Thursday, March 20, 2014

Back from California and a Wonderful New Memento

Thursday greetings from Chicago. I landed at O'Hare this morning just before 1:00 A.M., so I am a bit on the punchy side today.

Well, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress was one of the best in recent years. Estimates of those in attendance varied, but it looks like there were 15,000 young people there on Youth Day and between 36,000 and 41,000 adults for the rest of the weekend. I wanted to share a few photos with you. Here is a shot of our booth space before we began our set-up on Thursday:

After approximately eight hours of set-up, here was the result:

Quite a transformation! WLP's own Meredith Augustin was the music and liturgy coordinator for the so-called "Urban Fusion" Mass on Friday evening in the Anaheim Arena. Here is a shot from the side balcony:

Monsignor Ray East was the main celebrant. He chanted the dialogues and the people responded beautifully. His preaching challenged us all, especially me, to open our hearts in forgiveness. The music was wonderful; all in all, this was a beautiful liturgy. We sang Trevor Thomson's I Am Yours: Consume Me Completely at the communion procession. This piece just came off the presses and will be available soon. Trevor is a new composer for WLP and this is a gorgeous piece, as are his eucharistic acclamations from his new Mass for the Healing of the World (soon to be published by WLP), which were sung at both closing liturgies in the Anaheim Arena.

I am usually not a fan of convention liturgies; too often they are way overdone; usually too much of everything. I do not find that to be the case generally at L.A. Congress Masses. I was renewed and fed, which isn't such a bad thing in the middle of all the excitement that can border on mayhem at Congress.

And, when it all ended, we were so fortunate to be assisted by three able-bodied men from our California printing plant; they saved us lots of aches and pains:

While I was away, the presses at all three J.S. Paluch printing plants (Chicago, Florida, and California) were busy printing commemorative flyers for the upcoming canonizations of John XIII and John Paul II.

 These are beautiful mementos, with the images on the front and the bios on the back.

And, if you are fortunate enough to be a J.S. Paluch bulletin parish, you will be receiving these in the coming days.

Well, that's about it for now. Looking forward to a good night's sleep tonight.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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