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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 an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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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.