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Formation of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors
The Office for Divine Worship moderates the training and appointment of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for all institutions throughout the Archdiocese. All new Extraordinary Ministers, after selection by their pastor/chaplain, are expected to attend one of the Archdiocesan Training Sessions in addition to training on the local level. A pastor/chaplain should inform the Office for Worship if he conducts his own training session. Once the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is properly trained, then a letter of appointment is sent in the name of Archbishop Chaput by the Office for Worship. All parishes and institutions maintain their own records of active Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
The Office for Divine Worship sponsors an annual workshop for coordinators of parish lectors and lectors. Visit the Workshop Tab for further details.
New and Renovated Churches and Chapels
The Office for Divine Worship provides guidance for the liturgical arrangement and appointments for new and renovated churches and chapels.
Commission on the Sacred Liturgy
The Commission, re-established in 2008, promotes authentic celebrations of the Liturgy, as well as the ongoing formation of the ordained and baptized, and to respond to liturgical needs and issues. The Commission will eventually include two sub-committees, one on music and the other on art and architecture. Membership is by appointment by the Archbishop.
Liturgical Studies Certificate
The Liturgical Studies Certificate can be obtained through the Graduate School of Theology and Program of Catholic Studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The Liturgical Studies Certificate Program is for those interested in more formal instruction on the Sacred Liturgy. More information on the certificate program is found on the website for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Parish Contact for the Office for Divine Worship
Each parish has a designated contact, identified by the pastor, with the Office for Divine Worship. These contacts receive regular electronic communications for publication and dissemination to the appropriate parish coordinators.
Staff of the Office for Divine Worship
Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill, Director
Mary Ann Johnson, Executive Secretary
222 North Seventeenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103