General and Introductory Materials
Part 1  Introduction

Chapter d14  Liturgical Sources and Resources

Preliminary Questions


Lawmakers for the Universal Church

International English Language Bodies

National Bodies

Local Bodies

Liturgical Organizations and Publishers

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

What do you know about the way the Church is structured for liturgical matters? What books have shaped your understanding of liturgy? What magazines contain good articles on the liturgy?

Who determines which prayers are liturgical and which are not? Where could you go to find the most recent liturgical norms and laws? What resources are available for your continuing formation? Which people and organizations are implementing the liturgical reforms among Christians and who is doing liturgical research and publication.

After your formal theological education is completed, what books should you have in your personal liturgical reference library? What magazines should you have to keep up with the developments in liturgical theology and practice?

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Pat McCloskey. "The Roman Curia: How the Church Is Run," Catholic Update 1082 (Revised in 1989). [Contains a good summary of the Curia and its Congregations which you can use to present this material to catechumens and others who will ask you about Church structure.]

The curia was revised by Pope John Paul on June 28, 1988 with the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus. The text of Pastor Bonus can be found at

An invaluable resource is the website, It is regularly updated (though unofficial), and provides accurate addresses (both snail mail and cyber) for all of the dicasteries, as well as phone and fax numbers. It also includes links to every national bishops' conference and nunciature, as well as each diocese, eparchy and other ecclesiastical circumscription.


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Lawmakers for the Universal Church

1.  The Bishop of Rome

SC22. ¶1. Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop. ¶2. In virtue of power conceded by the law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of competent territorial bodies of bishops legitimately established. ¶3. Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.

TRR Commentary:  For the history of SC22 see Richstatter Liturgical Law Today, p 76. 

2.  The (Sacred) Congregations

Canon 360.   The Supreme Pontiff usually conducts the business of the Universal Church by means of the Roman Curia, which fulfills its duty in his name and by his authority for the good and the service of the churches; it consists of the Secretariat of State or the Papal Secretariat, the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, congregations, tribunals and other institutions, whose structure and competency are defined in special law. (1985 CLSA Commentary c 360 pp 294-300. [Huels: "According to the Enchiridion documentorum instaurationis liturgicae, vol. 3, the word Sacred was officially dropped from the Roman congregations on the day the revised code took effect, Nov. 27, 1983."]

At the time the 1983 Code took effect there were nine congregations. On June 28, 1988, Pope John Paul II issued the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus (on the Roman Curia) which reorganized the congregations (see bibliography above). Currently the congregations are: The Congregation for the

1.  Doctrine of the Faith
2.  Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
3.  Causes of the Saints
4.  Oriental Churches
5.  Bishops
6.  Clergy
7.  Institutes of Consecrated Life
8.  Evangelization of Peoples
9.  Catholic Education

Two of these concern us here:

1. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

 "This was the original congregation in the present-day sense of the word, formed as the Inquisition in response to the threats of heresy in the sixteenth century. Known as the Holy Office, its name was changed by Paul VI prior to the full reorganization of the Curia." (1985 CLSA Commentary p297.) The dicastery examines new teachings and books and condemns those opposed to the faith. It is concerned with "Privilege of the Faith" marriage cases, petitions for dispensations from celibacy and loss of clerical state, defending the sacrament of penance, the seal of the confessional, the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and the International Theological Commission. (1985 CLSA Commentary p297.)


2005 May 13 Pope Benedict XIV appointed Archbishop William Levada as Prefect.  

The members advise those who direct the congregation and meet in plenary assembly every two years.

Founded in 1542 by Pope Paul III with the constitution "Licet ab initio," the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was originally called the Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition, as its duty was to defend the Church from heresy. It is the oldest of the Curia's nine congregations.  It is the oldest of the curia's nine congregations.

Now, according to the Pope's 1988 apostolic constitution "Pastor Bonus," "the duty proper to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to promote and safeguard the doctrine on the faith and morals throughout the Catholic world: for this reason everything which in any way touches such matters falls within its competence."  

2. Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Congregation for Divine Worship
Palazzo delle Congregazioni
Piazza Pio XII
10 – 00120 Vatican City State

fax: +39-06-698.83499

A brief history of the congregation:

1588 Congregation for Sacred Rites and Ceremonies established by Pope Sixtus V OFM. Soon thereafter the ceremonial of Papal court was given to the Ceremonial Congregation. (1985 CLSA Commentary p296).  Note the principle of the "creeping Sacred":  Congregation for Sacred Rites / Sacred Congregation of Rites

1908 Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments (Pope Pius X)  (On the relation between Creed, Code and Cult and the three Congregations of the Holy Office, Discipline of the Sacraments, and Sacred Rites see Richstatter LLT pp xx-xxiii.)

