For the most part, the folks in the pews are not as worried as parish staffs are about introducing the changes in the Roman Missal. “Just give us the new words and we’ll say them,” said a catechist in my parish. But this change is more than a new script, it’s a teaching moment. As catechists, we love to see an event as a touchstone of grace, a time when we can understand and change our expectations of faith as we learn something new.
While, for many, it is all about the words, when we begin to understand the “why” behind the new language, we can take the meaning of the Eucharist to a deeper dimension. To help you in this teaching moment are six powerful newsletters in the tradition of Catholic Update. Whether you just stick with the newsletters or use them in conjunction with Father Greg Friedman’s DVD, I can assure you that these handouts will make catechesis easy.
The leader’s guide gives you the practical nuts and bolts to allow adults and teens to make sense out of what will happen in the parish this coming November. Each newsletter explores dimensions of faith that go way beyond new words: “What’s a Missal, Anyway?,” “Liturgy: It’s How We Pray,” “‘I Believe’—The Creed(s),” “The ‘Family Meal’: An Overview of the Mass,” “The Eucharistic Prayer” and “‘Communion Rite’: A Faith Connection.” I have been a parish minister long enough to recommend Catholic Updates as the best tool we can find to make this change a graced teaching moment.
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