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Liturgical Preparation Form

This form is to assist in the planning for Masses celebrated by Archbishop Lori and the Auxiliary Bishops. Please complete this form and Click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page. Before any preperation is finalized, contact the respective Bishop's offices to review the details of the liturgy, including any worship aids, programs, or other details. If a worship aid is prepared, it is requested that the USCCB Guidelines for the Reception of Communion be included (see priority text at end of this form).

Please complete this form and submit it online or download a PDF form downloaded here and send it via fax or email to the contact person indicated below. The form needs to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the celebration.

For Archbishop Lori, to Father Louis Bianco, (410) 727-8234 and Julie Grace Males, (410) 547-5403.

For Bishop Madden, to Karen Mesaris, (410) 727-5452.

For Bishop Parker, to Casandra Malloy, (410) 410-547-5446.

For Bishop Brennan, to Ligia Pappas, (410) 547-5452.

Should you have any questions, please email Julie Grace Males.

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Bishop Requested: Archbishop Lori  Bishop Madden  Bishop Parker  Bishop Brennan 
Mass to be Celebrated:
Time:   (ex: 12:00) AM   PM
Name of Contact:
Phone:  (ex: 410-547-5555)
Cell Phone (for day of event):  (ex: 410-547-5555)
The cell phone will be used only in case of emergency, such as cancellation due to inclement weather or an unexpected late arrival.
Liturgical Day:
Ritual or Votive Mass: (if applicable)
(Please contact the Director of the Worship Office via email to confirm that a ritual or votive Mass is permitted.)
Color of Vestments: White  Green  Red  Purple Rose
  (The Archbishop will bring his own vestments.)
Presider/Main Celebrant/Homilist:
Master(s) of Ceremonies: Father Bianco (for Archbishop Lori)
Local Master of Ceremonies
Director of Music Ministry:
   1st Reading:
   2nd Reading:
   Intercessions for Universal Prayer:
Gift Bearers:
Incense Yes   No
Processional Hymn
Penitential Act
   Option A: (RM4) Confiteor led by the celebrant & followed by his absolution
   Option B: (RM5) "Have mercy on us, O Lord..." led by the celebrant & followed by his absolution
   Option C: (RM6) Recitation (by deacon) of the three "tropes"
    Option C.I      "You were sent to heal the contrite of heart..."
  Option C.II-VII  RM Appendix, # 
  Option C         Other text (Please send to the Office of Worship via email.)
  followed by the acclamation "Lord have mercy/Christ have mercy"
   Rite of Blessing & Sprinkling with Holy Water (RM appendix II)
During the Sundays in Easter time, the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling with Holy Water may take the place of the customary Penitential Act, as a reminder of Baptism.
Gloria: Recited  Sung  Omitted (on the Sundays of Advent and Lent and regular weekdays)
  Mass Setting:   
Collect: Mass of the Day  Other 
First Reading:
  Lectionary Number:      Volume: 
  Lectionary Number:      Volume: 
  Sung  Recited
Second Reading:
  Lectionary Number:      Volume: 
Gospel Acclamation:      Mass settting: 
Incensation: Yes  No
  Lectionary Number:      Volume: 
Creed: Nicene Creed  Apostles' Creed  Omitted (on most weekdays)
Universal Prayer: (Please try to limit to 4-6 intercessions.)
  Read by:   Deacon  Lector  
  Response:   Recited  Sung  
Offertory Hymn during the prepartion of the Gifts:
Incensation at the Preparation of the Gifts:     Yes  No
Eucharistic Acclamations: (If sung please indicate which Mass setting.)
   Holy Holy Recited  Sung 
   Mystery of Faith Recited  Sung 
   Amen Recited  Sung 
Communion Rite:
   Lord's Prayer Recited  Sung
   Lamb of God Recited  Sung
   Communion under Both Kinds: Yes  #Patens:   #Chalices: 
   Communion Hymn
   Communion Meditation
   Prayer after Communion
Will there be any additional announcements?:     Yes   No
If "yes" above, who will make them?
These announcements should include the recognition and expressions of gratitude for those involved in the preparation and celebration of the liturgy.
*Note: If there is any applause, it should be held to the end of these announcements.
Blessing and Dismissal:
Recessional Hymn:
It is kindly requested that up to seven (experienced) altar servers be assigned for a Mass celebrated by a Bishop, if possible:
Thurifer (if incense is used) Crucifer Crozier Bearer
Acolytes (2) Book Bearer Miter Bearer
Incense may, and should, be used for festive occasions. If incense is to be used, kindly provide an experienced altar server who can manage this duty well.
Please include the USCCB Guidelines for Reception of Communion in the worship aid. The guidelines are found at the end of this form.
Where will the (Arch)bishop park?
It is helpful for a space to be reserved that would allow easy access for the (Arch)bishop to arrive about 15 minutes before the Mass begins and, if need be, to leave immediately following.
Where should the (Arch)bishop go when he arrives?
Where will the (Arch)bishop vest?
Archbishop Lori prefers a quiet, private room to vest with table or counter space to lay out his vestments, and also a glass of water and a lapel microphone, if one will be used. Note that the Archbishop and the Auxiliary Bishops prefer the "clip-on" style of wireless microphone, not the earpiece.
Please use the space below to add any comments or information that may be required to plan for this request.
Submittal Information
This form was submitted by:
Submitter's Email Address:
GUIDELINES FOR THE RECEPTION OF COMMUNION (to be included if worship aids are prepared)
For Catholics
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
For Our Fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (Jn 17:21).

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).
For those not receiving Holy Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
For non-Christians
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.