Leaders Invited to Work Toward Total Parish Renewal at “Keys to Vibrant Worship”

February 25, 2010

PORTLAND, OR (MetroCatholic) - On April 16 and 17, 2010, parish leaders, pastors, liturgists, choir directors and other church professionals will gather for Keys to Vibrant Worship, presented by OCP. The conference, hosted at Holy Family Parish in San Jose, was developed to give parish teams the skills and strategies to lead a total renewal of their communities.

Whether it’s a single worship leader or an entire parish staff attending, the format of Keys is designed to foster a sense of unity and common purpose. Participants will not only hear new ideas and acquire skills from the conference team, but they will also serve as experts themselves by sharing wisdom and experiences.

“In my work with youth, young people often say that good, dynamic liturgy is important and draws them into their faith and church,” said John Rinaldo, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose. “This conference will equip parishes to continue to refine and refresh liturgy so that all parishioners, young and old, will truly look to it as the source and summit of their faith!”

Keys begins with a day of formation led by an experienced ministry team. The day will feature prayer, presentations and opportunities for personal and small group reflection to explore how spirituality, community and culture guide worship.

Following morning prayer on day two, Father Ricky Manalo’s keynote address will serve as a springboard to interactive workshops and group discussions. Manalo, a presbyter in the Paulist order, specializes in ritual music, liturgical inculturation and spirituality. Among the others lending their talents to the Keys conference team are Diana Macalintal, Director of Worship for the Diocese of San Jose; Pedro Rubalcava, Director of Hispanic Ministries for OCP; and Tom Tomaszek, Director of Artists and Repertoire for OCP.

The breakout sessions following Manalo’s keynote will apply the concepts introduced on day one, while offering guidance and practical ideas for celebrating our rites and liturgies. Special attention will be given to the intergenerational and multicultural diversity of our parishes.

Because the goal of Keys is to lead total renewal in worship communities, churches are encouraged to bring their entire parish team. Detailed information on registration and pricing—as low as $99 per person—is available at www.ocp.org/keys .

About OCP
OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 80 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. More information is available at 1-800-LITURGY (548-8749) and www.ocp.org .


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