As I do surveys at parishes all over the country, one consistent trend is that Catholics have an opinion about music. It’s either too fast, too slow, too new, too old, too in English, or too in Latin. Their parishes either use too much organ or not enough, too many guitars or not enough, drums are too loud or “how do we not have drums yet?”
I just listened to the last OSV Innovation Talk about Liturgical Music and I’m in love with his vision. It’s different than what anyone else is talking about and also my dream for Liturgical Music. It reminds me of a quote from Thérèse of Lisiuex. “My God, I choose all! I don’t want to be a saint by halves; I choose all that You will!” She’s talking about the spiritual life. She wants to be a Saint 100%. For me, regarding Liturgical Music, “I choose all.”
If you’ve met me in person you know I’m never without a book (or 2 or 3). I think reading is the best way to live someone else’s story and experience a new adventure. In 2018 I read over 200 books and learned so many new and interesting things. This year I’m going to read a “Catholic Church Book” every month or so and share the wisdom I glean here with you … so you can either ‘get everything you need from my post and save yourself a few hours of reading’ or ‘get excited about reading it on your own.’ By “Catholic Church Book” I mean, a book that is designed to help parishes grow and thrive! I’ve got a whole bookshelf, but if you have a favorite you think I should read, let me know! I’m always in the market for a new book!
What are the Holy Days of Obligation? Do they fall on a Monday or a Saturday? Have we planned an extra Mass this year? Do our parishioners even know it’s upcoming?
Sleepy Sundays, Rising with the Sun, or whatever fits into that weekend’s schedule – how do you plan for Weekend Mass? I’ve taken in the best of all worlds: 11:30 – my perfect time for worship!
Some of my favorite people in the whole world are children, especially the smiling babies that sit in front of me at Mass! Having children in our communities shows just how vibrant our parishes will be in the future!