Category Archives: Ministry

Church Musician Self-Citation

We had a small choir for today’s funeral at the parish. I was thinking about the five musicians who assembled to assist with the music. Four were recruits from our parish’s music ministry. My second predecessor is now legally blind … Continue reading

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Praying With Music Ministries: Rehearsals

Those who sing pray twice, according to Saint Augustine. When I arrived at my new parish two years ago, I was advised that the choir likes to pray, and expects to pray. My predecessors set a good tone, it seemed … Continue reading

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A Dose of Humility

For over a year I’ve been playing with the ensemble that leads music for our parish’s fifth Sunday Mass, the one mostly prayed in Spanish. My fine predecessor directs the choir from the piano, so I get to play guitar … Continue reading

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5 Habits

I find it useful to read material some might consider out-of-bounds to gain some new insight as to an opportunity. I might read something non-Catholic to shed some light on something Catholic. I might turn to the secular business world … Continue reading

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One Thing At A Time

As I’ve gotten back into flapping my arms in front of a group of singers the past fourteen months, I’ve been scouring the net as well as a library of music publications here in my office. I look for any … Continue reading

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First Serve

Are you familiar with the principle? Other authors and parish ministers have used it; it’s not original to me. “First serve” involves the invitation to volunteering or parish ministry. A new parishioner or a prospective old-timer commits for only one time. In liturgy, it’s … Continue reading

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Intercessory Prayer for Liturgical Ministers

I’ve had two recent encounters with this notion of liturgical ministers praying for another person. In my last community, someone associated with our sister parish suggested the Communion ministers in each location, in Iowa and in Honduras, be matched up … Continue reading

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Freedom To Serve

I was chatting with my bridge partner before our game the other night. It’s always an interesting conversation when I explain my ministry/work/clerical status in the Church. My careful discernment of three decades ago has led me to where I … Continue reading

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More Deacons?

So, women deacons. You go to bed and get some sleep and wake up and Pope Francis is making some part of the Church explode. One bit of snark: if anybody writes “deaconess” in the comment boxes below, be warned: … Continue reading

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Masculinity Crisis?

The Phoenix archdiocese put together an interesting film. Watch it here. Some of my observations: 0.25: More tv than father-son time. That might mean a shift in the time spent by boys from, say, playing with peers. Still, this is … Continue reading

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Evenings and Weekends

FrMichael had a comment on the Mercy in Ministry post. As a pastor, it’s a tough balancing act trying to set working hours for staff that lets them have a family life, yet serve working parishioners. If so, the act … Continue reading

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Songleader to Choir

When I arrived in my new parish, we had a few highly-attended funerals. For the daughter of my retired predecessor, most of the choir sang. I was asked about reviving the funeral choir. Since it wasn’t my initiative, I acceded … Continue reading

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Pharisees Lost In Translation

Rocco whispered the Rorate Caeli gossip column* on Eugenio Scalfari’s latest chat with Pope Francis. “It is true — Pope Francis answered — it is a truth and for that matter the family that is the basis of any society … Continue reading

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“What About You?”

I liked Pope Francis’s homiletic exploration of the call and response of one of my country’s great saints. It’s a question for the whole vector of the disciple’s life. (Pope Leo) asked her pointedly: “What about you? What are you … Continue reading

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Signing Up Non-Catholics

I was having a chat with a colleague in ministry a little while ago. Does your parish register non-Catholics, I asked. I put the question to our readers, though this isn’t really an armchair liturgist thing. Spouses of baptized Catholics? … Continue reading

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