Webinars for Priests

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.

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 will consist of 3 lessons of 40 minutes with intervals (i.e., 120 minutes total).

The 12-week curriculum will be hosted on Wednesdays, from October 28 to January 13 between 2:00pm to 4:40pm CST.

Each session of 3 lessons costs: $45.00 (not including required materials) or $540.00 total.**

Subscribe to 1 session

**NB: please provide the name of your diocese, or congregation, or seminary in the note box while checking out.

Save 15% ($80.00) by subscribing in advance for the entire 12-week curriculum: $460.00 (not including materials).**

Subscribe to entire 12-week curriculum

​**NB: please provide the name of your diocese, or congregation, or seminary in the note box while checking out.

Conditions and requirements

See below for a list of conditions and requirements.

Schedule of webinars

Note: this schedule is tentative and will be confirmed each week.

May 13

Missale Romanum Sectional Review

3 lessons

A review of the altar missal's historical development and a section-by-section examination of its contents.


Materials needed:

  • Missale Romanum (any traditional edition, though 1962 Benziger 1962 is preferred)

  • Free handout: Reading Resources


May 20

Church, Sanctuary and Altar

3 lessons

An explanation of the traditional layout, features and appointments of the church building, sanctuary and altar. This course will be a tremendous help for undoing wreckovations!

May 27

Liturgical Books of the Roman Rite

3 lessons

An examination of the liturgical books of the Roman Rite and derivative works.

  • Free handout: where to review contents online or purchase

June 3

Priestly Material Requisites

Lesson 1

An explanation of the traditional liturgical requisites for altar linens and sacred vessels to ensure a worthy offering of the Holy Sacrifice.


Materials needed:

Latin Pronunciation Basics

Lesson 2

A review of the fundamentals of liturgical Latin (more romano) and mistakes commonly made by American speakers. It will also provide some learning tips for pronouncing Latin more fluently.


Materials needed:


Tones of Voice during Mass

Lesson 3

An explanation and demonstration of the different tones of voice prescribed by the rubrics and how they differ for a recited (Low) from a sung (High or Solemn) Mass.


Materials required:


The Priest at the Altar

This segment of the curriculum will take a few weeks to cover. It starts with a lesson on general principles, then comprehensively demonstrates and practices the particular gestures of the priest during Mass.


Materials needed:


June 10

Rubrical Sources and Practice Tips

Lesson 1

In addition to examining the contents of the reference guide, A Priest’s Compendium, rubrical sources for the celebration of Mass will be discussed as well as tips for practicing the actions of Mass.


General Principles of Posture, Gestures and Reverences

Lesson 2

Crucial for understanding ceremonial actions is to know the general principles of the Roman Rite

  • Briefly review liturgical rules

  • Will build on these for priest’s specifics in later sessions


General Deportment at the Altar

Lesson 3

Expanding on what was explained during the General Principles session, other basic matters particular to the priest are covered:

  • Standing, turning and walking at the altar

  • Kissing the altar

  • Eyes during the celebration of Mass


June 17

Hands in the Celebration of Mass: Preliminary Notions

Lesson 1

  • Review of importance of spirit and practice of exactitude

  • Consultation of Compendium; diagram

  • Some general principles


Joined Hands: Before the Breast, the Face, and on the Altar

Lesson 2

  • Before the consecration

  • After the consecration

  • Significances of gestures


Hands Disjoined

Lesson 3

  • Hands extended before the breast: Collect

  • Hands extended and disjoined: Dominus vobiscum

  • Hands extended, raised and joined: Gloria

  • Significance of these actions


June 24

Hands Laid on the Altar

Lesson 1

  • Genuflecting

  • While one hand is occupied

  • Both hands occupied

  • All actions differ before consecration and after ablutions


Using the Missal

Lesson 2

  • Opening and closing book

  • Turning missal pages and using ribbons

  • Before and after consecration


Hands at the Missal

Lesson 3

  • Explanation on how Solemn Mass affects celebrant’s hands at missal during Liturgy of Catechumens

  • Signs of cross at missal (Introit, Gospel, etc.)

  • Kissing the missal after Gospel


July 1

Signs of the Cross

Lesson 1

  • To bless

  • Over oblations

  • Over Sacred Species

  • With Sacred Host

  • Last Blessing


Striking the Breast

Lesson 2

  • Before the consecration

  • After the consecration

  • When not to strike the breast



Lesson 3

  • How to handle and hold

  • When to wear and take off

July 8

Preparing Chalice on the Altar

Lesson 1

  • Preliminary notions

  • Actions


Combined Actions

Lessons 2 and 3

Combines rules of tone of voice, hands, eyes, movements at altar and bows (sign of cross)

  • Dominus vobiscum to Collect

  • Gloria

July 15

Paten at Offertory

Lesson 1

  • Practicum combines handling sacred vessel, eyes during elevation and sign of cross

  • Significance of covering paten with corporal and purification

  • Difference at Solemn Requiem Mass


Chalice at Offertory

Lesson 2

  • Movement of chalice and position of hands

  • Pouring in water and wine

  • Holding and using purificator

  • Eyes during the offering

  • Sign of cross


General Notions About Host and Chalice

Lesson 3

  • Placement of host and chalice on corporal

  • Removing and replacing pall

  • Protecting chalice from spillage


July 22

Hands Occupied and Arms Leaning on Altar

Lesson 1

  • Significance of action

  • Consecrations of Host and Chalice

  • Communion of Host


Consecrations and Elevations Actions

Lesson 2


Combined Actions

Lesson 3

  • Picking up Host from Corporal

  • Minor Elevation to Pater Noster

  • Significance of action


July 29

Fraction Rite

Lesson 1

  • Demonstration

  • Practicum

  • Significance of action


Priest’s Communion Actions

Lesson 2

  • Host

  • Purifying corporal and paten

  • Precious Blood

  • Distributing Communion


Ablutions and Assembling Chalice

Lesson 3

  • Demonstration

  • Practicum


Webinars conditions

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.

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