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Several readers have asked that I insert a search engine into my website.  Google is a great help in this regard.  Once you are in tomrichstatter.org, enter the word or topic you wish to search into Google and click "search this site" and all the pages of tomrichstatter.org where that word is mentioned will be listed. 

Also I have tried to insert the key things you might want to search for into the glossary and hyperlink the items to the place where they are treated in my website.  I hope this is helpful to you. 

If there are any items that you cannot find please bring them to my attention at trichstatter@franciscan.org

My recent publications

154. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "A Walk Through the Mass:  Why We Do What We Do," Catholic Update, Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, September 2011. C0911  (This is the third revision of this article.  As of November 30, 2011 this Update has sold 2,229,190 copies.)

155. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Allah: A Christian Response," Book Review, St. Anthony Messenger, (119:4) September 2011, p.52.

156. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "The Paschal Mystery:  God's Wonderful Plan." Catholic Update, Cincinnati: Franciscan Media, March 2012. C0312

151 (revised). Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. The Mass: A Guided Tour. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2012 (Reprinted with revised translations of the prayers of the Mass.)  ISBN 978-0-86716-646-0. $12.95. 

157. Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Franciscan Spirituality," Deacon Digest, September 2012. (29:5) pp 28-30

158.Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. "Initiation 50 Years After the Council," Deacon Digest, December 2012

 

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My recent courses include:

2014 Late Summer

12:425 Ministry to the Sick, Dying and Bereaved (Weekend course: June 20-21, July 19-20, August 16-17, 2014) This course studies the history of the Church's care for the sick, the dying, the dead, and the bereaved, as well as the rituals and liturgical rites the Church employs in this ministry, namely: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, and The Order of Christian Funerals. The aim of the seminar is to understand the history and meaning of these rites, to develop a theology of illness and death, and (through videos and role playing) to enable the participants to be better prepared to minister to the sick, the dying, and the bereaved, and to assist others preparing for this ministry in Catholic parishes. The course syllabus can be viewed at http://www.tomrichstatter.org/s11s2010.htm

2014 Fall

12:635 The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Liturgy (Elective course) This course studies the liturgical texts for the Marian celebrations in the Roman Calendar, the theology which forms the background of these liturgical texts, and Church documents regarding devotion to the Blessed Mother in order to discover how these liturgical celebrations can be fruitful for one's personal piety and for the spiritual and liturgical life of the parish. The course syllabus can be viewed at http://www.tomrichstatter.org/m11s2014.htm

12:413 Catholic Sacraments  (On line course) This course studies the Catholic understanding of Sacraments and serves as an introduction to sacramental theology; it includes a survey of the history, theology, and liturgical celebration of the seven Roman Catholic sacraments. The course syllabus can be viewed  here  www.tomrichstatter.org/d11s0l14.htm

2015 Spring

12:425 Ministry to the Sick, the Dying and Bereaved (Elective course) This course studies the history of the Church's care for the sick, the dying, the dead, and the bereaved, as well as the rituals and liturgical rites the Church employs in this ministry, namely: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, and The Order of Christian Funerals. The aim of the seminar is to understand the history and meaning of these rites, to develop a theology of illness and death, and (through videos and role playing) to enable the participants to be better prepared to minister to the sick, the dying, and the bereaved, and to assist others preparing for this ministry in Catholic parishes. The course syllabus can be viewed at http://www.tomrichstatter.org/s11s2010.htm

12:405 Eucharist  (Weekend course: January 24-25, February 21-22, March 21-22, 2015) This course examines the current structure and ritual elements of the Roman Catholic Eucharist. Particular emphasis is given to the Eucharistic Prayer. The history of these rites is studied to understand the Eucharist as 1) sacrament, 2) real presence, 3) meal, and 4) sacrifice. The course will help the participants to develop a fruitful Eucharistic spirituality and to accurately present the Eucharist in effective catechesis. The course syllabus can be viewed at http://www.tomrichstatter.org/e11s2012.htm

2015 Early Summer   

12:414 Sacraments of Initiation  (Weekend course: April 18-19, May 16-17, June 13-14, 2015) This course will study the history of the ways in which Christians have initiated new members into their community. We will study the current Roman Catholic rites for initiation of both adults and children. Reflection on the rites will help the participants understand the theological meaning of the sacraments of initiation and will give background to contemporary discussions on such issues as the age for Confirmation, the necessity of Reconciliation before Eucharist, the meaning of Original Sin, etc. The course is designed to help the participants develop a Baptismal Spirituality, to understand and teach these sacraments, and to enable them to plan and celebrate the rites effectively. The course syllabus can be viewed at http://www.tomrichstatter.org/i11s2012.htm

 

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New Mass Prayers -- New ICEL Translations:  

Several people have asked me for some "background" regarding the new English translation of prayers of the Mass. There is an excellent article by Bishop Donald W. Trautman, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on the Liturgy, in Worship July 2006 [80:4] pp 290-390: "The Relationship of the Active Participation of the Assembly to Liturgical Translations."   I have placed a few notes on my website at d35 Liturgical Language

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