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Overall Responsibility of the Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate
The Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate serves as a resource for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy throughout the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. The Office assists the Bishop with the preparation and planning of all the liturgical celebrations in the Diocese for which he is the celebrant. This also includes the principal liturgical celebrations of the Church Year at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
The Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate assists pastors and those in parishes and schools who are responsible for sacramental liturgical preparation and celebration. This assistance includes directives, consultation, and workshops. This Office assists with the formation of leaders in the RCIA process and the diocesan celebration of the RCIA. Additionally, the Office provides on-going direction for liturgical celebrations in parishes.
Formation of Liturgical Ministers
The Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate supports the training of liturgical ministers for all institutions throughout the diocese. While all parishes and institutions maintain their own records of active liturgical ministers, the Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate sponsors workshops and reflection days for parish coordinators and their ministers.
The Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate plans the liturgical music for all diocesan celebrations. The Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate fosters and coordinates formation programs for liturgical musicians.
Sub-Commission for the Catechumenate
The diocesan Sub-commission for the Catechumenate, which was initiated in 2012, was created to assist the Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate in discerning the level of diocesan support needed by parishes and to assist in providing parish RCIA teams with information about appropriate resources to strengthen their catechumenal programs. To these ends, it was decided that the Sub-commission would focus on the following areas for its initial efforts: networking, resources, and training.