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Worship & Spiritual Life

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The Office of Worship and Spiritual Life serves parishes, institutions, and agencies across the Archdiocese in their efforts at enhancing the spiritual and liturgical life of the Christian faithful within the universal law of the Church and the particular needs of the local Church.

This Office provides information, consultation, evaluation, implementation and leadership to promote the understanding of liturgical celebration and spiritual life. It promotes and implements liturgical guidelines that serve the needs of parish liturgical life.

Further, it serves as a resource center to the Archdiocese and to parishes regarding particular liturgical questions pertaining to special circumstances and ceremonies.

The Office is served by an Advisory Committee - The Worship Commission - composed of clergy, Religious and laity competent in matters of sacred liturgy and spiritual life.

Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The Office of Worship holds regular training sessions for those wishing to serve as extraordinary ministers of holy Communion in their parishes. Following are the basic requirements:

  • Candidates will register through their parishes and must be recommended to the Office of Worship in a letter signed by their Pastor.
  • To be Commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion a person must:
    • Be designated by their Pastor or School Principal/Chaplain.
    • Be a Catholic at least 18 years of age, who has been Confirmed and leads a life in harmony with the Faith and the Ministry to be undertaken.
Holy Days of Obligation and Principal Moveable Feasts

2024 / 2025

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2024 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day obligation is suspended)
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024 Ash Wednesday (not obligatory)
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024 Assumption (Holy Day obligation)
Friday, Nov. 1, 2024 All Saints Day (Holy Day obligation)
Monday, Dec. 8, 2024 Immaculate Conception (Holy Day obligation)
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2024 Christmas - Nativity of our Lord (Holy Day obligation)
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2025 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day obligation)
Wednesday, March 5, 2025 Ash Wednesday (not obligatory)
Friday, Aug. 15, 2025 Assumption (Holy Day obligation)
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2025 All Saints (Holy Day obligation suspended)
Monday, Dec. 8, 2025 Immaculate Conception (Holy Day obligation)
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2025 Christmas - Nativity of our Lord (Holy Day obligation)

Please schedule Vigil/Day Masses accordingly.

*With the exception of Christmas and the Immaculate Conception (national patroness), the holy day obligation is suspended in the USA when the solemnity falls on Saturday or Monday. When December 8 falls on a Sunday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred to Monday. While the day remains a solemnity, the faithful are not obligated to attend Mass.

**In the Province of Miami, (Arch/Dioceses in the State of Florida), the Ascension is celebrated in place of the 7th Sunday of Easter.

Documents

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Confirmation Liturgy

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  • Click here or look for Liturgical Formation in the Events calendar.