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You're Invited to a Picnic...

posted Jun 4, 2011, 8:18 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Sep 1, 2014, 4:59 PM ]
If you’ve ever planned a dinner party, holiday feast or important meal, music may have been the last thing you thought about, even though it helps set the proper atmosphere.  It gives you the ability to create the right mood.  The wrong music can make everything feel a bit off, somehow… so it’s worth taking a little time and really thinking about what’s right for the situation and for the diversity of everyone in attendance, since it can make or break your whole affair. 

Instead of just turning something on at the last minute, consider the following aspects in advance, so you can choose something appropriate and have it prepared and ready.  What energy level do you want to achieve; laid-back or more active?  Which age demographic do you wish to appeal to most?  Older guests may not like something too contemporary, while a younger generation may find another choice too “old fashioned.”  And what do you like yourself?

The Eucharist we celebrate originated at the Last Supper as a meal within a meal.  Christ is the head of a family who today still graciously invites his followers to share a pleasant meal with him.  But WE get to choose the music for this meal!

With the implementation of the revised Roman Missal this fall, we have to change the music for the parts of the Mass.  Next year’s Breaking Bread contains four choices, so the first step is to eliminate the one we definitely don’t want.  And since we’re choosing music for a meal, we’re doing this over a meal!  On Thursday, June 16, the Liturgy Committee and Music Ministry invite you to a picnic at 6:30 P.M. to do just that!  By preparing and sharing a meal together, we can discover which music best supports our conversations and actions, which like any dinner party, are more important than the music itself.  To RSVP, or for details, email music@IHMBrooklyn.org or call (718) 871-1310, ext. 14.  As a member of the parish family, help make our meal a celebration…