Church music is a necessary and integral part of the Solemn Liturgy.
(Guidelines taken from Sacrosanctum Concilium - (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy - of Second Vatican Council) and Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra, Mumbai)
You have been asked to serve in this ministry because God has bestowed on you the gift of song. You have an opportunity to use this gift to present the Word of God to the community in a way that can move the hearts of those who hear it; and to lead the singing of the assembly, because "singing together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people."
Since it is an important ministry, you have a responsibility to prepare and properly dispose yourself to present the Word of God and to lead the song of the people with the utmost dignity and respect. Proper formation of our ministers is important. How we worship conveys the sacredness of what we believe in the mystery that is taking place in the liturgy. This also helps create the appropriate environment of prayer for all.
These guidelines have been prepared to assist all ministers in performing their role in a prayerful, reverent and consistent way. These guidelines are not intended to represent an exhaustive list.
Publisher and Editorial Team
This divine and ineffable sacrifice is a manifestation of the great mystery of love which is renewed every day on our Altars at Holy Mass - through the ordained ministers, Christ gives His Body and Blood for humanity. We who nourish ourselves from the Eucharist need to see that certain liturgical norms are carefully observed in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
You proclaim the Word of God & you are God's partner. Remember, faith comes from hearing; proclaim the Word of God with meaning.
Parish Liturgy Team along with the Parish Pastoral Team takes final decision on the Lectors for all Liturgical services, including Solemnities and High Masses. Every Lector will be given a chance to proclaim the Word of God. Please do not force yourself for Readings. Do not trouble the Pastoral team or contact individual members from the Liturgy Team for Readings.
|Prenuptial & Marriage|
Guidelines for the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage in the Archdiocese of BombayThe sacrament of Matrimony can be celebrated in the Parish Church of either the bride or the groom. (In our Archdiocese, it is usually celebrated in the Bride’s Parish Church). It could be celebrated in another Church / Shrine / Chapel after obtaining ‘No Objection’ letters from their respective Parish Priests. The date and time of the Nuptial Mass, is to be fixed in consultation with the Parish Priest before making other arrangements like hall bookings, caterers, etc. hence, kindly meet your Parish Priest and discuss the matter with him well in advance. We do not book the Mass exclusively for one couple, i.e. if another couple wants to have their Nuptials at the same Mass, you should be willing to cooperate and make the necessary adjustments. In case you have a close relative / friend who is a priest and you would like him to be the celebrant and / or bless the Nuptials, kindly request the priest doing your papers for permission and do so, well in advance.
For the preparation and celebration of the liturgy, please note the following points:
These directives are for your benefit and are meant to preserve the sanctity and joy of the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.
POINTS TO BE KEPT IN MIND (BY PRIESTS) FOR THE INTER-FAITH MARRIAGES (MARRIAGES OF DISPARITY OF CULT)
Such a marriage is non-sacramental, but is nonetheless a valid marriage. The proper procedures should be followed with regard to paper work and permissions. The couple should be clearly told that they cannot have a double ceremony and the reason for the same should be carefully explained.
The Rite of Marriage as found in the Ritual for a Marriage between a Catholic and a non-baptized person must be used (Chapter 3).
Kindly note that there is no mention of the celebration of Mass for this rite either before or, after the nuptials. Instead, we have a complete service, with the Greetings, Liturgy of the Word, Nuptial Rite, Intercessions, Nuptial Blessing and Concluding Rite. The Priest is to be vested and stole (and cope) for the celebration (not a chasuble)
Since the family of the Catholic partner often wants a Mass celebrated in conjunction with a marriage of this type, the following points should be noted:
In July 2006, our Parish issued parish family cards (PFCs) to every
registered family of our parish. We are sure that, by this time almost
every eligible catholic family of our parish has obtained the parish
family card. You have experienced the advantages of having the family
card. First and foremost, it has given you an identity in our Parish.
This ID is being used by you to approach the parish office for various
pastoral needs, and to take part in various sports and community
related events. However, there may be some questions in your mind
regarding the family card, for which you want to have an answer. We
have tried to answer some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Hope this helps to keep your family card updated. As the questions are
answered, you may be asked to submit your parish family card (PFC)
and/or the light green envelope to the parish office to make changes in
them. Please remember to collect them from the office after a week. The
four frequently used forms, namely: change of address form;
addition/deletion form; form for lost or misplaced PFC and envelope;
and moving out of parish form are printed at the end of the questions
and answers for your information. These forms are available in our
parish office for your ready use.
Question 1: I am going to shift to another zone/community within our parish. What am I required to do with my parish family card (PFC)?
Answer: Submit your PFC and the light green envelope provided by the parish for your one percent contribution, together with the “Change of Address Form” duly filled in, to the parish office. Collect your card and envelope with the changed address, after a week, from the parish office.
Question 2: A child is born in the family and is baptized. How will the name of the child be added in our PFC?
Answer: Submit your PFC together with the “Addition/deletion form” duly filled in, mentioning the details of the child, to the parish office.
Question 3: One of my sons, whose name is in our family card, just got married. How can I add the name of his wife in our PFC?
Answer: Submit your PFC and a copy of the Church marriage certificate of the newly married couple, together with the “addition/deletion form” duly filled in, mentioning her details, to the parish office. If the marriage is not blessed in a Catholic Church, her name will not be added in your PFC.
Question 4: My daughter just got married and is no more staying with me. Should her name be deleted from our PFC? If yes, how should I go about?
Answer: Even though she is your daughter, once married she becomes the family member of the boy’s house or a new house of the newly wedded couple. So, she is no more your family member with regard to your PFC. Approach the parish office with your PFC and have her name deleted from the card.
