Greetings and Blessings, As we continue in these uncertain times, we know that one certainty remains – Christ is with us.
“And behold, I am with you always” Matthew 28:20
The Office of Divine Worship is working diligently to keep you informed of the latest developments regarding changes in liturgy and worship as they are issued from our office and the office of our Bishop in line with the directives from the Holy Father, the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship, and the USCCB. We will be placing all important directives below with the most recent updates on the top for ease of access. Please know we share your concern and desire to continue to minister to your flock. We ask for your patience and prayers as we all continue through this unusual time and we welcome your questions via phone or email.
Dcn. Shaun Johnson, Director of Divine Worship and MC
Optional Memorial of “Our Lady of Loreto” was added to the Universal Calendar on November 1, 2019 by Pope Francis, but does not currently have Propers translated in English. While we await the approved translations, parishes may use the Mass texts from the Commons of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Advent. The citation in the Lectionary is no. 689-B
2022-01-24 COVID Reccomendations for the Celebration of the Feast of St. Blaise, Feb 3 Because individuals may feel reluctant to come forward to receive an individual blessing of their throat for the Feast of St. Blaise, it is recommended that a general blessing be given as instructed in the Book of Blessings before giving a specific blessing of individual throats with candles. (This blessing is found in number 1635 of the Book of Blessings or number 14 of the Rituale Romanum.) If a parish chooses to give both a general blessing and individual blessings, it should be explained to the faithful present the general blessing is equally efficacious; however, some may also want to come forward to receive the sacramental sign of the individual blessing. If individual blessings of throats with candles is to occur, the ministers of the blessing are to wear a mask while giving the blessings.
2022-01-20 COVID Reminder from the Vicar of Priests and Pastoral Leaders As we journey through the pandemic, we continue to experience critically high levels of positive COVID activity throughout the Diocese of Green Bay. We ask that you continue to take preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID. As a reminder, if you are in a vulnerable condition, not feeling well or are exhibiting any signs of illness, including cold symptoms, please consider worshiping virtually. Gratefully yours, Fr. Luke
The link below to the Diocesan newspaper, The Compass, offers additional links to virtual offerings from parishes throughout the Diocese of daily Mass, Sunday Mass, the rosary and many other ways in which your parishioners may stay connected to their faith from the safety of their homes. Please feel free to share this link and its information.
The Office of Divine Worship, part of the Parish Life and Evangelization Mission Team, works to provide liturgical and catechumenal (RCIA) resources for parishes, formation opportunities, and overall support for the liturgical and sacramental life of the parishes and agencies of the Diocese. In serving Bishop Ricken as the chief liturgist of the Diocese The Office also coordinates Diocesan and Episcopal liturgies throughout the year.
We recognize the vital role of worship within our Christian identity as we and our worshiping communities continue to be formed as true disciples of Christ through 'full, active, and conscious participation' in liturgy and our rich tradition of prayer.
Bona Hall 1825 Riverside Drive Green Bay, WI 54301
Regular diocesan office hours are: All offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions but we are working remotely from home so please email or call us if you have questions or concerns. Monday through Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Mailing Address P.O. Box 23825 Green Bay, WI 54305-3825
Dcn. Shaun Johnson | Divine Worship Director & Master of Ceremonies