Sacraments of Initiation
Part 1 Introduction

Chapter i17 Bibliography on Initiation

Works by Thomas Richstatter Relating to the Sacraments of Initiation

Initiation in General

Baptism

Confirmation

Eucharist (link to e17)

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Works by Thomas Richstatter Relating to the Sacraments of Initiation

1. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Liturgical Law Today: New Style, New Spirit. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1977.

4. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Liturgical Laws, Authority of," New Catholic Encyclopedia. vol 17, 1978. p 358.

16. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. The Sacraments: The Church at Prayer. Ten, thirty minute audio cassettes. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1981.

17. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. The Sacraments: The Church at Prayer. Ten, twenty-eight minute teacher training programs on video cassette. Archdiocese of Cincinnati Cable TV Communications Office, 1981.

26. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Praying Your Way Through Lent. Four, thirty minute audio cassettes. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1986.

27. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Rituals: Alternative Futures for the Eucharist," in Alternative Futures for Worship, Vol 3: Eucharist, pp 117-155. (Bernard J. Lee, Editor), Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1987.

30. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Instituted Lay Ministries: the History and Future of Canon 230," Proceedings of the Forty-Ninth Annual Convention of the Canon Law Society of America, pp 35-44. Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America, 1987.

31. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Baptismal Homilies for the Sundays of Lent: Cycle A and the RCIA," Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1988.

35. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "A Walk Through the Mass: Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, August, 1989. CU 0889.
Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0889.asp

 [As of July 7, 1999, this Update has sold more than 1,600,000 copies. It has been translated into Spanish by Mrs. Ana Maria Alvarado as "A Walk Through the Mass: A Step-by Step Explanation." It was reprinted in ZARJA, the official publication of the Slovenian Women's Union of America.]

37. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Introducing the Mass: What do our actions at Sunday worship really mean?" Catholic Digest, December 1989, pp 85-90. [Condensed from Catholic Update.]

38. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Lent: A 40-Day Retreat: Rediscovering Your Baptismal Call," Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, February 1990. CU 0290

44. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Lay Ministry: For More Than a Chosen Few," St. Anthony Messenger, 99:3 (August, 1991) pp 28-33.

45. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Our Holiest Week: A Practical Guide for the Holy Week Liturgies," Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, April, 1992. C0492. 

[May 28, 1993, Catholic Press Association award for general-interest newsletter, Best Article, second place to Catholic Update, April 1992, "Our Holiest Week." July 1, 1993, Cincinnati Editors Association Publication Contest, writing, feature, or newsletter. First place for Our Holiest Week: Practical Guide for the Holy Week Liturgy.]

46. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Getting the Most out of Holy Week," St. Anthony Messenger, 99:11 (April, 1992) pp 28-33.

47. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "The Sacrament of the Eucharist: What Has Happened to My Devotion?" Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, September, 1992. CU 0992. [Reprinted in The St. Augustine Catholic, Volume IX, number 5, April/May 2000.]

48. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "What the Eucharist Means--Still" Catholic Digest, December 1992 pp 32-37.

50. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Sacraments: It All Starts with Jesus," Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, August, 1993. C0893.
Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0893.asp

51. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Sacraments, Jesus is the Starting Point," St. Anthony Messenger, 101:3 (August, 1993) pp 23-27.

52. Thomas Richstatter, "Liturgy and Life: Ten Things I Learned About The Mass," Catechist, 27:3 (November/December 1993), pp 42-47.

53. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Who Will Be Saved? A Catholic View of Salvation" Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, April, 1994. C0494.
Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0494.asp

[During the Summer of 1994 St. Anthony Messenger informed me that their orders for various issues of Catholic Update which I had written had exceeded 10,000,000 copies.]

57. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Spirituality of the Seasons: Baptism, the Gift of Lent" St. Anthony Messenger, 102:10 (March, 1995) p 57.

59. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Spirituality of the Seasons: Triduum: How Much Love," St. Anthony Messenger, 102:11 (April, 1995) p 56.

60. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Spirituality of the Seasons: The Great 50 Days of Easter," St. Anthony Messenger, 102:12 (May, 1995) p 56.

61. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Infant Baptism: Gift to the Parish," Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, May, 1995. C0595.

63. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. The Sacraments: How Catholics Pray. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, June, 1995.

64. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for Becoming Catholic: An Adult's Faith Journey, Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, July, 1995. Order # 2010.

65. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for Eucharist: Celebrating Christ Present, Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, July, 1995. Order # 2020.

66. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for Adult Baptism: Exploring Its Meaning, Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, July, 1995. Order # 2030. 

[These three videos were awarded the "Certificate of Honorable Mention" by the Film Council of Greater Columbus, a.k.a. The Chris Awards, 1995. Winning this coveted Chris Award qualifies a film to be eligible to compete for the "Oscar" in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences short documentary category.]

68. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "The Lectionary and the Liturgical Year: How Catholics Read Scripture," Scripture from Scratch, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, July, 1995.

73. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Why Are We Baptized as Infants?" Catholic Digest 60:1 (November 1995), pp 106-110. [Condensed from Catholic Update, C0595.] Reprinted in Presencia, as "¿Porque se nos Bautiza en la Infancia?"

76. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for Understanding the Sacraments, Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, January, 1996.

77. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for First Communion: Taking Your Place at the Table, Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, January, 1996.

78. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for Infant Baptism: A Gift to the Community, Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, April, 1996.

80. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Confirmation: 7 Symbols in 1 Sacrament" Youth Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, April, 1997. Y0497.

84. Thomas Richstatter, "Wind, Fire, Spirit: Spirit and Liturgy," Catechist, (31:3) November / December 1997, pp. 46-50.

85. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Lent: Opening the Gifts of the Holy Spirit," Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, February 1998, C0298.

86. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Pentecost: The Spirit Empowers Us," Millennium Monthly, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, May 1998.

88. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Confirmation: Sacrament of the Spirit," Millennium Monthly, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, August, 1998. P0898

89. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for "A Walk through the Mass", Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, September 1998. V2060.

93. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Father Embraces Us," Millennium Monthly, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, April, 1999. P0499

94. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Mass and Communion Service: What's the Difference?" Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, September 1999, C0999.
Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0999.asp

[This article was awarded a "First Place" among the Journalism Awards of the Catholic Press Association, 2000, for "Best Article in a General Interest Newsletter."]

96. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Eucharist: Sign and Source of Christian Unity" Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, May 2000. C0500
Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0500.asp

98. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Eucharist: What Matters About the Mass" Catholic Digest, Vol 64 No 9 (July 2000), pp 26-31. (Reprinted in the Large Print Edition, Summer 2000, pp 6-14.)

100. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Invitation" Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, March 2001. C0301
Text available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0301.asp

101. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Making Mass a Real Celebration:  Tips on Planning" Youth Update, Cincinnati:  St. Anthony Messenger Press, June, 2001.  Y0601.

103. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. Teaching segment and theological consultant for "Sealed With God's Spirit: Sacrament of Confirmation," Catholic Update Video, St. Anthony Messenger Press, October 2001. V2023.

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Maxwell Johnson. The Rites of Christian Initiation:  Their Evolution and Interpretation.  A Pueblo Book Published by the Liturgical Press 1999. ISBN 0-8146-6011-8.

The Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume I (Third edition). Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1990. ISBN 0-916134-15-6.

The General Introduction to the Revised Rites of Initiation.  Any official edition; for example: The Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume I (Third edition). Collegeville, pp 3-2.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Any official edition; for example: The Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume I (Third edition). Collegeville, pp 29-340.

The National Statutes for the Catechumenate.  Any official edition; for example: The Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume I (Third edition). Collegeville, pp 341-356. 

The Rite of Baptism for Children. Any official edition; for example: The Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume I (Third edition). Collegeville, pp 361-466.

The Rite of Confirmation. Any official edition; for example: The Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume I (Third edition). Collegeville, pp 472-515.

Kenan Osborne.  Sacramental Guidelines.  Paulist Press 1995. ISBN 0-8091-3565-5. pp 1-89.

