Plans outlined for bishop’s installation

Categories: Around the Diocese

Oct. 25, 2013, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

With Bishop Donald Kettler’s installation less than two weeks away, plans are underway to officially welcome him with two special liturgies. The first is solemn vespers at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The second is the installation Mass at 2 p.m. Nov. 7, also at the cathedral.

bishopkettlerSolemn vespers, which is evening prayer, will be open to the public. It will begin with Bishop Kettler knocking on the door of St. Mary’s. He will be met by representatives from the St. Cloud Diocese. After the door opens for him, he will sprinkle himself and others with baptismal water.

The apostolic mandate from the Holy See that notifies Bishop Kettler of his appointment will be read as vespers begin.

During vespers, representatives from groups in the diocese will verbally welcome Bishop Kettler. Those groups include priests, permanent deacons, religious communities, ecumenical and interfaith communities, civic communities and youth.

The main musicians for vespers will be from the cathedral. St. John’s School of Theology Gregorian Chant Schola will sing a piece after the homily.

After vespers, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will host an open house reception in St. Mary’s lower level.

Due to limited space at the cathedral, the installation Mass is by invitation only, however it is Bishop Kettler’s wish that a lay representative(s) from each parish be present. Priests and deacons from the diocese will be invited.

Also on the guest list will be all the cardinals, archbishops and bishops in the United States, people from the dioceses of Fairbanks, Alaska; Sioux Falls, S.D., and Bishop Kettler’s friends and family.

About the ceremony

The installation Mass will begin with a procession. Bishop Kettler will then ask to be seated. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio and papal ambassador to the United States, will read the apostolic mandate. Bishop Kettler will then be led to the bishop’s chair, called the cathedra.

Mass will then continue with Bishop Kettler presiding.

According to the church document “The Rites II,” “The principle element [of the installation ceremony] is the Eucharistic celebration at which the bishop presides for the first time with the college of priests and the deacons and with the people in the diocese taking a full and active part.”

Musicians will include representatives from groups in the diocese including the diocesan festival choir, religious communities and parish music directors. Eileen Farrell, music director at St. Mary’s, will direct the choir.

“A Shepherd’s Call,” written for the installation by Deirdre Harkins, St. Mary’s parishioner, will be played during the preparation of the offerings. The instrumental song features instruments calling back and forth.

The music represents Bishop Kettler’s coming to God and to the St. Cloud Diocese, Harkins said. A hint of an old French tune is carried through in tribute to Bishop Kettler’s mother of French descent.

Several new vestments are being sewn for the installation by Candice Koopmeiners, parishioner of St. Francis Xavier in Sartell in consultation with Tildy Ellis, of St. Boniface Parish in Cold Spring.

Installation reception

Following the installation Mass, everyone is invited to the open house reception at St. Paul Church in St. Cloud, where there will be a receiving line to meet the bishop. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. The reception will end around 6 p.m.

Bishop Kettler, who attended St. John’s Seminary and School of Theology in Collegeville, served as a transitional deacon at St. Paul’s prior to his ordination as a priest.