#073: Commemorating Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month (with Kate Williams)

Kate Williams

Kate Williams

This is a special rebroadcast of our episode from February, 2019, in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, we hear that “there is a season for everything: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to laugh, and a time to mourn.” As pastoral ministers, we know that there is a need for pastoral ministry in all seasons of life. Our work calls us to be attentive and present in times of great joy and celebration as well as in times of great sadness and mourning. Sometimes we do better with the celebrating than the mourning.

Today, we’re discussing ministry to those who know the pain of loss. Specifically, we are talking about ministry to those who have struggled with the inability to conceive, who know the pain of losing a child before birth, and those who have faced their child’s death at the time of birth. How are we present to them? How do we minister in this time of deep and, often, isolated sadness? How can we accompany them on their grief journey? To explore these questions and more, we’ll speak with author and editor Kate Williams.

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You can learn more about Kate Williams by visiting the GIA Publications staff page.

You can order the book, “Of Womb and Tomb,” by visiting the GIA Publications website. Here you can also order the accompanying music collection, both in print and audio recording. You can also follow “Of Womb and Tomb” on Facebook.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “Turn My Heart, O God” (Marty Haugen), and “I Have Been Anointed” (Steve Warner).

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#072: What Music Will Young People Sing? (with the One Call Institute)

OCI participants at the end-of-week concert.

OCI participants at the end-of-week concert.

This past summer saw the second iteration of the One Call Institute for young pastoral musicians and their advocates. We are well on our way to planning next summer’s program, and we’re excited about new opportunities on the horizon. Specifically, we are pleased to offer short, local programs to train and form young people and those who work with young people in addition to our week-long summer institute.

In fact, a week ago, the first day-long One Call Institute was presented at a combined gathering of the Kansas City, Kansas and Kansans City, Missouri NPM chapters. There will also be a special pre-convention One Call experience for youth and adults this coming summer at the NPM convention in Louisville, Kentucky. If you are interested in finding out more about the One Call summer program, or about bringing One Call to your home community, you can visit the program website, onecallinstitute.org. 

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “what music appeals to young people?” To address this question, we’re sharing with you today the music of One Call. The Open Your Hymnal podcast produced a special episode that explored the variety of musical styles and genres used at the 2019 summer program. You’ll hear much of the music used at prayer, at the end-of-week concert, and at the Sunday liturgy. In exploring this repertoire, we hope you’ll come to realize that the musical tastes of young people are wide and varied, from chant to contemporary, and hymnody to praise and worship. The common threads, however, are intentionality, relevance, and authenticity.

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For more information about the One Call Institute, visit www.onecallinstitute.org.

You can learn more about the Open Your Hymnal podcast and listen to past episodes by visiting www.openyourhymnal.com.

The recording of "Now Thank We All Our God" (NUNN DANKET) was produced by Liturgical Press.

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#071: Ministering in a Time of Tragedy (with Peter Kolar)

Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar

Today’s episode is about ministering in times of tragedy. In the past year, too many communities have been torn apart by violence, injustice, natural disaster, or other devastating events. In these times, words fail. No matter how well our liturgy or Scripture classes have prepared us, we can feel like we don’t know what to do. Yet, it is at these times that music can be the most transformative.

Today, we’ll hear from Peter Kolar. An accomplished pastoral musician and composer, Peter shares with us today his experience ministering in the aftermath of the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. 

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For more information about Peter Kolar and his compositions, visit his biography pages at World Library Publications and GIA Publications

You can access Peter’s full article by visiting the “Sing, Amen!” blog post from August 24, 2019.

The recordings of "The Cloud’s Veil" (Liam Lawton), instrumental piano “The Cloud’s Veil” (arr. Paul Tate), “Nada te Turbe” (arr. Marty Haugen), and “Go, Silent Friend/In Paradisum” (arr. Steve Petrunak) were produced by GIA Publications.

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#070: Understanding Liturgical Assessment (REPLAY)

Mike Novak

Mike Novak

This is a special rebroadcast of our episode from July, 2018.

In last week’s episode, we explored the concept of operational development with Kathy Bartlett. In that conversation, we examined how we in pastoral ministry should apply a strategic, organizational lens to the way we view our work in order to be both efficient and effective. 

Today, we are continuing this thread of practical, strategic, and professional topics by discussing the concept of liturgical assessment. Now, before you hit the “skip” button or push “pause,” consider this question for a moment. How effective are your parish liturgies? If your response was negative, what high impact steps can your community take to address this ineffectiveness? If your response was positive, what objective evidence can you point to in order to back up your claim? 

Liturgical assessment is NOT about imposing or challenging musical or aesthetic taste, it is NOT about evaluating the personal worth of you or your volunteer ministers, and it certainly isn’t about the style wars. It is about giving good, accurate, real information about the experience of those who participate in your liturgies so that you know what your community does well and so that you know exactly what to do about those things your community doesn’t do so well. To help us understand the process, we’ll speak with assessment expert Mike Novak.

 

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For more information about Mike Novak, visit his biography page at World Library Publications. 

You can download the three resources mentioned in the conversation using the links below. NOTE: These were created by Mike Novak and are his intellectual property. The files are included here for your reference and your professional use. Please ensure that you properly credit the source of these resources. 

Handout 1: Overview of the Parish Liturgy Assessment Process

Handout 2: Liturgy Assessment Tool

Handout 3: Sample Assessment Report

The recordings of "They'll Know We Are Christians" was produced by World Library Publications. "Give Us Peace" was produced by GIA Publications.

