September 11, 2016

The Liturgy and the New Evangelization - Update

ISSUED BY: SCL (Society for Catholic Liturgy)

Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference 2016
“The Liturgy and the New Evangelization”
September 29 − October 1, 2016
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels − USC Caruso Catholic Center
Los Angeles, California

Hosted by the Society for Catholic Liturgy, this annual conference opens Thursday, September 29 and runs through Saturday October 1.   Speakers from the throughout the international community  offer their insights into the liturgy of the Church and the work of actively proclaiming  the Gospel of Christ today. Conference presentations in both English and Spanish  address the themes of beauty, liturgy and the New Evangelization in the Catholic Church.

On Thursday evening at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Archbishop Jose Gomez  welcomes conference  participants to the  celebration of the pontifical liturgy. His welcome continues during the  opening dinner banquet as he  offers  thoughts on how popular devotion can become an effective source of the New Evangelization when  properly ordered to the Eucharistic liturgy.

The Cathedral Friday morning hosts  Bishop Elias Zaidan  who will celebrate liturgy in the  Maronite rite.   He is also the day’s keynote speaker and will deliver “The Liturgy and the Church Persecuted.” His talk  explores how beauty in liturgical celebration of the Maronite tradition has supported Christians experiencing  ongoing persecution which  inhibits religious freedom.  Friday evening’s dinner  banquet presentation features the documentary, Pope John Paul II: Prophet for Our Time,  produced by Lannette Turicchi.

On Saturday morning, October 1, the conference venue shifts to  the USC Caruso Catholic Center. Father James Fryar, FSSP,  offers Mass in the extraordinary form. Liturgy is  followed by a plenary session with Fr. Andrew Menke of the USCCB giving the conference address. He  reviews the current status of various liturgical projects taken up by the US Bishops.

The conference features 12 academic papers and 6 pastoral presentations in English, and 3 pastoral presentations in Spanish which run concurrently. All sessions  serve to promote dialogue and direction for the Church in her celebration of liturgy,  Among the presentations in English, Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth presents The Rites of Christian Initiation and the Baptized but Un-catechized. Msgr. Wadsworth offers insight into the currently revised translations of the liturgical texts for these rites utilizing  the lens of “beauty of holiness.”  Other presentations will address topics as diverse as architecture, marriage, and the renewal of liturgical catechesis. The pastoral presentations in Spanish invites conference particpants to  a series of pastoral presentations in Spanish by Father Daniel Cardo. The first in the series entitled Fuente y Cima: La Liturgia y la Nueva Evangelizaci√≥n explores the liturgy as source and summit and the New Evangelization. Each of Fr. Cardo’s presentations  center on  the meaning of the Eucharist and the Eucharistic rites in the New Evangelization.

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