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Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch)

"Whatsoever You Do" was sung at 10:00 Mass at the Church of St. Matthew in St. Paul, MN on 11/19/2017. I really like this song. My steel string acoustic guitar was a bit out of tune. Jill at piano. Backed up by Chris on guitar and the vocals of Charlie, Andy and "the other Richard."

Text: Matthew 5:3-12; Willard F. Jabusch, b.1930, © 1966, 1979
Tune: WHASOEVER YOU DO, 10 10 11 with refrain; Willard F. Jabusch, b.1930, © 1966, 1979; harmonization by Robert J. Batastini. b.1942, © 1975, GIA Publications, Inc. 

Refrain: Whatsoever you do to the least of my people that you do unto me.

When I was hungry, you gave me to eat; 
When I was thirsty you gave me to drink. 
Now enter into the home of my Father.

When I was homeless, you opened your door; 
When I was naked, you gave me your...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 128 - Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Guimont 2010)

https://youtu.be/POsgbC2SS1c

Psalm 128 - Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord. Music: Michel Guimont. Text: The Revised Grail Psalms, (c) 2010, Conception Abbey and the Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.

Psalm 131 - In You, O Lord, I Have Found My Peace (Guimont)

Psalm 131 - In You, O Lord, I Have Found My Peace (Guimont)
https://youtu.be/yW0uvqNzxjI

R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

O LORD, my heart is not proud,
     nor haughty my eyes.
I have not gone after things too great,
     nor marvels beyond me.

Truly, I have set my soul
     in tranquility and...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 131: My Soul Is Still (Haas)

https://youtu.be/hAchWewd4-c

Psalm 131: My Soul Is Still for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. Composed by David Haas. (c) 1985 GIA Publications.

Refrain: 
In you, O Lord, I have found my peace, I have found my peace.

1. My heart is not proud, my eyes not above you; you fill my soul.
I am not filled with great things, nor with thoughts beyond me.

2. My soul is still, my soul stays quiet, longing for...  Read Full Story >>>

Look Up

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1st Verse:
I was an unhappy soul in the past
And dug myself into a deep hole fast...
That would take faith in something I didn't know-about
The grace was coming when I was down-and-out...
A presence could be felt and it couldn't be ignored
My negative life sentence was about to be cut-short
Because I saw the evil and pulled the cord to get some real life-support...
Jesus came to me and I somehow knew he was always watching
I was pleased and dark hallways were no longer an option... 

Learning Light

1st Verse:
I've cried so many tears that the river is full
But got back up and tried then got a shiver from the school...
Of the spiritual aspect
I have fruits to give in a lyrical basket...
But I'm just speaking from the heart
And never meaning to take the listener to the dark...
Because we have enough of that in life
But there is one more sort of being tough - the one without a knife...
Or fists
I saw myself in the mist... 

Stop The Hate

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1st Verse:
The light can still shine on the darkest of days
At night there may still be crimes but we continue to pray...
The love Jesus has for us
Is so open yet at times mysterious...
The hope continues
From writing this note with open windows
My coat is always yours and I'm sure it will fit-you...
Brothers and sisters
Cousins and teachers...
We all deserve love and... 

Love 101

Hip Hop lyrics by Alex were made into a Hip Hop song and a Folk-Country song. See how we did it! Richard has recorded two audio demos. See revised lyrics in Comments section. See the Comments section for the progression of lyrics and the two different song approaches. 

Love 101
Original Hip Hop lyrics by Alex:

1st Verse:
The cold weather followed me around town
But I never sold my soul even though I was mostly down...
Then I got to know the lord
That's when I knew it was time to put down my sword
That frown turned upside down and I started to adore...
Everything around me - and it seemed magical
Was I in a dream - because life became manageable...
And beyond - this must be the answer
So I put love into every song and mess around like an amateur dancer...
Because very few opinions only matter to me
Life gave me a platter when I decided to be free...
  

Happiness Can Be Found

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Richard has done a rough exploration of singing with guitar. See audio file below. It's not Hip Hop. It's just freeform singing and playing.

1st Verse:
GOD - I see you through the light from my soul
And I know I don't need to fight to know
Because even though life might be cold...
At times
I can do things like make rhymes
And put the breaks on the hate and accelerate the divine
I'm just trying to demonstrate what isn't mine...
I feel presents in his presence
Kneel before him and get a message not a sentence...
 

Pieces of Peace

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10-4-2017: Richard added a reading of Alex's poem.