1964 Consilium for the Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Paul VI)

1969 Congregation for Divine Worship (Paul VI)

1975 Sacred Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Worship (Paul VI)



1988 CDWDS: Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. On June 28, 1988, Pope John Paul II issued the APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION* Pastor Bonus (on the Roman Curia) which joined the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments.   According to  "Pastor Bonus," the congregation "does whatever pertains to the Apostolic See concerning the regulation and promotion of the sacred liturgy, primarily of the sacraments, without prejudice to the competence of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

For a more information on the Congregation and it's history, see the article Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

2002 October 1, Cardinal Francis Arinze, 69 yrs old, formerly president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue becomes president.  Born to a non-Christian family of the Ibo tribe of Nigeria, in a small town of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Arinze converted to Catholicism at age 9. His mother converted when her son was a theology student, and his father joined the Church when his son was already a priest.   At age 15, Francis Arinze began his secondary studies at the All Hallows Seminary of Nuewi, studies which he concluded in 1950 at Enugu. He then taught at the same seminary until 1953, when he began philosophy studies at Bigard Memorial Seminary at Enugu. In 1955, he studied theology at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. He was ordained a priest Nov. 23, 1958.  From 1961-1962, he was professor of liturgy and also taught logic and philosophy at Bigard Memorial Seminary at Enugu. He was then appointed regional secretary for Catholic Education for the eastern part of the country. When transferred to London, he took courses at the Institute of Pedagogy, earning a diploma in 1964.   On July 6, 1965, he was named coadjutor to the archbishop of Onitsha. He was consecrated bishop that Aug. 29. Two years later, he was entrusted with the pastoral government of the archdiocese and, on June 26, 1967, he was named archbishop.   In 1979 his brother prelates elected him president of the Nigerian bishops' conference, a post he filled until 1984, when John Paul II asked him to head, as pro-president, the Secretariat for Non-Christians (now the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue).  He was archbishop of Onitsha until April 1985, while awaiting the nomination of a successor. In addition, in 1982 he had been elected vice president for Africa of the United Bible Society. He was made a cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of May 25, 1985.  For the past 17 years he has been officially responsible for the Catholic Church's relations with other faiths and denominations (with the exception of Christianity and Judaism, which come under the jurisdiction of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity).   In 1998, he formed the Committee of Muslim-Catholic Dialogue. It comprised representatives of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Al-Azhar Permanent Committee for Dialogue with Monotheist Religions. The committee has published statements against racism and terrorist violence, and in favor of dialogue between believers of the two religions.  (Information taken from ZENIT October 1, 2002)

2016 Robert Cardinal Sarah - Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. 

Apostolic Signature (the Church's supreme court)   The Apostolic Signature adjudicates complaints of nullity and petitions for total reinstatement against sentences of the Roman Rota and administrative controversies referred to it by the pope or by dicasteries of the Roman Curia, as well as conflicts of competence between these dicasteries.

Publications for the Universal Church

Acta Apostolicae Sedis. The official bulletin of the Holy See. Before 1908 the title was Acta Sanctae Sedis.

Code of Canon LawCanon Law Society of America. The Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary. Paulist Press, 997 Mcarthur Boulevard, Mahwah, N.J. 07430. 1985. 1152 pp. $39.95. ISBN 0-8091-0345-1. Cloth. St. Meinrad Library Ref BQV 232.08 +E5 1985.  Revised edition 2000.

Notitiae. Published monthly. Official journal of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Notitiae is the "official" newsletter of the Roman Church on the liturgy. It contains all the official decrees, studies and commentaries. It reprints discourses of the Pope which are related to liturgy. The articles are in various languages, sometimes in English. There is a one page summary of the contents of each issue in English at the front of each issue. Order from Notitiae. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Citta del Vaticano, Italy. $45.00 per year. 

DIRECTIONS TO SEND A FAX : If you do not have an International Plan for overseas calls, it can be expensive but this is how you can limit the cost. Dial 1016868 then 011-39-06 and the fax number. It is 15 cents a minute and you receive the bill on your local phone. No need for a cover page as these fax numbers go directly to their offices.

