Office Of Worship
The Office of Worship is responsible for preparing diocesan liturgies such as the Rite of Election, Chrism Mass, 25th-50th Wedding Anniversary Mass, Monsignor Kelly Catholic School Baccalaureate Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, church dedications, and clergy ordinations.
The office advises parishes, diocesan departments, schools and organizations in the preparation of liturgies at which the Bishop presides, their sacramental liturgies, and prayer services.
Courses on all aspects of liturgy are offered, many through CEMI, as well as workshops for parish liturgical ministers. Certification programs in liturgy and in music are in place for Directors of Liturgy and/or Music.
Through membership in the Southwest Liturgical Conference and the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions the Bishop and the Director of the Office of Worship receive current information concerning liturgy and work in consultation with each other to advise clergy and laity. The Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Diocesan Music Commission and the Master of Episcopal Ceremonies and his assistants work closely with the Office of Worship.
The Diocesan Choir under the direction of the Director of the Office of Worship provides the ministry of music for diocesan liturgies as well as music for parish funerals when needed.