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The Liturgy and the New Evangelization - Update

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 Evangelización 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. For more information, please go to http://liturgysociety.org


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