DIRECTIONS TO SEND MAIL CORRESPONDENCE: You can also mail your correspondence. The first ounce requires 80cents U.S. Postage. You can get the amount for additional ounces from your local post office. You do not put "Rome" on the address.

You can sign the letter or the fax if you wish or send them anonymously. However, be careful. It is pretty difficult to trace a fax or a piece of mail if there is no return address. Caution may be in order as a few weeks ago an eminent Pastor in the mid-West told me that "you have to remember that when you piss against the Cathedral, it never dries."

The following are the addresses for the Vatican:

Vatican Addresses and USCCB Leadership

Vatican Addresses

His Holiness Pope John Paul II
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City State

His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Sodano
Secretariat of State
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 3428 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 5088

His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 3357 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 3409

Secretary: Most Rev. Tarcisio Bertone

His Eminence
Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re
The Congregation for Bishops
00120 Vatican City State
Phone:011 39 06 6988 4217 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 4300

Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio

Most Rev. Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 4247 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 1935

Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Edward Nowak

His Eminence
Jorge Cardinal Arturo Medina Estevez
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 4316 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 3499

Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Francesco Pio Tamburrino, O.S. B.

His Eminence Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe
The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
or for the Propagation of the Faith
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6987 9299 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 0118

Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Robert Sarah

His Emminence Eduardo Cardinal Martinez Somalo
The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and
for Societies of Apostolic Life
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 4128 Fax:011 39 06 6988 4526

Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti, C. P.

His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos
The Congregation for Clergy
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 4151 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 4845

Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Csaba Ternyak

His Emminence Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski
The Congregation for Catholic Education
of Seminaries and Institutes of Studies
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 4167 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 4172

Most Rev. Bishop Luigi De Magistris
Apostolic Penitentiary
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 7526 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 7557

His Eminence
Marios Francesco Cardinal Pompedda
Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
00120 Vatican City State
Phone:011 39 06 6988 7520 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 7553

Secretary: Most Rev. Bishop Francesco Saverio Salerno

Rev. Msgr. Rafaello Funghini
Tribunal of the Roman Rota

His Eminence
J. Francis Cardinal Stafford
Pontifical Council for the Laity
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 7322 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 7214

Secretary: Most Rev. Bishop Stanislaws Rylko

His Excellency
Most Rev. Archbishop Julian Herranz
Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts
00120 Vatican City State
Phone: 011 39 06 6988 4008 Fax: 011 39 06 6988 4710

Secretary: Most Rev. Bishop Bruno Bertagna

His Eminence
Edmund Cardinal Szoka
Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State
00120 Vatican City State

Most Rev. Bishop Gabriel Montalvo
Apostolic Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008-7121
Phone: (202) 333-7121 Fax: (202) 337-4036

USCCB Leadership

Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory
Diocese of Belleville
222 S. Third St.
Belleville, IL 62220-1985
Phone: (618) 277-8181 Fax: (618) 277- 0387

Most Reverend William S. Skylstad
Diocese of Spokane
P.O. Box 1453
Spokane, WA 99210
Phone: (509) 358-7300 Fax: (509) 358-7302

Note:  Salutations are as follows:

For the Pope - His Holiness
For a Cardinal - His Eminence
For an Archbishop or Bishop - His Excellency

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International English Language Bodies

International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). A joint commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences: Antilles, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Cepac (Fiji Islands, Rarotonga, Samoa and Tokelau, Tonga), England and Wales, Gambia-Liberia-Sierra Leone, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia-Singapore, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and The Solomons, Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.  For up to date information see:

ICEL was formed during the Second Vatican Council to give uniform English liturgical texts to the English-speaking Catholics. They have provided translations, original texts, and commentaries on the liturgy. (see: J.R. Page. "International Commission..." NCE 17 (1978) pp 294-296. The Constitution of ICEL is published in Notitiae 108-109 (1975), 245-248. See also: Notitiae 11 (1965) 339-345.)  In 2002 Mr. John Page stepped down as the executive secretary.   Rev. Bruce Harbert became executive secretary.   In 2011 information below:

Monsignor Andrew R. Wadsworth
ICEL Secretariat
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036-4101
telephone: (202) 347-0800     facsimile: (202) 347-1839
email:      Copyright Permission email:

[August 9, 2002 Bishop Maurice Taylor of Galloway published the following letter as he completed his term as chair of the episcopal board for ICEL.]

