#040: Giving Thanks

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Here in the United States, we are gearing up for another holiday week. I don’t know about all of you, but, for myriad reasons, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I enjoy the food, the counting of blessings, the time spent with family and friends, the pause, the reflection. 

But, while my enthusiasm for Thanksgiving has not waned over the years, the simplicity of my understanding has. I recognize that Thanksgiving can stir a complex and sometimes conflicting sense of emotion. Not all celebrations are peaceful. Not all tallies of blessings seem to be as long. Not all family gatherings are akin to Norman Rockwell. 

In a particular way this year, I think of the challenges we face in our Church, our communities, country, and our world. Scandal. Division. Violence. Natural disasters. Illness. War. Anger. Apathy. 

So, today, in the midst of the messiness of life, we are pausing to give thanks. To do so, we’ll hear from the writings of four voices, each helping explore what it means to be grateful. I’m hoping you’ll find this to be a sort of mini-retreat, and so I’ve interspersed music selections between each reading. If you can’t listen to the entire episode at once, listen to a portion each day. I hope you are able to find time this week to let these words and melodies sink in, challenging and affirming, and, in a special way, feeding and forming. 

SHOW NOTES

You can find like to the works you heard read in today’s episode by clicking on the name of the author: Abraham Lincoln, Fr. Romano Guardini, Pope Francis, Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, and Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “Come You Thankful People Come” (arr. Alonso), piano improvisation on “Simple Gifts,” “We Plow the Fields and Scatter,” “Thanks Be to Thee,” (Handel), “O God You Search Me” (Farrell), “Earth and All Stars,” and “Give Us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#039: Formation and Connection, Delivered to Your Doorstep (with Kathy Felong)

 Kathy Felong

Kathy Felong

This past year, NPM offered its forty-first convention. For more than four decades, NPM has been gathering, forming, and celebrating pastoral musicians in national and regional conventions offered across the country. For just as long – in fact, for a little longer – NPM has offered formation, celebration, and connection through the publication of Pastoral Music magazine. 

Today, we’re talking about the NPM magazine as it transitions to a new editorial staff. We’ll discuss the following questions: Why, when we so often hear that print media is dying, does NPM continue to offer a magazine? What impact does NPM hope the magazine will have on the practice of its members? What can we expect to find in the new issue when it lands in our mailboxes in a few weeks? And more. To explore these questions, we’ll speak with Kathy Felong, the new editor of NPM’s magazine. We’ll also hear an excerpt from Pope Francis’ message on World Communications Day 2018 in this week’s Ministry Moment.

SHOW NOTES

The newest issue of Pastoral Music will be arriving in mailboxes around Thanksgiving Day. Members of NPM automatically receive a copy. If you aren’t a member yet, sign up today!

For more information about Beyond Strumming, visit GIA Publications.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “Find Us Ready” (Booth), “Piano Improvisation on ‘Break Bread Together’” (Koopmann), and “Give Us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#038: Instrumental Invitation (with Zack Stachowski)

 Zack Stachowski

Zack Stachowski

You’ve heard us mention repeatedly the importance of invitation in our work as pastoral ministers. It’s a challenging topic, partly because we need to learn how to do it (though we’ve got a pretty good idea). Mostly, it’s difficult because invitation is often an exercise in vulnerability. We’ve got to relearn, retrain, risk failure, and so forth. 

Today, we’re digging deeper into the topic of invitation to speak specifically about instrumentalists. Why do we invite instrumentalists differently than we do singers? What can we do to better extend welcome to the members of our community who have instrumental skills to offer? We’ll speak with composer and teacher Zack Stachowski, who will issue a special Christmas season challenge. We’ll also hear from the writings of Fr. Matthew Kelty in this week’s Ministry Moment.

SHOW NOTES

You can find out more about Zack Stachowski and his work by visiting the home pages for the One Call Institute and the Open Your Hymnal podcast.

For more information about Give Us This Day, visit Liturgical Press.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “Behold the Lamb” (Willett), and “Give Us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#037: Eucharistic Adoration as Invitation to Mission (with Msgr. Rick Hilgartner and Lorraine Hess)

 Msgr. Rick Hilgartner

Msgr. Rick Hilgartner

Eucharistic Adoration is a traditional Roman Catholic devotion that has experienced renewed attention and interest over the last decade or so. Parishes across the country now offer regular opportunities for adoration. College campus ministries, summer youth programs, and national conferences are adding opportunities for adoration, as well. So, for those of us in liturgical ministry, how are we to handle this devotional practice? 

 Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess

Today, we’ll hear a special workshop presentation from Msgr. Rick Hilgartner and singer/songwriter Lorraine Hess. Offered at this year’s NPM convention in Baltimore, Fr. Rick and Lorraine presented a  workshop titled “Eucharistic Adoration: A Communal Invitation to Mission.” In their session, they offered historical, theological, liturgical, and musical suggestions for communities who wish to shape vibrant experiences of Adoration. They will also argue that Vatican II’s emphasis on the ecclesial and missional nature of all worship invites us to reimagine a reformed version of Adoration that will nourish a truly Eucharistic vision of Church. 

SHOW NOTES

To find out more about Lorraine Hess’ compositions and recordings, visit her composer page at World Library Publications and her personal website, www.lorrainehess.com.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “The Church’s One Foundation” (Wesley/Stone), and “Give Us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#036: Stepping Outside the Routine (from Ken Meltz)

For the last four weeks, I’ve been inviting you to share your feedback and suggestions for this program through our first listener survey. Thank you to those of you who took the time to respond. We are busy reading through your comments and analyzing the data and will use what you shared to inform our program planning into the future.  

If you missed out on the survey, don’t fret! You can always share your thoughts with us through our website, ministrymonday.org. 

Many of our survey responses told us that you appreciated hearing voices from the past – audio recordings from conventions or workshops from ten, twenty, or even forty years ago. Of course, one of the challenges of bringing your archival recordings is that the sound quality is often rough, and there is only so much I can do to improve it. Many of you also shared that you found topics related to the spirituality of ministry to be helpful and impactful. 

So, today, we’re going to try to hit two targets with one episode. We are pleased to share with you an article on the spiritual life of pastoral musicians and liturgical ministers. Originally written for the April 1987 issue of Pastoral Music Magazine, author and composer Ken Meltz shares ways for we who are music makers to ground ourselves in liturgical spirituality. Titled, “Stepping Outside the Routine,” Ken reflects on the proliferation of the term “spirituality,” and on the fact that we pastoral ministers often do a poor job of feeding our own spiritual and prayer lives.

SHOW NOTES

To read the original article from Ken Meltz, access the April 1987 issue of Pastoral Magazine.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “Spirit of God” (J. Moore), and “Give Us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#035: Shaping Unity While Honoring Diversity (with Bob Hurd)

 Matt Reichert, Bob Hurd, and Zack Stachowski

Matt Reichert, Bob Hurd, and Zack Stachowski

A few weeks ago, we featured a workshop presentation given by Jaime Cortez on the topic of planning and leading bi-cultural liturgies. We heard from many of you, thanking us for featuring an important topic and for providing practical, useful tactics that you could use in your own community. Today, we continue this important conversation, this time exploring the ways we can shape unity within our communities while still honoring diversity.

So, in place of our customary interview, today we are bringing you an audio program from the Open Your Hymnal podcast. Open Your Hymnal, cohosted by Zack Stachowski and by me, is a special project aimed at breaking open the best-loved and most-common liturgical music in the Catholic repertoire. Each episode explores one song and features conversation with the composer and, sometimes, special guests. 

We are pleased to present today our interview with composer Bob Hurd about his song “Pan de Vida,” one of the earliest and best-loved examples of purpose-built bilingual liturgical music. Bob discusses what influences his music, how he relies on scripture for his texts, and the best ways we can bring unity to a world and a Church that is increasingly divided. This is a great conversation for anyone who ministers in a multi-cultural setting. 

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Bob Hurd and his other compositions, visit his composer page at OCP.

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the original song recording from OCP. Here you can also purchase a copy of the recording of "Pescador de Hombres" (by Cesareo Gabarain) and "Gather Your People" (by Bob Hurd, Craig Kingsbury, & Dominic MacAller).

You can purchase a copy of the instrumental piano recording of "Pan de Vida" (arranged and performed by Jon Sarta) from iTunes. Here you can also purchase a copy of the recording of "O Magnum Mysterium" (by Morten Lauridsen).

You can listen to more episodes of the Open Your Hymnal podcast at www.openyourhymnal.com.

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#034: Evangelization for Busy Catholics (with Amy Right, ft. Pope Paul VI)

 Amy Righi

Amy Righi

We’ve already discussed the topic of Evangelization in previous episodes. I’m sure your bookshelf has at least a handful of resources related to the subject. I’m sure you’ve been to at least one meeting or workshop where evangelization was discussed. 

So, how are your efforts faring? 

Pope Francis is often quoted as saying that Christ knocks on our hearts to be let in, and on the doors of our churches to be let out. We often think of evangelizing as going out – and certainly, it is. But we also hope that the end result of our going out will be to have others come in – to join our community, to worship with us, to enter the fullness of the Church.

