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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.


Mass for Neophytes

“To show his pastoral concern for these new members of the Church, the bishop, particularly if he was unable to preside at the sacraments of initiation himself, should arrange, if possible, to meet the recently baptized at least once in the year and to preside at a celebration of the Eucharist with them.” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults #251).

All those baptized this Easter (adults and children) and their godparents are invited to attend.

April 19, 2015 at 11:00am Eastern Vicariate
St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach

April 26, 2015 at 10:30am Western Vicariate
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem

June 7, 2015 at 11:15am Central Vicariate
St. Edward the Confessor, Richmond


Guidelines for Lent & Easter 2015- New!



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

To register, go to


  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond
    Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo
    LPA’s 5, 6, 8, 9

  • Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond
    Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo
    LPA’s 10, 11, 12, 13

  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 am
    Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk
    Msgr. Mark R. Lane
    LPA’s 1, 4, 7

  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Saint Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach
    Msgr. Mark R. Lane
    LPA’s 2, 3

  • Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm
    Saint Andrew, Roanoke
    Msgr. Mark R. Lane
    LPA’s 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19


Holy Days to be observed in the United States in 2015

For a printable copy of the guidelines, click here.

Worship Memorandum #1, 2014

Greetings to everyone in Ordinary Time! Thank you for your continued hard work and dedicated service to the people of our Diocese. I thought I would share some recent updates from the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship and a few resources for the Year of Faith.


For a printable copy of the memorandum, 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.


Liturgical Season: Ordinary Time

Sourcebook For Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2014: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy
This year’s book is for Year A, Weekday Year I and begins with the First Sunday of Advent, and continues through the last day of Ordinary Time.  It contains all the information you need to know about every day of the liturgical year, with pastoral suggestions and ideas.  Robert W. Piercy, Jr., primary author.  Published by Liturgy Training Publications 

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy.  The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.  Pastoral musicians who are full-time, part-time, or volunteer music directors, choir members, cantors, and instrumentalists can view the website and attend conferences and training to develop their knowledge of liturgy and music.

NPM Richmond Diocese Chapter
Scroll through a calendar of events hosted by the local chapter of NPM.

You may access more information on our Facebook page titled NPM - Richmond, Virginia  or email the Chapter Director, Sylvia Chapa.

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

Liturgy Office England & Wales





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