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Li'l Hearts & Voices...

posted Feb 13, 2011, 7:05 AM by Steven Vaughan
For those of you that attend 11:45 Mass, you may have noticed that lately I've been sneaking out during the homily.  I've been joining the Children's Liturgy to sing with them!  And last Sunday, since light was the unifying theme of the readings – that Christ is our light, and we are called to be light – the children returned to Mass and sang This Little Light of Mine!

The “Decree and Directory for Masses with Children” published by Pope Paul VI in 1973 reminds us that “the spirit of the family is greatly fostered when children take part in the Mass” and that “they should not feel neglected because of their inability to participate.”  It suggests they perform songs; and adds “adults can benefit spiritually from experiencing the part that the children have”.  So I'll continue attending the Children's Liturgy, and occasionally these “Li'l Hearts & Voices” will sing for you during the 11:45 Mass!

Have you heard HeartBEAT?  Our percussion ensemble for our older kids compliments our music  with rhythm, and is literally the “pulse” of our music ministry.  We rehearse Monday afternoons, and have played at both 8:45 and 11:45 Masses.  If you know anyone 4th grade or older, encourage them to join us!

These kids aren't just performing “music for the soul.”  Did you know music prepares your brain for learning?  A UCLA study found that students who were given music lessons scored 27% higher on math tests than their peers without musical instruction.  Singing helps children express their emotions in acceptable ways.  And being in any music ensemble is a great way for them to learn teamwork and to bond with others.

And performances aren't limited to church!  Thanks to a contact established by Mary DeBernardo, Alexandra High is singing the National Anthem for the New York Aviators Pro Hockey game this Friday night at Floyd Bennett Field!  I hope you support these kid's efforts, and encourage their musical development!
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