The Catholic Liturgical Arts Committee (CLAC) is a program started at Saint Mary’s College of California in August of 2010. We are concerned with the general condition of Liturgy in many of our parishes.
We seem to have lost our understanding of why we go to Mass, what is the Mass, and how should we properly celebrate the Mass as one family. We want to help Catholics to understand that the Mass is the re-presentation of the life and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, of the Last Supper, and that the bread and wine that we receive have become the body and blood of the Lord. This is very powerful and must not be taken lightly. By drawing attention to the rituals, content, balance and symmetry of the liturgical arts, we hope to help Catholics to rediscover the richness and depth of the Mass.
There is a lack of understanding among many parish personnel as to the intentions of the Second Vatican Council and the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Liturgy has become more hospitality and fellowship oriented. The Mass has been referred to by some as a prelude to the coffee hour!
There needs to be a center where all interested parties involved in the Mass and other liturgical services can be brought together to study the history of the development of the Liturgy and cultivate its practice in American Catholic Churches in light of its rich tradition and the intentions of the Second Vatican Council. Saint Mary’s College of California is prepared to become this center.
We will invite discourse and dialogue through scheduled conferences and workshops at Saint Mary’s College for pastors, deacons, liturgists, and lay ministers including lectors, church music directors, organists, musicians, cantors and choir singers, and other interested parties.