For the traditional Roman Mass
Louis Tofari will be hosting a 12-week curriculum of live webinars for priests to better understand the liturgical requisites and perfect their sacred actions for the traditional Roman Mass. The webinars will be a refresher for veterans and introduction for beginners.
Read some testimonies about this webinar.
Objective of webinars
The lessons will present essentials for offering the traditional Mass in a worthy manner according to the detailed rubrics of the Roman Rite, and thereby increase the confidence, knowledge and devotion of the priest.
The lessons will have a pedagogical or building block approach, allowing an easy assimilation of the various aspects of celebrating the traditional Mass. This methodology also provides the priest with a solid background about the liturgical matters under review.
The webinars will feature live and screen-share presentations as well as practicums.
Organization of webinars and costs
Each session consists of 3 lessons of 50 minutes with breaks.
See below for a list of conditions and requirements.
The 12-week curriculum will be hosted on Weds from April 24 to July 7 between 2pm-5pm CST.
Subscribe to 12-week curriculum: $460.00
During checkout, please provide the name of your diocese, or congregation, or seminary in the note box.
These additional items will be need to be purchased separately from the subscription fee.
A Priest’s Compendium (PDF: $8.50)
Schedule of webinars
This itinerary is tentative and will be weekly confirmed.
Missale Romanum Sectional Review (3 lessons)
Church Building, Sanctuary and Altar; Undoing Wreckovations (3 lessons)
Calendar, Classifications, Ordo and Missal Setup (3 lessons)
Restoring the Sense of the Sacred and Authentic Traditional Practices
Liturgical Books of the Roman Rite (3 lessons)
Priestly Material Requisites
Latin Pronunciation Basics
Tones of Voice during Mass
Rubrical Sources and Practice Tips
General Principles of Posture, Gestures and Reverences
General Deportment at the Altar
Hands in the Celebration of Mass: Preliminary Notions
Joined Hands: Before the Breast, the Face, and on the Altar
Hands Laid on the Altar
Using the Missal
Hands at the Missal
Signs of the Cross and Striking the Breast
Carrying the Chalice and Birettequette
Actions during Gloria and Collect
Hanc igitur, Unde et memores, Last Blessing
Orate fratres--Te igitur--to Memento
General Notions About Host and Chalice
Paten at Offertory
Chalice at Offertory
Hands Occupied and Arms Leaning on Altar; Consecrations and Elevations Actions
Minor Elevation Actions
Fraction Rite Actions
Celebrant's Communion and Ablutions
Last Gospel and Leonine Prayers
Consecrating Additional Hosts and Distributing Communion
I would encourage any Catholic priest to avail himself of this opportunity, especially those who may be inclined to think they don’t need it because they’ve already attended a training seminar such as Sancta Missa, or have watched an FSSP or SSPX training video, or have been saying the traditional Mass for years now.
The more knowledge, experience, and confidence priests accumulate, the more they tend to rely on their quick “already know the answer” instincts. Too many are making mistakes big and small, as I have, because “they don’t know what they don’t know.”
I have learned many things, and learned to "unlearn" a few things, from these webinars. Mr Tofari's "building block" approach provides participants not simply ritual instruction that builds upon previous lessons, but the rationale for it (which, in keeping with the “genius” of the Roman Rite, often has more to do with practicality than symbolism or aestheticism). Fr. Thomas Kocik (Fall River, MA Diocese; author and NLM contributor)
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Louis Tofari is by far the most knowledgeable person I know of the traditional Latin Mass and Church history.
What I enjoyed the most about this training is that Louis always had deep insights on the rubrics. His answers were always satisfying and I received more than what I expected. Furthermore, Louis’ availability beyond the training is very generous. I highly recommend this training.
I have gained great confidence to celebrate the Mass, and enough knowledge to even give a talk to my parishioners about the traditional Latin Mass. Finally, the resources that he provided were trustworthy and easy to follow.
