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Has the Church officially said anything about theme Masses?

Question:

A few years ago, a "theme" for each Sunday Mass was announced just prior to the beginning of the liturgy. Is this something that is decided on a local level, or has the Church established any rules about "theme" Masses?

Answer:

I’m aware of the practice. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as expressed in the liturgical seasons and various feasts and solemnities are the only themes the Church currently provides.

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