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Connor Whelan at 5:00 PM Mass

posted Jul 2, 2016, 3:00 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jul 2, 2016, 3:00 PM ]
Connor Whelan sings with the choir; cantors; plays piano or organ, assists with Vacation Bible School and has subbed for me many times. He earned Eagle Scout honors after successfully organizing a benefit concert last year to raise money for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. He’s majoring in music at Brooklyn College, in addition to how he has been cultivating his pastoral musician formation here at Immaculate Heart of Mary. While he continues to develop his knowledge and skills to teach and play, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops calls for his development “to respond to people’s needs as well as take initiative that leadership requires.”

So starting next week, Connor will be in charge of music at the 5:00
PM Mass on the second Saturday of each month. This is to afford him the opportunity to become a collaborative leader by working in a reoccurring schedule shared with Liz, Maureen and myself; assist him in establishing a rhythm for himself that provides an appropriate balance of work, study, practice and leisure; and help him develop a heightened awareness of the congregation to whom he ministers.

As a parish, we can assist him as he prepares for a career in music ministry. Make suggestions to him as you would to me. Tell him when you like or dislike something. Let him know if you want percussion or Latin hymns, Bilingual hymns, etc. And of course, pray for him. But if you really want to support his development, sing for him at Mass, so he can learn the subtle nuance of leading a congregation better...