Catechism of the Catholic Church. (Second Edition) Washington D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 2000. ISBN 1-57455-109-4. "Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Section One, Chapter One: The Paschal Mystery in the Age of the Church," nn 1066-1134; "Chapter Two: The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery," nn 1135-1209. "Section Two:  The Seven Sacraments of the Church Chapter One:  The Sacraments of Christian Initiation," nn 1210-1212. "Article One:  The Sacrament of Baptism," nn 1213-1284.  "Article Two:  The Sacrament of Conformation," nn1285-1321.  "Article Three:  The Sacrament of the Eucharist," nn 1322-1419. (= CCC)

Code of Canon Law, "Book IV: The Sanctifying Function of the Church," canons 834-839; "Part I: The Sacraments," canons 840-848; "Title I: Baptism," canons 849-878.  "Title Two:  The Sacrament of Confirmation," canons 879-896.  "Title Three:  The Most Holy Eucharist," canons 897-958.  See Also CLSA New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (Paulist Press, 2000).  Pages 995-1137. 

Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M. Christian Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist. New York: Paulist Press, 1987. ISBN 0-8091-2886-1.

Joseph Martos. Doors to the Sacred:  A Historical Introduction To Sacraments In The Catholic Church.  (Revised and Updated Edition). Liguori MO: Triumph Books, 2001.   ISBN 0-7648-0718-8.

Maxwell L. Johnson, Editor. Living Water, Sealing Spirit: Readings on Christian Initiation. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8146-6140-8. $27.95.

Denominational Resources for Baptism  -- see  http://www.mtso.edu/rwallace/denominational_resources_for_bap.htm#American%20Baptist

John Huels. The Catechumenate and the Law; A Pastoral and Canonical Commentary for the Church in The United States. Liturgy Training Publications, 1994.

Lawrence Johnson. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:  An Annotated Bibliography.  FDLC Publications:  Washington.  1984.  $5.00.

Made, Not Born pp 118-178.

Shape of Baptism pp 126-215.

J. Michael McMahon. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Liturgical Commentary. Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions: Washington DC, 1986. $11.25.

Tad Guzie. The Radical Rite: The Vision of Christian Initiation of Adults. NCR Cassettes. St. Meinrad Library BX 2205 G8 1979. [3 30 minute cassettes. tapes 5 and 6 give a good history of "original sin".]

BCL Study Text (Sr. Barbara O'Dea, D.W.) Study Text 10 Christian Initiation of Adults: A Commentary.

Ron Lewinski. Welcoming the New Catholic. (revised edition) Chicago: Liturgy Training Publication, 1983. $2.25. ISBN 0-930467-06-X. [Contains a very good overview of the RCIA on pp 12-13.]

Karen Albertus. "Come and See:" An RCIA Process Based on the Complete Lectionary Using Catholic Updates. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1990. Revised and expanded for all three lectionary cycles. Leader edition SBN 264 $11.94. Participant Edition SBN 523 $19.95.

Balthsar Fisher. "The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Rediscovery and New Beginnings," Worship 64:2 (March 1992). [This is an important article because Dr. Fisher was the principal author of the RCIA.]

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. "Status of Implementation of the RCIA in the Unites States": Survey taken Spring, 1981. Washington: FDLC, 1982.

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: An Annotated Bibliography. Sacraments Committee, 1983.

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Baptism

An excellent bibliography [by Joseph Martos] can be found at www.liguori.org/books/doorsbib.htm Chapter VI Baptism

Jean-Pierre Torrell.   A PRIESTLY PEOPLE: BAPTISMAL PRIESTHOOD AND PRIESTLY MINISTRY, Paulist Press (May 1, 2013)  ISBN-13: 978-0809148158

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Confirmation

An excellent bibliography [by Joseph Martos] can be found at www.liguori.org/books/doorsbib.htm Chapter VII Confirmation

The Rite of Confirmation. The Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume I (Third edition). Collegeville: The Liturgical Press. A Pueblo Book, 1990. ISBN 0-916134-15-6, pp 469-515.

Gerard Austin, O.P.  Anointing with the Spirit:  The Rite of Confirmation.  The Use of Oil and Chrism.  Volume III:  Studies in the Reformed Rites of the Catholic Church.  New York: Pueblo Publishing Company, 1985. Paper, $9.95.  ISBN: 0-916134-70-9 [Austin's book contains a very fine bibliography of works on confirmation. See pp 157-168.]

