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Vatican II: Truths of the Novus Ordo

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church Music Ministry Presents

Vatican II: Truths of the Novus Ordo

A Mission Retreat with Christopher Carstens

Saturday, September 24, 2022
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church Parish Hall
5313 Flad Avenue, Madison, WI 53711

Join Christopher Carstens, Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, for a day long mission retreat as he unravels the mysteries of the Novus Ordo liturgy and unveils the truths of all that Vatican II introduced to the sacred liturgies of the Roman Catholic Church.

As a mission retreat, participants will gather for lectures, round table discussions, Q & A sessions, prayer, and for the celebration of the Holy Mass. Lunch and light snacks will be provided. Attendance is open to all.

About the Speaker

Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin; a visiting faculty member at the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois; editor of the Adoremus Bulletin; and one of the voices on The Liturgy Guys podcast.

He is author of A Devotional Journey into the Mass and A Devotional Journey into the Easter Mystery (Sophia), as well as Principles of Sacred Liturgy: Forming a Sacramental Vision (Hillenbrand Books).

He lives with his family in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.

Registration - $25

Please register online. You may pay online or at the door. Attendance will be limited, so online registration is encouraged.

Register Online

Tentative Schedule

8:30 a.m. - Registration Begins
9:00 a.m. - Introduction and Welcoming
9:05 a.m. - Workshop 1: The Modern Liturgical Movement Prior to the Second Vatican Council: What was it and what did it achieve?
10:00 a.m. - Q & A Session 1
10:20 a.m. - Break

10:35 a.m. - Workshop 2: The Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: What did it actually say?
11:25 a.m. - Q & A Session 2
11:45 a.m. - Break
12:00 a.m. - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament w/ Benediction
12:35 p.m. - Lunch

1:05 p.m. - Workshop 3: Developing and Implementing the Revised Books of the Roman Rite: How did it happen and how ought the work be evaluated?
1:55 p.m. - Q & A Session 3
2:15 p.m. - Break

2:30 p.m. - Workshop 4: Authentic and Active Participation in the Mass: How do we enter into the Sacred Mysteries as Vatican II desired?
3:20 p.m. - Q & A Session 4
3:40 p.m. - Round Table Discussions
4:05 p.m. - Final Q & A
4:35 p.m. - Break

4:45 p.m. - Rosary in Church
5:15 p.m. - Holy Mass
6:15 p.m. - All Depart


For more information about this retreat, please contact Marco Melendez at 608-268-2976 or

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