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The Liturgical Commission, lead by the Holy Spirit, was established by Bishop Calvo to promote high standards of liturgical celebrations in accord with Church documents concerning Liturgy, chief among these being the “Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy”.
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission (DLC) was established in 2007 by the Office of the Bishop. Bishop Calvo has set two directives for the DLC. First, we will promote high standards of liturgical celebrations in accord with Church documents concerning Liturgy. Chief among these Church documents is the “Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy.” The DLC will accomplish this:
• though dissemination and explanation of the Church Liturgical theology
• by instruction and classes to parish level liturgy committees
• providing a resource to parishes for questions and concerns
• providing a model in all Diocesan and Episcopal Liturgical celebrations
• through on-going education, catechesis and training of members of this Commission
• providing guidelines for certain sacramental and non-sacramental cultural celebrations
• implementations of NORMS as required.
Second, the DLC will coordinate the planning of all Diocesan Liturgical celebrations. Chief among these celebrations are (but not exclusive to):
• Chrism Mass
• Rite of Election
• Ordinations (diaconate, presbyteral and episcopal)
• Jubilee Mass
• Annual Diocesan Conference liturgical celebrations
• Mass for Consecrated Life
Members of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission
Members of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission were appointed by Bishop Calvo and serve a term of three years. At term, expiring members may be reappointed and/or new members installed, with the exception of the Liturgy Coordinator, who is on staff with the diocese. Presently there are eight members including two clergy and six laity:
Jean Sokol, Liturgical Coordinator
Fr. Bob Chorey, Chair
Deacon Don Korson
These members come from various parishes throughout the diocese and each brings unique gifts and insights to the commission. Additionally, all have liturgical experience in both the parish and the diocesan settings. The DLC meets every other month. Minutes for the current meeting are forwarded to the Office of the Bishop by the Liturgy Coordinator. Direction from the Bishop is relayed to the DLC through the Liturgy Coordinator.
The Church states that liturgy, primarily the Eucharist, is both source and summit for bringing the faithful to full, active, conscious participation in the life of the church. To that end, we are a free resource for pastors and priests, liturgy committees, directors of music, lectors, environment committees, and all other active liturgical ministries. Additionally, we are responsible for coordinating the planning of all diocesan liturgical celebrations. Our vision is to be a model of authentic and dynamic liturgy for the benefit of the community.
We invite you to explore our website and to contact us with questions, comments or suggestions.
World Day for Consecrated Life (WDCL) is held on the Feast of the Presentation or the Sunday following it. We recognize and give thanks for those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Rite of Election Adults
Rite of Election Children
This ritual is held on the first Sunday of Lent, in which those Elect and Candidates who will be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil are welcomed by the Bishop.
Traditionally held on the day of Holy Thursday, this Mass is celebrated in the Diocese of Reno the week before. The Bishop blesses and consecrates the oils to be used in the upcoming Easter Celebrations and all the sacramental celebrations within the coming year. The priests of the diocese are to attend, and during which they renew their ordination promises.
Celebrated once a year, generally in June, to honor those married 25+ years. This mass is open to all people and is a wonderful way to honor those in our community who serve through the sacrament of matrimony.
Ordinations (diaconate, presbyteral, episcopal)
There are three ordination rites, for deacons, both permanent and transitional, for priests and for bishops. Each are grand diocesan celebrations, full of symbolism and ritual that bring forth the mystery of Holy Orders.
Annual Diocesan Conference
Held in January, the DLC shares in the planning of the liturgies that take place during the conference: Morning Prayer and the afternoon Liturgy. The liturgies are an opportunity to gather as the Church of Northern Nevada and to recognize that we are one family, one body in Christ.
Diocese of Reno Liturgical Commission Pastoral Center
290 S. Arlington Ave., Ste. 200, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 326-9410
Fax: (775) 348-8619