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Author: Richard Schletty

Please visit: 
http://www.musicministryalive.com

Download PDF of MMA flyer here.

Music Ministry Alive! is an annual five-day summer institute held at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes and schools. This experience is open to any young person entering their 10th, 11th, or 12th...

Author: Richard Schletty

The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Thursday, February 23 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Click here to watch live streamed events!

Going to the Congress? Make sure to stop by the GIA booth in the exhibit hall!

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Author: Richard Schletty

Today's spotlight album is Adoration by Ken Whisler. The performances of these traditional Sacred, Gospel and Worship songs are particularly striking in Classical guitar artistry. They help center your mind and soul. Ken, a brilliant musician and part-time luthier, recorded these beautiful pieces at St. James Catholic Church in midtown Kansas City. – Richard Schletty, TCS editor

Ken's website: www....

Author: Richard Schletty

Praise and Thanksgiving. Text: Albert F. Bayly. Tune: BUNESSAN. 

Praise and thanksgiving 
Father we offer 
For all things living 
You have made good 
Harvest of sown fields 
Fruits of the orchard 
Hay from the mown fields 
Blossom and wood

BUNESSAN is a Gaelic tune that was first published (melody only) in Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald's carol "Child in the Manger." The tune is named after Macdonald's birthplace on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. BUNESSAN is also well known as the setting for Eleanor...

Author: Richard Schletty

Responsorial Psalm for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A. Text: Verses, The Revised Grail Psalms, © 2010, Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain, Lectionary for Mass, © 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL. Music: Michel Guimont, verses © 2011, refrain © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.

R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Author: Richard Schletty

Singing MonkA message I received from St. James Music Press:

St. James Music Press is now featuring two "top-selling" anthems each week that you may download without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is $10 (per anthem). Just send a check by mail to St. James Music Press. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library. Yes, it's the honor system. They trust you.

Details here: ...

Author: Richard Schletty



You will enjoy listening to these dramatic and spirited "readings" (demo performances) of music written by composer Sandro Fazzolari. The recordings feature members of Teatro Alla Scala (La Scala): Principals Sandro Laffranchini (1st Cellist) and Mario Marzi (1st Saxophonist). Sandro Fazzolari at piano.

My friend, composer and arranger André van Haren, does engraving work for Sandro for his instrument learning books for students of all ages. 

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Author: Richard Schletty

National Catholic Youth Choir Camp website

  • Fun, Faith, Fantastic Music
  • Sing with choristers from across the nation
  • Sing for famous composers! 
  • Sing in the Basilica, Saint John's Abbey and more!

Train with Conductor André Heywood at the beautiful Saint John's Abbey & University in Collegeville, Minnesota. 

NCYC Camp & Tour Schedule...

Author: Richard Schletty

What if the music at our parishes was as moving and powerful as the Mass deserves? The David Initiative is a collaboration between many organizations/artists that dream of seeing this question answered. We know that in order to see this hope become a reality, we need to invest in a new generation of music ministers. 

Enter your Catholic parish in this competition to win music equipment or a year of liturgical music mentorship. Details at www.davidinitiative.com...

Author: Richard Schletty

This article was first published February 5, 2017, at Corpus Christi Watershed

What: Sacred Music Symposium
When: June 26-30, 2017
Where: St. Therese Church, Alhambra, CA, and San Fernando Mission Church in Mission Hills, CA.

OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, ...

Author: Richard Schletty

This story was first published at the "Franciscanized World" blog of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Please visit https://franciscanizedworld.fscc-calledtobe.org

Franciscan Lourdes Hymn: Song of Bernadette by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen

by SISTER JULIE ANN on FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Some songs are timeless. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are pleased to feature once again the...

Author: Richard Schletty

A Catholic convert reflects on his unique expression of his faith. This is my friend, Chris Engelmann, who is a dedicated and faith-filled street minister. Chris writes:

"When I came into St. Mark's in 1986, first time I attended Mass here it was very quiet and peaceful, I pulled out my harmonica, and I realized it was a wonderful way for me to pray... and this is especially meaningful to me. I see it as a wonderful message, for people in recovery people from all walks of life who are seeking some type of help and direction from God in their life. I believe that is God's grace. Grace is wonderfully defined actual grace in our...

Author: MTR

     I am a #Catholic #Folk #SingerSongwriter inspired by Jesus' Teaching in the Gospel of Matthew 10:42 to give "a cup of cold water" to the least of the brethren for the brethren's sake.  Following this Teaching, I have composed an Album: A Cup of Cold Water to give away for free to anyone who wants to hear it.  As a part of this mission I have joined Top Catholic Songs to make...

Author: Richard Schletty

NOVA ORGANI HARMONIA (“NOH”) organ scores were created during WWII by faculty members of the Lemmens Institute (Belgium): Flor Peeters, Msgr. Jules Van Nuffel, Msgr. Jules Vyverman, Marinus de Jong, Gustaaf Nees, Henri Durieux, and Edgard de Laet. All 2,279 pages are available for free download as PDF files at Corpus Christi Watershed: www.ccwatershed.org/nova/

Printed versions of the seven volumes can be purchased at Lulu. See links at bottom of above article at Corpus Christi Watershed. 

Here is a small sampling of these...

Author: Music4Faith

Nearly six years ago my life was forever changed through a chance encounter with Italian priest/composer Marco Frisina and his music. I now know that the Holy Spirit was at work leading me to a renewed faith and not at all surprisingly through music – the center of my life.  As a professional freelance bassoonist for almost 50 years, I had the opportunity to perform in the orchestra that accompanied Monsignor Marco Frisina and his Choir of the Diocese of Rome on their 1st...

Author: Richard Schletty

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Author: Simone.Mehl

Hi

I am desperately looking for the complete lyrics the song called 'Ode to Mary' performed by Mark Mallett. Please I would really appreciate it as some of the words are quite difficult to make out while listening to the words.

Thanks 

Simone

Author: Richard Schletty

A collaboration with Jack Miller, this is my baseline acoustic rendition which I sent to Jack. He will provide further input on lyrics, and will contribute instrumental additions and perhaps vocal harmony. We'll see how the song shapes up!

Author: Richard Schletty

A collaboration between Richard Schletty and Jack Miller. The lyrics are Jack's poem "Covered" (inspired by a terrible nightmare). The guitar track was recorded by Jack in a separate "moment" with his Zoom H2 digital recorder (with no intention of marrying his poem to his guitar track). I took it upon myself to crisp up...

Author: Richard Schletty

Christ Was Born on Christmas Day – Resonet in Laudibus. 13th century Latin hymn. Freely translated by John Mason Neale. Led by Amanda, Jack and Richard at the Church of St. Mary on 12/25/2016.

Christ was born on Christmas Day;
Wreathe the holly, twine the bay;
Christus natus hodie:
The Babe, the Son, the Holy One of Mary.

He is born to set us free,
He is born our Lord to be,
Ex Maria Virgine:
The God, the Lord, by all ador’d forever.

Let the bright red berries glow
Ev’rywhere in goodly show;
Christus natus hodie:
The Babe, the Son, the Holy One of Mary.

Christians all, rejoice and sing;
‘Tis...