist the good work being done by your clergy, religious and catechists”.

The Holy Father went on: “I appreciate in a special way the assistance you offer to refugees and immigrants and I urge you to seek, when possible, pastoral co-operation from their countries of origin. The struggle against poverty must be carried out with respect for the dignity of all concerned by encouraging them to be the protagonists of their own integral development. Much good can be done through small-scale community engagements and microeconomic initiatives at the service of families. In developing and sustaining such strategies, improved education will always be a decisive factor”.

“You rightly encourage people in positions of authority to lead in the struggle against corruption by calling attention to the gravity and injustice of such sins. In this regard, the spiritual and moral formation of lay men and women for leadership, through specialised courses in Catholic Social Doctrine, is an important contribution to the common good”.

Benedict XVI commended the bishops “for your attention to the great gift which is peace. I pray that the process of reconciliation in justice and truth, which you have rightly supported in the region, may produce lasting respect for all God-given human rights and defuse tendencies to retaliation and vengeance.

“In your service to peace continue to promote dialogue with other religions, especially with Islam, so as to sustain the existing good relations and forestall any form of intolerance, injustice or oppression, detrimental to the promotion of mutual trust. Working together in the defence of life and in the struggle against disease and malnutrition will not fail to build understanding, respect and acceptance. Above all, a climate of dialogue and communion must characterise the local Church. By your own example”, the Pope concluded, “lead your priests, religious and lay faithful to grow in understanding and cooperation, in listening to one another and in sharing initiatives”.

Leaders Invited to Work Toward Total Parish Renewal at “Keys to Vibrant Worship”

February 25, 2010

PORTLAND, OR (MetroCatholic) - On April 16 and 17, 2010, parish leaders, pastors, liturgists, choir directors and other church professionals will gather for Keys to Vibrant Worship, presented by OCP. The conference, hosted at Holy Family Parish in San Jose, was developed to give parish teams the skills and strategies to lead a total renewal of their communities.

Whether it’s a single worship leader or an entire parish staff attending, the format of Keys is designed to foster a sense of unity and common purpose. Participants will not only hear new ideas and acquire skills from the conference team, but they will also serve as experts themselves by sharing wisdom and experiences.

“In my work with youth, young people often say that good, dynamic liturgy is important and draws them into their faith and church,” said John Rinaldo, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose. “This conference will equip parishes to continue to refine and refresh liturgy so that all parishioners, young and old, will truly look to it as the source and summit of their faith!”

Keys begins with a day of formation led by an experienced ministry team. The day will feature prayer, presentations and opportunities for personal and small group reflection to explore how spirituality, community and culture guide worship.

Following morning prayer on day two, Father Ricky Manalo’s keynote address will serve as a springboard to interactive workshops and group discussions. Manalo, a presbyter in the Paulist order, specializes in ritual music, liturgical inculturation and spirituality. Among the others lending their talents to the Keys conference team are Diana Macalintal, Director of Worship for the Diocese of San Jose; Pedro Rubalcava, Director of Hispanic Ministries for OCP; and Tom Tomaszek, Director of Artists and Repertoire for OCP.

The breakout sessions following Manalo’s keynote will apply the concepts introduced on day one, while offering guidance and practical ideas for celebrating our rites and liturgies. Special attention will be given to the intergenerational and multicultural diversity of our parishes.

Because the goal of Keys is to lead total renewal in worship communities, churches are encouraged to bring their entire parish team. Detailed information on registration and pricing—as low as $99 per person—is available at .

About OCP
OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 80 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. More information is available at 1-800-LITURGY (548-8749) and .