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#069: Exploring NPM 2.0 (with Jeremy Helmes)

Jeremy Helmes

Jeremy Helmes

We’ve been enjoying a little summer break here at Ministry Monday. It’s been a few weeks since we released a new episode. In that time, lots has been happening. The annual Guitar and Ensemble Institute just wrapped up. The second annual One Call Institute was a wild success. And, of course, the national convention was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

That’s where I want to begin, back in Raleigh. There has been much ongoing conversation about this convention and, specifically, the roll-out of a new strategic vision for the association, branded as “NPM 2.0.” To say it plain, reactions were mixed. Some elements of the new vision were warmly received while others caused many questions (or even pushback). 

So, our conversation today will explore this NPM 2.0 proposal a little more. What is being proposed? What will the process look like? How will we as members be involved? Is it a “done deal,” or is the vision still being shaped and formed? To help us out, we’ll speak with Jeremy Helmes, the current Chair of the NPM Board of Directors. 

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For more information about Jeremy Helmes and NPM’s leadership, visit the NPM website. You can also find his book, “Three Great Days: Preparing the Liturgies of the Paschal Triduum” from Liturgical Press.

You can read more about NPM 2.0 and access all of the documents associated with the process by visiting the NPM website.

The recordings of “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (William Croft, Isaac Watts) was produced by OCP. The recording of “To the Poor a Lasting Treasure” (Fr. Francis Patrick O’Brien) is produced by GIA Publications. The recording of “Go Out” (W. Clifford Petty) is produced by World Library Publications.

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#068: We've Sent Them Out. Now What? (with Zack Stachowski)

Zack Stachowski

Zack Stachowski

Parish and school communities throughout the country are in the process of sending out their young people. No, I don’t mean Confirmation rites or graduation rituals. I’m talking about the young people who will be attending any one of a variety of summer camps, programs, and institutes. 

There is no shortage of opportunities for young people to attend formational programs with their peers. As someone who helps direct such a program, most of the questions I receive have to do with, “how can I get youth from my parish to go?” Finding youth to attend, however, is only part of the battle. Once a young person has experienced the One Call Institute, One Bread One Cup, NCYC, or any of the other national and regional programs that exist, what do we do with them now? We sent them, now do we welcome them back? Most importantly, how do we utilize and continue to develop their gifts, talents, and interest? 

So, today, we’re exploring strategies, tips, and approaches that can help your community better utilize the experiences and formation of the young people in your community. To help us out, we’ll hear Zack Stachowski, co-director of the One Call Institute. We’ll also hear one of Zack’s compositions in this week’s “Ministry Moment.”

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For more information about Zack Stachowski, visit his composer page at GIA Publications. You can find out more about the Open Your Hymnal podcast and the One Call Institute by visiting each program’s website.

The recordings of “Come and Eat This Living Bread” (Rob Glover) and “Panis Angelicus” (Zack Stachowski) were produced by GIA Publications. The recording of “Ang Katawan ni Kristo” (Ricky Manalo, Pia de Leon) is produced by OCP.

Download the FREE recruitment resource from Rotunda Software and Ministry Scheduler Pro by following this link!

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#067: How Liturgy Transforms (with Msgr. Ray East) - REPLAY

Msgr. Ray East

Msgr. Ray East

This is a special re-broadcast of our episode from May, 2018.

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.

 

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For more information about Msgr. Ray East and his work, read the following articles: on African American Catholic spiritualityon Race and Religionon 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.

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#066: Creating Space for Worship (ft. Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL)

Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL

Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL

It’s summer, but what does that really mean for pastoral musicians? A change of pace, sure, but that doesn’t always mean slowing down. It means busier schedules, covering more liturgies with fewer musicians, weddings, and so forth. For many of us, there is also the added dimension of an increasingly transient congregation – the regulars go on vacation, and the increase in visitors is palpable. 

So, today, we’re going back to the beginning – the gathering rite. Why? Because it’s good to reexamine our practice from time to time, and because the summer is a great time to be even more intentional than usual about how we gather as a worshiping community. To help us out, we’ll hear from an article written by Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL. We’ll also hear a selection from composer Judy Hunnicutt in this week’s “Ministry Moment.”

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To learn more about Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, by visiting her bio page on the OCP website. You can read her article, “Preparation at the Liturgy: Creating Space for Worship” in the 2006 April-May issue of Pastoral Music magazine.

The recordings of “Send Us Your Spirit” (David Haas) and “Come, Spirit, Come” (Judy Hunnicutt) are produced by GIA Publications. “Veni Sancte Spiritus” (Christopher Walker) and “Ven Espiritu Santo” (Jaime Cortez) are produced by OCP.

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#065: Pastoral Liturgy Interest Section Spotlight (with Chris Ferraro)

Chris Ferraro

Chris Ferraro

Today we are pleased to bring you the first in a series of episodes meant to highlight the various interest sections of NPM. There are eighteen of these groups, gathering together pastoral musicians around a common area of interest, such as chant, music education, campus ministry, technology, and more. 

I’m joined today by Chris Ferraro, chair of the pastoral liturgy interest section. Chris will share information about what the pastoral liturgy interest section does, who should join, and why the work of the interest section is so important. Chris will also share information about the Liturgical Music Institute, a summer formation program he directs in New York State. 

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To learn more about Chris by visiting his biography page on his parish's website. You can find out more about the Liturgical Music Institute by visiting the program website.

Many of the Liturgical Music Institute’s program faculty have appeared on the Ministry Monday podcast! You can listen to those episodes here:

The recordings of “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” (arr. Tony Alonso) and “Go to the World!” (text by Sylvia Dunstan, arr. James Chepponis) are produced by GIA Publications.

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#064: Finding and Living Our Strengths (with Leisa Anslinger) - REPLAY

Leisa Anslinger

Leisa Anslinger

This is a special re-broadcast of our episode from May, 2018.

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.

 

 

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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. 

For more information about the One Call Institute, visit the program website at www.onecallinstitute.org.

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