The Catholic University of America

 Reginald La Fleur Defense

Final Examination of Rev. Msgr. Reginald La Fleur

for the degree of Doctor of Ministry

October 20, 2010 - 3:30p.m., Caldwell Room 125



Rev. Michael Witczak, S.L.D.



Preparing Lay Ministers in Dominica for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest


     Teaching Lay Ministers in Dominica to Conduct Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest which is the topic of this Dissertation makes specific reference to Sacrosanctum concilium, which was the first document that was promulgated at the Second Vatican Council (1963). This document called for reform of the liturgy in order to facilitate the full, conscious, and active participation of the people of God in the liturgical life of the Church, particularly Mass.

     In the Diocese of Roseau, there is a pastoral situation where one priest has to serve as pastor of multiple parishes. Consequently, in some parishes Mass is replaced with a Communion Service every other Sunday.  The Mass remains the proper way of celebrating Sunday, but the people must also recognize the presence of important elements of Sunday worship even when Mass cannot be celebrated.

     This study presents a systematic analysis of the Vatican II and post Vatican II documents that have seeks to explicate the role of the laity. It is intended to design and implement a model of training for lay ministry which incorporates a four-module course that encompasses liturgical, Eucharistic, scriptural, and preaching components. This will support and provide a basic, holistic approach to guide the ongoing formation of lay ministers. This proposal touches only one aspect of liturgical leadership and has a threefold content: the celebration of the Eucharist, the celebration of Sunday, and the role of Lay Ministers. It has been designed to ensure, in the best way possible and in every situation, the Christian celebration of Sunday.