Having completed my term as chairman of the Episcopal Board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, I feel it a duty of conscience to speak out on certain matters.

The last several years have been a time of great transition for those charged with the responsibility of preparing the vernacular liturgical texts for Roman Catholics throughout the world. Specifically, with the issuance of Liturgiam authenticam, the regulations laid down for the work of ICEL and the other mixed commissions have been changed.

Many good people connected with ICEL have suffered during this time of transition. The members of ICEL's Episcopal Board have in effect been judged to be irresponsible in the liturgical texts that they have approved over the years. The bishops of the English-speaking conferences, voting by large majorities to approve the vernacular liturgical texts prepared by ICEL, have been similarly judged. And the labors of all those faithful and dedicated priests, religious, and lay people who over the years devoted many hours of their lives to the work of ICEL have been called into question.

The impression is given, and indeed is seemingly fostered by some, that ICEL is a recalcitrant group of people, uncooperative, even disobedient. This is mistaken and untrue. One is tempted to suspect that, no matter what ICEL does, its work will always be criticized by some because their minds are made up that the mixed commission is incorrigible and unworthy of continued existence.

Among those immediately affected by these developments, none has borne their brunt more than the retiring Executive Secretary, John R. Page. It is John (and, by implication, the other members of the ICEL staff) who has been pilloried, sometimes by name, often by title, occasionally by inference. This has occurred in correspondence, official and unofficial, in articles published in several countries, in internet and other media. Throughout this experience, John has acted with courtesy and a commitment to the good of the Church that is nothing less than the best kind of churchmanship, to use an old but apt term. It implies so many things, among them deepest love for the Church and all those whom it seeks to serve.

In response to the changed regulations and for the good of ICEL, John Page has decided to step down in order to allow for new staff leadership within ICEL. Before John departs, I wish to lay to rest any lingering questions there may be in the minds of some about the faithfulness and integrity with which he served the Church under the previous regulations, both those of the Holy See and those specifically drawn up by ICEL's Episcopal leadership for its internal workings. I cannot recall a single instance when John departed from the direction he was given in these documents or by the leadership of ICEL. On the contrary, he acted always with competence and the greatest integrity. And I am confident that the former ICEL chairmen under whom he served, Archbishop Denis Hurley, O.M.I., and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, would confirm what I say.

As well, John has worked strenuously, knowledgeably, and patiently under the direction of the Episcopal Board as ICEL has moved to put into place new structures and procedures, beginning with the Board's meeting in July 2000.

I feel that if I were to remain silent about all of this I would be a party to unfair, and even unjust, damage to people's reputations. And let's try to be charitable as well as truthful. John Page, Peter Finn, the associate secretary, and the other four members of the ICEL Secretariat staff do not deserve to be pilloried as they have been. Accusations on grounds of lack of professional integrity are false. These people deserve well of us, the bishops and all the Catholics in English- speaking Churches whom they have served so well.

John Page's service of the Church over nearly three decades of work in and for ICEL has been exemplary. Anyone of goodwill can but agree and offer him, as I do, deepest thanks and warmest good wishes.

I wish to record also at this time my gratitude to and admiration for my immediate predecessors as chairmen of ICEL, Archbishop Denis E. Hurley, O.M.I., Archbishop Emeritus of Durban, and Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of Cincinnati. I served on the Board of ICEL with both of these revered bishops of the post-conciliar Church. Their steady, wise and deeply involved leadership during the many years they directed ICEL's service to the Conferences has been a constant guide for me throughout the five years of my own chairmanship.

+Maurice Taylor Bishop of Galloway 9th August 2002


International Consultation of English Texts (ICET), ICET was formed in 1969 to give uniform translations to the prayers that are used by Roman Catholics and Protestants. See: A.R. George. "International Consultation..." NCE 17 (1978) p 296.) which published in 1975 the second revised edition of Prayers We Have in Common. (ICET. Prayers We Have In Common. Fortress Press: Philadelphia, 1975. Contains: Lord's Prayer, Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, Kyrie, Gloria in Excelsis, Sursum Corda, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Gloria Patri, Benedictus, Te Deum, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis. $1.25.)  ICET has become ELLC.

English Language Liturgical Consultation. Established in 1985, the ELLC involves Churches from English-speaking countries and is concerned with fostering ecumenical dialogue on liturgical matters and with the development of common liturgical texts for use in these Churches. It is a successor body to ICET.

