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Author: Richard Schletty

Sung by Church of Saint Mary 11:30 Mass ensemble. Richard Schletty, lead cantor and guitarist. Mary Joy Rieder, pianist and director.

A Touching Place

Author: John L. Bell
Tune: DREAM ANGUS

Christ's is the world in which we move.
Christ's are the folk we're summoned to love,
Christ's is the voice which calls us to care,
and Christ is the One who meets us here.

Refrain: To the lost Christ shows His face;
to the...

Author: Richard Schletty

Sung by Church of Saint Mary 11:30 Mass ensemble. Richard Schletty, lead cantor and guitarist. Mary Joy Rieder, pianist and director.

Lord, Whose Love In Humble Service

Text: Albert F. Bayly (1961)
Tune: BEACH SPRING

Lord, whose love in humble service 
Bore the weight of human need, 
Who did on the cross forsaken, 
Show us mercy’s perfect deed; 
We, your servants bring the worship 
Not of voice alone, but...

Author: Richard Schletty

"Rejoice and be Glad..."

This month the song "Blest Are They" turns 30!  

Celebrate this noteworthy anniversary with David Haas. Check out GIA's tribute page, see videos, and read David’'s moving explanation of the creative process for composing this classic. You can also leave a word of congratulations or share how "“Blest Are They”" has influenced your worship or touched your life.

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Author: Richard Schletty

You have TWO opportunities to watch JMT on TV this week!

1. TONIGHT - WEDNESDAY, November 19, 2014:

Do not miss "All Things Are Possible" as John Michael presents a new program on "Tithing" - learning how to support ministries in the church! Remember, when you give you get more back in return if you do it out of love!

"All Things Are Possible"  November 19, 2014

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Author: Richard Schletty

Susan Bailey sings "Under My Immaculate Mantle"

Susan Bailey sings "Under My Immaculate Mantle." This song is from her book and CD, "Mary, Queen of Peace Meditation Guide & Sung Rosary." Visit www.sungrosary.com for more information.

Author: Richard Schletty

Watch "All Things Are Possible" tonight as John Michael Talbot continues his teaching from Pope Francis' apostolic document "The Joy of the Gospel".

Tonight's program is on something we all need, "The Joy of Prayer in the Spirit"! 

"All Things Are Possible"
October 22, 2014
9pm ET, 8pm CT, 7pm MT and 6pm PT
on THE CHURCH CHANNEL

Broadcasts repeat late night Saturdays and early Tuesday mornings!

For complete information please visit: ...

Author: Richard Schletty

"It is a great resource for Spanish-speaking communities and can also be used successfully as a bilingual resource."

Bendigo al Señor
Cánones, Ostinatos, Aclamaciones y Cantos de Taizé

In response to many requests for Taizé resources in Spanish, GIA has developed Bendigo al Señor, a new collection of over 45 of the most popular Taizé titles translated into Spanish. It is a great resource for Spanish-speaking communities and can also be used successfully as a bilingual resource...

Author: Richard Schletty

Music for Advent from GIA

Advent 2014

Carol Book and CD – Editor : John Barnard

This new comprehensive resource for Christmas, Advent, and Epiphany not only offers one of the largest collections of carols ever published, but a range of support material that sets totally new standards in Christmas publishing.

Missa Emmanuel by Richard Proulx

Revised Order of Mass 2010 Based on the ancient chant veni...

Author: Richard Schletty

Here are the results of last month's survey. These are the top 10 ways our site members and visitors enjoy Catholic music. 

46% – I listen to free downloads of Catholic music that I find on the Internet (e.g., Hymnary.com, CatholicPlanet.com, ChantCD.com, Catholicity.com).
33% – I listen to music and sing songs as part of the congregation at Mass, sacraments, church prayer services or devotions.
33% – I listen to Catholic music I converted to MP3 from physical CDs, vinyl records or tapes. (Example: imported a CD to iTunes).
33% – I listen to Catholic music on physical CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, vinyl records or cassette tapes.
...

