Divine Worship and Sacraments
The dispensation from Sunday obligation continues until further notice.
The Office for Divine Worship and Sacraments (ODWS) assists the Archbishop in his role as “high priest of the flock” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 41), supporting the Church of Cincinnati in celebrating the sacraments and other celebrations of divine worship. “Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1088)
The ODWS aims to:
- Provide formation opportunities for parishes, schools, and institutions within the archdiocese to enable the faithful to better participate in the sacramental life of the Church (workshops, conferences, consultation, online and print resources).
- Assist the Archbishop in making policies and norms regarding liturgical and sacramental ministry in the archdiocese.
- Facilitate archdiocesan celebrations of divine worship and sacraments (e.g. Rite of Election, Chrism Mass, Catholic Schools Mass, etc.
Please share with those who train and coordinate EMHCs in your parish!
This Holy and Living Sacrifice: Formation for EMHCs
Virtual formation for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion is now scheduled for this fall in English and Spanish. These online sessions are perfect for new EMHCs and veterans needing a refresher. There are sessions focusing on ministry to the sick and homebound which are ideal for those ministers looking to serve the community in a new way. More information and registration are available here.
A Pandemic Christmas
Find strategies and guidance to help your parish celebrate the Nativity of the Lord this December joyfully and safely.
Bicentennial Hymn: Christ Our Light
Download the text, musical setting, and other resources for our newly-commissioned hymn.
Explore resources for ministry to young families preparing for the baptism of their children. Find followup materials from our recent workshops With Great Joy and many other helpful resources for pastoral ministers.
This new document lays out what kinds of projects need consultation with the Archdiocesan Committee on Sacred Art & Architecture, and ultimately approval of Archbishop Schnurr. Before you begin a renovation or reconfiguration project in your church, chapel, or oratory, please reference these guidelines and contact the ODWS or the chair of the committee with any questions or concerns.