Divine Worship

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Celebration of Public Mass

Beginning after June 6–7th, Certified Parishes may be holding public mass with reduced attendance. Check with your parish for availability and information on how to register to attend mass.

Comenzando después del 6-7 de junio, las parroquias certificadas pueden llevar a cabo misas públicas con una asistencia reducida. Verifique con su parroquia la disponibilidad e información sobre cómo registrarse para asistir a misa.

Począwszy od 6 -7 czerwca, parafie które uzyskały certyfikaty mogą odprawiać Msze św. z udziałem wiernych ze zmniejszoną liczbą wiernych. Prosimy o sprawdzenie w swojej parafii dostępności i informacji na temat rejestracji na Msze św.

Information on the phased reopening plans for parishes in the archdiocese can be found at archchicago.org/coronavirus/reopening-training.

At this time, congregations are asked to refrain from singing, out of concern for the health and safety of parishioners. Ideas for music for parishes entering phase 2, public Masses, can be found here: (English | Spanish)

Our Mission

The Office for Divine Worship works with Archbishop Cupich to implement the vision of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and all subsequent norms issued for Catholic worship and helps parishes most accurately encounter Christ and receive nourishment through prayer and worship. Ultimately, the office operates to be a resource for parishes, deaneries and vicariates in all liturgical, ritual and observance matters. 

What We Do

The Office of Divine Worship works with other DPVM teams to ensure consistent assistance, guidance and training for parish liturgical ministers and liturgical leadership. We provide the direction and assistance in building strong and vibrant parish worship steeped in ritual and ceremony. Our team coordinates Archdiocesan liturgies and collaborates closely with the Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) to provide education and formation of the liturgical ministers and other pastoral leaders.

Current office programs include but are not limited to:

  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
  • Ministry of Liturgical Music
  • Liturgical Programs in Spanish
  • Provide Resources for Training of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass
  • Mandation of all EMHCs
  • Identify and list Trainings for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick (Ministers of Care)
  • Mandation of all EMHC to the Sick

The Staff of the Office for Divine Worship

Director

D. Todd Williamson
312.534.8008
312.534.5158 (Fax)
[email protected]

Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music

Wendy Barton Silhavy
312.534.8011
[email protected]

Liturgical Resource Coordinator

Maria del Carmen Arroyo
312.534.8012
[email protected]

Liturgy Training Publications

Deanna Keefe
773.579.4900 ext. 3570