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National Committee on Worship & Liturgy Strategic Plan

Vision

Dignity is a spirit filled community recognized for outstanding quality liturgies that nourish and sustain its members to live the Gospel admonition to feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, support the grieving and lonely, and welcome the stranger. Worship is varied and cutting edge providing an environment for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members, their family and friends to grow in Christ Jesus and give witness to other Catholics, Christians, and people from other faiths.

Mission

The Dignity National Committee on Worship provides liturgical information, resources, training, and opportunities to nourish, sustain, and empower the spiritual lives of those in Dignity faith communities.

  • Goal 1. Provide the information resources needed to produce high quality liturgical experiences.
  • Objective 1.a. Develop bibliographies of commercially available liturgical resources for distribution

Assumptions: Reviews will be summarized for D/USA Journal and made available in full on the WWW, email, fax or mail.

    • Task 1.a.1 Music resources
    • Task 1.a.2 Liturgical resources
    • Task 1.a.3 Presider resources
  • Objective 1.b. Develop bibliographies of resources and sample liturgies for the sacraments and rites common to Dignity chapters

Assumptions: Bibliographies will be summarized for D/USA Journal and made available in full on the WWW, e-mail, fax or mail.

  • Task 1.b.1 Holy Unions
  • Task 1.b.2 Funerals
  • Task 1.b.3 Eucharistic celebrations in the absence of ordained clergy
  • Task 1.b.4 RCIA and Inquiry
  • Task 1.b.5 Multi cultural liturgical forms
  • Task 1.b.6 Women-centered liturgical forms
  • Task 1.b.7 Lay-led liturgies
  • Objective 1.c Produce useful information for seasonal liturgical use

Assumption: Materials will be made available on WWW, listserve, and through the National Office

  • Task 1.c.1 Advent wreath prayers for home/church
  • Task 1.c.2 "O Antiphon" meditations
  • Task 1.c.3 Christmas and Epiphany Proclamations
  • Task 1.c.4 Presentation home candle blessing
  • Task 1.c.5 St Blaise throat blessing
  • Task 1.c.6 Ash Wednesday
  • Task 1.c.7 Lenten Weekly meditations
  • Task 1.c.8 Lenten Penitential Rite formularies
  • Task 1.c.9 Holy Week/Triduum meditations
  • Task 1.c.10 Good Friday Prayers of the Faithful
  • Task 1.c.11 Easter Sunday water blessing/sprinkling blessing
  • Task 1.c.12 Easter season water blessings
  • Task 1.c.13 Pentecost Prayers of the Faithful
  • Task 1.c.14 (other)
  • Task 1.c.15 Review and revise materials annually
  • Goal 2. Provide training opportunities for members to produce high quality liturgical experiences
  • Objective 2.a Develop liturgical training workshops for national conventions

Assumptions: Costs (if any) should be included in Convention budget

  • Task 2.a.1 Identify workshop needs
  • Task 2.a.2 Develop workshop materials and identify teachers
  • Task 2.a.3 Conduct workshops
  • Objective 2.b Develop liturgical training workshops for regional meetings/conventions
    • Task 2.b.1 Identify workshop needs
    • Task 2.b.2 Develop workshop materials and identify teachers
    • Task 2.b.3 Conduct workshops
  • Goal 3. Provide opportunities to share experiences and exchange information between chapters and members
  • Objective 3.a Develop WWW sub page on Dignity home page for easy access to information
    • Task 3.a.1 Contact DignityUSA Webmaster
    • Task 3.a.2 Gather, assess and select materials for posting
    • Task 3.a.3 Develop format and layout of page
    • Task 3.a.4 Upload materials onto page
    • Task 3.a.5 Periodically review and update materials
    • Task 3.a.6 Monitor page integrity
    • Task 3.a.7 Monitor usage
    • Task 3.a.8 Respond to inquiries and feedback
  • Objective 3.b Develop network of regional and chapter worship points of contact

Assumption: Materials to be included in regular mailings to Chapters and Regions

    • Task 3.b.1 Write DignityUSA Journal article describing the NCW and this plan, and soliciting chapter and regional points of contact
    • Task 3.b.2 Send mailing to chapter and regional leadership requesting points of contact information
    • Task 3.b.3 Develop and maintain POC listing using multiple sources
  • Objective 3.c Develop listserve for discussion of liturgical issues/fully utilize existing listserves

Assumption: Materials posted on listserve will be clearly identified as coming from the NCW

  • Task 3.c.1 Post information on existing Dignity listserve
  • Task 3.c.2 Assess need for separate liturgical list
  • Task 3.c.3 Assess need for and develop question/answer forum on DignityUSA WWW
  • Objective 3.d Develop discussion/listening sessions at national conventions to discuss/discern liturgical issues
  • Task 3.d.1 Schedule time and space for listening session during Denver and future conventions
  • Task 3.d.2 Conduct session and consolidate comments
  • Objective 3.e Distribute information
    • Task 3.e.1 Publish index in DignityUSA Journal periodically
    • Task 3.e.2 Duplicate materials in hard copy upon request
    • Task 3.e.3 Distribute selected materials quarterly to chapter POCs
    • Task 3.e.4 Distribute materials electronically upon request
  • Goal 4. Provide quality liturgical experiences during the Dignity national and regional conventions.
  • Objective 4.a Assist in the development and execution of national convention liturgies
    • Task 4.a.1 Contact convention coordinator and liturgy coordinator
    • Task 4.a.2 Meet with local coordinators, discern direction of convention liturgies, and determine NCW involvement and assistance
    • Task 4.a.3 Assist in planning and development of liturgies
    • Task 4.a.4 Assist in DignityUSA Board review process for convention liturgies
    • Task 4.a.5 Participate and assist in convention liturgy execution
  • Objective 4.b Assist in the development and execution of regional meeting/convention liturgies
    • Task 4.b.1 Contact regional leadership
    • Task 4.b.2 Meet with local coordinators, discern direction of liturgies, and determine NCW involvement and assistance
    • Task 4.b.3 Assist in planning and development of liturgies
    • Task 4.b.4 Participate and assist in convention liturgy execution
  • Goal 5. Complete and Implement the NCW Plan
  • Objective 5.a Complete the plan
    • Task 5.a.1 Develop estimates of time and establish target dates for completion of tasks
    • Task 5.a.2 Develop task cost estimates
    • Task 5.a.3 Develop annual performance plan and budget
    • Task 5.a.4 Obtain DignityUSA approval for annual performance plan and budget
  • Objective 5.b Implement the plan
    • Task 5.b.1 Recruit and commit volunteers to help implement and monitor the plan
    • Task 5.b.2 Assign tasks and areas of responsibility to NCW members
    • Task 5.b.3 Define reasonable outcomes
    • Task 5.b.4 Measure outcomes and accomplishments and produce annual accomplishment plan
    • Task 5.b.5 Periodically review and amend plan

 

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