5.A.1.1 Office of Worship

1. The Office of Worship plans and oversees diocesan liturgical celebrations. Thus it must be consulted when preparing liturgies at which the bishop will preside. Illustratively, these include pontifical rites such as ordinations and associated rites, dedications and consecrations, other blessings including the installation of a pastor, and also any other solemn celebration that involves the entire diocesan community. However, when the bishop celebrates confirmation, the norms of #5.2.1 Celebration of Confirmation are observed to satisfy the required consultation. [1]

2. In other situations, it is strongly recommended that this office be contacted for assistance with liturgical preparations by those who anticipate a liturgy that involves the bishop (such as, diocesan offices and ministries that are associated with them, parishes and groups of parishes, schools, hospitals, places of incarceration, migrant camps, ecclesial movements, organizations, etc.). (Also see #5.9.1.8.1 Funerals of Priests.)

3. Diocesan offices and ministries associated with them are to consult with this office when they prepare liturgical aids or resources for widespread use throughout the diocese. They are encouraged to consult with it when preparing other recommended prayer or devotional services.

4. This office oversees and arranges permission to commission lay members of the Christian faithful as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. (See #5.9.5.7 Power to Grant Permission or Faculty to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the Application for the Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. [2])

5. This office must also be consulted by parishes considering building or renovation of worship spaces. (See #6.0)

6. The Diocesan Worship Commission acts as an advisory body to the bishop and to the Office of Worship. [3]



[1] Diocese of Lansing, Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation: Protocol and Preparation (September 1, 2010). Available at the diocesan website.  

[2] The application is available at the diocesan website.

[3] See SC, n. 45: “. . . every diocese is to have a commission on the sacred liturgy under the direction of the bishop, for promoting the liturgical apostolate.” Available at Vatican website.


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor