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Conference Will Highlight Liturgy and Evangelization
As celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of Gaylord continues, a diocesan conference will help us connect Liturgy and Evangelization as we look toward the future to discover how we are Answering the Call to Continue to Build the Church of Northern Lower Michigan. The conference will take place at the Diocesan Pastoral Center and St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on August 5 and 6.
Liturgy and evangelization are really intrinsically linked, said Fr. Duane Wachowiak, Director of the Diocesan Secretariat for Worship and Liturgical Formation. When we pray well and come together around the Eucharistic table uniting ourselves with Christ, we are strengthened for our own faith journey. Evangelization starts with each us. We, who are already part of the body of Christ, are to live our daily lives in such a way that we demonstrate Gods love by serving others in such a way that they too are drawn to Christ and His Church.
The conference, which is open to anyone, will begin with check- in each day at 8:30 a.m. After the opening prayer, a keynote address will be offered by Dan McAfee, Director of the Office of Christian Worship for the Archdiocese of Detroit. McAfee holds a Masters Degree in Liturgy from Notre Dame University and is also a talented artist and musician.
McAffee titled his talk "Liturgy Celebrated Well is in Itself a Powerful Evangelizing Experience! and he will explain how a well prepared liturgical celebration, following the rubrics set out by the Church, can, in itself be evangelizing. The Church calls all the faithful to answer the call of Jesus to go forth and build up the Body of Christ, the Church, through the celebration of the sacraments, catechesis and calling forth the gifts and talents of all people.
Each day Fr. Duane Wachowiak will offer a presentation discussing the Revised Roman Missal and Evangelization as we prepare to begin using the new Mass texts at the beginning of Advent. Fr. Duane will explain how these months and beyond provide an opportunity for all of us to respond to the Holy Fathers challenge to expand our understanding of the Mass and the Paschal Mystery through liturgical catechesis. He will help us explore how this time of transition can be an opportunity to bring members back to the Church or attract new members.
Participants will be able to choose from eight breakout sessions which will provide guidance and insights to topics including:
- Parish Councils and Commissions, Especially the Parish Worship Commission as Evangelizers (offered only on Friday).
- Music and Liturgy
- The Catechetical Role of the Priest Presider and/or the Homilist at Mass
- RCIA the Role of the Parish, the Role of the Sponsor, the Role of the Assembly
- The Parish Staff and Volunteers as Evangelizers
- Treasures of the Eucharist
- The Bulletin as a Evangelization Tool
- Using Social Media to Evangelize
On Friday evening, everyone is invited to gather for an evening concert at the Cathedral featuring music ministers from across the diocese. During the concert, employees from throughout the diocese who served 20 or more years in parishes, schools or diocesan offices will be recognized for their ministry as we continue to reflect on the past and look forward to the future in this year of Jubilee.
On Saturday, the conference will continue with most of the presentations being repeated.
The intent is that those who might only be able to come on Saturday will still have the opportunity to hear the keynote and general session as well as two breakout sessions, while those who are able to participate both days will benefit from the reinforcement of the keynote, be able to attend additional breakouts and have more time to browse materials in the Rose Resource Center.
The Liturgy and Evangelization Conference is sponsored in part by gifts to the annual diocesan Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). The registration fee to attend both days of the conference, with an optional lunch included is $40. To attend one day only is $22.50, including lunch. Special lodging rates have been secured for participants at three Gaylord hotels.
Information and registration forms have been mailed to all parishes and are also available for download below. Registrations are due by July 28, 2011. Further questions may be directed to the Secretariat for Worship and Liturgical Formation at 989.732.5147.