But I’m Not The Liturgist

What does being a catechetical leader (CL) have to do with liturgical planning?  Many people in CL positions do not have much to do with liturgical planning especially as it relates to the Sunday liturgies or any other liturgy for that matter.  The National Directory for Catechesis articulate one of the responsibilities of a CL is assistance in liturgical planning (cf. Pg. 225).

Manifesting Christ

The Second Vatican Council said: “It is through the liturgy, especially, that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church” (Sacrosanctum Concilium [SC], Constitution on the Liturgy, no. 2).  The Liturgy, says Msgr. Francis Kelly, “contains the Church’s greatest and most effective catechesis.  During the course of the liturgical year, the whole mystery of Christ is relived and the inexhaustible riches of its grace for our lives are assimilated” (The Mystery We Proclaim, pg. 42).  It is therefore important for CLs to be involved in liturgical planning so as to help those they serve be more fully drawn into the “fount from which all Her power flows” (SC, no, 10).

Parish Planning

Many CLs are DREs who have the responsibility of coordinating sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  In each of these there are aspects of liturgical planning that CLs need to be involved in.  Another example would those CLs involved with RCIA.  There are a number of Rites that are a part of the RCIA process and therefore require the CL to collaborate and work with the priest and liturgist/music director.

How Are You Involved in Liturgical Planning?

What are the ways you find yourself involved in liturgical planning as a CL?


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