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Local priest: Mass changes could take years to update

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Father Stanley Poltorak said he thinks local Catholics will respond well to the changes approved last week to the English translation of Mass.

“Any change is a challenge, but if you take it in faith you just work with it,” Poltorak said.

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops approved a new English translation for Mass that would more closely reflect the Latin version. The vote last week in Los Angeles on the Order of the Mass was met with some debate but passed with the majority vote in favor of the changes called upon by the Vatican.

Poltorak, who is head of Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee and Our Lady of the Lake Church in Kings Beach, said some of the bishops petitioned the U.S.

Conference of Catholic Bishops because they wanted Mass to resemble the Latin translation.

“The Latin reflects the spirituality of the scripture,” Poltorak said.

He said the Catholic Church will prepare people for the scripture changes and will help explain what they mean.

Changes to the text will affect the wording spoken by Catholics during worship services including: the Nicene Creed, the Gloria, the Penitential Rite, the Sanctus, and Communion. Prayers spoken before Communion would be noticeable to Catholics with changes like “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,” would be altered to “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.”

Poltorak said these changes to the Mass text could take years to implement. The American version will have to be approved by the Holy See before any changes can be addressed at the parish level. Poltorak said new books with the translations will have to be printed.

He said Mass celebrated in Spanish will not be affected because the current translation is close enough. Poltorak said the church is more concerned about the English language in its reference to scripture.

Some bishops said they are worried that the change in worship will contribute to declining attendance within the church.

Poltorak said there has been a decline in Mass attendance at local Catholic churches.

“Here in Truckee we have a very unique situation at the parish here,” he said. “We have an influx of people from outside the parish.”

He said he sees many Catholics attend church who are visitors to Truckee or who only reside in the town part-time.

” The Associated Press contributed to this report.