Catholics who want to learn more about the new translation of the Roman Missal can also hit the books — virtually, at least — with a course being offered by the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. Roman Missal: Preparing for the New Translation is a five-week online course that will be offered twice before the revisions are implemented on Nov. 27. The first session begins Aug. 7, with the second session beginning Sept. 25. Cost is $90. Here's the course description from the learning community's website:
In the U.S. on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011, we will implement the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. Unlike the revised liturgy of over forty years ago, we will not see any major changes to the way we celebrate Mass. What will be different is the translation, a slight rearrangement of the texts in the book itself, the addition of some new prefaces, new proper prayers for the saints that have recently been added to the church calendar. Most of this the average person in the pew won't even notice. What will be noticed is the people's responses. Just as we learned the English responses fairly quickly over four decades ago, we will no doubt do the same with these new texts now. Why this new Roman Missal? Why the new translation? What opportunities does this have for us to learn more about Mass and pray better? These and other such questions will be addressed in this course.
In a statement announcing the course, Sister Angela Ann Zukowski of the university's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives said, "This course is intended for anyone interested in knowing more about why these changes are taking place, what they are going to look like and how the changes will affect how they actively participate in the updated liturgy."
Don't have the time or funds to take an entire course? The university also offers a free Roman Missal podcast, "Beyond the Words."