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FROM THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium (1964) [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
FROM THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium (1964) By divine institution J Holy Church is / ordered and gov- # erned with a wonderful diversity. "For just as in one body we have many members, yet all the members have not the same function, so we, the many, are one body in Christ, but severally members one of another". Therefore, the chosen People of God is one: "one Lord, one faith, one baptism"; sharing a common dignity as members from their regeneration in Christ, having the same filial grace and the same vocation to perfection; possessing in common one salvation, one hope and one undivided charity. There is, therefore, in Christ and in the Church no inequality on the basis of race or nationality, social condition or sex, because "there is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all 'one' in Christ Jesus". If therefore in the Church everyone does not proceed by the same path, neverth...
Lay Ministry: The State of the Profession [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Lay Ministry: The State of the Profession BY PATRICIA LEFEVERE Patti Morin saw it coming. Already in 1970 as a junior at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Md., she had to imagine a Catholic parish without a priest. Holy Cross Sr. Ann Donnelly asked the class to design a parish comprised of three congregations with only one priest. Morin said that when she first considered the situation, she became angry: "Who would meet our faith needs?" But after much discussion with her classmates and the Holy Cross sisters who ran the academy, she came to see that "there would be someone who would meet our needs." It might even be her, and others like her in her homeroom, parish or neighborhood. Today Morin is director of faith formation at St. Mark Parish in Sutton, Mass., in the Worcester diocese. She holds a diocesan certificate in religious education administration, and previously worked as a director of religious education and has been a catechist since age 16. She is one of 34,00...
Ordained leadership: a brief history [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Ordained leadership: a brief history BY SHARON MACMILLAN Deacons Ken, Mark, and Ruben stood at the beginning of the ordination rite on that bright, warm May morning, and listened attentively as their vocation director put into words the desire of the entire local church: that these men be ordained to the responsibility of the priesthood. After the bishop consented and the assembly proclaimed its gratitude to God in enthusiastic words and applause, and after the bishop's homily, Ken, Mark and Ruben stood again to promise fidelity to the demands of the priestly life about to begin. The first question they heard offered a bit more precision to the meaning of priesthood. "Do you resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to discharge without fail the office of priesthood in the presbyteral rank, as worthy fellow workers with the Order of Bishops in caring for the Lord's flock?" It is easy to miss the subtlety of that image: within the priesthood there are ranks, and these men are being ...
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Lay Catholics firmly committed to parish life [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Lay Catholics firmly committed to parish life BY MARY L. GAUTIER Survey of U.S. Catholics What have we learned about American Catholic laity and their relation to parish life today? Other research has found that Catholics today are much less likely than Catholics of a couple of generations ago to say that they attend Mass weekly. Their attendance at weekly Mass has been dropping steadily since its peak, reported by Gallup to the about 7 5 percent in the 19505. Our poll found that just over a third, some 34 percent, report weekly attendance at Mass, although half say they attend Mass more than a couple of times a month and 64 percent report at least monthly attendance. Three in four say that you can still be a good Catholic without attending Mass every Sunday. Nevertheless, more than two out of three Catholics (68 percent) are registered in a parish. Registered Catholics are more likely than nonregistered Catholics to be in the pews on Sunday 48 percent of them say they attend Mass w...
Unleash the Laity [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Unleash the Laity A pre-Vatican II spirit remains strong in the Church But it might not he the one you first think of. The Second Vatican council sought to change Catholics' understanding of their vocations. The message: Lay people aren't adjuncts to priests; lay people are to sanctify the world. What happens inside church walls shouldn't be-all and end-all of Christian life the Mass is the source and summit of a faith life spent elsewhere. Simply put: Vatican II sent lay people to take the gospel to the great wide mission field outside church walls. But many in the Church had a hard time adjusting to this change in paradigm. Perhaps they still thought of what happened inside church walls as the most important thing. At any rate, when the council called for more lay involvement, they assumed it meant more lay involvement inside the church. At their November meeting in Washington, D.C., the U.S. bishops approved "Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Deve...
