Sep 15, 2007

News and Views

Online Edition: September 2007

Vol. XIII, No. 6

News and Views

Adoremus Conference in California | Priest Training for Singing the Mass | Liturgical Institute: Workshop for Parishes

Adoremus Conference in California

Reform of the Reform? What does this phrase mean, and what progress is being made? To explore these key questions on the current state of Catholic liturgy, Adoremus is sponsoring a one-day conference on Saturday, November 3, at St. Mary’s Church, Escondido, California.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, auxiliary bishop of San Diego and a canon lawyer who was a member of the Vatican court, the Apostolic Signatura, before returning to his native city in 2002, will be a featured presenter at the conference. Other presenters will be Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, Helen Hull Hitchcock, and Father Jerry Pokorsky.

The day’s events will also include a Gregorian chant workshop, Mass with Bishop Cordileone as principal celebrant and homilist, and singing by Our Lady of the Rosary Schola. An afternoon panel discussion will include a question-and-answer session.

The day’s events begin at 9 a.m. (Cost: $15 per person or $25 per family)

For information and registration, e-mail [email protected] or phone: 800-526-2151 ext. 413 or 626-367-6680.

Space is limited, so please register early.


Priest Training for Singing the Mass

The sung Mass remains the normative form in the Roman Rite. Indeed, the Second Vatican Council said that singing the Mass texts ennobles the liturgy. But this is not the norm in most parishes. Many celebrants are ready to take the step, but they need training in the finer details and the confidence to begin.

To provide this training is the purpose of “Missa in Cantu: A Seminar in the Sung Mass for Celebrants”, as sponsored by the Church Music Association of America and St. John Cantius parish in Chicago, Illinois. The dates are October 17-19, 2007, and the cost is $165 including meals. The location is St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, Illinois. Registration Deadline: September 17, 2007. You can register and pay online at

The seminar includes tracks for the new and old forms of the Roman Rite. It is designed for celebrants who have never before attempted to sing the Mass, and also those who need to refine their abilities. The seminar covers: the basics of common tones; singing the collects, readings, prefaces, and other parts of the Mass; the musical rubrics for the Roman rite; the integration of the celebrant, schola, and people; the literature and the wide range of options, vocal production and style; and much more.

The faculty has many years of experience in training priests for the sung Mass. They are all specialists in the rationale, method, and liturgical management of the sung Mass: Father C. Frank Phillips, C.R., pastor of St. John Cantius; Father Scott Haynes, St. John Cantius; William Mahrt, Stanford University (President of the Church Music Association of America); and Scott Turkington, Stamford Schola Gregoriana (Gregorian Chant Master Class).

The seminar begins at noon on Wednesday and concludes with lunch on Friday. Sessions take place at the parish and daily Masses will be celebrated in this splendid church, which has achieved national prominence for its multiplicity of liturgical forms and its vast musical program.

Participants can also join the members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and their parishioners for all of the hours of the Divine Office, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, Solemn Benediction, and the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Ordinary Form (in both English and in Latin, 1970 Missale Romanum), as well as in the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missale Romanum).

They will be joined by several parish choirs, including the Cantate Domino Choir (girl choir), the Holy Innocents’ Choir (children’s choir), Schola Cantorum of St. Gregory the Great (men’s schola) and the Sine Nomine Choir and Orchestra (adult mixed choir and orchestra).

For more information, go to, or e-mail [email protected]. You can also write to CMAA Registration, 920 Sanders St., Auburn, AL 36830 or call 334-444-5584.


Liturgical Institute: Workshop for Parishes

“Ten Things Your Parish Needs to Know About the Sacred Liturgy” is the title of a two-day workshop October 5-6, 2007, sponsored by Chicago’s Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

The workshop, to take place at the USML Conference Center, Mundelein, Illinois, is intended to invigorate parish life by addressing important questions about the nature and practice of the sacred liturgy. Topics include the Eucharist, liturgical music, the role of Church documents, liturgical art and architecture, homiletics, catechetics, ritual, and the influence of the liturgy in everyday life.

“Liturgy, the Life of the Church” is the title of the keynote address by Father Robert Barron, theology professor at Mundelein Seminary and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Among other speakers will be Father Douglas Martis, Director of the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary who will speak on “Active and Actual Liturgical Participation”; Denis McNamara, assistant director of the Liturgical Institute known for his work on liturgical art and architecture, and who has written for the Adoremus Bulletin, whose topic is “How to Read a Church Building”; and Sheila Liaugminas, a past contributor to Adoremus Bulletin, and a member of the editorial board of Women for Faith & Family’s Voices.

More information on the Liturgical Institute’s web site, “Conferences”: Or write Barbara Nield, The Liturgical Institute, 1000 East Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060; Phone: 847- 837-4542, or e-mail: [email protected].



There were inexplicable printing errors in our June issue in the essay by Bishop Peter Elliot, “Liturgical Translation: A Question of Truth”. The third paragraph on page 4, column one, should read:

“In such a social, historical, and political context, everything in the new Missale Romanum had to be reworked in modern translations, so as to be, above all, comprehensible. It was all a question of communication, understandable in the conciliar era when getting the message across to the people was paramount, and that emphasis dominated Comme le prévoit.7 But there is little place for mystery if communication is based on being consciously modern and enlightened, hence in control of meaning. Mystery eludes human control. In itself, the liturgy finds its summit and source in the Eucharist, that is, the sacred Mystery of Faith ever stretching out beyond our control, ever inviting us into deeper union with God.”

The following sentence should read:

“At the same time, because the ICEL translations reflected the principle of dynamic equivalence according to Comme le prévoit, the paraphrases had to bear a modernity that communicated a meaning instantly, in the language of common usage.” (The online version was and is correct.)

In the July-August issue, page 12, the name the late pastor of Saint Agnes Parish is Monsignor Richard Schuler.

The Church will observe the “Year of St. Paul” from June 29, 2008 to June 29, 2009. We apologize for these errors in the print edition.



The Editors