Category Archives: Parish Life

Exile #3, Month #2

One month ago today was the first day of the church renovation. We now have a rough aperture where once a rock wall separated the sacristy from the parking lot. By the end of next year, this will be the … Continue reading

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Exile #3

For the third time in thirty-plus years, I find myself serving a parish with a long departure from the main worship space. Earlier this month the “old” church, planned as a gymnasium for a school was stripped down. Most of … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Questions

Who would place the Bible in their list of Ten Favorite, Formative, or Otherwise Books? I thought about it. I thought harder about individual books of the Bible. The Jewish/Christian combination is really more of a library than a book. … Continue reading

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Dulcimers Get The Love

Children have a natural curiosity about music, and even after three-and-a-half years in the parish, the hammered dulcimer still gets attention. Long after Mass, as you can see here.

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Last Christmas

One of our parishioners posted this capture on facebook with a note reminding us this would be the last Christmas in the old church. It’s a long story connected with the parish founding. As was told to me, the founding … Continue reading

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Psalm 4: Lord, Let Your Face

One of our parishioners captured one of my new compositions, a setting of Psalm 4, nicely led by one of our parish’s fine singers, Norie. The psalmists at my parish are very patient with new compositions, and in turn, I … Continue reading

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New Year Predictions: Humbug!

I’ve never been a fan of New Year predictions. I still read them. This one, being a churchy-sourced one, offered this ball-gazing comment: Mass attendance will continue to decline in the West, especially among young people. But media will increasingly … Continue reading

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