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On November 27th of this year, the first Sunday of Advent of 2011, a new translation of the Mass will be used in all Catholic Parishes in the United States. These new words represent perhaps the most significant liturgical changes since the revision of the sacraments shortly after the Second Vatican Council in the 60’s. But while the words will be different than those to which we have grown accustomed, it must also be remembered that the Mass will remain the same. Its structure and flow will remain as they currently exist. 


To help in knowing some of the history behind these changes and to learn the new responses by the assembly and presider, we are enclosing the pamphlet from Catholic Update. As a parish we will be offering an evening, “New Translation of the Mass” with Michael Silhavy (Parish Services Team for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis), on October 6, 2011 at 7 pm. Michael will give some background to the changes and will do a talk-through of the new spoken response and a sing-through of the new music. Refreshments will follow. 


November 13 & 20- we will practice the new Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation and the Amen, starting a couple of minutes before Mass. We will use time during the homily to learn about the changes in the spoken and musical responses. 

November 27 (Thanksgiving Weekend) - we will use the new texts and music. 

We will be placing in our hymnals a printed card with the new responses and the music setting for the Mass that we will use for a number of months. We ask that you leave these cards in the hymnals. 


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has produced a website dedicated to the new translation. It may be found at

I hope this will be helpful. I ask that you take time to read the enclosed, visit one of the websites and attend the October 6, 2011 meeting here at the parish. I want to assure you that these changes will not alter the spirit of our Liturgies. The Spirit of our Liturgies comes from and through the Spirit of the people who gather to pray. It is God’s Spirit that is alive in each of us. 

Peace, Fr. Tim