#018: Drinking God Straight, Part II (with Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB)

 Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB

Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB

Today’s episode is a continuation of an earlier episode of Ministry Monday. Way back in our sixth episode, we featured an audio program produced by Saint Meinrad’s Seminary titled, “Drinking God Straight.” This program explored the evolution and status of English language chant following the Second Vatican Council, giving particular focus to the work of Fr. Columba Kelly. 

Sadly, Fr. Columba passed away earlier this month. We are celebrating his life today, not by giving extended commemorations or reflections, but by doing what he would have preferred - exploring the importance of chant in our liturgical celebrations. So, today we are brining you “Drinking God Straight, Part II.” If you haven’t listened to Episode Six yet, I’d encourage you to go back and give it a listen. There, you’ll hear from Fr. Columba himself. 

To continue the conversation, our guest is Fr. Anthony Ruff. A Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Fr. Anthony - like Fr. Columba - is a fierce advocate for chant in the liturgy. Today, we’ll examine the misconceptions about chant, the richness that it contains, pastoral advice for implementation, and mistakes to be avoided. Whether you think you like chant, or not, or if you think your community will sing chant, or not, today is an important conversation to help expand your understanding and challenge your reservations.

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, visit his author page at PrayTell Blog

For more information about the life and work of Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, visit his biography page at Saint Meinrad's Archabbey.

To order a copy of "Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship," visit the USCCB website.

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#017: Union of Voices, Unity of Hearts (with Dr. Tony Alonso)

 Dr. Tony Alonso

Dr. Tony Alonso

We are entering the busiest time of year here at Ministry Monday. We are making final preparations for two national conferences, both taking place in just a few weeks. So, today we are again dipping into our archives. This time, we’ll hear from Dr. Tony Alonso. I have to say, this is one of the best, most honest, and authentic plenum addresses I’ve heard. Tony speaks about issues that face those of us who work in pastoral ministry, directly addressing the conflict, competing vision, and sometimes contentious attitudes that can impede our unity.

Recorded at the fortieth NPM national convention in 2017, you will hear Tony speak about the obstacles and opportunities toward expressing the fullness of who we are as a Church musically and theologically, and Pope Francis’ image of the Church as “field hospital” as a metaphor for how our work might serve better as a medicine of unity rather than as a weapon of division. 

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Dr. Tony Alonso and his other compositions, visit his composer pages at GIA Publications and World Library Publications. You can also visit his website: www.tonyalonso.com

To learn more about the Summer Ministry Colloquium, to be held on June 30, visit the One Call Institute website. You can see a listing of the team, breakout topics, and register to attend. Don't miss it! 

The recordings of "How Firm A Foundation" and "Give Us Peace" were produced by GIA Publications.

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#016: Navigating Transitions (with Tom Franzak)

 Tom Franzak

Tom Franzak

It can be hard enough to juggle one calendar, but those of us in pastoral ministry juggle three – yearly, liturgical, and fiscal. What’s more, each has a unique beginning. We celebrate the yearly New Year on January 1, the liturgical New Year on the first Sunday of Advent, and the fiscal New Year on July 1. 

Today, we’ll focus on fiscal time. With just a few weeks left before July 1, parishes and pastoral ministers around the country are preparing for transitions. Some pastors will begin new assignments, some ministers will begin new positions, some communities will begin new partnered or clustered relationships, and so forth. Navigating our experience of these transitions can be challenging, especially if you are someone changing positions. Even if you or your community aren’t experiencing changes, at some point, you surely will. So, whether your July 1st New Fiscal Year will see new changes or not, it is important that we cultivate an informed spiritual and tactical mindset. Tom Franzak will help us frame how we think about and approach these transitions, and we’ll share some of his music in this week’s Ministry Moment.

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Tom Franzak and his work, visit his composer pages at GIA Publications and OCP. You can also visit his website, www.tomfranzak.com.

The recording of "The Call" was produced by Myrrh Records. The recordings of "Halleluya! We Sing Your Praises" and "Give Us Peace" were produced by GIA Publications.

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#015: How Liturgy Transforms (with Msgr. Ray East)

 Msgr. Ray East

Msgr. Ray East

Here we are, back in Ordinary Time. The color green once again graces our sanctuaries, and the rhythm of our ministerial calendars seems to slacken a bit (unless, of course, you include weddings). The very inclusion of the word “ordinary” is misleading. The season is anything BUT ordinary, filled with parables and miracles. And, let’s not forget, there is nothing ordinary about the Eucharist - every celebration is remarkable, every celebration is transformational. 

On a practical level, it is us who put the “ordinary” in Ordinary Time. Following marathon celebrations of the Lenten, Triduum, and Easter seasons and First Communions, Confirmations, and Ordinations we often tone down our celebrations. Coinciding with the arrival of summer, we pare down our music and liturgical ministries to accommodate vacations and travel. Now, these are understandable adjustments. But, often, the change in our practices during Ordinary Time can result in missed opportunities or self-fulfilling prophecies. Sometimes, it seems, we forget that “ordinary” is not exclusive of “transformation”. 

