"When in our music God is glorified…"

Today was was “Choir Sunday” at my parish, where every person at every liturgy got a chance to hear our glorious choir (which normally sings at only the 11:30 “high” Mass.)  The hymn below — a favorite of mine — was the fitting processional.  I found a very good rendition that I’ve embedded below. So [Read More...]

It's the end of the world

Or someone thinks so.   Fr. James Martin bids goodbye to a few of his favorite things. Meantime, take it away, Skeeter. [Read more...]

A joyful noise?

With the full implementation of the new missal now about a month away — can you believe it? — writer Jeffrey Tucker is putting it into context, and raising some concerns, particularly when it comes to music: The “elephant in the living room” of non-liturgical texts at Mass comes through music at Mass. The problem [Read More...]

"Why did you change the words in the Gloria?" — UPDATED

That’s the question a woman asked me after Mass last night, as we introduced the altered musical settings for the new edition of the Roman Missal.  A friend who was with her echoed the sentiment.  She was baffled.  “Are they going to change back?,” she asked. This, after months of bulletin announcements and articles about [Read More...]

Susan Boyle's latest: "You Have to Be There"

I found this unexpectedly moving: an unabashed statement of faith and hope addressed directly to God. [Read more...]

What happens when you sing "Ave Maria" to a baby?

Just what you’d expect. [Read more...]

Steve Jobs' other job

He was also one of the wizards behind Pixar, and served as Executive Producer of the groundbreaking (and Oscar-winning) “Toy Story.”  Below, the classic song from that classic film.  Like Jobs himself, the movie celebrated imagination and ingenuity and a never-ending sense of wonder. [Read more...]

"Party Rock Anthem" as you've never heard it before — by a marching band

“Party rock is in the house tonight” — and last weekend, the Ohio University Marching 110 knocked it out of the house and clear across Athens. This is something to see, (even if you only know the tune from that awful, creepy Kia commercial.) “Every day I’m shufflin’, shufflin’…” Everybody shuffle! [Read more...]

The next Susan Boyle? You decide.

Ladies and gentlemen, from the X-Factor, meet the burrito-maker with the amazing voice, Josh Krajcik.  Feel those goosebumps? [Read more...]

RIP, Dolores Hope

The widow of entertainer Bob Hope has died, at the amazing age of 102. Her obituary notes her Catholic roots: Dolores DeFina was born on May 27, 1909, in Harlem, the daughter of John Thomas DeFina and the former Theresa Kelly. She grew up in the Bronx and changed her last name to Reade when [Read More...]


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