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Catholic Convocation Registration Deadline Extended

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Registration for the 2010 Catholic Convocation, sponsored by the Diocese of Raleigh, has been extended. The Convocation will take place Saturday, October 16, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Cardinal Gibbons High School, located at 1401 Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh.

This year’s theme, “The Sacred Liturgy: Proclaiming, Celebrating and Witnessing to the Mystery of Christ,” will provide the Diocesan faithful with the opportunity to learn about the new English version of the Roman Missal approved earlier this year by the Vatican. It will be implemented in parishes throughout the United States the first Sunday of Advent 2011.

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, will provide the keynote address in English. Sister Doris Turek, S.S.N.D., with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Divine Worship, will provide the keynote address in Spanish. Both will offer insights into the revision process and explain how the revision of the new Missal will now shape the liturgical prayer of the Mass.

The Convocation features two special tracks, or series of sessions, for Youth and Youth Ministers and Music Ministry, and five special sessions in Spanish. While highlighting the Liturgy, this educational and inspirational event is designed to deepen understanding of the faith, improve outreach and ministry in the parish and provide encouragement for all the faithful.

The convocation will conclude with the celebration of Mass with Archbishop Gregory the Principal Celebrant. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, will be the homilist.

For a complete listing of speakers and workshops, and to download the registration brochure, visit the Convocation page of the Diocesan web site. To receive a registration brochure by mail call 919.645.4447.

Keynote Speakers

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, will deliver the Keynote address in English.

Sister Doris Turek, S.S.N.D., will deliver the Keynote address in Spanish. Sister is on the staff of the Secretariat for the Liturgy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002.

Dr. Johan van Parys, Director, Liturgy and the Sacred Arts at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN, will look at how the way we create and decorate a church building can truly provide sacred space for liturgy.

Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations, Catholic Relief Services will discuss opportunities we all have to help those in need all over the world.

Rev. Msgr. Ray East, Executive Director, Office of Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Washington, DC, will show how liturgy speaks to the heart of who we are as a people.

Dr. Fanny Cepeda Pedraza, National Consultant for Hispanic Catechesis with RCL Benziger Publishing, will conduct sessions in Spanish on ways to involve families in faith formation.

Presentations and workshops include:

Dr. Paul Griffiths, Warren Chair of Catholic Theology, Duke University will address what it means to think about liturgical language in that way and will suggest ways in which we might nurture our capacity to return God's words of love.

Rev. Dan McLellan, O.F.M., Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Durham will explain how our celebration of the Eucharist calls us to be Christ to the world.

Msgr. John Wall, Pastor and Campus Minister, The Newman Catholic Student Parish, UNC-CH, will discuss forming a Catholic identity on campus.

Sister Kieran Williams, I.H.M., Pastoral Administrator, Holy Trinity Church, Williamston, will share how one faith community worked to build a united parish family from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Sister Laura Downing, I.H.M., Religion Teacher, Cardinal Gibbons High School; Sr. Marcia L. Hall, O.S.P., Vocation Director, Oblate Sisters of Providence; Rev. Bernard E. (Fr. Ned) Shlesinger, III, Vocation Director and Director of Seminarian Formation, Diocese of Raleigh, will discuss their vocation stories.

Rev. Msgr. Tim O'Connor, Pastor, St. Michael the Archangel, Cary, will describe the special meaning the words and actions of the Mass contain from the entrance procession to the final blessing.

Rev. John McGee, O.S. F. S., Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Wilmington, will offer insights on how to be a welcoming parish.

Mr. Richard & Mrs. Allison Dooley, Diocesan Marriage Prep Team, will share their compelling story of how opening their hearts to God transformed their entire lives and brought new gifts to their marriage.

Pamela Manz Elsey, Southeast Representative, RCL Benziger Publishing, will discuss how to more effectively incorporate devotional practices and sacramentals into prayer with children during faith formation sessions and at home

Mr. Andrew Casad, Director of Liturgy and Catechumenate, St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill, will address the development of the Roman Missal from an historical standpoint before turning to concrete ways to prepare for the implementation of the forthcoming third edition of the Roman Missal.

Rev. John G. Durbin, STL, Pastor, St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill, will investigate the roles of conversion and prayer in deepening our faith lives.

Ms. Sandra Malkovsky,Secular Carmelites; Ms. Barbara Pegg, Lay Dominicans; and Ms. Paula Zanker, Third Order Franciscans will explain how Lay people are invited to live a "religious" life by describing three different expressions of living a "third order" commitment in the Church today.