"Imbued with Jesus' love, we are called upon to proclaim the good news, to heal the afflicted and to feed the hungry. Jesuit Walter Burghardt identifies the seven great hungers of the modern world as hunger for food, for freedom and justice, for peace, for truth, for understanding, for God and for Jesus. Lord, may I never turn a deaf ear when you say 'Feed them yourself.'" Madonna Magazine July/August issue 2011.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Just sending a heads up with what I plan to do in the next few practices
24/07: (this coming Sunday): introduce the Amen and Lamb of God then go over everything we've done to date
31/07: review everything; not introduce anything new
07/08: no practice (first Sunday of the month)
14/08: review everything; not introduce anything new.
In this new Mass there is music for the three Mysteries of Faith and the Our Father. My plan is to not introduce the music for those yet. I would like us to simply reinforce all the other Mass parts we've done so far. There's only so much new stuff I can introduce every week before it becomes counterproductive. Let's get confident on what we know. Although you are sounding good, so far it's a case of some of the harmony being there some of the time then we slip into melody or go quiet. This is not a criticism, just a comment on your (good) progress.
Besides, there are still other parishioners who want to join us but who have been unable to for one reason or another. By spending the next few practices just going over the harmony we've done so far will hopefully make it easy for the newcomers to join.
I also like to confirm that if any of you know of or have children who like to sing then they are more than welcome to join. They just need to be able to be patient as we go over the harmonies.
If I can venture an opinion (me? an opinion?) I'm not fond of the way the Glendalough Mass was recorded: I know some of you like it but I find the treatment in the recording to be schmaltzy and insipid. I say this because when I hear you sing it you really raise it up and punch some life into it, which is what I think it should be.
See you Sunday night!
I love God; but some of His fans really annoy me.
Monday, July 18, 2011
"God's loving care for all people in Christ must be expressed in the digital world not simply as an artefact from the past, or a learned theory, but as something concrete, present and engaging." Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the 44th World Day of Social Communications, 16th May 2010.