One Pastor, Thousands of Congregants: [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
One Pastor, Thousands of Congregants: BY MONSIGNOR ARTURO BANUELAS, PASTOR Some years ago in our parish, as the numbers of priests continued togo down and the number of Catholics were going up, our parishioners were wrestling with how we were going to function with just one priest and so many parishioners. I thought of a way to show them that a vibrant parish is about a lot more than just having a lot of priests and a lot of programs. So at a Ministry Council planning meeting, I read a letter, pretending that it was from the bishop. The letter said the following: "Because of the shortage of priests, this parish will no longer have a falltime resident pastor. He will be visiting. Given the situation, I would like for you to draw up a pastoral plan for the parish and present it to me within six months." There was this silence, but no one left the room. I am convinced it was the Holy Spirit who inspired what followed. In a spirit of collaboration, they began to delegate and assign the ...
Toward a Renewed Priesthood [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Toward a Renewed Priesthood BY THE MOST REVEREND GERALD F. KICANAS Different Visions of Priesthood Cardinal Francis George, 0.M.1., when he was appointed as the archbishop of Chicago, initiated a program of ongoing formation for clergy in their first three years of ministry. He developed the idea after talking with Cardinal Jean Lustiger of Paris, who some years before had asked one of his auxiliary bishops to meet regularly with the recently ordained to lead them in prayer, foster fraternity, and to attend to their ongoing human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral growth. Cardinal George invited me to direct this new program since I had been rector at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, for ten years. I approached the assignment with concerns. I wondered how resistant the new priests would be to the idea. Would they feel that they were back in the seminary? Would they make time to break away from their pastoral work to attend to their own ongoing formation...
Let's Put the Eucharist to Work [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Let's Put the Eucharist to Work BY ROBERT J. MCCLORY Is the Eucharist working? It may seem a strange question, but it's one that is worth asking, especially this year, the Year of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church. Some have been claiming for a long time that the Eucharist is not working because of published reports that most Catholics no longer believe the bread and wine really become the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Critics point to the absence of "eucharistic piety" they observe among Mass-goers: failure to genuflect when entering or leaving the church, the routine way people come up to receive Communion, the casual conversations right in front of the tabernacle after Mass. And so the church has undertaken a worldwide effort this year to educate Catholics about the nature of the Eucharist and to promote devotions such as visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, perpetual adoration, even public eucharistic processions and rallies. Others see the issue...
From the Code of Canon (1983) [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
From the Code of Canon (1983) Can. 528 §l. A pastor is obliged to make provision so that the word of God is proclaimed in its entirety to those living in the parish; for this reason, he is to take care that the lay members of the Christian faithful are instructed in the truths of the faith, especially by giving a homily on Sundays and holy days of obligation and by offering catechetical instruction. He is to foster works through which the spirit of the gospel is promoted, even in what pertains to social justice. He is to have particular care for the Catholic education of children and youth. He is to make every effort, even with the collaboration of the Christian faithful, so that the message of the gospel comes also to those who have ceased the practice of their religion or do not profess the true faith. §2- The pastor is to see to it that the Most Holy Eucharist is the center of the parish assembly of the faithful. He is to work so that the Christian faithful are nourished through ...
Musings on Ecclesial Ministry [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Musings on Ecclesial Ministry BY ZENI FOX The New Document, 'Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord' While the bishops step forward with their pastoral thinking and writing, the author lays to rest a few lingering concerns. In November 2005, the Committee on Lay Ministry presented a document to the National Conference of catholic Bishops for their vote. Co-Work-ers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, as it is called, reflects on the reality of laypersons serving in roles of leadership in the church today It contextualizes their emergence within our theological tradition, offers suggested guidelines for formation and authorization, and describes human resource issues and resource. In preparation since 1999, the new document augments Lay Ecclesial Ministry: The State of the Questions, the earlier report of the Subcommittee on Lay Ministry (1999). A Brief History of Official Reflection on Lay Ecclesial Ministry Co- Workers has ...
