Dear Partners in Ministry,
Our ministry family has lost a sister in Bernadette O’Hanlon, a founding member of our parish and a dear friend of so many of you. I barely got to meet Bernadette in my short time with you thus far, but I knew that she was faithfully committed to our ministry and to each of you.
Her cousin is making his way in from California tonight, and several of you have already been hard at work helping to prepare for her celebration. Whether you’re a member of Resurrection Choir or not, please know that, when the time comes, your presence and gifts as ministers for her funeral Mass will be most welcome. In the meantime, please keep those closest to Bernie in your hearts this week, and thank you once again for loving and looking out for one another as you all do so well.
Collection for Bernadette’s Funeral Expenses
A reminder that, in lieu of flowers, we’re taking any donations you would be willing to share to help defray the cost of Bernadette’s final expenses. Donations can be given to Karen Franks tomorrow night or over the weekend. Thank you.
Stations of the Cross this Friday
As you might have heard Fr. Terry mention, I’ll be serving as leader for the Stations of the Cross this Friday at 7. I’m planning a very simple, unaccompanied, approachable service of prayer and would love for you to join me (once you’ve had your Fish Fry meal, of course). No choir involvement, just a simple sung antiphon as we move from station to station, and the Taizé “Jesus, Remember Me” to conclude.
Palm Sunday Update: A Perfectly Imperfect Procession
After a long discussion among the staff, we’ve decided not to put ourselves through the strain of trying to set up a separate sound system outside, nor will we try to “sync up” the systems in the Banquet Center and Church. While we work very hard to make our liturgies as well-executed as possible, the nature of a procession like this is not one of precision and production, but rather a perfectly human experience of walking together and embracing the messiness that comes with celebrating as community. What we can do is to shuffle music ministers among the procession, singing with everyone around us. We’ll also use portable instruments like a drum and guitar to lead singing… and if there’s a need to make adjustments once we enter the Church, we will. As we do every Sunday, we’ll gather ourselves as assembly and find that voice together.
Rehearsal Notes: March 24
Our first hour will be spent on Sunday music for the next three weeks, including the two psalms for April 3. After a break, we’ll cover music for Holy Thursday, the psalm for Good Friday, and our three choral selections for the Triduum.
This Week in Liturgy
MARCH 27, 2022 · Fourth Sunday of Lent
Happy Laetare Sunday! Whether hearing Sunday’s readings and experiencing God’s renewing love through the parable of the Prodigal Son, or continuing our witness with the elect on Saturday and hearing the story of the man born blind, we are reminded that it is God who brings us light in times of darkness, wisdom in our doubt, and reconciling love in times of separation.
- Gathering Song: Christ, Be Our Light, Bernadette Farrell [MI 598 · JS 824]
- Responsorial Psalm (Saturday): Shepherd Me, O God, Marty Haugen [MI 459 · score]
- Responsorial Psalm (Sunday): Taste and See, Tom Kendzia [MI 343 · JS 789]
- Prep of Gifts: How Can I Keep from Singing, Robert W. Lowry [MI 443 · JS 686]
- Communion: Gift of Finest Wheat, Robert E. Kreutz, arr. Kevin Keil [MI 329 · score]
- Sending Forth: instrumental, How Can I Keep from Singing
APRIL 3, 2022 · Fifth Sunday of Lent
- Gathering Song: Earthen Vessels, John Foley, SJ [MI 408 · JS 639]
- Responsorial Psalm (Saturday): With the Lord There Is Mercy, Rick Modlin [MI 816 · JS 108]
- Responsorial Psalm (Sunday): The Lord Has Done Great Things, Ricky Manalo [WA · JS 104]
- Prep of Gifts: Only This I Want, Dan Schutte [MI 499 · JS 732]
- Communion: Unless a Grain of Wheat, Bernadette Farrell [MI 498 · JS 725]
- Sending Forth: instrumental, Only This I Want
Thank you all for your generosity of spirit and faithful ministry!
Peace be with you,