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"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." – Matthew 18:20

Welcome to the web pages of the Office of Worship. This site is designed to reinforce, affirm and expand upon the offerings of the Office of Worship.  We invite you to partake of the rich and varied resources you will find here in the sincere hope that your liturgical experience on Sunday will continue to live in every moment of your daily life.  May your spirit be nurtured and your questions answered.


Office of Worship Upcoming Events





This Spring, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is pleased to offer a retreat day for Liturgical Musicians, Ministers, and Members of every congregation with a workshop titled “Texts we Sing/ Songs We Live”, presented by Fr. Michael Renninger. There will be 3 workshops held, one in each vicariate. Please click on the image of the workshop you’d like to attend in order to register. The workshop is on a Saturday from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The workshop fee of $10 includes lunch.








Rite of Election 2016

The Office of Christian Formation will be coordinating the Rite of Election this year with support from the Office of Worship.

The Rite of Election is in four locations. (RCIA 122,125,129). In order to preserve the dignity of the celebration of the Rite of Election, we will limit the number of catechumens to approximately 80. The liturgies will be celebrated outside of Mass. This is the plan the Rite of Election 2016:

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond
    Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo
    LPA’s 5, 6, 8, 9

  • Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond
    Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo
    LPA’s 10, 11, 12, 13

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:00 am
    Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk
    Msgr. Francis Muench
    LPA’s 1, 4, 7

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Saint Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach
    Msgr. Walter Barrett
    LPA’s 2, 3

  • Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm
    Saint Andrew, Roanoke
    Msgr. Mark R. Lane
    LPA’s 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

If at all possible, we as that you celebrate with your LPA.  In case of inclement weather, the Bishop will delegate the celebration of the Rite of Election to the pastors.  The weather decision wil be made Thursday, February 18, 2016 at noon.
Letter from Bishop DiLorenzo

The Rite of Election celebrates God's call to the catechumens approaching the Easter Sacraments and their acceptance of it; the Church confirms their election by God while the Christian community affirms the work of God in its midst (RCIA, no. 118). We invite the catechumens (adults and children) and their godparents, and the RCIA teams and pastors, to participate in the Rite of Election celebration. Registration is now open. Deadline to register is January 30, 2016. If you need information about the Rite of Election, please contact Katie McMaster at (804) 622-5149. If you need assistance with registration, please contact Nina Henry at 622-5158.


Holy Days to be observed in the United States in 2015

For a printable copy of the guidelines, click here.

 Roman Missal 3 Workshop Resources:

On the First Sunday of Advent, 2011, Roman Catholics in the United States began praying the Eucharistic Liturgy using the third edition of the Roman Missal. This section on our webpage is dedicated to assisting our communities in the work of implementing the new Missal. While a great deal of catechesis has already taken place, our task is just beginning. As we begin to use this new Missal, we will be called to a deeper appreciation of and engagement in the liturgy. Mystagogy is a life-long undertaking.

Roman Missal 3 Questions & Answers-used with the permission of the Diocese of Davenport.


Liturgy with Children
Here are some new resources for celebrating liturgy with children.

SCAP - Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest
        EN ESPANOL!  
Recursos de CDAP:
  Estructura; Rito de CDAP (Word); Politica
Recursos de Liturgia Reflexiones; Homilias; Homilias 2

Rite of Recognition for Lay Leaders of Prayer (SCAP)
The Diocese now has a parish rite to officially recognize those trained to preside at Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP).  Celebration of Recognition.  For additional information about the implementation of SCAP in the Diocese, click here Parishes should contact the Office of Worship to obtain Certificates of Recognition.

FDLCFederation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions

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