Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco is pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Lindenhurst. Prior to this, he had been for some years Professor of Sacraments and Liturgy at our Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. He recently authored a new book, The Church at Worship: Theology, Spirituality and Practice of Parish Liturgy, under the auspices of Liturgy Training Publications of Chicago.

Msgr. Kevin Irwin, one of the Church’s best- known experts in that field, has said about Father Joe’s book, “This book is more about insight – perspective – and the deepest meaning of Christian life. We are in debt for this very important book that sheds important light on the liturgy – this jewel in the crown of Catholicism.”

There are five parts to Father Joe’s book: Principles of Liturgy; Elements of Liturgical Celebration; Celebrating the Eucharist; Sacramental Liturgy; and Liturgical Seasons.

I highly recommend this book to our brother priests and deacons of our diocese. It can be a great aid to members of parish liturgy committees and all who are involved in liturgical ministries. It is theologically solid and pastorally helpful. It also can serve to deepen your appreciation of the liturgy and thus help us all belong more deeply to Christ, His Church, and one another through a deeper and fuller ”active participation” in the Eucharist, the source and summit of our life as the Church of Jesus Christ.