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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“The problem of the new Missal resides in its departure from the continuous history which was going on before and after Pius V, and that it creates definitely a new book (although with old material). Its appearance is accompanied by a type of prohibition of what was traditional, being such a type of prohibition alien to the ecclesiastical history of law and of liturgy. From my personal knowledge of the conciliar debates and from the repeated reading of the speeches of the Fathers of the Council, I can say with certainty, that this was not intended by them.”
— Cardinal Ratzinger, Letter to Wolfgang Waldstein (14 December 1976)

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Sacred Music Camp in Allentown, NJ
published 16 June 2018 by Fr. David Friel

ET ANOTHER opportunity for young people to learn sacred music this summer in the United States has been announced. In addition to the annual chant camp in San Diego (which has spread to the Bay Area), we highlighted last week the inaugural Cantate Domino Festival in Philadelphia. Today, we pass on the happy news that a new Sacred Music Camp will be hosted by St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown, NJ.

This will be a three day event, running from 10 AM to 2 PM, August 14–16, 2018. The camp will conclude with Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7 PM on August 16.

Sacred Music Camp is open to students in grades 3 through 12. Children with and without experience in Gregorian chant are welcome. Participants will learn to read chant notation, and they will receive training in vocal technique and musicianship.

Instructors will include Peter Carter and Lauren Walters, who serve as director of sacred music and coordinator of religious education, respectively, at St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown, NJ. Last fall, the parish hosted a workshop to introduce non-musicians to important themes in sacred music.

Online registration for Sacred Music Camp is available here.