Question 5: My son has bought a flat/chawl for himself as he is just married or wants to get married in the near future. What is required to be done with regard to the PFC?
Answer: Since your son has bought a place of his own, he no longer belongs to your PFC. So, have his name deleted from your PFC by visiting the parish office. If he has made a house within our parish boundary, he needs to visit the parish office and mention that he was earlier part of your PFC, and fill in a new census form (available in the parish office) for himself. He can collect his new PFC after a week from the parish office. If he is buying a place in another parish, he can take a letter of introduction to the new parish by approaching the priest on duty in the office.
Question 6: Even though we are staying within the Sacred Heart Parish boundary, our family is not registered in the parish so far and we have not received a PFC. Will I get a PFC now? If yes, how?
Answer: For some reason, you did not fill the Parish Census Form a few years ago, and/or were not present when the priest came to bless your house and verify your family details around January to June, 2006. Approach the parish office with your Church marriage certificate and the baptism certificates of your children. It is advisable to have your Zone’s/Community’s PPC member or SCC animator to facilitate the process and to identify you as our parishioner. The parish office person will direct you to meet the concerned priest and sort out the matter.
Question 7: I am a Catholic and married to a Catholic or a non-Catholic in court (civil marriage) and not in the Catholic Church. Will our family be registered in the parish and will we get a PFC?
Answer: No. We register couples who are married in the Catholic Church and issue them PFCs. So, if you are not married at all and just living together or have married only in the court, we will not register you in our parish. If you are a Catholic and married to a non-Catholic in the Catholic Church, your family will be registered in our parish, and you will be issued a PFC. Couples not married in the Catholic Church may approach a priest in the parish and get their marriage rectified and then approach the parish office for registration.
Question 8: We are newcomers to Sacred Heart Parish and we have bought a house in the area for the first time. We would like our house to be blessed and our family registered in Sacred Heart Parish. How should we go about?
Answer: Bring along your Catholic Church marriage certificate, and a letter of introduction from your previous parish to Sacred Heart Church, and meet the person in the parish office. He will direct you to the priest concerned to fill the census form (available in the parish office) and to obtain a PFC. After filling the census form, the person in the parish office will direct you to the priest to get your house blessed. Collect your PFC after a week from the parish office.
Question 9: One of our family members expired. Should her/his name be deleted from our PFC?
Answer: Yes, her/his name needs to be deleted. Approach the parish office with your PFC and get the name deleted from the card.
Question 10: We would like the head of the family changed due to some valid reason, like the death of the head of the family. What should we do?
Answer: If the head of the household has expired, a responsible person of the family will determine who should be the new head of the household. Visit the parish office and submit the PFC, the light green envelope, and the “addition/deletion form” duly filled in, mentioning the old and the new head of the household. For any other reason, the person from the office may direct you to meet the concerned priest to look into the matter.
Question 11: We have bought a second house in the parish. We would like to have that house also registered in the parish? Can we do that?
Answer: No. We will register your family only in one place of residence/address.
Question 12: My husband or wife or son or daughter etc. is working abroad in a Gulf country and is temporarily staying there. Can their names be retained in our PFC?
Answer: Yes. As long as they went for work to a Gulf country, being your parish family card members earlier, and are temporarily staying there because of their work, they will continue to be your family card members, unless they make a separate house of their own in India. However, if any one or more of your family members have migrated to another country or have taken up permanent residence in a foreign country, for eg. in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc., they no longer belong to your PFC. In such a case, approach the parish office with your PFC and get their names deleted from your PFC.
Question 13: We have misplaced or lost our family card and/or the light green envelope. Can we get a duplicate one?
Answer:Yes. You can get a duplicate PFC and/or the light green envelope. Visit the parish office and fill in the appropriate form (available in the parish office).
Question 14: My family is moving out of this parish to another parish. What must I do with our PFC?
Answer: Return your PFC to the parish office and mention that you are moving out of our parish. This will also facilitate the priest in the office to give you the letter of introduction to the Parish Priest of the parish you are moving to, if necessary.
Question 15: What is the use of the light green envelope, which has our family number, name of the head of the household and our address on it?
Answer: That is given to you to make your one percent contribution to the Church, either in cash or by cheque, together with the white slip duly filled in. You will receive a receipt for your contribution in the same envelope, through your PPC member/SCC animator. If there is a change in the head of the household, or a change in your address, please make sure that you take this envelope too to the parish, while incorporating the changes in your PFC.
Question 16: Is it necessary to fill in the white slip and enclose it while making the one percent contribution to the parish?
Answer: Yes. That is required to identify the PFC number and other details by the accountant while entering your contribution in the computer and to make a receipt. The period for which the contribution is made needs to be clearly mentioned in the column "contribution for the months". For eg: May 2017 to July 2017. Do not forget to mention the telephone number where you can be reached during day time. This helps us to contact you, in case we need to clarify something regarding the contribution you have made.
Question 17: What is the accounting year for the one percent contribution to the Church?
Answer: The accounting year is: April to March. For eg., the current accounting year is: April 2017 to March 2018. You can make the contribution for the whole accounting year at one go, or in installments for one month, two months, a quarter etc.
Question 18: Is there a problem if I give the contribution according to the calendar year, i.e., from January to December?
Answer: Yes. There is a problem. For instance, if you give your contribution for the period: January 2017 to December 2017, these months fall in two accounting years: : April 2016 to March 2017 and April 2017 to March 2018. We cannot account for it and issue a receipt. The Church does not want to accumulate money belonging to the next accounting year, in this accounting year, as it attracts Income Tax.
Thank you for your co-operation in keeping your PFC updated.