Contributing Publications [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Contributing Publications Church Magazine is an award-win-ning professional quarterly of pastoral theology and ministry. It is written especially for pastors, parish staff, parish leaders, and diocesan offices. It is published by the National Pastoral Life Center. To subscribe, visit www.nplc.org/. Established in 1924, Commonweal is an independent journal of opinion edited by lay Catholics. It has a special interest in religion (Catholic and otherwise), politics, war and peace issues, and culture. Along with articles on current events, it regularly reviews books, plays, films, and television. It is published 22 times per year. Its goal is "to bring a distinc- tively Catholic perspective to bear on the issues of the day." A trial subscription in $25. To subscribe, visit www. commonwealma gazine .org. Founded in 1927 and located in North Haven, Conn., the National Catholic Register is a weekly newspaper promoting the "New Evangelization" called for by Pope John Paul 11. It reaches som...
Lead Kindly Light [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Lead Kindly Light BY CARDINAL NEWMAN Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from homeLead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene —one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou Shouldst lead me on. I loved to choose and see my path; but now, Lead Thou me on! I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, Pride ruled my will: remember not past years. So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still Will lead me on, O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till The night is gone; And with the morn these angel faces smile Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
From Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 2005), online at www. uscch. org/laity/laymin/co-workers.pdf "Co Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord expresses our strong desire for the fruitful collaboration of ordained and lay ministers who, in distinct but complementary ways, continue in the Church the saving mission of Christ for the world, his vineyard." "In parishes especially, but also in other Church institutions and communities, laywomen and men generously and extensively "cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community." This is a sign of the Holy Spirit's movement in the lives of our sisters and brothers. We are very grateful for all who undertake various roles in Church ministry. Many do so on a limited and voluntary basis: for example, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, readers, cantors and choir members, catechists, pastoral council...
As One Who Serves [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
As One Who Serves BY CARDINAL ROGER MAHONY Emerging Gifts We are living amidst enormous changes in the world and in the Church. Our situation in the Archdiocese is in many ways so very different from what it was when I came to this Archdiocese as Archbishop twenty years ago. As men and women who are neither ordained nor vowed Religious have continued to put their gifts to the direct service of the Church, we have grown in the realization that some of them have been blessed with a share in the gift of leadership. We recognize that they have been given a charism to lead the Christian community, responding to the needs of the Church and the wider world at this time. As laypersons assume new ministries in the life of the Church, some assuming leadership of the life of the parish, it is time to clarify the distinctive contours of the charism of lay leadership in the Church. As lay persons assume positions of parish leadership, perhaps nothing is more important than cultivating, nurturing...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
In a cover letter to his statement, Cardinal Mahony said, "From one point of view we are facing a crisis. But the diminishing number of priestly and religious vocations has brought with it a deeper realization that it is in the nature of the church to be given diverse gifts, ministries and offices." "At this time we are being called to discern new modes of parish leadership and a more participatory exercise of ministry in which lay, religious and ordained together seek to build up the body Christ through the charism of leadership," he said.
Executive Summary from Lay Parish Ministers [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Executive Summary from Lay Parish Ministers BY DAVID DELAMBO A Study of Emerging Leadership Demographics Extrapolating from our 2005 data, there are now 30,632 lay parish ministers working at least 20 hours per week in paid positions, an increase of 5 percent since 1997. The ratio of lay parish ministers to parishes is 1.61 to 1. Add in unpaid ministers, and the ratio rises to 1.72 lay ministers per parish. Two-thirds of all parishes (66 percent) have paid lay ministers working at least 20 hours per week, up from 54 percent in 1990 and 60 percent in 1997. Add in unpaid ministers working 20 hours per week and the percent of parishes with lay ministers on staff increases to 68 percent. Work Status The overwhelming majority of lay parish ministers are paid: 93.4 percent. Only 6.6 percent are not paid. Among salaried lay ministers, 74 percent are full-time; 26 percent part-time. Ecclesial Status The decline of women religious in parish ministry continues. In 1990, four in 10 lay parish ...