Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Music Ministry for Lent

Lent is time of deep retreat and of personal conversion.  Everything slows down and simplifies so that we can experience this change of heart.  The music for Mass is an integral part of this time of conversion.   The Alleluia and Gloria are omitted.  We sing the Latin/Greek chants of the Mass: the Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei.  Hymns such as "Deep Within", "Tree of Life', "Without Seeing You"reflect the readings for Cycle B, and inspire us to deepen in the prayers of Lent.

The responsorial psalm for this Fourth Sunday of Lent is Psalm 137:1-2,3,4-5,6.  The refrain "Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you." is our calling to bring the life of Jesus more deeply into our hearts and never forget his love for us.  The psalm verses reflect on what is means to be in a foreign land within ourselves...separated from God.

The Jewish people sang when they were captives in Babylon, and this is also our song:  "By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept, when we remembered Zion.  On the aspens of that land we hung up our harps.  For there our captives asked of us the lyrics of our song, and our despoilers urged us to be joyous: "Sing for us the songs of Zion!"  How could we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign land? 

As music ministers, how can we sing a song of the Lord if our hearts are not deeply connected to him and the journey of his life and death and resurrection?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Advent and Christmas Celebrations

Advent is such a beautiful time in the liturgical year.  It is peaceful and invites rest in the midst of busyness.  John The Baptist proclaims "Prepare"  the coming of the Lord is near.

We invite you to A Festival of Lessons and Carols. 

A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS is a beautiful candlelight service of carols and scripture which is presented around the time of Christmas. It has a long history, beginning in England in the early 1800s and continued to this day.

What a beautiful way to begin your week before Christmas with family and friends!  

Featuring the music ministry of Saint Therese
with guest organist Allen Goebbert, guest violinist David Ling, and guest flautist Tamera Searer-Jenkins.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Blessing and Concert for our Samick Baby Grand Piano

We are now living the resurrection experience of the Easter Season which ended with the Pentecost commission to go out and be living witnesses to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The readings in ordinary time are a continuing instruction in how to do this.....coming directly from the Old Testament, the New Testament letters from the early church, and words of Jesus himself through the Gospels.   The music, as always, directly reflects these readings.

NEWS:  On this coming Tuesday, July 18th, we will have a Concert and Blessing of the new Baby Grand Samick piano at 7:00PM at the church.  All are welcome.  Our guest concert pianist will be Dr. Valentino Piran who is the Music Director at St. Jude, Fort Wayne.  He will play original improvisations in many different music styles of our hymns, and will ask the audience also to suggest hymns for his improvisation.  Should be a beautiful and inspirational evening.  There will be a free will offering.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent

We have celebrated Jesus as Living Water (Third Sunday of Lent) and Jesus who heals the blind and brings light into darkness (Fourth Sunday of Lent).  Now we enter into the final week of Lent and Jesus proclaims in the Gospel,  "I am the resurrection and the life".

During this time of Lent we had a beautiful gift given to the parish of St. Therese.  An anonymous donor gifted a baby grand piano with a beautiful sound which supports the singing of the assembly and brings another dimension of beauty and prayer into our liturgy.  Thank you to this donor!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Alleluia Sunday

We are at the last Sunday before Lent begins this coming Ash Wednesday.  It is our last weekend
to sing "Alleluia" for about 6 weeks.  The music for this week reflects the readings, but also includes Alleluia as much as we can.  ALLELUIA!

Gathering Hymn:  All Creatures Of Our God and King  No. 611
Preparation of the Altar and Presentation of Gifts music:  Seek Ye First - No. 658
Communion Hymn:  No. 695  You Are Near
Closing Hymn:  Alleluia, Sing To Jesus  No. 949

The beautiful readings this week speak of the tender love of God who holds us and cares for us.
"Can a mother forget her baby, or a woman the child within her womb? Even if these forget, I will never forget you.."

The bake sale this week to raise money to repair the chimes was a tremendous success!   So many yummy baked goods...thank you to all who baked and contributed. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shine forth and show the merciful love of God!

As we continue to move through Ordinary Time and it's focus on leading lives that shine out
to the world, you are bringing that light to our parish in so many ways.  As assembly, you nurture and support the liturgical life of our parish in your singing (very good assembly singing!) and praying, in your welcoming of the visitor, and in your support of one another.

In the ministry of music, you cantor, you are members of the choirs, you play guitar and flute and chimes.  You are prayerful and your music is beautiful.

The Entrance Antiphon for this week is an acclamation of trust in a loving God: 
“O Lord, I trust in your merciful love; my heart will rejoice in your salvation.   I will sing to the Lord who has been bountiful with me.”  Our sung hymns flow from the readings and from this opening antiphon.  One very strong statement in today's readings commands us "You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart."  In the Gospel, Jesus says "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."  What beautiful and powerful statements of the mission of our lives, to shine forth into the world in love.

Gathering Hymn:  Love Divine, All Love's Excelling  No. 641
Our Mass setting is the Heritage Mass
Responsorial Psalm:  "The Lord is kind and merciful"  No. 1110
Alleluia:  Mass of Light
Hymn at the Preparation of the Altar:   Where Charity and Love Prevail  No. 706
Communion Hymn: Dwelling Place No. 678
Closing Hymn:  Here I Am, Lord  No. 777

Thank you to all for your prayerful presence and beautiful music.

NEWS FLASH:   There will be a bake sale the weekend of February 25 and 26 to raise money
to continue to repair the chimes.  We almost have enough people for chimes....need 2 more
chimes players.  It's not hard and it is fun. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord"

This Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time continues the theme that threads through all of these weeks before Lent begins.We are called to be children of light, and the way that we live our lives matters.
We are to live in the Wisdom of God, and not in wordly wisdom. 

Our music for this coming weekend of February 11 and 12:

Gathering Hymn:  No. 656 Lead Me, Guide Me
Hymn for the Preparation of the Altar and Presentation of Gifts:  No. 651 Open My Eyes, Lord
Communion Hymn:  No. 728  Eye Has Not Seen
Closing Hymn:  No. 606  Glory and Praise To Our God


We have a beautiful set of 25 chimes.  They are lonely in the music room, and want to the played at Mass.  However, we need more chimes members.  We rehearse on Wednesday evening from 6:30 - 7:30 in the choir room of the church.  Here is the schedule for the Spring:
February 8, 25, 22   March 25 and 29   April 5 and 26  May 10 and 24    End of Chimes season.

If you are interested, please contact me!    Beverly