#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.

 

SHOW NOTES

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. 

SHOW NOTES

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.”

SHOW NOTES

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.

 

SHOW NOTES

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.”

SHOW NOTES

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. 

SHOW NOTES

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.

 

 

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. 

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

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#063: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Ministers (with Patti Such)

Patti Such

Patti Such

I once heard someone describe working with volunteer ministers in parishes as “concentric circles of challenge.” The first challenge is to find a way to engage potential volunteers. But, once you’ve found a way to break through, you’re met with the challenge of training them. Once you’ve found a way to navigate the difficulties of formation, you’re met with the challenge of scheduling them, and then of retaining them, and so forth. 

Today, we’re journeying head-on into these concentric circles to explore what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to engaging, recruiting, and retaining parish volunteer ministers. To help us out, we’ll speak with Patti Such, who will offer a host of information to help frame our views and approaches toward volunteer recruitment and management. We’ll also hear from a recent blog post written by Diana Macalintal in this week’s “Ministry Moment.”

 

SHOW NOTES

To learn more about Patti, Rotunda Software, and the Ministry Scheduler Pro program, visit www.ministryschedulerpro.com. You can try the program for free for 30 days!

You can read Diana Macalintal’s blog post, “Why You Should Rethink the Choir’s Summer Break” on the Liturgy.Life website.

The recordings of “A New Commandment” (The Collegeville Composers Group) is published by Liturgical Press. “Discipleship Medley” (arr. Paul Tate) is published by GIA Publications. “Ubi Caritas” (Laurence Rosania) is published by OCP.

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#062: Engaging Emerging Leaders (with Dr. Bob McCarty)

Dr. Bob McCarty

Dr. Bob McCarty

Over the last few years, NPM has undertaken a variety of new initiatives to serve the needs of the singing and praying church. Throughout the next few months, I’ll be bringing you conversations that highlight these programs and give updates as to their progress and development.

Today, we’re focusing on the topic of emerging leaders. As pastoral ministers, we are called to help identify and develop the gifts of lots of people in lots of ways: cantors, accompanists, lectors, ministers of hospitality, and more. Yet, we are often stymied by the challenge of succession planning. We ask ourselves: Who will come after us? Who will continue this work already begun? Where are the next generation of leaders?

To help us explore these questions and the challenges we face in answering them, we’re joined once again by Dr. Bob McCarty. We’ll also remember the late Rachel Held Evans in today’s Ministry Moment.

 

SHOW NOTES

To join Dr. Bob McCarty, Dr. Jeannie Downey-Vanover, and Michael Ruzicki for the second NPM Emerging Leaders Institute this summer at the national convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, visit the 2019 NPM convention website

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 read Rachel Held Evans’ blog post, “New Songs,” on her website.

The recordings of “Heart of a Shepherd” (Rory Cooney with verses by Joseph Gelineau) and “A Shepherd’s Medley” (arr. Paul Tate) are published by GIA Publications. “The Lord is My Shepherd/El Señor es mi Pastor” (Mary Frances Reza) is published by OCP. “I Shall See” is published by Hampton Roads Music Group.

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

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#061: Navigating the "Culture Wars" (with Dan Schutte)

Dan Schutte

Dan Schutte

If you are someone who uses social media, it doesn’t take long to discover that the so-called liturgical “culture wars” are alive and well. Post after post on page after page reveal the ugly and unhelpful reality of the conflict. Authentic, thoughtful conversation and dialogue rarely happen, which is both unfortunate and unproductive. What is left, at least on social media and in the blogosphere, is often hyperbole, entrenchment, and judgement. So, what is a pastoral musician to do? How do we navigate these conflicts and make sense of them? How do we see through the judgement, and how do we take steps forward in our pastoral ministry?

Today, we’ll hear a special workshop presentation from Dan Schutte. Offered at the 2018 NPM convention in Baltimore, Dan presented a workshop titled “Honoring Our Musical Diversity: Navigating the Culture Wars.” In this session, Dan led participants through an exploration of ways to integrate a variety of genres, including chant, contemporary, and traditional hymnody, to celebrate the richness of our sacred music heritage in the liturgy.

We will be back with new, original interviews next week.

SHOW NOTES

To find out more information about the 2019 NPM National Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, visit the NPM website. You can view preliminary schedules, speaker and event information, and more. Register today!

For more information about Dan Schutte, visit his composer page at OCP. You can also visit his personal website: www.danschutte.com.

The recordings of “This Joyful Eastertide” (VREUCHTEN, arr. Richard Hillert) and “Ye Sons and Daughters” (O FILII ET FILIAE, arr. Josh Blakesley) are published by OCP.

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

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