about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
Vatican II pages
Devin on Saints To Be Made Jim McCrea on Saints To Be Made Liam on Saints To Be Made Liam on Dies Domini 29: The Day of… John Chrysostom on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Janet on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Todd on Socks Off FrMichael on Private Masses–Bleah! Devin on Socks Off Devin on The Best Pastoral Easter Litur…
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Category Archives: Music
Check out Luke Hill’s reportoing on Bruce Springsteen at dotCommonweal. A few pieces: Much of the audience at a typical Bruce Springsteen concert looks like the folks you might see at the 11:00 Sunday Mass in suburban parishes across the country. (In … Continue reading
College students are pouring into town. The young miss begins school Thursday. Summer will soon be a dream. Speaking of which, one of my favorite pop songs from the 70′s.
You may know the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem … In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. … A damsel with a dulcimer … Continue reading
Are you familiar with the compositions of Tobias Picker? Have a listen to his tone poem, “Old and Lost Rivers” and tell me what you think. Opera seems to be his real gift–have any readers experienced his works in that genre? … Continue reading
One of my favorite jazz artists is Bill Evans. Very recently, I was introduced to his adaptation/arrangement of Faure’s Pavane. Have a listen here. Evans only played with Miles Davis for a very short time, but his influence was subtle … Continue reading
And I thought it was going so well in my parish. To set up what happened at the Eucharistic Prayer in my parish this morning at about 11:10, you should know that we work with good liturgical priests. But they’re a little … Continue reading
Last year, various people involved in our parish music ministry prepared a cd for our previous pastor who was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was a scramble to get various songs recorded before the semester’s end, so we took … Continue reading
Two of our students performing: Michael, a recent graduate, on piano and Jesse, one of last year’s graduates, on voice. Ave Maria, Bach-Gounod setting Musical prayer for a May day.
It’s not really seasonally appropriate this time of year, but a group of students wanted to record my “spooky” arrangement of “Calvary” the other night. I’m surprised at what has an impact on people, not just young believers. As I … Continue reading
My favorite instruments to play these days. Using the one on the bottom to tune the one on top.
Leaving off the cynicism, let me offer some music for a Monday of Holy Week, this live performance of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten. The composer speaks on his style: The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I … Continue reading
This morning, as I was reconnecting favorite sites on my browser, I ran across a YouTube channel for one of my favorite musical groups, Ensemble Polaris (image, left). What a fantastic collection of insanely different musical instruments and styles. Highly commended. … Continue reading
What do you string players make of the thought of utilizing spider silk for violin strings? BBC news bit and sample audio here. There is a species of spider known as “violin spiders,” (image, right) but Shigeyoshi Osaki used a … Continue reading
Since I’m reflecting on parish fun, I thought I’d share an image of our occasional jazz band, the Parisian Thoroughfares. This was snapped at the recent auction/dinner/dance. Our singer Anna and drummer Adam are rather obscured. I’m not at all … Continue reading