In short, I was extremely satisfied with this webinar. Fr. Ricardo Arriola (Galveston-Houston, TX Archdiocese)
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I highly recommend Mr. Louis Tofari's Webinar for Priests to learn the Usus Antiquior. Because my seminary didn't offer the training, I had to learn the traditional Mass outside of the seminary. I was further handicapped by not growing up in the Traditional rites; not serving priests in the traditional Latin Mass, observing their prayer, manners, and actions and not being able to ask them questions
While I had a very good and patient teacher, I didn't have a lot of time to devote to the study of the rubrics. Because of the priest's many duties, (after my initial instruction) most of my knowledge of the traditional Mass was learned on one day or another a few minutes in the sacristy before Mass, nervously pouring over rubrics. The august Sacrifice of the Mass is too important to be learned in a piece-meal way in between Masses or as a question arises.
It is amazing the number of things I did not know. And I am not alone. I hear it in the questions from my brother priests and see it in their celebration of the Mass ...not a malicious disregard but mistakes born of ignorance. Learning the traditional Roman Rite with Mr. Tofari was a tremendous blessing because it is comprehensive. From start-to-finish: spirituality, history, practicality, precision of the rubrics as argued by rubricians over the years, errors that may arise, etc.
What is especially edifying, refreshing, and comforting is that Mr. Tofari does not have an agenda except to help priests perform the rites as the Church offers them to her children. He binds himself not with what one parish does, what one religious orders prefers, or what he once saw somewhere but with what is said in the formula of intention that a priest should say before Mass, which reads in part: "to consecrate the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the rite of the Holy Roman Church to the praise of God Almighty...". That is what is right and just and fitting for such a sacrifice. Not random opinions. But the rubrics of the Missal and the distilled, esteemed determinations of the best expert rubricians of the past.
Lastly, what was seemingly a mere modern perk is certainly a great practical advantage. With the lessons spaced at every week, the priest-participants are able to practice, study, and develop questions between each session. Many of the speed-courses offered around the country have the participants back on the plane before they know what hit them. This slower pace is more like a seminary course which allows time for development and integration and even spiritual reflection. Fr. Evans Julce (Brooklyn, NY Diocese)
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Louis Tofari is a well-informed and highly skilled rubrician. He delights in researching the ars celebrandi, and generously shares the fruits of his efforts with priests and other ministers of the sacred liturgy at every level.
Louis strives to penetrate the theological vision that animates and under-girds the rules governing the movements, gestures, and words of the sacred ministers.
All ministers of the sacred rites, whether neophytes or seasoned veterans, stand to benefit immensely from Louis’ clear and insightful presentation of the principles that guide the ceremonies of the classical Roman Rite.
Through his books, webinars and personal in-service training sessions, Louis Tofari communicates accurately and effectively the serene logic, eminent practicality, flawless dignity and chaste sobriety that mark the Roman Rite.
As an instructor, Louis wears his erudition lightly, combining a radiant enthusiasm with limitless patience. He warmly encourages questions posed by participants, and provides thoughtful answers based on meticulous research and sound pastoral wisdom.
Every priest and minister of the altar should get to know Louis Tofari, a reliable guide to a confident and reverent celebration of the Sacred Mysteries. Fr. Neil J. Roy, S.T.L., Ph.D. (Peterborough Diocese, Ontario, Canada)
These webinars are intended for Roman Catholic priests, but seminarians may also subscribe.
Only the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church may subscribe to these seminars. To verify their ecclesiastical status, participants will need to provide the name of their diocese, or religious congregation, or seminary of affiliation.
Due to the extended 12-week length of the curriculum, session dates are tentative. Subscribers will be kept updated per a weekly basis. If required, a rain-check session will be rescheduled.
Lessons will be recorded in case a participant is called away or cannot tune-in.
The cost of one session (3 lessons) is $45.00 per person, so if two people are viewing from the same device, both must pay individually.
The webinars will be hosted via Zoom and after payment for each segment, the login info will be emailed to the participant.
Participants must a use a computer/laptop/tablet fully enabled with speakers, microphone, and display. Zoom’s screen-sharing mode (via its interface) will also be utilized. Please test your device's functionality before the first lesson you attend.
Lessons will require additional materials which may be purchased in PDF format, or in advance, via print (book format).
Free resources will also be provided for certain lessons.