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IMPLEMENTING VATICAN II 000 Celebrating as the People of God- How Bishop McDonald initiated change By Barb Minczewski The Second Council Children" "Music in that called Catholics to Vatican (1973), liturgy ! concluded in 1965. Seven Catholic Worship" (1972/1983), participate in the liturgy in a full, "General Instruction of the Roman Missal" (1975), "Environ- ment and Art in Catholic Worship" (1978), "Ceremonial of Bishops" (1984), and "This Holy and Living Sacrifice: Directory for the Celebration and Reception of Communion Under Both Kinds" (1984). Soon we will have a new Lectionary. These documents gave guid- ance on how to follow challenges of the Vatican II document on active and conscious way. As the chief celebrant in the diocese, Bishop McDonald care" fully and consciously helped guided priests and laity to experi" ence the transforming power of our Catholic liturgy or public worship. This was done through carefully planned diocesan littlr" gies, educational programs for priests and laity on the liturgical documents, and by modeling through his many celebrations i0 years later Bishop Andrew J. McDonald would become the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock. The 26 years of the leadership of Bishop McDonald would see the implementation of the teachings of Vatican II, and the publication of numerous doc- uments from Rome and the United States Conference of Bishops, giving guidelines on how to celebrate as the people of God, how to initiate new mem- bers into the Body of Christ, and how to pass on the tradition to both children and adults. These documents have impacted parish life in a variety of ways. In the area of liturgy or public worship, some of the doc- uments published include: "Directory for Masses with As the people of God, we have been transformed into active partici- pants of the liturgy, deepening the experience of the mystery of God in our lives. Arkansas 68 Pa of be th lit th