Divine Worship


Under the pastoral leadership and guidance of the Archbishop of Boston, the Office for Divine Worship serves as a resource for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy through the Archdiocese of Boston.  


To support the training and ongoing formation of liturgical ministers throughout the parishes, schools and institutions of the Archdiocese.  
To help parishes and Catholic institutions to recognize and promote the centrality of the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Church’s life.  
To continue the authentic implementation of the liturgical renewal envisioned by the 20th century Liturgical Movement and expressed in the Second Vatican Council 


Ministry Team 

Thomas Lyman
Coordinator of Divine Worship
Office: 617-746-5880

Fr. Jonathan M. Gaspar
Archdiocesan Master of Ceremonies and Chaplain

Diane Campbell
Executive Assistant, Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship
Office: 617-746-5761
Fax: 617-779-4570

Mission of the Office of Divine Worship

The Second Vatican Council states that the celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.   The Office for Divine Worship exists to support the most important activity of the Church, which is the worship of Almighty God and the sanctification of the Christian people.  A parish that strives to evangelize and to form disciples must first celebrate the liturgy well, inviting the faithful to a deeper understanding of the sacred signs.  The first priority of an evangelizing community should be the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist.  The Office for Divine Worship seeks to support this foundational belief and to promote a healthy liturgical life in the parishes, where fidelity to the Church’s legislative norms and liturgical texts is embraced.                 

COVID-19 Resources

Resources and Services

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Liturgical Ministries

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)  

  • Oversee the process of initiation for catechumens (unbaptized adults and children of catechetical age) as well for candidates for full communion with the Catholic Church.  Providing support for RCIA teams and directors, with the goal of teaching to use the RCIA to train for Christian life.   
  • RCIA 2022: Information Here

Adult Regional Confirmation

Sacred Music and the Liturgy

Funeral Policy

Baptism and Confirmation Guidelines for Sponsors/Godparents

Holy Communion in difficult situations 

Liturgical Year

Church Architecture and Art

  • Provide support for parishes in new construction or renovation/restoration.  Provide approval and recommendation for Archbishop’s approval for architectural plans and sacred art commissions.  

Chrism Mass and Care of the Holy Oils

The Proper Care and Cleansing of Altar Linens & Sacred Vessels in the Archdiocese of Boston

General Liturgical Inquiries

  • e.g., penance services, acolyte training, liturgical books/translations, cremation, altar linens, hymnals, etc.