Participants are invited to join in fellowship, prayer, and song as musicians from around the diocese give presentations on the Church’s vision for liturgical music.
At the conclusion of the clinic, Bishop James Conley will celebrate Mass which will feature various stages of implementing and striving for the ideal with sung dialogue, Mass parts, English responses, polyphony, and hymns.
Bishop Conley will also be one of the speakers during the clinic, presenting “Turning towards the Lord.” The bishop’s talk will examine the ancient practice of the priest celebrating Mass facing ad orientem, that is, “toward the east.” In this position, the priest and people are all facing in the same direction, creating a common orientation turned in prayer toward the Lord. In whatever direction the priest faces, what is most important is the recognition that in the Mass all are gathered together, partaking in the paschal mystery of Christ.
The sacred music clinic will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 320 N. 16th Street. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m. and the clinic will conclude with Mass at 5 p.m. There will be a dinner after Mass for those who would like to stay.
For more information, contact Father Rayer at 402-488-0921 or