Liturgical Items At November Meeting Will Conclude U.S. Bishops’ Work On English Translation Of Roman Missal

October 16, 2009

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - Six years of intense work on the English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal are drawing to an end with five action items set to be voted on by the U.S. Catholic Bishops at their meeting in Baltimore, November 16-19.
Divine Worship items include votes on ICEL (International Committee for English in the Liturgy) Gray Book (final draft) translations, of the Proper of Saints, the Commons and the Roman Missal Supplement as well as the U.S. Propers and the U.S. adaptations to the Roman Missal. Approval of these items requires the positive vote of two-thirds of the Latin Church members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and subsequent confirmation by the Holy See.
The Proper of Saints is the collection of the specific prayers provided for each saint included in the universal liturgical calendar. The Commons is a collection of general prayers provided for celebrating other saints listed in the Roman Martyrology who are not included in the universal liturgical calendar.
ICEL began its work of translation of the new Missale Romanum in 2002. The first drafts, or “green books,” arrived at the bishops’ conferences of the English-speaking countries in 2004, and an extensive process of consultation begun. Additionally, the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship (formerly the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy) worked on the revision of translations and inclusion of items proper to the United States, which are not included in the Latin text.

“These five items will conclude the work of the U.S. Bishops on the Roman Missal. We now wait for final approval from the Holy See before the new English text can begin to be used
in parishes across the United States,” said Monsignor Anthony Sherman, executive director of the USCCB Office of Divine Worship. “A process of catechesis follows now, so that everyone is ready to move along when we get the final text from the Vatican. Pastors and faithful alike can find excellent catechetical materials posted on our Web page (”
Regarding the translations of the Proper of Saints, the Commons, and the Roman Missal Supplement, Msgr. Sherman noted that ICEL has addressed many of the concerns highlighted during the Green Book consultation, and that word order and vocabulary have been improved in some cases to aid in the clarity of some complex orations. 
The U.S. Adaptations to the Roman Missal include a number of adaptations which are included in the current Sacramentary but need to be presented again with the new text. They consist mostly of changes to rubrics (instructions to the presider, which usually appear in red) for Lent, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. The adaptations also recommend for inclusion in the Missal the Rites of Blessings of Oils and Consecrating the Chrism at the Chrism Mass, which are currently contained in the Sacramentary, and a series of texts currently in the Sacramentary Supplement (2004) which would otherwise be lost since the supplement will become obsolete with the publication of the third edition of the Roman Missal.
The final text of the third edition of the Roman Missal for the Dioceses of the United States must include orations and formularies for the feasts, memorials and commemorations from the Proper Calendar for the United States. These come from a number of sources. Prayers and translations (when English was not the original source) have been revised in accordance to the principles of Liturgiam Authenticam and in some cases modified, as with the prayers for use on Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Consultation on the five final liturgical items was sent to bishops immediately after the Administrative Committee meeting in September. Modifications will be reviewed by the Committee on Divine Worship in late October, and the final drafts will be presented to the body of Bishops in November.

Pope has no plans to reverse Vatican II reforms, says Cardinal Bertone

August 31, 2009

.- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said this week that the reports of supposed plans to roll back changes to the Church’s liturgy that began with the Second Vatican Council “are pure fabrication.”

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal was asked about the “reservations” or “fears” of some who think the Holy Father is going “against” Vatican II, when the reality is actually the opposite.

In order to understand Benedict XVI’s manner of governing the Church, Cardinal Bertone explained, one has to consider his own personal history as a protagonist in the conciliar and post-conciliar Church. Other items to note are: his inaugural speech as Pope, his speech to the Roman Curia on December 22, 2005 and the changes he has personally called for, enacted and patiently explained.

Cardinal Bertone noted several key points of the Council that the Pope has constantly promoted, including fostering “a more understanding relationship with the Orthodox and Eastern Churches” and entering into dialogue with Judaism and Islam. These efforts, the cardinal said, have been met with responses unseen up to now.

After noting the positive relationship the Pope has with the bishops, Cardinal Bertone said that when it comes to the reform of the Church, “Benedict XVI has called us back to the source of the Word of God, to the evangelical law and the heart of the Church’s life: Jesus, who we know, love, adore and imitate.”

The Vatican’s Secretary of State also pointed out that the Pope has given the Church a great gift with his book “Jesus of Nazareth,” in which he reminded us that his desire is “to make Christ the heart of the world.”

Cardinal Bertone noted the tendency in the secular media to ascribe to the Pope, or to the Vatican, the responsibility for everything that happens in the Church or that is said by any member of the local Churches, institutions or ecclesial groups, “and this is not right.”

It would be more accurate, he said, to attribute to each person responsibility for his or her own actions or words, “especially when they patently contradict the teachings and example of the Pope.”

