The Catholic Liturgical Arts Committee (CLAC) was founded at Saint Mary’s College of California in August 2010. By drawing attention to the rituals, content, balance and symmetry of the liturgical arts, we hope to help Catholics rediscover the richness and depth of the Mass.
The CLAC arose out of concern over the condition of liturgy in many of our parishes as liturgy has become more oriented to hospitality and fellowship. Our goal is to focus on why we go to Mass, what the Mass is 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.
The CLAC is a center where all interested parties involved in the Mass and other liturgical services can come together to study and debate the history of the liturgy and the current state of liturgy in American Catholic churches, especially in light of the intentions of the Second Vatican Council and as envisioned in the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
We 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.
Louis Lebherz, Brother Vincent Malham Artist in Residence