Special to the Intermountain Catholic
SALT LAKE CITY — In every Mass, our faith is nurtured through ritual, prayer, Scripture and the Eucharistic banquet. Ritual actions and words are guided by special laws of the Church and published in books tailored for each liturgy and sacrament.
As the chief liturgist of the diocese, Bishop Oscar A. Solis is charged with ensuring these laws are understood and the rituals are faithfully followed. His desire is for every liturgy to be vibrant, joyful and uplifting so that when the priest says, “Lift up your hearts!” we are so engaged that our hearts are truly raised heavenward. This goal is included in the Pastoral Plan, “Charting our Mission.” Attaining this objective requires full and active participation of every liturgical minister and member of the assembly.
In addition, as directed by the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Church requires every bishop to have a liturgical commission to help implement liturgical rituals and comply with those laws. Our diocesan Liturgical Commission is in need of new members to assist the bishop to meet his charge. Their work is guided by the Office of Worship.
Members of the commission are required to have a love for and knowledge of the liturgy, experience in one or more liturgical ministries, ability to support implementation of Bishop Solis’ goals, commitment to attend the five meetings each year, and approval of your pastor.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the commission, you are invited to attend an information session on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:45 p.m. in the diocesan Chancery, 303 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Your hosts will be Father Gustavo Vidal, chairman of the Liturgical Commission; and Lorena Needham, director of the Office of Worship.
Lorena Needham is director of the Diocese of Salt Lake City Office of Worship.