The ELLC has for its present (1989) agenda the publication of Praying Together, the revision of the texts produced by ICET and now used by a number of Christian Churches (for example, the Gloria, the Apostles' Creed, the Sanctus); the study of the possibility of a eucharistic prayer common to the Christian Churches; inquiry into the possibility of harmonizing the Scripture readings used by the various Churches in their Sunday worship (through their participation in the Consultation on Common Texts a number of Christian Churches have already cooperated in developing the Common Lectionary, a lectionary system based in part on the three-year cycle of the Roman Lectionary). The several liturgical bodies which constitute ELLC are: the Australian Consultation on Liturgy (6 churches); the Canadian Churches' Coordinating Group on Worship (5 churches); Consultation on Common Texts (10 USA churches); ICEL (26 conferences of Roman Catholic bishops); the Joint Consultation within New Zealand (4 churches); the Joint Liturgical Group (9 churches in Great Britain); and representatives of the South African Church Unity Commission (4 churches). (Studia Liturgica 19:2 (1989) pp 228-229. See also: ICEL Report 1984-1985 pp 9-10.)

List of Authors and Committee Members:  I have found it interesting to note the difference in the way the Roman Church and the liturgical Protestant Churches publish their revised rites. When I was doing my doctoral studies in Paris, Pere Gy, the president of the school mentioned one day in class that the Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians, for example, when publishing a new Rite, list the authors of the text because they believe that when one saw the names of the authors and realized the excellent backgrounds and qualifications of these people, this realization would give the revised Rite a certain enhanced pedigree and would help the Rite to be more readily accepted. The Roman Church, on the other hand, feels that to reveal the authors would diminish the pedigree of the Rite, because the perception of most Catholics is that everything coming from Rome is handwritten by the Holy Spirit and they did not want to tarnish that perception.


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National Bodies

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  In July 2001, the NCCB and the USCC formed new canonical and legal entity the USCCB -- which combines the tasks of the next two former bodies. 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). A canonical entity operating in accordance with the decree Christus Dominus and the Code of Canon Law. The USCCB is the official title of the episcopal conference of the USA.  IN 1967 the National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC) reorganized and became the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which later became the USCCB.

United States Conference Catholic  (USCC). A civil entity of the Catholic Bishops of the United States of America which assists them in their work by uniting the People of God where voluntary collective action is needed. In May, 1967 the National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC) reorganized and became the USCC.

Office of Publishing and Promotion Services. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 3211 Fourth St., N.E. Washington, DC 20017. 202-541-3090 or 800-235-8722.

The Office of Publishing Services of the USCCB offers three [subscription] services. CURRENT INFORMATION SERVICE -- Members receive news of the latest releases offered by the USCC with brief descriptions of the books and videos together with easy options to buy what you want (simply check your selection and return the postage-paid reply card). PASTORAL RESOURCE SERVICE -- Members receive every new English and bilingual book and document USCC Publishing Services releases for ministry to the people in the pews. COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE SERVICE -- Members receive every new book, pamphlet, and video USCC Publishing Services produces in English or in a bilingual edition. Write for their complete catalogue.

USCCB Committee on Divine Worship (formerly: The Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy = BCL). The USCCB has various standing committees, one of which is the Committee on Liturgy. The Committee is chaired by a bishop elected by the USCCB for a three year term; the chair then chooses six other bishops for the committee. The ongoing work of the committee is carried out by a staff of liturgists who work at the Secretariat at the USCCB/USCC headquarters 3211 Fourth St., N.E., Washington, DC 20017. Committee on the Liturgy phone (202) 541-3060.  In 2007 the USCCB reorganized its committees.  The name of the BCL was also changed.  The Committee on Divine Worship now includes translation and adaptation of liturgical texts, sacred music, charismatic renewal, and national shrines.

USCCB Committee on the Liturgy Newsletter. Monthly newsletter published by the USCCB Committee on Liturgy. Order from USCCB Committee on the Liturgy Newsletter, 3211 Fourth St., N.E., Washington, DC 20017. $9.00 per year. -- I feel that this is the most basic resource. If you purchase and read nothing else, read this. It contains all the official notifications, changes in the calendar, documents, current legislation, book reviews, commentaries. The back issues have been published in bound form.

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Local Bodies

Your diocesan bishop

Your local diocesan Worship Commission or Office of Worship

Many of these offices publish excellent Newsletters on the liturgy.

