MISSION AND PURPOSE
“In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit . . .”
--Vatican II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 14
The Office for Divine Worship in the Diocese of Columbus serves as a resource for the liturgical, sacramental and prayer life of the Diocese.
BLESSINGS, PRAYERS & SPECIAL RITES
The Catholic Church has many forms of prayer, special blessings, and rites for various occasions. This page is a great resource to find the right blessing, prayer, or rite for that special occasion. If you are unable to locate a particular prayer, please do not hesitate to contact our Office.
CHURCH BUILDING RENOVATIONS
The Office for Divine Worship oversees and consults on renovations of parishes, chapels, and shrines in the Diocese of Columbus. The Office must be notified in the early planning stages of any building renovations that directly affects any form of worship. Before any renovation begins, please contact the Office for Divine Worship. More information, guidelines, and resources can be found on this page.
There is always room to grow in the knowledge of the Church and the sacraments. The Office for Divine Worship has formulated a lecture series where individuals can attend to hear more about liturgy, Scripture, sacred music, etc. Also included are webinars and other educational opportunities from various Catholic groups.
The Church calendar can be very different from the day-to-day calendar. This page includes a calendar for the entire liturgical year, saints of the day, etc. Information, guidelines, and rules on the various feast days and holy days of obligation will be updated on this page as well. When the Holy Father, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), or the local Bishop announces a special campaign or special year of prayer, there will be access to the information and resources on this page.
The Church year consists of six liturgical seasons: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time after Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time after Pentecost. Seasons begin or end based on a movable feast and so some seasons vary in length from year to year, and vary as to the calendar dates. The following is a brief overview of the Catholic liturgical seasons: their durations, their purpose and focus, and the liturgical year colors.
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive. I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.” Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, §3
LITURGICAL GUIDELINES AND RESOURCES
This page provides answers to common liturgical issues and questions. It also provides a variety of resources and guidelines in the Church today. This page also contains various website and liturgical documents that will be of assistance in ministry; e.g., Roman Missal, 3rd Edition; General Instruction of the Roman Missal; Catechism of the Catholic Church; and other websites and documents that may be useful.
SACRED HEART DEVOTION
In this section you will find resources for the Devotion to the Sacred Heart. On 12 June 2015, Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, D.D., PhD. re-consecrated the Diocese of Columbus to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here you will find resources to help your family or parish take part in this re-consecration. Materials here will include the Sacred Heart Initiative, prayers, Sacred Heart Columbus information, etc.
In this section, you will find resources for your parish from many different publishers compiled by the Cathedral's Director of Sacred Music.
RITE OFCHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
RCIA is the normal way for unbaptized persons and those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition to become a Catholic, through a process of discerning and ritualizing the stages of gradual conversion. The rite of Christian initiation is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. (RCIA Introduction 1)
MASS & LITURGY PLANNING
Planning a liturgy takes prayer, attention to detail, and time. The Office for Divine Worship works with the Bishop and the parish/group in planning a liturgical event. In this section, you will find the “Mass Planning Sheet” for a Mass to be celebrated with the Bishop. There is also the “Mass Planning Sheet for Confirmation.” These resources will aid you in planning the liturgy.
For more information on planning a liturgy, including guidelines, general principles, and suggestions, please visit this page. If you find you are having questions regarding your planning, please do not hesitate to contact the Office
There are an abundance of ways to get involved in your local parish such as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, music ministers, lectors, ushers, greeters, servers, etc. This page will assist parishes by providing resources on basic training and further education of these ministers. Please visit the Education Opportunities page as the Office will host workshops for these ministries
The Office for Divine Worship has many prayer cards, brochures on hospital ministry and other documents that are diocesan produced.