Carol DiBiaggio, Chairperson
Mike Kiebel, Vice-Chairperson
Who are they?
The Diocesan Worship Commission is an advisory body of clergy and lay people from various parishes throughout the diocese appointed by the Bishop. The primary purpose of the commission is to advise the Bishop in matters related to worship and liturgical renewal and provide liturgical catechesis throughout the diocese in collaboration with the Office of Christian Worship. The Commission is in its 38th year of service to the diocese.
COMMITTEES OF THE DIOCESAN WORSHIP COMMISSION
The Music Committee
The members of this Committee focus their time and energy on various aspects of music as related to liturgy and worship. The Music Committee has been directly involved in workshops focusing on organ, guitar, choirs, cantors, music for children's liturgies, and the Diocesan Music Festival. The pamphlet for engaged couples "Planning Your Wedding Music" was prepared by the Committee.
The Rites Committee
This Committee assists the parishes with the implementation of the various Rites of the Church. Past services provided include the diocesan guidelines for various liturgical ministries, hosting liturgy retreats centered on scripture, ritual, symbol and music, for parish leaders, a program for the training of lay leaders of liturgical prayer and the various rites of the RCIA.
The Art & Environment Committee
Space and furnishings in a worship setting play an important role in enhancing the effectiveness of liturgy. This advisory Committee attempts to make people aware of the principles of art and environment in worship through their activities.
Services include the Diocesan Policy on Renovation and Construction of New Churches, the Directory of Artists and Artisans in Southwestern Michigan, Principles for the Design of a Church Worship Space, workshops for art and environment. Education has been promoted through news articles in the diocesan newspaper and the September 28- November 1, 2008 Exhibit of Prints from the Saint John’s Bible, the October 25, 2008 Saint John’s Bible Workshop, a calligraphy workshop in the spring of 2010 and the Icon workshop in November 2011.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE (currently inactive)
The task of this Committee is to evaluate the needs of parish liturgical ministries.
They have produced guidelines for Readers at Mass and Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, a Sunday Mass Evaluation Tool, assisted in the publication of the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on the Mass and with the strategy for implementation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.