Worship Office

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This office assists in the preparation of major archdiocesan liturgies and is available for consultation on all liturgical matters, offering workshops and providing formation for liturgical ministers.

About

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (No. 22) states "the Bishop should therefore be determined that the priests, the deacons, and the lay Christian faithful grasp ever more deeply the genuine meaning of the rites and liturgical texts and thereby be led to an active and fruitful celebration of the Eucharist. To the same end, he should also be vigilant that the dignity of these celebrations be enhanced. In promoting this dignity, the beauty of the sacred place, of music, and of art should contribute as greatly as possible." It is the ministry of the Office of Worship to support Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond and act as a resource to parishes for the genuine and fruitful celebration of all sacramental rites, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and liturgical ministries. This includes, but is not limited to the dignity and beauty of the Church's music, art, and architecture.

The goals of the Office of Worship in the Archdiocese of New Orleans are

  • to promote a faithful adherence to the Divine Liturgy as given by Christ and mandated by the Church modeled in practical ways through the planning and coordination of diocesan celebrations and taught through appropriate liturgical trainings
  • to model good liturgy, in practical ways through the planning and coordination of diocesan celebrations
  • to encourage and develop liturgical spirituality among clergy and faithful
  • to review plans for building or renovation of churches in the diocese to ensure the creation of genuine sacred places in accord with the present liturgical norms, in conformity with the historical tradition of our Church, and in a manner that promotes beauty so that liturgy may be celebrated in accordance with liturgical law
  • to act as liturgical advisor to the Archbishop in his role as diocesan liturgist

To accomplish its tasks, the Office of Worship has developed various programs and services that are available to both pastors and the faithful.

  • planning and executing diocese-wide workshops - specifically for Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Music Ministers, Ushers & Greeters, and Ministers of Care to the Sick
  • planning and coordinating special Archdiocesan liturgical celebrations
  • acting as a resource on liturgy and ritual for parish liturgical coordinators, committees, ministers and diocesan offices
  • supporting parish music ministers through sponsorship of a diocesan chapter of NPM (National Pastoral Musicians)
  • collaborating with and implementing the work done by the diocesan Liturgical Commission

Our team is designed to assist you in remaining faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church when celebrating the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Additional support is also available for training employees and parishioners who either participate as ministers to the faithful or simply want to increase their understanding of our faith.

Rev. Msgr. Kenneth J. Hedrick, Director

Msgr. Kenneth Hedrick was ordained to the priesthood in 1973 for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Liturgical Research from the University of Notre Dame. He served as the Associate Director of the Office of Worship from 1983 - 1986 and as Director of the Office of Worship from 1986 - 1998. He was reappointed as Director in 2010. In addition to his ministry in the Office of Worship, Msgr. Hedrick has served as a professor at Notre Dame Seminary, author, liturgical consultant and as the pastor of several parishes in the Archdiocese. He is currently also the pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in New Orleans.
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Mrs. Betty-Ann M. Hickey, Associate Director

Betty-Ann Hickey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from Providence College and is nearing completion of a Master of Arts degree in Theology with a concentration in liturgical and sacramental theology, also from Providence College. Before being appointed in 2011 as the Associate Director of the Office of Worship, Betty-Ann served for seventeen years in parish ministry including eleven years as a parish director of music and liturgy.
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Ms. Mary H. Netzhammer

After two years with a local law firm, Mary spent 27 years as an Administrative Professional with a sales and marketing office for a major consumer products company managing daily operations, training, and sales support. Anticipating her retirement from that company, she joined the staff in the Office of Worship. She has also worked with both St. Edward the Confessor and St. Francis of Assisi parishes.
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Click here to download the brochure schedule of Spring 2016 workshops.

Basic Workshops for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Attendance at this workshop is required before a person can be delegated by the Archbishop to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Please check the Archdiocesan Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to ensure that participants fulfill the requirements. All participants must be pre-approved by their pastors. Saturday,​

Saturday, February 13, 2016 (WS 1)
Class limited to 30 participants
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
3368 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Msgr. Kenneth Hedrick

Saturday, February 27, 2016 (WS 2)
St. Mary Magdalen
6425 West Metairie Ave. Metairie, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Mrs. Betty-Ann Hickey

Saturday, March 12, 2016 (WS 3)
The Visitation of Our Lady
3500 Ames Blvd.
Marrero, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Mrs. Betty-Ann Hickey

Saturday, April 9, 2016 (WS 8)
Most Holy Trinity (Parish Life Center)
501 Holy Trinity Drive.
Mandeville, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Mrs. Betty-Ann Hickey

Saturday, April 16, 2016 (WS 4)
St. Luke the Evangelist (Family Life Center)
910 Cross Gates Blvd.
Slidell, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Mrs. Betty-Ann Hickey

Saturday, May 7, 2016 (WS 5)
Class limited to 30 participants
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
3368 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Msgr. Kenneth Hedrick

Saturday, May 7, 2016 (WS 6)
Sacred Heart of Jesus
401 Spruce St.
Norco, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Mrs. Betty-Ann Hickey

Saturday, June 11, 2016 (WS 7)
Class limited to 30 participants 
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
3368 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Msgr. Kenneth Hedrick
 

Spanish Basic Workshops for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Saturday, April 9, 2016 (WSS1)
Hispanic Apostolate Chapel
2525 Maine Ave.
Metairie, LA
2:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
Presenter: Deacon Jose Sierra

Basic Workshops for Readers

This workshop focuses on the theology of the word and the techniques and skills of proclaiming the Word of God.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 (WSL 1)
St. Andrew the Apostle
3101 Eton St.
New Orleans, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rev. Luis Rodriguez

Saturday, April 2, 2015 (WS 2)
St. Clement of Rome Church
4317 Richland Ave.
Metairie, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rev. Luis Rodriguez

Saturday, April 23, 2016 (WS 3)
Our Lady of Lourdes
400 Westchester Blvd.
Slidell, LA
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rev. Luis Rodriguez

Spanish Basic Workshop for Readers
Saturday, April 30, 2016 (WSS2)
Hispanic Apostolate Chapel
2525 Maine Ave.
Metairie, LA
2:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
Presenter: Deacon Jose Sierra

Forms

Liturgical Ministries

  • Liturgical Ministry Workshops - Spring 2016: .pdf
  • Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: .pdf

Liturgical Documents

  • Mass Formula for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos: .pdf
  • Blessing and Dismissal of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion: .pdf
  • Liturgical Guidelines for Lent and Easter: .pdf
  • Plenty Good Room: The Spirit and Truth of African American Catholic Worship. .pdf
  • Liturgical Guidelines for the Sacred Triduum: .pdf

Funerals

  • Guidelines Words of Remembrance and Cremation: .pdf

Liturgy Planning Form

Confirmation Form

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The Office of Worship is delighted to be working with you in preparing for this special celebration. Please download, complete and submit the appropriate form four (4) weeks prior to the event. To assist you in your planning, please feel free to contact our office at any time. We are here to work with you and to serve your needs.