Today, we’ll hear about one parish’s initiative to increase their engagement with the families in their community. St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Macomb, Michigan, began offering an evening Mass on Sunday’s. Billed as the “Mass for Busy Catholics,” it was an attempt to open the door just a little further and to give more opportunities for worship. Now, another weekend Mass might not be the answer for your community. However, I hope that you hear in this conversation the importance of being open, trying new things, and meeting families where they are. We’ll also hear from a soon-to-be Saint, Pope Paul VI, in this week’s Ministry Moment.

 

SHOW NOTES

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For more information about Amy Righi, visit her bio page on the St. Isidore Catholic Church website. You can read the article about St. Isidore’s “Mass for Busy Catholics” from the Michigan Catholic newspaper.

You can read the full text of Evangelii Nuntiandi on the Vatican’s website.

You can purchase the music you heard in today’s episode: “The Summons” (arr. Bobby Fisher) and “Give us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#033: How to Think About Engaging Young People (with Dr. Bob McCarty, featuring Sr. Anne Bryan Smolin, CSJ) - REPLAY

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Each major convention of Catholic organizations includes at least one session that address a variation of the question, "Where have the youth gone?" In today's episode, we speak with Dr. Bob McCarty about new research into the disaffiliation of young Catholics, why we are asking wrong questions, and what the take-aways are for those of us in liturgical and pastoral ministry. We also hear from Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ (1943-2014) on the dynamic importance of "the little things" in building and enriching interpersonal relationships. 

 

SHOW NOTES

To attend the One Call Institute, developing the music and leadership skills of young pastoral musicians, visit our website at www.onecallinstitute.org.

To learn more about the project, "Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics," from St. Mary's Press, visit their Catholic research website. There you will find an executive summary of the research project, featured stories, audio and video features, and more. You can also purchase a copy of the study here.  

You can purchase Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin's books by visiting the Ave Maria Press website.

You can view a video recording of Sr. Anne Bryan's full presentation entitled "Little Things Mean a Lot," on YouTube. To learn more about the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, visit their website at www.recongress.org.

"From Ashes to the Living Font" is published by World Library Publications.

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#032: Reimagining Membership - A Call to Action (with Stephen Petrunak)

 Steve Petrunak

Steve Petrunak

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When we began this podcast, our first episode was published on the first Monday of Lent. Our guest for that show was Steve Petrunak, the president of NPM. In that episode we spoke about Steve’s vision for NPM, some of the projects that were in the works, and more. Now, thirty-one episodes later, we’re welcoming Steve back to the show. 

 But, this time, Steve isn’t here to provide an update. In his time as president, NPM has faced a variety of changes both within the organization and without. These changes have sparked new strategies and initiatives, sure, but have also caused questioning and introspection. 

So, today, we’ll speak with Steve about one of the basic building blocks of any organization: membership. How should we, the members of NPM, think about the organization? How to we relate to it? How should it serve our needs? 

 

SHOW NOTES

Take the Ministry Monday listener survey!

To contact Steve Petrunak, visit the “Ask the President” page on the NPM website.

You can read the full text of Gaudete et Exultate on the Vatican’s website.

You can purchase the music you heard in today’s episode: “The Servant Song” (Gillard, arr. O’Brien) and “Give us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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#031: Planning and Leading Bi-Cultural Celebrations (with Jaime Cortez)

 Jaime Cortez

Jaime Cortez

I know we are only at the midpoint of September, but for those of us in liturgical ministry, we are already thinking about Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas. Now, today’s episode isn’t about picking Advent repertoire and you won’t hear any Christmas music in our soundtrack. Soon, you’ll get your fill of premature holiday cheer at your local Target or Starbucks. 

Instead, we’re focusing on a different issue. At the end of each podcast episode, I always ask you, our listeners, to contact us and recommend topics for future episodes. So far, many of our guests and topics have been suggested by you. Today, we’re discussing a topic we’ve received a lot of questions about – how do we better plan and lead bi-cultural liturgies? Many parishes have separate liturgies offered in more than one language, often English and Spanish. What do we do, then, for those celebrations when our entire parish community is gathered, like at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Holy Thursday, and so forth?

Today, we’ll hear a special workshop presentation from composer and teacher Jaime Cortez. Offered at this year’s NPM convention in Baltimore, Jaime’s workshop was titled “Bi-Cultural Communities Celebrate Feasts, Solemnities, and Seasons.” In his session, Jaime sought to answer an important question: “How do we merge the traditions of different cultures and create a new tradition that all will find meaningful?”

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Jaime Cortez, visit his bio page at OCP.

You can purchase the music you heard in today’s episode: “Malo, Malo, Thanks be to God!” (Manibusan) and “Give us Peace” (Roberts).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

All content of this podcast is property of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians or its content suppliers and is protected by United States and international copyright laws. For information about the podcast and its use, please contact us.