The way that the media covers such cases depends on reporters and media professionals having good intentions and a love for the truth, Bertone observed.

Committee on Divine Worship Introduces Roman Missal Formation Website

August 22, 2009

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - A new Website from the U.S. Conference of Catholic will educate Catholics about the forthcoming English translation of the new Roman Missal.
The site,, launched August 21, includes background material on the process of development of liturgical texts, sample texts from the Missal, a glossary of terms and answers to frequently asked questions. Content will be added regularly over the next several moths. The bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship hopes the site will be a central resource for those preparing to implement the new text.
“In the years since Vatican II we have learned a lot about the use of the vernacular in the liturgy and the new texts reflect this new understanding,” said Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, NJ, in a welcome-to-the-site video.
“The new texts are understandable, dignified and accurate,” said Bishop Serratelli, who chairs the Committee on Divine Worship. “They not only strive to make the meaning of the text accessible for the listener, but they also strive to unearth the biblical and theological richness of the Latin text.”
After more than five years of consultation, study and reflection, the bishops are expected to conclude their review and approval of the final portion of the translated texts at the end of this year. Final approval (recognitio) of the text from the Holy See for the complete translation will be the last step before the publication of the texts for use in the liturgy.
Bishop Serratelli sees this time of waiting as an opportunity to learn and prepare.
“We have a great opportunity during this period not only to learn about the changes, not only to learn about the revised texts, but also to deepen our own understanding of the Liturgy itself,” he said. “We encourage priests, deacons, religious, liturgical ministers, all the faithful to avail themselves of the information that we are making available.”
In May 2002, the Vatican published the Latin text of the Third Edition on the Missale Romanum. Since 2003, the bishops of the English-speaking world have been working to prepare an English translation of the Roman Missal.
For information visit

Catholic Author and Hospital Chaplain to Appear on CatholicTV Talk Show

July 22, 2009

WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - On Friday, July 24th, CatholicTV’s talk show “This is the Day” will feature Reverend George Winchester, SJ, and Chris Benguhe. Fr. Winchester is a priest and a hospital chaplain. Chris Benguhe is a Catholic author and columnist for The Catholic Sun, the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network headquartered near Boston. CatholicTV streams its broadcast simultaneously, 24 hours a day at

The Reverend George Winchester is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Society of Jesus of New England (Jesuit). He has been at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) as a chaplain for over 15 years. He provides Sacramental ministry as well as Pastoral care to Catholics and other patients and families, respecting their values and spiritual orientation, regardless of religious affiliation. Fr. Winchester feels that his service to others is a privilege for which he is most grateful. Fr. Winchester calls the hospital “my parish.”

Also on “This is the Day” will be Chris Benguhe author of the book “Beyond Courage”. “Beyond Courage” is a book composed of a collection of short stories. The book discusses the nine key traits possessed by people who make miracles happen. These true stories aim to reveal the strength of the human spirit and the power of love. Mr. Benguhe discusses heroism, integrity, faith, forgiveness, and much more in his book.

His new book OVERCOMING LIFE’S 7 COMMON TRAGEDIES examines the positive potential of life’s common catastrophes through some of America’s greatest survivors.

Former PEOPLE MAGAZINE writer and tabloid editor, Chris Benguhe interviewed everyone from the famous to the felonious. From the OJ Simpson case to chasing Jon Benet’s Killer and the heartbreaking tales of Princess Diana’s accidental death and the Columbine massacre, he told the world’s most provocative stories, but he gave up the world of glitz and glamour to make a difference with his words.

These guests can be seen on Friday, July 24th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed simultaneously at and will be available on the site’s archives starting Friday night.

All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives.  

About CatholicTV:
CatholicTV provides family-friendly, religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over 50 years ago, CatholicTV is available in selected areas on cable in the United States and Canada, via Sky Angel and online via a live stream anytime, everywhere at the station’s web site Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV. Click here to paste this into your browser to find out how to watch CatholicTV where you live:  

“This is the Day” can also be seen on demand at or downloaded via The hosts, Father Robert Reed, and Jay Fadden discuss various topics of the week and respond to viewer mail (you may email the show at [email protected]

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