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cuori BELLissimi!

posted Jun 21, 2013, 7:48 PM by Unknown user
On and off over the last year, a children’s handbell choir called cuori BELLissimi has been playing at the 11:45 Mass. I’m hoping they continue playing, and am inviting any other kids between the ages of 6 – 10 to join us if they want. 

They mostly play the Ordinary of the Eucharist, or the Order of Mass. These are the parts of the Liturgy that are reasonably constant without regard to the season or date, and that don't change. Since it’s mostly the same music week after week, it won’t be too difficult to pick up. And to make it even easier, I’m going to start having a quick 15-minute rehearsal just after the 11:45 Mass on most Sundays to go over basic music notation and proper ringing technique. 

Becoming a “ringer” develops team work; artistic expression; social interaction and self-esteem. It also provides training and self-discipline in motion skills. And since each member is needed, each one feels wanted. It might surprise you to know that musical ability is NOT the most important characteristic to be successful! A good ringer must want to be involved; have a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend every rehearsal. (A lack of responsibility toward practices is a strong detriment to any group. Ask any coach.) It requires basic eye-hand coordination and a sense of a rhythmic beat. 

So if you know a child who wishes to participate, please come see me after Mass. For a bell's not a bell 'til someone rings it!