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Office of Liturgy

The Office of Liturgy is authorized to oversee and assist in planning archdiocesan liturgies and is to contribute to the planning of liturgies involving the archbishop of Denver and the auxiliary bishop. It is also responsible for approving plans for parish liturgies at which the archbishop or his auxiliary bishop will preside or celebrate and is their representative in that planning. In addition, educational programs, including those involved with RCIA, liturgical ministries and ethnic ministries are encouraged to consult with the Office of Liturgy in order to provide the faithful with a cohesive and current liturgical education.

Resources

Airport Ministry

Mass at Denver International Airport (DIA) is celebrated every Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Holy Days of Obligation are at 1:00 PM.  The Interfaith Chapel is located on Level 6 east Jeppesen Terminal.

Father Eustace Sequeira – Chaplain
Father.Sequeira@archden.org
303-715-3221

Confirmation Planning Sheets

Please take a moment to first review the Confirmation-First Communion Mass Preparation Guidelines as we have updated the liturgical preferences and considerations then see below for the liturgy planning sheets.

Confirmation Mass Planning Sheet with the Archbishop or Bishop 

Confirmaton Mass Planning Sheets with an authorized delegate

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Recordings of the Workshops for Trainers of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, held on July 23, 2022, are available here:

English session

Spanish session

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training Booklets in:

English

Spanish

Submission of names should be sent in by the First Sunday of Advent 2022.

Please contact our office with any questions.

Music

Workshops to be announced

Gently Used Church Items

Please contact the office to set up a time to look over the gently used church items we have available.

Rite of Election

The Rites of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion for 2022 is scheduled for the following dates at the following locations:

  • Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
  • Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 12:30 PM at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
  • Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Our Lady of the Valley in Windsor

Please refer to the Schedule to see which celebration your parish has been assigned to.

As there is some confusion as to who participates, i.e. catechumens, baptized Catholics, baptized non-Catholics, etc., in the Rite of Election; see the chart below:

 

Who
Participates in the Rite of Election/Call to Continuing Conversion
Does not participate in the Rite of Election
Unbaptized adult catechumens
Unbaptized child catechumens
(optional attendance)
Baptized non-Catholic Christians
(optional attendance)
Unconfirmed Catholics who were apostates or raised in another faith
 
(optional attendance)
Unconfirmed Catholics who were raised in the Catholic faith.
(Will be confirmed by Archbishop or Delegate)

For further questions, please contact our office.  

 

Staff

Director
Hung Pham
303-715-3162
hung.pham@archden.org

Coordinator
Daniela Muneton
303-715-3156
daniela.muneton@archden.org

Liturgical Music Specialist
Charles Nolen
303-282-3447
charles.nolen@archden.org

FAQs

Why isn’t Ascension Thursday on a Thursday anymore?
In 1999, St. John Paul II approved a decree for the Latin Rite Dioceses of the United States of America that gave bishops of each ecclesiastical province permission to transfer the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, from the Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter to the 7th Sunday of Easter. In the Ecclesiastical Province of Denver (made up of the following dioceses: Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo) we observe Ascension on the 7th Sunday of Easter. In the ecclesiastical province of Omaha (dioceses of Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha)
 for example, they observe Ascension on the Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter.

If I am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (aka EMHC) at St. Barnabas Parish on Sundays, but during the week I attend Our Lady, Gate of Heaven Parish, can I be an EMHC at Our Lady, Gate of Heaven, as well?
Yes, you can be, but only with permission of the pastor of Our Lady, Gate of Heaven. The pastor at that parish would need to ask for a mandate (an authorization) from the Archbishop for you to perform the function as an EMHC at his parish. The mandate to be an EMHC for St. Barnabas and Our Lady, Gate of Heaven,  is only for functioning at those specific parishes and the institutions or homes within their boundaries.

Should I be cremated before or after the Funeral Mass?
The Order of Christian Funerals’ Appendix on Cremation states: “Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body. The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites” (no. 413).

Can cremated remains be present for a Funeral Mass?
That is up to the priest who is celebrating the Funeral Mass. Some priests do not allow cremated remains to be present, because family members have divided the cremated remains amongst themselves, or made jewelry out of the remains, or intend to scatter the remains or intend to never bury the deceased. If the cremated remains are present for the Mass, the pall (cloth that is placed over the casket as a reminder of the baptismal garment) won’t be placed on the remains. Also, some of the wording in the Order of Christian Funerals (ritual text for a Funeral) is changed because the body is not present.

Christmas and New Year’s Day are on Monday, how should the liturgies be celebrated?
On Sunday December 24, 2017, the Mass is of the 4th Sunday of Advent until 4:00 p.m. when the Advent Sunday is outranked by the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. It is not a “2-for-1” day in which a person can fulfill their 4th Sunday of Advent Obligation as well as the holy day obligation for Christmas at the 4:00 p.m. or subsequent Masses on December 24. Hence, a person will need to attend a Mass before 4:00 p.m. on December 24 to fulfill the Sunday obligation and then the Mass of Christmas after 4:00 p.m. or on December 25 to fulfill the holy day of obligation.
Regarding December 31, 2017, the Mass is of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph the entire day.  Since the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God, January 1, 2018 falls on a Monday, it is not a holy day of obligation and therefore a vigil Mass does not need to be celebrated after 4:00 for the solemnity.