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Join us for a Retreat for musicians and liturgists, featuring retreat leader Fr. Michael Joncas!
Friday/Saturday, August 26-27, 2016
held at the Felician Mother House, 3800 West Peterson Ave, Chicago
Our retreat focus, "Mercy in the liturgy", is a timely reflection on our role as ministers of mercy in this Year of Mercy. join together for prayer, inspiration, hospitality, and private reflection as we prepare for the busy year ahead.

On July 8, in his initial and immediate response to the racially-related shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, noted the need to look at ways the Catholic Church can walk with and help these suffering communities. The initiatives announced today begin to address that need.

"I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence," Archbishop Kurtz said. "The Day of Prayer and special Task Force will help us advance in that direction. By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities."

The Archdiocese of Chicago will hold a 7pm prayer vigil in the spirit of Taizé on Thursday, September 8 at Holy Name Cathedral. All are welcome to participate.

The National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities will be celebrated on the feast of St. Peter Claver, September 9, and will serve as a focal point for the work of the task force.

Resources for the National Day of Peace, September 9, 2016

Pope Francis: A Prayer for Peace

Sample Prayer Service for Peace

Flyer: Archdiocesan Vigil for Peace in the Spirit of Taizé, September 8 2016



Workshops on
Fall 2016
Friday, September 9,  PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE 
                                          St. John of the Cross,
                                          Western Springs, IL
Friday, September 30, 12:30-3:30pm,
                                          St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek, IL
Thursday, October 20, 6:30-9:30pm, 
                                          St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park, IL 
 The workshops will cover such topics as:
  • What’s new in the second edition? What has stayed the same?
  • The Theology of Marriage
  • Duties and Ministries
  • Pastoral Preparation of Engaged Couples
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and  Catechumen or a Non-Christian
  • Principles of Preparing the Wedding Liturgy
  • Music for the Wedding Liturgy
Implementation date:
The revised marriage rite may be used beginning on September 8, 2016,
and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016.

 Basic Ministry of Care Training Course: offered this Fall 2016. These sessions will prepare spiritually aspiring Ministers of Care for service to those in need, and advance the healing ministry of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Several retired priests who live at Presence St. Benedict will take the major lead in providing this important training. These men bring with them a lifetime of wisdom, compassion and love of ministry.

The 5-week training will take place on Wednesday evenings from September 28th through October 26th at Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 6930 West Touhy Avenue, Niles. Per Archdiocesan guidelines, it is important that new Ministers of Care attend all 5 training sessions to be mandated. For those unable to attend the training on Wednesday evenings, a separated training series for Seminarians from Loyola University and others will be held on Tuesday evenings.




Liturgy Basics: Renewing Our Worship
A Six-Part Series for Catechesis and Faith Formation
This six-part series is designed for all who are involved in the preparation of parish liturgies, for liturgical ministers, and for those interested in renewing their understanding of and appreciation for the Church’s Liturgy. The speakers will present the many aspects of liturgy that make it the “source and summit” of the life of the Church. Contact a staff member at ODW for more information, or download the brochure.
Series cost: $90 per person, or $80 per person for three or more attending from the same parish. Fee includes all six sessions and materials.
**Please let us know if you are interested in hosting this series in your  parish, cluster, deanery or vicariate. Discounts available for participants from the host parish.


 The Chicago Series in Liturgical Music

 Any of the courses may be taken for credit or audited as an opportunity for continuing education. Credits earned may be applied to requirements for master’s degrees offered by Saint Joseph College. See the flyer for detailed course descriptions. Come for an overview. Come for an update. Bring your expertise and your questions. Discuss thorny pastoral issues with your colleagues. These are “where the rubber meets the road” courses with a practical pastoral focus.

 Click here for more detailed information on joining the next cohort.

The Rensselaer Program
of Church Music and Liturgy
of Saint Joseph’s College
 in collaboration with the
Chicago Office for Divine Worship
2015 – 2016 Cohort
The Chicago Series in Liturgical Music

 Programas en Español 



Por favor vean los siguientes programas en Espanol que estamos promoviendo en la Oficina para el Culto Divino comenzando en Enero del 2016.

Para más detalles por favor comuníquense con Jackie Moyeno (312)534-8012




NPM Chicago is here! Click here to go to NPM Chicago's website.

Click here for membership information.

This year's national NPM convention is in Houston, Texas July 11-16:
click here for the brochure.

    Resources for The Jubliee of Mercy Holy Year

Click Here for a list of Pilgrimage Parishes and Shrines which Archbishop Cupich has designated as Jubilee Pilgrimage Sites. By walking through the Holy Door of these sites, the faithful may gain the Plenary Indulgence offered by Pope Francis. En Español.

Click Here for information on the Plenary Indulgence.
                     Información en Español

Click Here for a Parish Order for Blessing a Holy Door, for use on December 13, 2015.

Click Here for a Holy Door Blessing for use in the Home.

Click here for a copy of the official Hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy.

Click here and here for the hymn in Spanish.

Click here for multiple choral versions and instrumental parts for the official hymn.

Click here for more music suggestions.

Click Here for a Sample Reconciliation / Penance Service for use during the Jubilee Year.

Click here  for several  resources from FDLC, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.











 Upcoming Events and Programs around the Archdiocese

Click on the event/concert title for an informational PDF flyer.
*To include your parish or regional concert or event,
contact Wendy Silhavy at






Mystagogical Reflections on the Collects and the Prayers After Communion of the Roman Missal, for Sundays and Holydays of the Liturgical Year of Grace!

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     The Committee on Divine Worship of the USCCB has recently offered clarification in regard to those parts of the Roman Missal that are also part of other Liturgical Rites.

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Click on the logo above for Jubilee Year of Mercy liturgical Resources.
 Additional resources for the Jubilee of Mercy Holy Year can be found on the official archdiocesan website:


Archbishop Cupich opens the Holy Door of Mercy at Holy Name Cathedral on December 13, 2015. Click on the picture to see the worship aid for the Rite of Opening the Holy Door of Mercy. 



Many parishes are installing a new Pastor this summer. Click here for notes and suggestions for the Liturgy.