Thursday, May 18, 2006

a couple of questions

Hi Everbody! I've really enjoyed reading all the posts. Anyway, I've got a couple questions.
My sister Mary, (she came up and joined us once, don't know if anyone remebers), wants to start a bible study group for young adults passed the high school level as our parish doesn't really offer anything for that age group. She is really interested in the Corpus Christi format, but isn't quite sure where to start. Any suggestion would be wonderful!

Number 2: My dance teacher is starting to ask me about teaching liturgical dance again. We are just a dance studio, so we don't have any religious affiliation, but some of her adult students have been showing an interest in it and want classes. Kathy, my teacher, and I are both Catholic, but the students asking for the class I'm pretty certain aren't. I'm not exactly sure what I should do or what I should tell Kathy. Any suggestions, articles, etc. would be very helpful.

Thanks!

3 Comments:

Blogger Jenny said...

Hi Sarah!

The first thing that Paul and Jeanne did when the bible study was just getting started was to write a mission statement so that it was clear what the purpose of the group was. I will try to get a copy and post it for you to read. The next thing they did was to tell the people they knew about it and really encouraged us to come. Everything was spread by word of mouth at that point because we were not allowed to advertise the group. I think this was beneficial because it added a personal touch to every invitation.

The way Corpus Christi is set up is 1. Rosary, 2. Bible Study or Speaker, 3. Adoration -this is important because it keeps our focus on Christ and our Blessed Mother - and 4. Dinner and fellowship.

For the bible study itself we generally go over the readings and gospel for the following Sunday. For guidance in interpreting the weekly readings you might try www.ewtn.com to search reliable homilies given on the readings. Other great options would be to go through the writings of the popes. These can be found at www.vatican.va . Or you could go through basic Catholic teachings. Good resources for this would be the book "The Catechism of the Catholic Church" and the websites: www.catholic.com and again www. ewtn.com.

As for liturgical dancing, the Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship have declared (as far as my research has found, correct me on any of this if I'm wrong guys) that liturgical dancing is not allowed during Mass. A more informative answer is given at catholic.com, click here to go to the page,

http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/1999/9905qq.asp

...it is the 4th question from the top. Some churches have chosen to dissobey Rome by adding liturgical dance anyway, but it is not accepted. We must remember that the focus of the Mass is the Passion of Christ.

I hope this helps a little, and hopefully more people will write and add to what I have said.

God Bless,
Jenny

4:16 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Hey Sarah,

The first question is a good one. I'm sort of interested in starting something similar in my home town as well. My current plan is to talk to some of my friends who I think might be interested this weekend and see if we can agree on a time to meet. Then I'll talk to my priest to get permission to use the Chuch, try to get it in parish bulletins, etc.... The Corpus Christi format is nice because it pretty much takes care of itself. Have some extra rosaries and sheets with the prayers on them, be prepared to lead it on on the Sunday readings, pray at the end, and get food. It doesn't get too much simpler than that.

As far as liturgical dance goes, I honestly do not know a whole lot about it. http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/CDWDANCE.HTM is an article I found that is kind of intersesting in terms of the place of dance in the Catholic liturgy. My interpretation of the documents is that dance during Mass is to be avoided. As far as noncatholic churches go, I have no idea. A Protestant service isn't a Mass so I do not know that there would be anything intrinsically wrong with "liturgical" dance during one. I'm really not sure about what it would look like, etc.... One of my friends who is Methodist talked about liturgical dance once, but I don't really know what that entailed for him. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

I see Jenny beat me to it on the commenting...thanks!

Actually, if you could post a copy of Corpus Christi's mission statement I would really appreciate it.

4:35 PM  

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