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(4) The Sacraments

The Sacraments

This presentation is heavily informational.   Most of the texts on the slides are direct quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
It allows the presenter and participants to move through the Sacraments and learn the multiple sources of meaning from a variety of sources.
It is recommended for people who have some experience of the Sacraments; it may be simplified by the presenter for Catechumens or Candidates for Full Communion.
It is offered at present in English, however translation is possible with sufficient notice.

The presenter
 can use the PowerPoint slides as a visual outline for his or her expansion of each of the “details” of the Sacraments.
 should be an experienced catechist, comfortable with both developing/expanding the outline and taking questions from the participants and engaging them with some thoughtful questions.
 will want to use the Catechism to help develop verbal content and accurately attribute quotes.

In preparation
 Consider how many sessions you want to offer.   The presentation may be divided into three sessions of about an hour each, or a single long session.  The logical division is:: Initiation; Healing: Vocation.
 load the Powerpoint presentation into the laptop and be sure that the laptop, projector, and screen are all ready.
 arrange comfortable seating so that participants are able to see the screen, hear the presenter, and converse with each other.
 make some provision for refreshments.

If the parish does not have a suitable presenter for this offering, contact Stephen Obarski in the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation (Stephen.Obarski@camdendiocese.org or 856-583-6146)to see if he is available, or can find someone to make the presentation.

The Sacraments PowerPoint

(3) The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

Two hours should be sufficient time to allow for presentation, discussion,  Q&A and hospitality.

This presentation is heavily informational.

It allows the presenter and participants to move gradually through the Liturgical Year and learn the some of the meaning of some of the words, gestures, symbols, practices, and ritual actions.  It is recommended for people who have some experience of the annual liturgical cycle; it is not recommended for Catechumens or Candidates for Full Communion unless they are integrated in a larger group with practicing Catholics. (Those to be initiated might well enjoy and benefit from the questions and observations of others.)

It is offered in either the English version or the bilingual (Spanish-English) version below.

The presentation is organized by beginning the Liturgical Cycle with the pinnacle season of Triduum, followed by Easter and its preparatory season, Lent; then, Christmas and its preparatory season, Advent; Ordinary Time; and, finally, some reference to the Sanctoral Cycle – feasts of our Lord and the Saints.

 

The presenter:

  • can use the PowerPoint slides as a visual outline for his or her expansion of each of the “details” of the Liturgical Year.
  • should be an experienced catechist, comfortable with both developing the outline and taking questions from the participants and engaging them with some thoughtful questions.
  • can consider a helpful handout  –  the “Year of Grace” calendars (LTP) available for purchase from the Office of Worship Liturgical Book Service.  (Contact is Joanne DiGennaro 856-583-6121 jdigennaro@camdendiocese.org)

In preparation:

  • Decide whether the order of the slides is appropriate for your understanding of the Liturgical Year – and re-order them if necessary.
  • load the Powerpoint presentation into the laptop and be sure that the laptop, projector, and screen are all ready.
  • arrange comfortable seating so that participants are able to see the screen, hear the presenter, and converse with each other.
  • make some provision for refreshments.

If the parish does not have a suitable presenter for this offering, contact Stephen Obarski in the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation (Stephen.Obarski@camdendiocese.org or 856-583-6146)to see if he is available, or can find someone to make the presentation.

The Liturgical Year PowerPoint

The Liturgical Year (Bilingual)

(5) The Mass as an Encounter with Christ and the Saints

The Mass as an Encounter with Christ and the Saints

This presentation is intended to be informational and mystagogic.  It allows the presenter and participants to reflect on parts of the Order of the Mass.

The goals of the presenter-led reflection are

  • to lead the participants into a greater awareness of how the church teaches Christ as being present and active in the Eucharistic liturgy and in the celebration of Rites and Sacraments
  • to introduce or intensify the awareness of the eschatological dimensions of liturgy – as a celebration of the Church in heaven and on earth, unpacking a bit the implications of profession belief in “the Communion of Saints”

It is recommended for people who have some experience of the Mass; it is not recommended for Catechumens or Candidates for Full Communion.
It is offered at present in English, however translation is possible with sufficient notice.

The presenter

  • can use the PowerPoint slides as a visual outline for his or her expansion of each of the “details” of the Order of the Mass.  Significant input from the presenter is essential – the Power Point provides the outline.
  • should be an experienced catechist, comfortable with both developing the outline and engaging them with some thoughtful questions.
  • should be comfortable with adult learning methodology and faith-sharing

In preparation

  • Allow two hours for this since it involves both some content and significant participant reflection and sharing.
  • load the PowerPoint presentation into the laptop and be sure that the laptop, projector, and screen are all ready.
  • arrange comfortable seating so that participants are able to see the screen, hear the presenter, and converse with each other.
  • make some provision for refreshments.