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Liturgical Organizations and Publishers

A more comprehensive, accurate, and more frequently updated list of liturgical resources can be found on the website of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy


Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS)  is a voluntary membership organization of professionals dedicated to the creation of beautiful worship spaces for faith communities.

Bishops Committee on the Liturgy (BCL)  is a standing committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and is responsible in the bishops' conference for all matters relating to liturgy.   Bishops Committee on the Liturgy Directory FDLC's Directory listing BCL members.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Liturgy Commission has two Episcopal Commissions for Liturgy: one for French speaking dioceses, and one for English speaking dioceses.

The Catholic Academy of Liturgy.  Founded January 2002.  To join the CAL one must meet the criteria and be a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Catholic Book Publishing Corp.

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)  is a national, non-profit, university-affiliated organization that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. Founded in 1964, CARA has three major dimensions to its mission: (1) to increase the Church's self understanding; (2) to serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers; and (3) to advance scholarly research on religion, particularly Catholicism.

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). National Office: 401 Michigan Ave., N.E. P. O. Box 29039, Washington, D.C. 20011. Phone (202) 635-6990. 1992 Executive Secretary is Rev. Michael J. Spillane. The FDLC is a national organization of the diocesan liturgical commissions, or their equivalents, for the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. In 1992, 157 of the 176 dioceses in the USA are members of the FDLC. The purpose of the FDLC is to promote the liturgy as the heart of Christian life, especially in the parish community, and to assist the American hierarchy and individual bishops in their responsibility of positive leadership in liturgical education and development (FDLC Constitution and Bylaws, Article II). (See: J.L. Cunningham. "Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions" NCE 17 (1978) pp 228-229.)  The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has provided links to the major liturgical ordinations in the United States, along with links to some of the major liturgical publishers at 

FDLC Newsletter. FDLC, Box 816, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044. 6 issues a year. $9.00. Contains news of the Worship Offices of the country, pastoral publications, workshops, and pastoral articles. What's happening across the country.

Georgetown Center for Liturgy is an institute for worship, spirituality and the ritual arts.

GIA Publications, Inc.   / 7404 S. Mason Avenue / Chicago IL 60638 phone 1-800-GIA (442)-1358 FAX 708-496-2130   Hymnals, choral music, Cantor music, recordings and tapes, instruments and instrumental music. Free catalogue. GIA is a publisher of a wide range of liturgical music and music education materials as well as hymnals and worship aides.

Joint Committee of Catholic Learned Societies (JCCLS). Formed in 1975, JCCLS is composed of representatives of various learned societies (including NAAL) and USCCB staff. They articulate areas of scholarship and authority in the Church. (See: D.E. Heintschel. "Joint Committee..." NCE 17 (1978) pp 306-307.)

Liturgy. Journal of the Liturgical Conference. Published quarterly. Sent to all members of the Liturgical Conference. Membership is $25.00 per year. The Liturgical Conference, 810 Rhode Island Avenue N.E., Washington DC 20018. (202) 529-7400. An excellent journal. Each issue on one topic. Lutheran/Roman Catholic. They also publish many other fine liturgical resources including: "From Ashes to Easter," "Strong, Loving and Wise" Presiding in Liturgy."

The Liturgy Conference. Responsible for the annual Liturgical Week. The Merkle Building, 806 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E., Washington DC 20018. (See: R.W. Hovda. "Liturgical Conference," NCE 17 (1978) pp 355-356.)  In 1940 a group of Benedictine monks in Collegeville, Minnesota began an in-depth study of the liturgical life of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The Liturgical Conference came out of those early studies and research. The Conference became a membership organization that met each year to share research and promote liturgical reform. Although the Conference began as a Roman Catholic movement, it soon invited other Christian traditions to join the reform. Today, membership includes Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, United Methodists, Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, and the United Church of Christ.

The Liturgical Press For over 75 years, the Liturgical Press has published liturgical materials for both pastoral and academic audiences.

Liturgy Training Publications / 1800 N. Hermitage Avenue / Chicago IL 60622-1101   This is the publishing arm of the Archdiocese of Chicago. It distributes as excellent selection of books, pamphlets and other resources for the parish and the home. Free catalogue.  Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) provides materials that assist parishes, institutions and households in the preparation, celebration and expression of liturgy in Christian life.


