Sunday, October 11, 2009

Photopost: Call to Holiness 2009

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, author of Dominus Est was one of many speakers at the 12th Call to Holiness in metro Detroit at the National Shrine of the Little Flower.

I would like to give a special thanks to the Blessed Mother, whose help I always seek when photographing liturgical events and conferences.  I credit her and my guardian angel for helping me to see the beauty of the background and integrating it for compositions most pleasing to the eye.  I was especially blessed this year with the help of St. Therese, whose feast day had just passed on October 1st.  The parish was decked out with large photographs and roses which are seen throughout these photos.  Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

The event was held at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan. 

Dr. Michael P. Foley spoke on, "How the Mass shaped the western world".

In his talk, "Treasures of the Mass", Fr. Eduard Perrone, Pastor of Assumption Grotto, spoke about the parts of the Mass - ordinary and extraordinary - with the aid of demonstrations on the two large screens.

Bishop Schneider looks up at the on screen demonstrations.

People view liturgical text on the big screen during Fr. Perrone's talk

Bishop Schneider gives his talk, "The Sacredness of the Holy Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church"

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, aka Fr. Z, speaks on, "Mystery Both Fearsome and Alluring: Holy Mass and True Active Participation".  

Quotable Fr. Z: "The greatest form of active participation is worthy reception of Holy Communion"

Dr. Ronald Prowse of Sacred Heart Major Seminary teaches basic chant in his talk, "Let's Sing Sacred Music". It later used in the parish vigil Mass, with the Gregorian notation and Latin shown on the big screens.

Bishop Schneider was the celebrant for the 4:30pm vigil Mass.

Recently ordained, Fr. Charles White IV with his eyes fixed on the Precious Blood during Elevation of the Chalice.


If you want to see all of the pictures taken from the day (118 in all), see the slideshow below, or use on of the several options below to view them directly in my smugmug gallery.  Bloggers and webmasters are free to use them for stories, but please provide a courtesy link back to this post (copy shortcut on title or timestamp link at the bottom).  For professional use, please contact me at

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Click here to view the gallery of 118 pictures from the 2009 Call to Holiness.

As mentioned yesterday, Fr. Zuhlsdorf will be the main celebrant for the 9:30am Mass which will be a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form. 

At Noon today, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC will be the celebrant at the ordinary form Mass, which is partically in Latin and always celebrated ad orientem.

Updated at 9:00pm to include Abp Vigneron's letter on the Call to Holiness Conference.

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!