Today, we’ll hear from Msgr. Ray East. Recorded at the twenty-fifth NPM national convention in 2001, Fr. Ray speaks about the transformative nature of the liturgy. With his customary spirit-filled preaching, Fr. Ray reminds us how our ordinary, day-to-day work as pastoral ministers has the power to transform our communities, ourselves, and our world.

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Msgr. Ray East and his work, read the following articles: on African American Catholic spirituality; on Race and Religion; on the call to remember the poor. You can also watch Fr. Ray's keynote address given at the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

The recording of "Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo" was produced by OCP. The recording of "Give Us Peace" was produced by GIA Publications.

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#014: Finding and Living Our Strengths (with Leisa Anslinger)

 Leisa Anslinger

Leisa Anslinger

The celebration of Pentecost demands that we consider not just the ways in which the Spirit is at work in our lives, but also what unique gifts we possess and how we are called to use them in service to others. To paraphrase the reading from Corinthians, there are many different gifts, and we have each received them for some benefit.

But, though the spirit is a great gift-giver, we aren’t always great gift-receivers. It is more natural for us to covet the gifts and talents of others than to see the value of what we ourselves possess. It’s hard to see how our strengths fit into the talent matrix of our families or the communities to which we belong. Yet, these strengths are, indeed, unique to us, and the employment of these talents is critical for the realization of the work of the Spirit. 

In today’s episode, we explore the concept of strengths, what they are, how to identify them, and how an authentic understanding and stewardship of strengths can engage our entire parish community. To do so, we’ll speak with stewardship expert Leisa Anslinger, and we’ll hear again from Pope Francis in this week’s Ministry Moment.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Leisa Anslinger and her work, visit the Catholic Life and Faith website.

To read more about Strengths Finder and the Living Your Strengths program, visit the Gallup Organization's website.

To read the full text of Pope Francis' remarks from his General Audience on April 24, 2013, visit the Vatican website.

The recording of "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" was produced by ILP. The recording of "Give Us Peace" was produced by GIA Publications.

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#013: Exploring Gaudete et Exultate (with Bill Huebsch, featuring Pope Francis)

 Bill Huebsch

Bill Huebsch

In our recent conversations with Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn about marriage preparation and Fr. Jim Martin about evangelization, both guests referenced the apostolic exhortations of Pope Francis. Many of our listeners were familiar with these documents, but the discussions in these episodes prompted more than one listener to write in and ask, “where do I find out more?” and “how should I be reading and studying these documents?” and even, “what the heck is an apostolic exhortation?”

In today’s episode, we explore Pope Francis’ newest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exultate.In addition to surveying what it says, we will also consider its pastoral implications, and why all of us in pastoral ministry should pay attention to these types of documents. To do so, we’ll speak with an expert on this subject, Bill Huebsch, and we’ll hear from the document itself during our Ministry Moment.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Bill Huebsch and his publications, visit his website: www.billhuebsch.com. Here you can order the reading guide for Gaudete et Exultate

You can order a collection of holiness resources from The Pastoral Center

To read the full text of Gaudete et Exultate, visit the Vatican website.

The recording of "Resucito" was produced by OCP. The piano recording of "Brother James' Air" was performed by Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, on the album Sacred Improvisations

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#012: May, the Month of Mary (with Carey Landry)

 Matt Reichert, Carey Landry, and Zack Stachowski

Matt Reichert, Carey Landry, and Zack Stachowski

As we in the United States look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, we in the Church are celebrating “Mother’s Month.” The custom of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May dates back as early as the Thirteenth Century, with special prayers, devotions, celebrations, and – of course – special music.

Today, in place of our customary interview, we are bringing you an audio program from the Open Your Hymnal podcast. Open Your Hymnal, cohosted by Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert, 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. 

To commemorate this Marian month, we are pleased to present today our interview with composer Carey Landry about his song “Hail Mary: Gentle Woman.” Originally released in the 1970s, this song has been a staple of parishes around the world. Yet, though you may know the song well, there are new corners to explore and messages to consider.   

 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Carey Landry 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 the other Carey Landry songs you heard in this episode: "Only a Shadow," "Peace is Flowing Like a River," and "Bloom Where You're Planted."

You can purchase a copy of the instrumental piano recording (arranged and performed by Paul Tate) from GIA Publications. You can also purchase a copy of the choral recording (arranged by Richard Proulx and performed by the Cathedral Singers) and a copy of Dan Kantor's "Ave Maria" from GIA Publications. 

You can watch the video recording of Bobby McFerrin's live concert performance of the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria", with the audience singing along, on YouTube. 

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

The recording of "Resucito" was produced by OCP.  

