Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Toronto's Vicar for the Liturgy sends a letter to the pastors UPDATED




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June 21, 2011



Dear Father,



I would like to provide several updates regarding the implementation of the revised Roman Missal and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal in our Archdiocese.

1. We have been informed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) that both the English translation of the revised Roman Missal and General Instruction (GIRM) will take effect in dioceses throughout Canada on the First Sunday of Advent (November 27/28, 2011). Archbishop Collins has authorized that parishes may begin to learn the new, sung mass settings and employ them in the liturgy as of September 25, 2011. Other than these settings, the newly translated prayers (collects, prefaces, etc.) of the Missal may not be used without specific permission before the First Sunday of Advent.

2. Four musical settings have been approved by the Bishops for use in Canada: three commissioned by the CCCB and the "Chants of the Roman Missal" by the ICEL (International Commission on English in the Liturgy). Thus, in addition to the setting which will be found in the Missal, the CCCB also approved these settings as presented in "Celebrate in Song":

• "Mass Setting A" by Fr. Geoffrey Angeles,

• "Mass Setting B" (Mass of the Holy Family) by John Dawson,

• "Mass Setting C" by Michel Guimont.


To help provide a spirit of unity and collaboration for all those involved in assisting our parishioners in full and active participation in the Eucharist, we are inviting parishes to utilize two settings during the first year of implementation of the new Roman Missal. We must be fully aware that all other settings presently being used are not to be employed in the parishes after the First Sunday of Advent because they do not reflect the new translation. This will be a significant change for choirs and cantors.

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3. You are invited to choose from a) ICEL Chants setting and b) one of the approved three CCCB sung settings. You can hear the settings by visiting our resources page of the Archdiocesan Roman Missal site: www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal/resources.htm. This will allow parishioners, music ministers and clergy to collaborate on teaching and implementing musical settings that will become familiar to congregations at all masses. Please note: all the mass settings presently being used at parish liturgies need to be replaced by the new authorized settings effective the First Sunday of Advent 2011. The desire for a unity of musical settings in your parish may be challenging but your guidance and encouragement will make this exercise of decision-making a positive moment in liturgical renewal.

4. We are aware that parishes have received other musical settings, including those from the United States. In order to foster unity, we ask all parishes to use the mass settings from the CCCB for the first year of implementation. Your cooperation is appreciated in adopting this approach in your parish.

Thank you to all those who participated in the recent workshop related to the music settings presented in "Celebrate in Song" and approved for use in Canada. More than 450 people were in attendance for the gathering, a wonderful response to the first of many planned sessions with parish musicians.

A reminder: workshops will be held for all priests in early September regarding the implementation of the revised Roman Missal and GIRM. Letters of invitation will be sent this summer indicating locations and RSVP information. Implementation materials will be forthcoming and presented in more detail at the September clergy meetings. In the interim, we have compiled a list of background resources that may be of assistance to parishes which can be found at: www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal/resources.htm. The Archdiocese, working with the CCCB, will also be making pew cards available in the fall to assist parishioners. Order forms for this resource will be available in the coming months.


Thank you for your continued support of this important liturgical initiative as we work together to strengthen our celebration of the Eucharist for the faithful of the Archdiocese.


Sincerely in Christ,

(Most Rev.) John A. Boissonneau
Vicar for Liturgy

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Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20

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