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Theology 5544B
Pastoral Liturgy
Liturgical Studies

MONDAY 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Instructors: Fr. P. Robitaille; Fr. P. Beorchia


The purpose of this course is to come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the roles of both the presider and the assembly in the praise and worship of God. The ritual books of the Roman Catholic Church will be examined to determine their operative theology, their proper execution and the spirituality intrinsic therein.


This course will assist students to grow in the following knowledge, skills and attitudes:

Knowledge: Competency with the Ritual Texts.
Skills: Competency in the area of presiding.
Attitudes: Essential cooperation of all of God’s priestly people, ordained and lay.


In cooperation with the instructors, the students will examine the Sacramentary for the celebration of the Eucharist, the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, the proposed Pastoral Notes, the praenotandae of the various ritual books, and other necessary materials.

There are three assignments in this course.

1) Each student will present to the class a thirty-minute analysis and critique of a Sunday Eucharistic celebration – 20 marks.

2) Each student will submit a 2-3 page summary on each of the three assigned articles – 30 marks (10 marks X 3 summaries).

3) Each student will be expected to perform each rite as well as provide analysis and evaluation the performance of the same rite officiated over by their colleagues – 50 marks.


A. Required:

As listed below by date.

B. Recommended:

Mahoney, Cardinal Roger. Gather Faithfully Together: Guide for Sunday Mass. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1997

Smolarski, Dennis C., S.J. How Not to Say Mass: A Guidebook for All Concerned About Authentic

. New York: Paulist Press, 1986

Smolarski, Dennis C., S.J. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal 1969-2002. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2003

Turner, Paul. A Guide to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2003.



January 7 – Art of the Presider and Role of the Assembly (P. Robitaille)

January 14 – The Ritual Books (P. Robitaille)

January 21 – Music (L. Manzara)

* Kevin Irwin. “Presiding, Preaching and Priestly Spirituality.” Liturgical Ministry 14 (Fall 2005) 197-204

January 28 - The Eucharist (P. Robitaille)
* Each student to present a thirty-minute analysis and critique of a Sunday Eucharistic celebration.


February 4 – The Eucharist (P. Robitaille)

* Richard E. McCarron. “The Assembly and the Eucharistic Prayer.” Liturgical Ministry 14 (Summer 2005) 132-140

February 11 – The Eucharist (P. Robitaille)

* Daniel J. Merz. “Prayer? Performance? A Performative Prayer? Reflections on the Presider and the
Eucharistic Prayer.” Liturgical Ministry
14 (Summer 2005) 141-148

February 25 – Baptism (P. Beorchia)


March 4 – Confirmation (P. Beorchia)

March 11 – Marriage (P. Robitaille)

March 18 – Anointing (P. Beorchia)

March 25 – Funerals, Vigils and Burials (P. Robitaille)


April 1 – Funerals, Vigils and Burials (P. Robitaille)

April 8 – Blessings and Sacramentals (P. Robitaille; P. Beorchia)


Students are responsible for knowing the University’s academic policies and regulations and any particularities of their own course of study. These can all be found at the University’s website ( Ignorance of these policies is not an excuse for any violation thereof. The following policies are particularly important to note:

Submission of Assignments: It is the responsibility of the student to organize his or her work so that the assignments are completed on time. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment will be deducted for each day it is overdue without permission.

Plagiarism: Students must write their essays and assignments in their own words. Whenever students take an idea or a passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt by quotation marks and/or footnotes. Plagiarism is a major academic offense. Students may be required to submit their work in electronic form for plagiarism checking.

Selection and Registration of Courses: Students are responsible for ensuring that their selection of courses is appropriate and accurately recorded, that all prerequisite course(s) have been successfully completed, and that they are aware of any anti-requisite course(s) that they have taken.