1st Verse:

I've seen good and bad

Now I question myself should I be mad?...

At a world where light wants to shine in our lives

No more fights this time I want to embrace what is right...

Even though pain cannot be avoided

I want to see the same light everywhere which I see in the lord-and...

I don't know why we fear death... 

Enchristment by Nguyen-Schletty

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Please see this blog article to see how this collaboration with Asiansa09 evolved: topcatholicsongs.com/enchristment

Initially, I had imagined this song would be slow and meditative. But the Spirit made me go uptempo! Tell me what you think. Record the song and send it to me! A lead sheet with guitar chords is attached to the end of this story. Thanks, Dan (Asiansa09), for the inspiration.

5/12/17: I uploaded a revised audio demo in which I did voice pitch correction and also corrected mistakes I had made in singing the melody in verses 2 and 3.

7/20/2017: I uploaded a piano + voice score (notated sheet music) which can be downloaded free as a PDF file. See download links at end of story. Huge thanks to my music colleague André van Haren for preparing this arrangement!

9/28/2017: See the Sibelius score player below. A brand new feature of Sibelius 8.7. Thanks to André van Haren for sending me the embed code for his Sibelius engraving. Please comment below if you have questions about Sibelius or scoring/engraving in general. This song has been submitted to OCP Music for consideration. 

Enchristment

CHORUS
On my knees, I humbly pray.
I love to feel your radiance.
My heart is one with you, O Lord,
in this moment of Enchristment.

VERSE 1
My God, my Christ, you are in my heart.
I praise you, I worship you.
Your presence in this holy place
makes me want to be with you
forevermore.

VERSE 2
My God, my Christ, you are in my mind.
I pray, with Mary, for chastity.
I pray for us to receive your... 

Amazed (Jared Anderson)

Amazed sung by Rich and Tom at faith formation service at St. Mary's Church in St. Paul, MN.

Verse 1
You dance over me
While I am unaware
You sing all around
But I never hear the sound

Chorus 
Lord, I'm amazed by You
Lord, I'm amazed by You
Lord, I'm amazed by...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Guimont 2010)

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Sung at St. Mary's Church in St. Paul, MN, on 9/16/2017. Cantor: Richard Schletty. Piano: Mary Joy Rieder. I sang the last line of the last verse incorrectly.

Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful
Music: Michel Guimont, © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A

R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
     and all within me, his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
     and never forget all his benefits.

It is the Lord who forgives all your sins,
     who heals every one of your... 
  

Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)

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A peace prayer written by St. Francis of Assisi. Adapted by Sebastian Temple.

YouTube videos (above): Sung at St. Matthew's Church on 9/26/2016 and 9/17/2017.

Audio file (below): Sung at St. Mary's Church 9/16/2017. Vocalist: Richard Schletty. Pianist: Mary Joy Rieder.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
Where there is injury your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only... 
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The Hardest Song of Songs

This track deals with the current state of the world through the mind of a Catholic. Everyday issues are presented and evaluated. This song was composed by my friend and I. I am on vocals while he is on guitar.
3:25 minutes (4.7 MB).

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Do What He Tells You to Do

It's the Second Luminous Mystery. It's Our Lord's first miracle. AND it has everything to do with YOU, right now....
Cover (front)

4:20 minutes (4.97 MB).

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Champion of the Cross ©2017 MSTM † MUSIC

Champion of the Cross ©2017 MSTM † MUSIC
(audio recording - click read full story link)

In Your Arms of Love ©2017 MSTM † MUSIC

In Your Arms of Love @2017  MSTM † MUSIC
(audio recording - click read full story link)

Our World So Beautiful (a new Christmas song)

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NOTE: We submitted this song to Oregon Catholic Press (ocp.org) but it was not accepted. 

Our World So Beautiful is a new Christmas song co-written by Dan vi Nguyen, Richard Schletty and André van Haren. Dan posted her lyrics here and asked if anyone could make a song out of her words. Richard Schletty rewrote the lyrics to give them a consistent rhyme, line length, metrical pattern and overall poetic structure. Then Richard came up with a melody. Next, André van Haren wrote a beautiful piano arrangement based on an a cappella recording of the melody by Richard. Using Sibelius, André engraved the sheet music not only for piano and voice, but developed the song fully by adding guitar chords and two additional instruments: flute and cello. He also engraved a version of the song with optional SATB harmonies in the refrain...  Read Full Story >>>

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