The Church of Itinerant Musicians

My home church has been welcoming itinerant musicians for as long as I can remember. St. Anne’s is a small mission church, 50 miles from everywhere in Northern Arizona. When I arrived here, there was a choir and an organist. Within a few years, that entire group had moved on and I became the organist […]... Read More

Carrick Ministries – Catechetical Artistry

  In the few years since I last reviewed Carrick Ministries, their focus has broadened and evolved so much that I thought it was worth another mention.  Julie is still singing, writing songs, touring, and doing parish missions. Carrick Ministries has also teamed up with a number of other artists, such as Leighton Drake, another […]... Read More
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First Stop – Ice Cubes

Our personal ice rink and ski trails We finally made it to our first stop on the road. We have been celebrating the holidays with the grandparents in Colorado. There have been challenges with the RV plumbing and heating since the man of the place arrived here over 2 months ago. The plumbing is now […]... Read More
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Oops! God, Have Mercy, I Goofed Again

  Sunday’s gospel (Luke 18:9-14) was all about humility. The pharisee proudly reminds God how well he has kept His commandments. The tax collector, in shame, hides in a corner and begs God’s mercy. Fr. K’s homily began with a reminder that once we think we have humility, we’ve lost it. His hint couldn’t have come […]... Read More

Were You There When the Sun Refused to Shine?

Sometimes a line in a song cuts straight to the heart.  I feel it with the National Anthem (and the rockets’ red glare…), The Celtic Farewell (may holy angels be there at your welcoming, and all the saints who go before you there), and Were You There?  For me it’s verse 4, “were you there […]... Read More

Julie Carrick – Living The Faith Boldly

Year of Faith Events – Carrick Ministries Julie Carrick sang her first solo at the age of 5.  Since then, she has devoted her life and her music to Jesus.  Even after surviving a rare form of lung cancer a few years ago, Julie continues to minister and share her faith with Catholics all over […]... Read More

America, Still Beautiful

On the way to church yesterday, I noticed our veterans from the American Legion hall had installed the flags up and down our two main streets.  It took a while to sink in, because I was stubbornly clinging to the thought that Veteran’s Day was Monday.  I made a quick change in the music, substituting […]... Read More

Still Bucking the New Translation – Really??

Thanks to Dr. Jerry Galipeau’s excellent blog, Gotta Sing, Gotta Pray, I actually have a “keep it simple” topic  for today;)  Due to all the uproar about the New Translation, and also due to my continuing efforts to be a passable music director for my parishes, I try to follow Dr. Jerry’s blog.  He has […]... Read More

Simple Music Guidelines

Mass confusion.  That’s what music for Mass seems to be these days.  Catholic liturgical music has gone from chant, to folksy, to rock ‘n’ roll, to chaos.  Well, maybe chaos is too extreme a word.  Whatever happened to good old-fashioned guidelines?  Is it just assumed that we know what we’re doing?  If music is the […]... Read More

Vacation Bible School

Catholics didn’t used to have Vacation Bible School.  We had day camp, or youth group, or nothing at all.  It was great fun, we went swimming, went to the beach, roller skating, did arts and crafts, and had a big campout on the last night. Now a lot of our churches are having Vacation Bible schools, […]... Read More