A handsomely bound, user-friendly, 372-page book, Celebrations of Installation and Recognition is a unique and comprehensive resource and commissioning tool for bishops, pastors, parish administrators and coordinators of the various diocesan and parish ministries. Written in response to a need frequently expressed in parishes and dioceses across Canada, it provides celebrations for installing a pastor or a parish administrator, and for recognizing all those who serve in the various ministries of the Christian community. These celebrations of installation and recognition may be celebrated by the parish community within the Mass, or in the context of a Liturgy of the Word or the Liturgy of the Hours.
A comprehensive resource
Divided into six sections, the book begins with an introduction giving the theological context for the celebrations that follow. The first section, "Parish Leadership," offers celebrations
Subsequent sections include celebrations of recognition for
These are followed by a lengthy appendix with
A convenient commissioning and formation tool
The book also provides brief background and pastoral notes for each form of ministry. These introductory texts preceding each celebration offer an historical synopsis of the ministry as well as formation requirements for potential ministers. They will be especially helpful to local pastors seeking material for homiletic meditation and to parish councils seeking guidelines for commissioning and forming ministers. The meditative prayers in the appendix will benefit those new to ministry, as well as offer restorative inspiration to experienced ministers. The pastor could also give them to individuals and groups as part of their ongoing formation. The celebrations themselves will help recognize, accept, commission and support all who serve the community. By assembling these celebrations, prayers, and pastoral notes in a single volume, this book makes them conveniently accessible to pastors and to those responsible for the commissioning and formation of lay ministers.
Honouring service - building community
These celebrations are easily adaptable to the specific needs of the community. For example, three forms of the celebration of installation of a pastor are provided to accommodate the circumstances of the parish. The celebrations of recognition provide a model that may be adapted to recognize various ministries and services within the Christian community. For example, other prayers may be selected, other questions chosen to describe a specific ministry, or the symbols of ministry may be varied. The celebrations of recognition might also be adapted for ecumenical use, especially in the case of ministries carried out by individuals of various Christian churches, such as pastoral work in prisons, palliative care, ministry to the sick and pastoral work in universities and colleges. Although these texts have been developed as possible celebrations within the context of the Mass, they may also be used within a Liturgy of the Word or the Liturgy of the Hours.
An elegant and user-friendly book
In addition to celebrations of installation and recognition for all who serve the Church, whether lay or ordained, this book features
Includes celebrations of installation and recognition for
Also features several appendices with
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