Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate
The Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate is a service and resource center for the liturgy, for liturgical catechesis, and for Christian initiation.
Realizing that adult formation and good liturgy foster and nourish faith, the services of Worship and the Catechumenate seeks to promote the liturgical and spiritual life of the people of God in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
The Office for Worship and the Catechumenate [OWC] now offers material at discount from two publishers to tax-exempt institutions in the diocese.
- Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions [FDLC]. Discount at 25% off list plus shipping. View catalogue at http://www.fdlc.org/.
- Liturgy Training Publications [LTP] of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Discount at 20%-40% off list plus shipping. View catalogue at http://www.ltp.org/.
You must file your order by e-mail to make use of this discount process. Complete list of TERMS are on each of the forms below.
NOTE: To place order through the Office for Worship and the Catechumenate [OWC]:
- You must use one of the electronic RTF forms. First, save the chosen form to your computer.
- Complete the needed information on the saved form. Then save the completed form for your computer and attach it to your e-mail.
- E-mail completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “FDLC order” or “LTP order” in the e-mail subject line.
- Publisher drop-ships order to your address.
- OWC bills you at cost plus shipping. Pay within 15 days – send copy of invoice with check.
- Historically late payers will need to pre-pay orders before it will be placed.
- Returns must be pre-approved with OWC – an additional shipping charge is added.
The Parish Community Tithe supports this service.
CATECHUMENATE (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the sacramental process for the pastoral formation and guidance, aimed at training new members in the Christian life.
These sacramental norms apply to the unbaptized who are 6 or 7 years of age and older. They apply to the baptized uncatechized Catholics who are 6 or 7 years of age and older who were baptized in infancy but celebrated neither Confirmation nor First Holy Communion. And they apply to the baptized Christians who are 6 and 7 years of age and seek to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
These norms have been in place since 1988 in this diocese and in all the dioceses of the United States of America.
A person may contact any Catholic parish in the diocese to talk with someone about how to begin this process of formation. Click here to access the Parish Directory for the diocese.
The Rite of Election
The Diocesan Rite of Election will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 26th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Catechumens, their families and friends, sponsors, and parish representatives are welcome to attend. The following documents, which have already been sent to the parishes, will be helpful in planning for the celebration:
- Letter Regarding the Rite of Election 2023
- Catechumen Guide 2023
- Names for the Rite of Election 2023
- Letter of Testimony Form for the Rite of Election 2023
- Names of Those Received Between Easter 2022 and Lent 2023
- RCIA Flow Chart
Wading Deeper is the annual summer workshop to engage catechumenate ministers in a deeper immersion in the vision, method, and ministry requires by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for parish and diocesan ministry. It is cosponsored by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and the Diocese of Belleville. Credit is granted in the catechist certification process by each diocese.
Check back in late Spring 2021 for information about the next Wading Deeper session.
HISTORY OF WADING DEEPER
- 1997 – Mary Birmingham – Catechumenal Catechesis
- 1998 – Rev. Michael Clay and Joanna Case – Initiation in a Small Town Context
- 1999 – Sr. Sheila O'Dea – Assembly's Role in Initiation
- 2000 – Rita Ferrone – Sending, Election, and Rites of Lent
- 2001 – Rev. Paul Turner – The Easter Vigil
- 2002 – Rev. Rick Conway – Mystagogy Deepening the Grasp of the Paschal Mystery
- 2003 – Diocesan Jubilee – no workshop
- 2004 – Rita Ferrone and Rev. Paul Turner – Pastoral Care with Baptized Christians
- 2005 – Eliot Kapitan – Lectionary and Sacramentary Based Catechesis
- 2006 – Anne Koester and Steven Janco – Reclaiming the Power of Sunday Eucharist Forming Assemblies for Worship
- 2007 – Jerry Galipeau and Rev. Tim Piasecki – Christian Initiation Celebrating the Rites Right
- 2008 – no workshop
- 2009 – Todd Williamson – The Power of the Rites Bringing Us to the Full Stature in Christ
- 2010 – Sr. Donna Steffen, SC – Discernment Conversion's Partner in Christian Initiation
- 2011 - Rev. Michael Clay - Unfolding the Theology of the Initiation Sacraments and Reception into Full Communion
- 2012 – Karen Kane – The Role of Grace and the Spiritual Journey of Those Seeking Life in the Church
- 2013 - Rita Burns Senseman - The RCIA for Children and Implications for All Sacramental Catechesis
- 2014 - Todd Williamson - Sunday to Sunday, Season to Season - The Vision of the RCIA Catechetical Processes, PART II
- 2015 - Rev Chuck Barthel - From the Font to the Table: Reception into Full Communion
- 2016 - Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal - The Rites of the RCIA
- 2017 - Dr. Steve Janco - Mystagogy: Connecting Liturgy and Life
- 2018 - Mary Birmingham - The Year-Round Catechumenate - The Vision
- 2019 - Fr. Steven Lanza - The Year-Round Catechumenate - Practicalities and Pastoral Implementation
Prayers from Laudato Si’ Care of Our Common Home
Reception of Holy Oils
Exposition of the Holy Eucharist
Eucharistic Processions Guide (May 2015)
Communal Penance Liturgy in Lent
Bishop Lucas issued a Pastoral Letter on Reconciliation, “We Implore You in Christ, Be Reconciled to God,” at the First Sunday of Lent 2008. The following items were prepared in the first days of Lent by the Office for Worship and the Catechumenate. They are offered to help priests and parish ministers prepare for a Communal Penance Liturgy in keeping with themes of the pastoral letter and faithful to the norms of the Rite of Penance, Chapter II.
This Mid-February 2008 mailing is sent electronically to the Monthly Mailing list. Paper copies will also be mailed to priests in the diocese.
1. Office for Worship and the Catechumenate. Scripture for Reconciliation [as corrected] from the Pastoral Letter on Reconciliation citing information from the Lectionary for Mass. 8 pages.
Format PDF: http://mm.dio.org/feb_08PartII/item01%20SCRIPTURE.pdf
Format RTF: http://mm.dio.org/feb_08PartII/item01%20SCRIPTURE.rtf
2. Office for Worship and the Catechumenate. Communal Penance Liturgy: “We Implore You in Christ, Be Reconciled to God.” – Presider and Minister Book. 24 pages.
3. Office for Worship and the Catechumenate. Outline of the Rite – excerpt from the Presider and Minister Book. 1 page.
4. Office for Worship and the Catechumenate. Music Suggestions – excerpt from the Presider and Minister Book. 4 pages.
5. Office for Worship and the Catechumenate. Making an Assembly Worship Aid. 4 pages.
Format RTF: http://mm.dio.org/feb_08PartII/item05%20ASSEMBLY.rtf
6. Office of the Bishop. Pastoral Letter on Reconciliation, “We Implore You in Christ, Be Reconciled to God.” 7 pages.
Format RTF: http://mm.dio.org/feb_08PartII/item06%20PASTORAL%20LETTER.rtf
Order of Penance: Four publishers will publish editions of the Order of Penance. These editions may pre-ordered at the following address:
- Catholic Book Publishing will publish two versions of the ritual book, as well as a trifold for penitents:
- Liturgical Training Publications: https://ltp.org/products/details/OPRE/order-of-penance
- Magnificat: https://bookstore.magnificat.net/the-order-of-penance.html
- Midwest Theological Forum:https://www.theologicalforum.org/Category/118/Product/636/The_Order_of_Penance?utm_source=Midwest+Theological+Forum&utm_campaign=66dfbe7f06-EMAIL_ORDER_OF_PENANCE_20221028&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4d03dd79d1-66dfbe7f06-292608621