Los Angeles Liturgy Conference, June 28-29, 2013

Subtitled “Celebrate the Sacred Mysteries”, this conference takes place at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, CA, north of the city of Los Angeles. It is a non-residential 2-day conference, sponsored by the Office for Worship and Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Keynote speakers are Msgr. Kevin Irwin and Msgr. Rick Hilgartner, and discussion moderators are Bob Hurd and Pedro Rubalcava. The conference is aimed at priests, deacons, religious, musicians, liturgy committees and lay liturgical ministers of all kinds.

This formation initiative is a welcome reminder of the large-scale hotel-based LA Liturgy Conferences of the 1990s.

The archdiocese has been having some problems with its website, but details are once again available, together with online registration, at http://www.LaLiturgy.org When looking for the details, make sure you click on the blue link to the right of the title, not on the PDF document itself.

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    1. @Paul Inwood – comment #3:

      Conference participants plan to join with Pope Benedict in his celebration of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at the Vatican Basilica on the morning of Saturday, June 29th.

      Obviously put together before the resignation.

      1. @Jack Rakosky – comment #4:

        Why couldn’t Pope Francis permit Pope emeritus Benedict to say Mass in one of Rome’s basilicas other than St. Peter’s or the Lateran? I don’t see why that would be a problem. I’m sure the conference planners would be more than glad.

        On the other hand, Pope Benedict is very frail (see videos of his visit with Pope Francis shortly after Francis’s election.) I don’t know if he would be able to preside over Solemn Mass. He might be able to participate in choir, but another prelate would have to say the Mass.

      2. @Jordan Zarembo – comment #5:

        They are not expecting that many people

        Sacra Liturgia 2013 will take place at the central Roman location of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce and will include more than sixteen conferences as well as the solemn celebration of Mass in the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman rite. It will open and close with the solemn celebration of Vespers. Approximately 300 participants are expected.

        A rather small group for any Basilica. Presumably those who want to go to Pope Francis Mass can go. They just never redid to the website to reflect the change of Popes.

        Participants have the option of celebrating the feast of Saints Peter and Paul with the Holy Father in St Peter’s Basilica on the morning of Saturday, 29th June. The conference secretariat will request tickets for those who wish to attend.

        Rocco asked, but never answered, the interesting question of “what did Benedict do during Holy Week?”

    2. @Paul Inwood – comment #3:
      But, Paul, can’t wait to listen to Llovera talk about the 2002 missal and the feast of Escriva (very important liturgical highlight for the church);and what will Mr. Tucker say about the liturgy and the internet (will PTB make this talk?)?
      And it will be interesting to see what Guido says now that he has a new boss.

      1. @Bill deHaas – comment #6:
        Celebrant and Preacher at Holy Mass according to the Missale Romanum 2002 – 18h30 Wednesday 26th June: Solemnity of St Josemaria Escrivà.
        – Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera

        I don’t think that’s a “talk about the 2002 missal and the feast of Escriva”, but rather a mention of who the priest-celebrant will be at that particular Mass.

        I wonder if Pope Francis considers himself to be “Guido’s boss”.

      2. @Jeffrey Pinyan – comment #8:
        Thanks, JP – must have read it wrong but as I clicked on each speaker – it looked like that was what LLovera was speaking on?

        Guarantee you that Francis sees himself as Guido’s boss….the guy has a backbone and isn’t afraid to use his authority.

  1. I don’t get it, sometimes people talk as if Pope Francis doesn’t care about liturgy and its details, and other times they talk as if he has specific liturgical vision that he is trying to implement just like Benedict had his. Which is it?

    PS. There was no offertory procession at today’s Papal Mass. Is this a return to pre-vatican ii practice?
    He also wore the same chasuble that Benedict wore for the beatification of John Paul II.

    1. @Stanislaus Kosala – comment #10:
      This pope is an enigma to the right and left in the Church. He is going to purify both sides and bring them back to the center (at least those open to doing so). The three legs of the stool that has led to the exodus of Catholics from the true faith of the Church are “academics when they do not contextualize their teachings within the broader context of the so-called “deposit of faith” and the Magisterium of the Church in continuity with the history of the Church” and then the secular media when it opposes the truth and government when it is confrontational and opposed to the Church.
      Just read the Holy Father’s homilies, especially his daily homilies and read what he said to the Pontifical Biblical Commission and see his support for the Magisterium’s reform of the LCWR and you’ll get a sense of where he is going. He is disarming and threatening to many and at the same time and amazing in his hermeneutic which is nothing like we’ve seen before in the papacy.

  2. The three legs of the stool that has led to the exodus of Catholics from the true faith of the Church are
    “academics when they do not contextualize their teachings within the broader context of the so-called “deposit of faith” and the Magisterium of the Church in continuity with the history of the Church”

    Interesting. I doubt that academics have that much influence. OTOH the failure to put things into their historical context has long been attributed to bishops and the Vatican. It would be good to have them adopt historical criticism in all their thinking.

    and then the secular media when it opposes the truth

    Opposes is more than a little confrontational. Indifference is probably a better description of the media’s stance, at least in how it affects the exodus of Catholics. Opposition would be met with skepticism, but indifference reflects how irrelevant religious thought seems to most people.

    and government when it is confrontational and opposed to the Church.

    Here I disagree completely. When government opposes the Church, the Church flourishes. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. Poland in the 1980s. If you want to strengthen the Church, find an enemy we can all oppose.

    In our age we have a problem in that we, the people, are the government. (this applies to more than just the USA) So we have to ask to what degree the supposed opposition from the government is based on people not believing what the Church thinks is opposed. In that event, the exodus from the Church precedes and perhaps even causes opposition from the government.

    1. @Jim McKay – comment #13:
      Good points all; I borrow the image from Cardinal Dolan but now implicit and explicit in Pope Francis. I am careful to make clear that this image is not a blanket critique of those 3 legs. Dolan’s critique is in the American context, the Pope’s is “pan” national. Certainly religeous liberty’s challenge is different in a Democratic Government such as the USA compared to dictatorships in South America and the former Soviet Bloc. But some Catholics in all forms of government dismiss the Church to join various false secular and governmental ideologies.

  3. These two competing conferences are quite interesting. I’ve worried for some time that there are, for all practical purposes, competing magisteria. All of those cardinals and bishops at the one conference are the ones who are in a position to influence a new translation. All of those professionals and priests at the other conference are the ones who actually form and train liturgy and music professionals. Does the twain meet anywhere?

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