Mission and Purpose of the Office of Sacred Worship
“In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit . . .”
The Office of Sacred Worship is a pastoral service agency of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and serves as a liturgical resource for the parishes of the Archdiocese. Its administration includes:
- The Office of Sacred Worship
- The Office of Christian Initiation
- The Office of Sacred Music
- The Institute of Sacred Music
- The Office of Reclamation
- The Office of Eucharistic Adoration
In addition, the Office oversees three Archdiocesan Commissions which serve the Church:
- Commission for Sacred Liturgy
- Commission for Sacred Music
- Commission for Art & Architecture
The Office of Worship also has available a library and a variety of resources, including publications and music.
- Works in conjunction with other Archdiocesan agencies to provide guidance in planning liturgical celebrations.
- With the Archdiocesan Commissions for Sacred Liturgy, Music and Art & Architecture, sponsors and conducts workshops and training sessions for liturgical ministries on parish, deanery and Archdiocesan levels.
- Meets with individual parish liturgy commissions upon request to offer instruction, information and support.
- With Music and Art & Architecture Commission members as appropriate, meets with pastors and parish teams to discuss renovation and building projects relative to liturgical space.
- Publishes the "Rite Notes" newsletter on liturgy, Christian Initiation, liturgical art and music for clergy, liturgical ministers and interested laity.
- With the Commissions for Sacred Liturgy and Music, supervises a Certificate Program for those interested in developing their ministry skills in pastoral liturgy or pastoral music.
Office of Sacred Worship Staff