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#011: Evangelization, Inclusion, and the Culture Wars (with Fr. James Martin, featuring Jean Vanier)

 Fr. James Martin, SJ

Fr. James Martin, SJ

Just as the Advent season prepares us for the Incarnation, and the Lenten season prepares us for the Resurrection, we know that the celebration of the Easter season prepares us for Commissioning: “Go, make disciples of all nations.” The Gospel readings of this season serve as a primer in discipleship: the model of the Good Shepherd, the vines bearing much fruit, the command to love one another as Christ has loved us. Yet, though it is, indeed, Good News, spreading the Gospel is hard work! There are many barriers in our way: limits of time and resources, an unfriendly or inhospitable popular culture, and – sometimes the biggest barrier of all – ourselves.

 Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier

In today’s episode, we explore the topic of evangelization – how do we in pastoral ministry reach beyond those already active and in attendance? What works? What doesn’t? What mindset must we cultivate in order to be successful? We’ll also discuss two subsidiary topics: maintaining healthy balance, and navigating the culture wars being waged within the Church. To do so, we’ll hear from two people renowned for their efforts at evangelization: Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Jean Vanier.

 

SHOW NOTES

Fr. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Building A Bridge,” "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," and "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything." You can find out more about his ministry and speaking engagements on his Facebook page.

To learn more about Jean Vanier, visit the L'Arche website. To subscribe to "Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today's Catholic," visit the website: www.giveusthisday.org.

The recording of "Resucito" was produced by OCP.  The piano recording of "Break Bread Together" was performed by Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, on the album Sacred Improvisations

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

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

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.

#010: Pastoral Practices in Marriage Preparation (with Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn, OSB, featuring Pope Francis)

 Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn, OSB

Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn, OSB

With Easter behind us, celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation underway, and the last remnants of late-season snow storms melting, we can finally let our minds drift with thoughts of summer. While students and families are dreaming of vacation season, with camping trips and time spent at the beach, those who work in pastoral ministry are bracing for wedding season: the planning, the questions, the liturgical struggles, the lost Saturday afternoons, and the never-ending loop of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”    

 Pope Francis

Pope Francis

In this episode, we explore the pastoral challenges, opportunities, and implications of marriage celebrations today. To do so, we’ll look at marriage preparation, the changing relationship young couples have with the parish entity, and the navigation of both the universality and particularity of the Church’s celebration. Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn, OSB, helps us examine these topics through the lens of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love in the family. We’ll also hear excerpts from the document in this week's "Ministry Moment." 

 

SHOW NOTES

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn, OSB, is a monk of Saint John's Abbey and a current doctoral candidate at Boston College. His article, "Amoris Laetitia and Marriage Preparation: Who Can Marry in the Church?" will be published in the May 4, 2018 issue of Commonweal magazine. 

Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, was released in April, 2016. You can download the full text in English from the Vatican website.

NPM has published many articles about marriage and wedding liturgies, including a four-issue series of Pastoral Music magazine. You can view these issues - 03-1, 12-5, 16-2, and 20-4 - in the NPM digital publications archive

The recording of "Resucito" was produced by OCP.  

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.

#009: Representing the Feminine Voice (with Sarah Hart and Kate Williams, featuring Dolly Sokol)

 Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart

One of the major pastoral opportunities facing those of us in ministry is in the area of representation. With increasingly diverse membership, even in rural and outlying communities, there isn’t a parish in existence that shouldn’t be evaluating their practice carefully. As our cultural paradigm shifts from “believing leads to belonging” to “belonging leads to believing,” our success in gathering, leading, and ministering to a community starts with whether the members of that community feel they belong in the first place. 

 Kate Williams

Kate Williams

In our last episode, Diana Macalintal challenged us to consider the issue of representation when we process and evaluate our liturgical celebrations. In particular, Diana challenged us to ask how much of our liturgical music repertoire was composed by women. In this episode, we explore that challenge more deeply through conversation with two important voices: Sarah Hart and Kate Williams. In doing so, we consider the progress that women composers have made in liturgical circles, the barriers that remain, and we ask, “what, exactly, is the feminine compositional voice”? 

 

SHOW NOTES

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

You can find out more about Sarah Hart, her compositions, and her other work by visiting her composer page at www.ocp.org and her personal website at www.sarahhart.com. Her article, "Finding the Feminine Voice: A Woman Composer in the Church," was published in the March 2018 issue of Pastoral Music

You can read Dolly Sokol's article, "Liturgical Principles for a New Consciousness," in the NPM digital publications archive. It is found in the October-November 1987 issue of Pastoral Music.

For more information about composing and publishing liturgical music, consult the links below, arranged alphabetically (NOTE: This is an incomplete list of resources. Please contact us if you would like additional links listed).

GIA Publications | Hope Publishing | ILP Music | Liturgical Press | MorningStar Music | OCP | World Library Publications

The recording of "Resucito" was produced by OCP.  The piano recording of "Beach Spring" was performed by Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, on the album Sacred Improvisations

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.