During Mass this morning at Cincinnati’s St. Cecilia church, the priest-celebrant delivered a brief but powerful homily on the “clericalization of the laity” that takes place at all too many parishes. “People sometimes think their work is ministering here in the sanctuary. It’s not — it’s out in the world.” That message came to mind when I skimmed the latest issue of the “Clergy Communications” newsletter of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and found the following announcement:

LAY LEADERS OF PRAYER (participants must be delegated by the pastor)
Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14, 2013
7:00 – 9:30 p.m. each evening at St. Michael Parish, Ft. Loramie

A six-evening workshop designed to train lay people to lead some of the rites of the Church when a priest or deacon is not available (i.e. Liturgy of the Hours, Funeral Vigil, Funeral outside of Mass, Rite of Committal, Liturgy of the Word [with Communion], and the Rite of Exposition. The workshop forms participants in understanding the nature of liturgical prayer; understanding the order and rubrics of the various rites; and understanding the importance of the role of the assembly at prayer and the role of the lay leader of prayer. Each of the participants will be given an opportunity to plan and lead a ritual of their choice, with others in the group observing and learning from one another. Fr. Larry Tensi, Fr. Steve Walter, Ms. Emily Besl, and Ms. Karen Kane are the presenters. There is a registration fee of $45.00 per participant. Please email …