Office of Worship
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." John 6:51
Welcome to the webpage for the Diocese of Duluth Office of Worship. Our hope is that you will find this page a useful source for resources in celebrating the Church's sacred rites and catechesis in liturgy.
HOLY COMMUNION FOR THOSE WHO CAN NOT CONSUME GLUTEN
Perhaps you or a loved one suffers from celiac sprue disease (or other medical conditions that prohibits one from eating foods containing gluten.) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops gives us guidance in their statement "A Short Introduction to Holy Communion and Celiac Sprue Disease" on possible options for those who otherwise could not receive the Eucharist.
In addition, check out this video on a NEW LITURGICAL VESSEL: THE GIFT, where Fr. Leo Patalinghug, from the TV series "Grace Before Meals," speaks of this new vessel as a wonderful means of assisting with Holy Communion for those who must receive a low-gluten host. This vessel was developed to assist priests in being able to offer Mass and distribute Holy Communion, mindful of those who receive low-gluten hosts. For more information on the GIFT, please click this link.
CLARIFICATION ON CONFIRMATION SPONSORS
Recently there have been multiple inquiries on whether or not two or more sponsors are permissible for confirmation candidates – as some candidates have asked for more than one person to be sponsor. In the Code of Canon Law, canons 892-893 give directives on confirmation sponsors, referring only to a single sponsor for each candidate, and that such sponsors should be chosen according to the criteria of sponsors for baptism, given in canon 874. Mindful of the liturgy itself, the directives on sponsors found in the Rite of Confirmation simply restate the directives of the canons, referring only to a single sponsor for each candidate. Thus:
According to the Introduction of the Rite of Confirmation (§5), it is within the competency of the Diocesan Bishop to establish the practice regarding the number of sponsors for confirmation.
In the Diocese of Duluth, in light of local custom, each confirmation candidate is to name one sponsor. This directive applies to the liturgical celebration of the sacrament and to the preparation process.
Additionally, each candidate ought to choose their sponsor in accord with these qualifications, given in canon 874§1:
1 - The person is to be designated by the one to be [confirmed], by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function.
2 - The person is to be at least sixteen years old.
3 - The person is to be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on.
4 - This person is not bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared.
5 - This person is not the father or mother of the one to be [confirmed.]
"Worship gives us a share in heaven's mode of existence, in the world of God, and allows light to fall from that divine world into ours."
Diocese of Duluth