If the parish does not have a suitable presenter for this offering, contact Stephen Obarski in the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation (Stephen.Obarski@camdendiocese.org or 856-583-6146)to see if he is available, or can find someone to make the presentation.

The Mass as an Encounter with Christ and the Saints PowerPoint

(2) The Order of the Mass

The Order of the Mass

This presentation is heavily informational.   It allows the presenter and participants to move gradually through the order of the Mass and learn the some of the meaning of some of the words, gestures, symbols, and ritual actions.  It is recommended for people who have some experience of the Mass; it is not recommended for Catechumens or Candidates for Full Communion.

It is offered at present in English, however translation is possible with sufficient notice.

The presenter

  • can use the PowerPoint slides as a visual outline for his or her expansion of each of the “details” of the Order of the Mass.
  • should be an experienced catechist, comfortable with both developing the outline and taking questions from the participants and engaging them with some thoughtful questions.
  • may find the book “The Mystery of Faith” available in both Spanish and English (purchase or loan) from the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation helpful in preparing for the sessions.

In preparation

  • Consider how many sessions you want to offer.   The presentation may be divided into four sessions (slides 1-10, 11-19, 20-33, 34-39) of about an hour each,  or two sessions of a bit over two hours each.
  • Load the PowerPoint presentation into the laptop and be sure that the laptop, projector, and screen are all ready.
  • Arrange comfortable seating so that participants are able to see the screen, hear the presenter, and converse with each other.
  • Make some provision for refreshments.

If the parish does not have a suitable presenter for this offering, contact Stephen Obarski in the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation (Stephen.Obarski@camdendiocese.org or 856-583-6146)to see if he is available, or can find someone to make the presentation.

The Order of the Mass PowerPoint

(1) A History of the Mass

Liturgy Parish Toolkit – A History of the Mass

What’s needed: 

* Two hours
* A Video/DVD Presentation “A History of the Mass” Liturgy Training Publications 2001. Archdiocese of Chicago  available for discounted purchase (or loan) from the Diocesan Office of Worship and Christian Initiation)
* Depending on the number of participants and size of the room, either a TV/DVD player or a laptop/projector combination to project onto a screen or blank wall.
* seating to facilitate both viewing and conversation
* a knowledgeable facilitator (perhaps parish DRE, or another member of the staff, or a facilitator recommended by the Diocesan Office of Worship and Christian Initiation)
* Perhaps some refreshments for gathering time or break
* Prayer for the beginning and conclusion of the evening

Who might benefit from this presentation?

* Liturgical Ministers (we use this as part of School of Liturgy, so some recent participants might be good facilitators)
* Liturgy Committee Members
* Adults seeking greater knowledge of the Mass
* Adults entering into Full Communion
* Teens and Young Adults

Presentation Synopsis:
 
This presentation traces the evolution of the Mass and liturgical ministry development from the early “house churches” to post Vatican II liturgy and ministry today. It is bilingual (English and Spanish) and includes a discussion guide with questions to use after viewing.

Suggestions for doing the presentation:

View the video, pausing for discussion after each historical period. Allow time for folks to absorb what they have seen and heard, and consider using the following as discussion questions.

* What words and images drew your attention?

* What did you see in this video presentation that is similar to your experience at Mass? What is unfamiliar or surprising to you?

* How have people understood the presence of Christ in the Liturgy?

* The Origins of Our Mass (30-300)

What were the changes in the church buildings that show the distance between clergy and lay people worship?

* Medieval Times (800-1200)

What words or images stand out in your mind from this period?

Since only a few people now understand Latin,- so what effect do you think this had on how people participated in the liturgy and how they understood it?

In the medieval period the emphasis shifted strongly to focus on the transformed elements rather than on the transformed people. How do we achieve and maintain a proper balance between these two perspectives?

* Middle Ages to Trent (1200-1545)

What words or images stand out in your mind from this period?

How did music in the Mass and church architecture change at this time? What was the role of lay people in the liturgy?

What were some of the issues that the Council of Trent addressed? Are some of these issues still with us today?

* Trent to Vatican II (1545 – 1962)

What words or images stand out in your mind from this period?

After the Council of Trent, a single missal was mandated for the Western Church, standardizing the liturgy. This remained the pattern until the Second Vatican Council called for a reform of the liturgy that led to a new missal and variations in different cultures. What has been your experience of cultural variations and adaptations in the Mass?

What does “full, conscious and active participation” mean to you?
(Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy no. 14)

Do most people fully participate in worship?  Why? Why not?

* Vatican II and Beyond (1962-present)

How has this video helped you move closer to the vision of the Second Vatican Council? How can we help others to move closer to this vision?

 

Questions adapted from the History of the Mass Study Guide – Rev. Lawrence Mick – Liturgy Training Publications 2001, Archdiocese of Chicago.