Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During these weeks of November as we prepare for Advent, the friars are taking time during our homilies to speak about the revised Roman Missal which will be implemented on the First Sunday of Advent,   November 27, 2011.  It is our hope that this will be an opportunity for us to realize “an ever increasing vigor to the Christian Life of the faithful” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy).  

The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states: Mother Church earnestly   desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious and active participation in liturgical    celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian  people as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people (1 Pet. 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism. In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the  primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit; and therefore pastors of souls must zealously strive to achieve it, by means of the necessary instruction,   in all their pastoral work.

If you would like more detailed information about   the revised Roman Missal this is a good web site www.revisedromanmissal.org

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark