Latin Responses Webinar
For serving the traditional Roman Mass
Louis Tofari will host a 4-week curriculum of live webinars for boys and men to learn the acolyte's Latin responses during the traditional Roman Mass.
This uniquely integrated course will include a review of:
liturgical Latin and its basics of pronunciation,
the significance of the prayers said by the servers,
some important background information (e.g., what are the Preparatory Prayers, psalms and their structure, Psalm 42, saints in Confiteor, etc.),
an explanation and practice of the associated gestures and reverences (folded hands, signs of the cross, bowing, striking the breast),
and homework exercises.
During the past 25 years, Mr. Tofari has developed a unique and well-rounded course for teaching the server's Latin responses, not only consisting of innovative training techniques, but also providing background information about what the server says.
In this way, the server learns not just how and when to say the responses, but why, thereby appreciating the profound significance of these prayers used in the highest act of Catholic worship, the Mass.
Curriculum schedule and pricing
The 4-week curriculum will be hosted again from August 9 to September 3 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for a total of 12 sessions.
Each session will run about 1 hour from 10:00am to 11:00am CST.
The cost of the 4-week curriculum is $90.00 (or $5 per session) plus the required materials ($8.25 total).
Group and Video-Only pricing options
The regular fee is $90.00 per participant.
If 2 (or more) participants will be viewing from the same device then a discounted Group Pricing can be arranged.
If your schedule does not allow attendance during the live sessions, a Video-Only pricing is available; this version includes consultation and testing.
In addition to the webinar fee, 2 items will need to be purchased as part of the curriculum:
Here are 2 other useful, but optional materials:
The Mass: Up-Close in Pictures (helps younger servers to learn the parts of the Mass) [$12.50]
The General Principles of Ceremonies of the Roman Rite (For Inferior Ministers) (explains pictorially how to make the various liturgical gestures and reverences) [$13.75]
Testing and certification
After the 4-week curriculum, independent 10-minute testing sessions will be offered to the participants (see the disclaimer below). When the oral Latin test is successfully passed, a certificate of completion will be provided. If further testing is required, an ongoing arrangement can be discussed.
The successful completion of this course by correctly memorizing the responses and passing the oral test is dependent upon the application of the student and his personal aptitude for mastering the Latin responses.
As this can differ from student to student for a variety of reasons, the time frame provided for the Latin responses curriculum is a basic one, while the actual time required for becoming certified in the Latin responses is variable.
Conditions and requirements
While these webinars are primarily for Roman Catholic men and boys (from the age of first grade or higher), women who want to learn these responses (and their meaning) may also attend.
Subscribers should be proficient in cursive, or at least have the ability to write. They will also need access to pen and paper, a lay missal, and the Bible.
After-class exercises (homework) will also be assigned to the participants which need to be completed within the designated time frame.
Due to the 4-week curriculum length, session dates are tentative. Subscribers will be kept updated per a weekly basis. If required, a rain-check session will be rescheduled.
Participants must a use a computer/laptop/tablet fully enabled with speakers, microphone, and display. Zoom’s screen-sharing mode will also be utilized.
After payment for the curriculum, a setup meeting will be scheduled to test the functionality of the subscriber's device before the first lesson.
Lessons will be video-recorded and the video's links can be shared to an absent participant.
Discussions of ecclesiastical issues or civil politics will not be allowed during the sessions.
Louis Tofari's Latin Mass class for servers helped me overcome mispronunciations and errors in the way I was saying the prayers at the altar. I first learned the prayers by repeatedly saying them over and over again but what I committed to memory was a lot of mispronunciations of Latin verbs and pronouns.
The technique Louis uses such as writing them down and using your hand to make the words flow as an “Italian” would sing made it easier to overcome bad habits. Louis broke the prayers into sections with each student and made sure they correctly recited the prayers with the proper flow. I still use his PowerPoint cards [presentation slides during the video-recorded classes].
Unbeknownst to me, after spending many weeks memorizing and saying them in my head incorrectly [the first time] I had to memorize them again correctly.
Best advice―take Louis class first and avoid the mistakes and mispronunciations. Joseph Brennan (MC at St. Joseph's Church), Rockdale, Illinois
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I am grateful for the benefits of taking the Latin webinar for learning the altar server responses. Not only did I learn the responses fairly easily, but the added history, pertinent rubrics, and correct pronunciation, along with encouragement from Louis, made it quite a joyful experience. Nita Schwartz (a laywoman who wanted to learn the Latin responses), Eureka, California