Midwest Theological Forum (Opus Dei)

Ministry & Liturgy magazine (ML) -- formerly Modern Liturgy is a professional magazine for members of the parish ministry team. It is dedicated to exploring the connection between liturgy and life, unpacking the treasures of the Roman liturgy, and helping ministers use the visual, musical, lively, poetic, and environmental arts to shape liturgies to their local culture.

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) is a membership organization composed of musicians, musician-liturgists, clergy, and other leaders of prayer devoted to serving the life and mission of the Church through fostering the art of musical liturgy in Roman Catholic worshiping communities in the United States.

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL). An ecumenical association of specialists in Jewish and Christian liturgy and related arts and disciplines. The Academy provides channels for mutual professional assistance and sharing among professional liturgists. The NAAL meets each year at Epiphany; the proceedings are published by the society. Each year the NAAL honors an outstanding liturgist with the Berakah Award. (See: J.B. Ryan, "North American..." NCE 17 (1978) p 464.)

The North American Forum on the Catechumenate is an international network of pastoral ministers, liturgists, catechists, and theologians dedicated to making a fully implemented Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults a reality for all, supporting the reconciliation ministries implicit in the Rite. The Forum is also committed to evangelization and conversion through catechesis, liturgy, discipleship, and mission and celebrating all cultural gifts.

North American Liturgy Resources / 10802 N. 23 Street Avenue / Phoenix AZ 85029.  Liturgical music, listening recordings, liturgy preparation books, children's products, videos. Free catalogue.

Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy is a national resource for worship at the University of Notre Dame, helping church leaders and parishes to celebrate God's presence in church and world and to connect liturgy and life.

Oregon Catholic Press / 5536 N.E. Hassalo / Portland Oregon 97213 phone 1-800-548-8794 (1-800-LIT-URGY) FAX 1-800-843-8181    Liturgical music, Choral music, Cantor music, Organ music, Worship programs, Hispanic resources, Video tapes, Audio tapes, books and magazines. Oregon catholic Press also offers workshops in the parish or diocese by members of it's composing staff. Free catalogue.  Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) publishes of a wide variety of music and worship materials, including FDLC publications. Their worship programs, including missals and hymnals, are used in more than half of all Catholic churches in the US.

Pastoral Arts Association of North America / 642 N. Grandview Avenue Dayton Beach FL 32018 /  The principal offering of this company is the superb writing of Rev. Eugene Walsh. Fr. Walsh is recognized as a major force in the renewal efforts in this country since the Council. Every conceivable approach toward improving assembly participation is available. Free catalogue.

Pastoral Music. Bi-monthly journal of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians: an organization of musicians and clergy devoted to the improvement of music and liturgy at the parish level. Membership for clergy and musician $35.00 per year. Subscription only $18.00 per year. Order from: National Pastoral Musicians. 225 Sheridan Street N.W., Washington DC 20011. The Magazine contains good articles on music and liturgy in general. The intention of the magazine is to inform not only the musician but the clergy as well. Highly recommended. Contains information on annual convention.

Pastoral Press / 225 Sheridan Street N.W. / Washington DC 20011  / Books on music, Worship, Scripture and Spirituality. This house is the publishing arm of the National association of Pastoral Musicians. Free catalogue available.

Paulich 1-800-621-5197

Societas Liturgica. An international, ecumenical association of specialists in Christian liturgy. The Societas meets every two years, usually alternating meetings in Europe and the USA. The proceedings are published in Studia liturgica. (See: G. Wainwright, "Societas Liturgica," NCE 17 (1978) p 617.)

Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week Information on "Formed in Faith: Celebrating Catholic Identity" to be held January 16-19, 2002 in Colorado Springs, CO.

USCCB Publishing

We Believe is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the reform of the Roman Catholic liturgy.

World Library Publications, a division of J. S. Paluch Company, Inc., Schiller Park, IL, publishes liturgy and music resources for worship.

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To Think About

Identify CDF, CDWDS, Curia, CLSA, FDLC, ICEL, USCCB, USCC and know what these bodies do.

Where would you find the following books and magazines in the library: NCE, BCL Newsletter, Notitiae, Worship, CLSA Commentary, DOL?

Does your diocese have an office for worship? What is it called? Who is in charge of it? Do they publish a liturgical bulletin or newsletter? What is it called? Are you on their mailing list?  Is your diocese an active member of the FDLC?

Has your local office of worship published guidelines for the sacrament of reconciliation? For General Absolution? For the first celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation with those baptized Roman Catholic as infants?

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