Author: Richard Schletty

Managing Music MinistryManaging Music Ministry: Beyond the Notes and Chords confronts the everyday issues faced by those managing a church music program. Divided into two sections, this book covers not only the management of a music program but also the musical and non-musical issues a music director encounters.

Together, Stephen Petrunak and Fr. Randall Phillips share their knowledge and expertise gained collectively from more than 15 years of...

Author: Richard Schletty

Consecration by Chatfield

I received this email from St. James Music Press. – Richard Schletty, TCS editor

Sept. 30, 2014 - A FREE Anthem from St. James Music Press

Greetings!

Here at St. James Music Press, we always are happy to offer a free anthem on our site. It's our way of saying thanks! We think that if you do our kind of music on a regular basis, you DESERVE...

Author: Richard Schletty

Here is a request from a new TCS user, Suzanne. If you can assist Suzanne, please make a comment below or contact her through her web site. – Richard Schletty, TCS editor.

I am a Licensed Pastoral Therapist. I have been a Catholic consecrated Salesian since 2000.

I offer pure essential oils of the bible (organic or high medical grade) with soothing music and a light compassionate touch, applying the oils in an atmosphere of prayer. It is very similar to what St. Hildegard Von Bingen did in Germany within the Monastery walls, seeking to aid all the pilgrims who came to her.

I am on a very limited...

Author: Richard Schletty

Innovative Warm-Ups for the Volunteer Choir
Creative Concepts to Improve Choral Sound
by Michael Kemp 
© 2014 by GIA Publications, Inc.

This book contains 34 engaging choral warm-ups designed to improve your choir's sound and increase the singers' musicianship. Internationally respected conductor and clinician Michael Kemp brings his many years of experience and success in building choral programs to creating this resource for choirs of all ages. 

Innovative Warm-Ups for the Volunteer Choir offers purposeful, creative exercises that are simple to learn and fun to sing...

Author: Richard Schletty

Readings in African American Church Music and WorshipReadings in African American Church Music and Worship - Vol. 2
by James Abbington 

Since the publication of the first volume of Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, public and academic interest in the music and worship in black churches has significantly increased. This second volume makes available the most recent scholarship on twenty-first-century developments and trends, through a representative number of articles, essays, and chapters written by...

Author: Richard Schletty

Wow. I heard the song Valentine today on Catholic Music Express streaming radio. Amanda Vernon is really sounding good here. Amanda is a recording artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Through a genre she calls, “soulful pop,” this singer, pianist, and composer speaks to authentic beauty through music, the language of the soul. Visit Amanda's website.

"Valentine," by Amanda Vernon - www.amandavernon.com 
Produced by David C. Smith at ICON Studio Productions 
Based...

Author: Richard Schletty

A sampling of congregational music at the 11:30 Mass at the Church of Saint Mary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. See www.greatgatherings.org 

Please note that the embedded YouTube is a playlist of at least 10 songs. Click on PLAYLIST to select a song, or let the songs play automatically. If you have any questions about how we do things at St. Mary's, please comment below. 

Author: Richard Schletty

Frazier Riddell made a comment today on a song posted here at TCS. He mentions that he is a co-songleader at church, having added guitar to the mix a few years ago (which initially was not heartily embraced by some of the older generation). I thought I'd click...

Author: Richard Schletty

This just in from Nick Alexander:

I just got the CCLI Top 2000 list, and Greg Walton has broken through! His song "Come To Us," an Advent/Christmas song, made it. It's currently in the 1700s, but it's there.

A lot of "...

Author: Richard Schletty

We need help finding or creating a recording of a song that was popular in Catholic churches and youth groups back in the early 1970s. I was able to find the words and chords but I have no idea how the melody goes. Would someone like to collaborate on this? If you can scratch out the melody for me, I can record the song for Mary who has been looking for a recording of this song for many years. We don't know the name of the composer.

Here is what Mary wrote:

"I have to tell you, finding the right Magnificat is like looking for a needle in a haystack, except that it's a really...