IL (August 29, 2008)- From August 25-29, 2008, laity from around the Midwestern
region of the United States convened at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat
House at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary to attend a Workshop for Laity
in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
day participants enjoyed participating in both a Low Mass in the
morning and a High Mass in the afternoon. The daytime was filled with
conferences, tutorials in both Latin and Gregorian Chant and with
stimulating conversation. The evenings afforded time for Eucharistic
Adoration at the evening Holy Hour, which included the recitation of
the Most Holy Rosary in Latin, led by the participants themselves.
Those in attendance learned to sing Gregorian Chant for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missale Romanum
). Some participants joined in the schola cantorum for the Missa Cantata, which was celebrated each day.
enjoyed the interesting lectures about the Classical Form of the Roman
Rite. Lectures topics included: “History of the Mass of the Roman
Rite,” “Liturgical Ceremonies and Mystical Theology in the Mass,” “The
Traditional Latin Mass in Parish Life Today,” “Spirituality and Active
Participation in the Liturgy,” and “The Splendor of Beauty and the
from an exciting liturgical conference held in Budapest, Hungary, Fr.
Dennis Kolinski, S.J.C., shared some of the insights and thoughts
discussed in Budapest with Dr. Alcuin Reid, Dr. Laurence Hemming, Dr.
Lauren Pristas, and others.
By the week’s end, everyone had
deepened his understanding about the Mass which is “the most beautiful
thing this side of heaven.”