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Changes to the Catholic Mass are set to be implemented on Nov. 27 when the Roman Missal, Third Edition becomes the standard text used for religious services.
To help area residents understand the changes, Fr. Ross Miceli, campus minister at Elk County Catholic High School (ECCHS), and Melissa Singh, coordinator of youth ministry, are hosting an event called "'And with your spirit' Word for Word Day of Retreat" on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the high school. There is a small fee to attend the retreat; however, a community Mass using the new terminology will be held in the school's chapel at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
"We're going to look at each aspect of the Mass and different prayers and how we can make the adjustments more prayerful for us, especially in our community," Miceli said of the retreat.
The event is geared toward individuals from sixth grade to adults.
"We want it to be a family event, and we want as many people to come as possible," Miceli said.
Miceli also explained that the previous two editions of the Roman Missal also brought about changes to the Mass.
"After Vatican II there was a First Edition and then a short period after that they revised it, but the second one we've been using now for quite some time. It undergoes revisions in other languages often, but English was very special because most of the world is using an English translation or they are able to take the English translation to work on their own translation," Miceli said. "It's harder to go from Latin to certain African dialects, but they can go from English into those, for example."
Miceli noted that there are a few changes to which Catholics will need to adjust.
"The primary change that everyone will notice right away is the response whenever the priest says, 'The Lord be with you.' The old response was,' And also with you,' but now it will be 'and with your spirit," Miceli said.