From the St. Louis Review, the Archdiocesan newspaper:

Oregon Catholic Press buys St. Louis bulletin publisher

Oregon Catholic Press has announced its purchase of Liturgical Publications of St. Louis Inc., which had been providing weekly parish bulletins, among other services, to parishes across the country for more than three decades.

Established in 1972, Liturgical Publications had been owned by local Catholics Bob and Carol Armstrong, members of St. Alban Roe Parish in Wildwood. It provided its services to more than 1,000 churches in 30 states across the country. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, roughly 175 parishes had been using Liturgical Publications to provide weekly bulletins and other services.

[A spokesman for the new, Oregon Catholic Press-run entity that will take over production] said the plan is to broaden the base of resources available to parishes. In addition to providing churches with a means of communication with its parishioners, “we want to become someone who is providing the support to parish ministry,” he said.

Oregon Catholic Press, based in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit publisher of liturgical music and other worship resources. Founded more than 80 years ago, the organization has published worship programs, including “Breaking Bread” and “Today’s Missal,” which are used in two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and also are distributed worldwide.


Some thoughts:

1. Anyone who belongs to one of the two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States that use the Oregon Catholic Press products “Breaking Bread or “Today’s Missal” cannot be too thrilled about this development. If the aesthetic quality and level of doctrinal exactitude are similar, this sale is downright alarming. On the one hand, it is hard to conceive how anyone can seriously botch the simple, venerable parish bulletin to which we have all become accustomed. But if anyone can, OCP is the group to do it.

2. I am interested to see just what they mean by “providing the support to parish ministry”. Parish ministry? Does that mean the sacraments? Or does it mean instead the self-actualization of those who wish to pretend they are priests and usurp every sacerdotal function possible? And how will they provide this support? I can only imagine they will provide OCP-produced catechetical and liturgical aids. To which I say, watch out.

3. I suggest readers keep an eye on their bulletin content in the course of the coming year.

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