Thursday, May 6, 2010

Let Us Pray: New E-Resource on Teaching the New Roman Missal

In the days to come, as the implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal gets closer, many dioceses are planning workshops for leadership on the changes. However, good materials to use on the parish level to help liturgical ministers, leaders, catechists and people in the pews will be needed.  I just purchased a downloadable e-resource that has a lot of potential for parishes looking for an inexpensive alternative to more expensive parish kits for implementation.

Let Us Pray: Teaching About the New Roman Missal in Your Parish by Leisa Anslinger and Bill Huebsch, with Fr. Jan Schmidt, is a creative e-resource available as a download at  for a mere $9.64.  The kit includes several complete plans for parish presentations, complete with prayer services, scripts and handouts. 

The kit includes:

  • A customizable newsletter-format handout "Changes in the Words We Play at Mass" with explanations and the old and new assembly texts side by side. This would be a great resource to send home with every family so that people can have the new texts with them for their own reflection and to get familiar with them.
  • A 15-minute explanation - a short prayer service and session general information on the changes - adaptable for all ages - including tips for catechists on helping children understand the new wording
  • The 45-Minute Parish Meeting - a longer session for a general audience of adults, with options for sharing and discussion
  • The 90-minute Full Review with Liturgical Catechesis - a deeper process of learning and reflection which makes use of three of the Growing Faith handouts - designed to be used with liturgy committees, liturgical ministers, etc.
No videos, no PowerPoints, no bells and whistles, one simple reproducible handout on the texts instead of a sheaf of costly individual brochures - this is a simple, easy-to-use, solid resource for information and opportunities for reflection and discussion. It looks like it will be a great way to help people on the parish level understand the changes and the reasons behind them.  Leisa and Bill have come through again, providing  something not only useful, but economical and easy to use.  Take a look.

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