DPPL 229: Some Pastoral Inferences

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229. From the foregoing reflection on the origin and development of the Calendarium Romanum Generale a number of useful pastoral inferences can be made:

The Church offers us four important thoughts based on DPPL 227-228. In essence these reflect the primacy of Christ and his salvation as lensed through the faith witness of saints:

• it is necessary to instruct the faithful on the links between the feasts of the Saints and the commemoration of the mystery of salvation of Christ. The raison d’etre for the feasts of the Saints is to highlight concrete realizations of the saving plan of God and “to proclaim the marvels of Christ in his servants”(SC 111); the feasts accorded to the Saints, the members of the Body of Christ, are ultimately feasts of the Head who is Christ;
• it is always useful to teach the faithful to realize the importance and significance of the feasts of those Saints who have had a particular mission in the history of Salvation, or a singular relationship with Christ such as St. John the Baptist (24 June), St. Joseph (19 March), Sts. Peter and Paul (29 June), the Apostles and Evangelists, St. Mary Magdalen (22 July), St. Martha (29 July) and St. Stephen (26 December);
• it is also important to exhort the faithful to have a particular devotion to the Saints who have had an important role in the particular Churches, for example, the Patrons of a particular Church or those who first proclaimed the Gospel to the original community;
• finally, it is useful to explain the notion of the “universality” of the Saints inscribed in the Calendarium Romanum Generale to the faithful, as well as the significance of the grades with which their feasts are observed: solemnity, feast and memorial (obligatory or optional).

On number 2, just noting two women out of twenty.

On number 3, personal patrons are no less important.

On number 4, instruction is less good than a careful celebration of the liturgy. Many priests, and as a result, many communities observe a two-fold distinction in observing Mass: Sunday and daily. Music, vestments, lighting, saint images, and overall, careful preparation will do more than imparting information that holds little interest.

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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