3.2 Family Liturgical Celebrations

Perhaps even in Phase 1, your Family of Parishes had some shared liturgical celebrations. Many Families combined for part of or all of the paschal Triduum, especially for Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil.  Perhaps your adult initiation ministries have begun to collaborate and saw only one celebration of each scrutiny (for example), rotating among churches in your Family. Maybe your Advent or Lent communal penance services were combined. Some Families even had combined Confirmation liturgies where space permitted and formation programs had begun to be combined. Family worship leaders should begin to think strategically about more combined liturgical celebrations for your Family of Parishes. It might be helpful to think first about opportunities outside of Sunday Mass.  In addition to those mentioned above, consider:
  • Celebrating together the patron of your Family on the patronal feast day.
  • Combining the weekday Mass schedule, including the possibility of evenings at least once per week in your Family.
  • Consolidating and combining infant baptisms outside of Mass.
  • Considering what the Christmas Eve/Day schedule will look like and adjusting times slightly to eliminate redundancies or streamlining to ensure adequate capacity while enhancing the quality and quantity of musicians, servers, lectors, etc.

Liturgical & Sacramental Inventory

It might be helpful to refer back to the Liturgical & Sacramental Inventory your Family of Parishes took in Phase 0 (or even early in Phase 1). This should help you identify opportunities for collaboration.


Triduum in a Family of Parishes

If you did not combine for some or all of the paschal Triduum in 2023, consider doing so for 2024. You will find helpful guidance, tips and norms from the Vatican, USCCB and Archbishop Schnurr in Triduum in a Family of Parishes.

Evaluating liturgical celebrations is important all the time, but especially true for the paschal Triduum.  Worship commissions and worship staff should review these important liturgies, and the aforementioned resource may help identify areas for collaboration or combination.  

You can also check out the evaluation tools on the Office of Divine Worship and Sacraments website.