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Our parish jam session...

posted Sep 1, 2014, 8:22 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Sep 1, 2014, 8:29 AM ]
All God’s children have a place in the choir, Some sing low, some sing higher. 
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire, 
And some just clap their hands, or paws, Or anything they got. 

The broad spectrum of worship music in the Catholic liturgy has evolved dramatically since Pete Seeger’s version of this folk song sung made its rounds. The 1963 document Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) calls for “full and active participation” and allows multiple styles of music and the use of musical instruments other than the organ. After fifty years, multi-style liturgies are common. One of the first liturgies Pope Francis celebrated at St. Peter’s employed guitars and percussion, instruments indigenous to Argentinean music.

We’re fortunate here at Immaculate Heart of Mary to have so many parishioners volunteering their time and talents to our music ministry. But we could always use more! Spirited community music making expresses reverence and respect by fully engaging the mind, body and spirit in the act of praise!

So if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to join any of our ensembles at any of our liturgies, (whether you want to sing or play any instrument) we’re having our first all-inclusive rehearsal of the season this Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM in the church. Our combined music ministry will continue to rehearse on the first Wednesday of each month, so if you can’t make it in September, try October! Everyone is welcome, even if you can’t commit to singing or playing with us at Mass. So bring your guitars, horns, friends, in-laws…

...Or anything they got.