Gerard Austin, O.P.  "The Confirmation Debate Continues," Catechumenate, January 1990, 7-13. ["Austin provides a helpful historical survey of the practice of confirmation in the West and discusses the problem of delaying confirmation and turning it into a Christian bar mitzvah. He believes we are making more out of (and requiring more for) confirmation than for baptism and Eucharist. His hunch is that more and more parishes will elect for confirmation on the occasion of first Eucharist." (Steve Jarrell Liturgy Forum May 1990)]

Aidan Kavanagh. Confirmation: Origins and Reform. New York: Pueblo Publishing Company, 1988. Paper, $12.95.  ISBN: 0-916134-88-1

USCCB.  Receive the Gift:  The Age of Confirmation, A Resource Guide for Bishops.  USCCB Publications, 2004.  Publication number 5-664, 24 pgs.

Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M. The Christian Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist. New York: Paulist Press, 1987, pp 107-139.

Joseph Martos. Doors to the Sacred. Liguori, MO: Triumph Books, Expanded edition 1991, pp 179-202.

Code of Canon Law cc 866, 879-896. Commentary pp 625, 631-642.

Paul VI. "Divinae consortium naturae." Constitutio Apostolica. August 15, 1971.

Sacra Congregatio pro Cultu Divino. Ordo Confirmationis. August 22, 1971. A. Bugnini, secretary.

"The Rite of the Blessing of Oils. Rite of Consecrating the Chrism." The Rites pp 535-547. 

Bernard Botte, "Confirmation" in From Silence to Participation, Washington, DC: The Pastoral Press, 1988.

Daniel B. Stevick. Baptismal Moments; Baptismal Meanings, New Your: The Church Hymnal Corporation [800 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017] 1987, especially p 56.

Paul Turner. The Meaning and Practice of Confirmation: Perspectives from a Sixteenth-Century Controversy. American University Studies, Series VII: Theology and Religion, Vol. 31. New York: Peter Lang. 1987.

Paul Turner. Sources of Confirmation from the Fathers through the Reformers. The Liturgical Press: Collegeville. This book presents an overview of the many significant texts from Hippolytus to Robert Bellarmine which gradually shaped the practice of confirmation in the Church. A brief introductory note is given for each text. The excerpts from primary sources offer an excellent perspective on the divergent theological understandings of confirmation in the Catholic Church and in the writings and practices of the reformers.

James A. Wilde (Editor). When Should We Confirm? Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1989. $5.95. ISBN 0-930467-84-1.

Bernard J. Lee (Editor). Alternative Futures for Worship Volume 2, Baptism and Confirmation. Liturgical Press: Collegeville, 1987.

"Confirmation and Music" Pastoral Music. December-January 1981.

"Confirmation" Hosanna: A Journal of Pastoral Liturgy. 1:2.

Paul Turner, When Other Christians Become Catholic (Liturgical Press, 2007)

Nicholas Denysenko, Chrismation: A Primer for Catholics (Liturgical Press, 2014)

Kenneth F. Smits, OFM Cap. "Confirmation Re-examined: An evolving Theology and Practice." Worship 48:1 (1974) pp 21-29. [This article reviews the leading works on the subject of Confirmation and is especially useful in that Smits lists and evaluates various catechetical publications which may be used in preparing a parish for the celebration of this sacrament. He begins by stating the criteria for his evaluation: "What are the criteria for such an assessment? . . . We must get to the roots of the problem: a critical analysis of the whole process of Christian initiation in the American culture of our times, a realistic approach to the problem of Christian community, and a serious exploration of the dimensions of Spirit activity in the church today. With this we lay the foundation: that confirmation is a ritual moment in the whole process of Christian initiation, that it is a sacrament of initiation into a people called church, and that it is centrally concerned with the Spirit activity of these people." (Smits. Op cit. p 21.) "Good ritual is always a recapitulation of what has gone before and what is to come. It is dense and compact, summing up a whole process." (Ibid. p 23.)

John M. Huels. "Age for Confirmation," Disputed Questions in the Liturgy Today. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1988, pp 9-16.

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