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New Mass Translation Offers an Excellent Opportunity for Catechesis

Ascension Press Releases Adult Faith Formation Program Based on the Revised Mass

Contact: Christine Schicker, 404-610-8871, cschicker@maximusmg.com  

WEST CHESTER, Penn., Feb. 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The First Sunday of Advent in 2011 marks a momentous occasion for Catholics in the United States, as the implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal begins," explains Matthew Pinto, president of Ascension Press. "This change presents us with an opportunity to learn anew the magnificence of the Mass and the words we use to worship our Creator."

"The long-term goal of the new translation," according to the Bishops of the United States, "is to foster a deeper awareness and appreciation of the mysteries being celebrated in the Liturgy." In Were Not Our Hearts Burning, the U.S. Bishops also remind us that "adult faith formation... must be the central task" of catechesis.

In response, Ascension Press has released A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, a five-part DVD series with accompanying book and workbook by Dr. Edward Sri. This adult faith formation program takes the faithful deep into the Scriptural roots of the Mass within the context of the new translation.

"Perhaps more than any other time in recent history, people's attention will be focused on the Mass," says Dr. Edward Sri. "This is an excellent opportunity for catechesis and faith formation. From the Introductory Rites to the Dismissal, this series explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures used in the Liturgy, and it explains their profound significance."

Ascension Press has also released A Guide to the New Translation of the Mass, a question-and-answer booklet that gives the faithful the "whats" and the "whys" behind the new translation. Included is a tear-out pew card intended for use during the Liturgy.

"Many people will have questions. We wanted to provide compelling answers in addition to simply providing the changes," says Pinto. To accompany the booklet, Ascension Press has released a free 23-minute DVD featuring Dr. Edward Sri that is designed to be used as part of a one-hour parish information session to introduce parishioners to the changes.

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass and A Guide to the New Translation of the Mass are available from Ascension Press at www.GuidetotheMass.com, or by calling 1-800-376-0520.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Edward Sri, please contact Christine Schicker of The Maximus Group at 404-610-8871, or cschicker@maximusmg.com.