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  Faith Formation  New Roman Missal


Many Catholics already know that on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011, a new translation of the Mass was introduced in all English-speaking countries across the world. MissalThe translation was no small undertaking, since the idea for the project has been around since the first post-Vatican II translation was released and the current arrangement was in the works for over 10 years. Indeed, it is miraculous that after the collaborative but labor-intensive effort to create the translation that bishops, experts in translation of classical languages, and theologians from America, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere were able to agree on one final product! So it is with joy that we receive the revised prayers (just about 14 for the people) and music for the liturgy, which shapes our identity as Catholic Christians, as an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the theology of the Mass and to encounter afresh the faith we live daily as a community of believers.

Here at Immaculate Conception, the Liturgy Committee, under the guidance of our pastor, Msgr. Ferrarese, planned and collected resources to make the implementation of the changes smooth and easy. The purpose of this page is to provide a source-point for information to feed any hunger for more and answer any questions that members of our family of faith might have. Why the changes? How many prayers are different? What was the process like? What will this mean for my spiritual life? Answers to these and many more questions are linked below, as well as music samples for the new Mass settings, video presentations, and articles that give a more detailed explanation of the revised prayers and the process that developed them.

Please enjoy these resources as you and your family get to know the new translation of the Roman Missal. And if you come across anything good while you’re surfing, let us know.Bible

Useful Links

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ official page for the new Roman Missal; this is the main source for the complete sample texts and any news updates and information regarding the new translation:

Interviews with members of the Vox Clara Committee, an explanation including comparison with the Latin of the changes to the Roman Missal, and sample chants of the new prayers sung by PNAC deacons:

An all-purpose website for material on the new translation, including blogs, videos from teens, free downloadables, and more:

Our Sunday Visitor blog that tracks the news developments in the other dioceses across the U.S.

Facebook page written by the liturgist at St. Leo Parish, Archdiocese of Omaha, NE, that is a forum for people involved to discuss how the implementation of the changes will look and feel

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: the Vatican department who oversaw the preparation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which is included here in its entirety. The sub-group of this office, who prepared the English translation, was the Vox Clara (Clear Voice) Committee, whose press releases are archived here as well;

Website of ICEL, International Commission on English in the Liturgy. They are responsible for preparing English translations of the Latin liturgical books in accord with the guidelines of the Holy See:

Here is an extensive annotated PDF bibliography of books and other resources on the liturgy and catechesis from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions; includes documents, USCCB directives, and books;

The three leading publishers of Catholic liturgical music and other liturgy materials:
GIA Publications:
Oregon Catholic Press:
World Library Publications:

And the National Association of Pastoral Musicians keeps an updated list of all new Mass settings published to date here:

Msgr. Ferrarese's Sunday New Missal Catechesis (please be patient as each audio file takes a moment to load)




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