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From The Pastor's Desk - September 5, 2010

Dear Parishioners,

This week I just pass on to you the next FAQ on the new English translation of the Roman Missal:

Do these changes mean that the old translation was not valid and orthodox?
The current translation was approved by the Conferences of bishops and confirmed by the Holy See. Until the new text becomes effective, it remains the valid ordinary form of the Liturgy in the Roman Rite. The revised translation attempts to address some inadequacies in the present translation by introducing a more elevated style of language and by retaining many poetic texts and scriptural allusions. The current translation fostered the faith of two generations of Catholics and retains a valid place in church history.

If you are interested in learning more about the new translation, the Archdiocese is offering a workshop, “Preparing to Welcome the Roman Missal: Forward Together,” this upcoming fall on the choice of several dates.  In the urban deaneries, this workshop will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. on the following dates and at the following locations:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010:  Cathedral Parish Center, Omaha
Tuesday, October 9, 2010:  St. Patrick, Gretna
Tuesday, October 26, 2010:  St. Vincent de Paul, Omaha

You can register for any of these dates by going to www.archomaha.org/romanmissal/pdf/schedule.pdf on the Archdiocesan website.

There will also be various other workshops offered by the Archdiocese for musicians, so see the same website for dates and to register.

I will continue to provide more information about the new translation at various times throughout the next year. Then, in the fall of 2011 the most specific information will be provided to you on the Sundays from October 2 to November 20, when, at the weekend Masses, there will be special pamphlets provided in the bulletin and I will present an orientation of what is happening with each part of the Mass as to how the prayers will be different in their translation from the Latin. So, by the first Sunday of Advent 2011, November 27, when we start using the new translation, we should be well-prepared to welcome this new translation.

Have a blessed week.

God bless,
Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Dorothy Foged.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Sat., Dec. 9, Springfielder at Heart Dinner
Sun., Dec. 10, Christmas Open House 3 – 5 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 13, RE, 6:15 P.M.