5.A.3 Language for the Celebration of Sacraments and Sacramentals

1. When liturgical services are celebrated with the faithful with a common language other than English, permission is given to use the language known to them, especially in the case of immigrants, members of a personal parish, or similar circumstances. [1]

   a. Approved liturgical books or texts are to be used, and any questions regarding approval are to be submitted to the diocesan bishop for his review. (See #5.A.2 Texts and Rites of Liturgical Celebrations.)    

   b. The minister must be sufficiently competent in that language.

2. A priest may provide for Mass to be celebrated in Latin according to the Roman Missal of Pope Paul VI [2] (the Ordinary Form) under the following conditions:    

   a. He considers that it meets a pastoral need.

   b. Sufficient catechesis and instruction is provided so that there is full and active participation by the people. [3]

   c. The priest who celebrates the Mass possesses sufficient facility in Latin. [4]



[1] Sacred Congregation for Rites, Instruction for the Proper Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (September 26, 1964) n. 41, AAS 56-877 in Canon Law Digest 6:83.  

[2] Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia emendata. 

[3] SC, n. 14.

[4] RS, n. 112. Also see c. 928.


Date approved by Bishop