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Song Lyric: We taste heaven meal

SONG LYRIC:  We taste heaven meal
By:  Dan Vi Nguyen

On earth we get to taste heaven meal
Bread and wine on the alter present by priest
Bread turns into body, and wine turns into blood of Christ
Believers in faith for salvation.

Come to the meal of heaven
On earth we get to participate in heaven meal
With Mother Mary leads the way to the church
Her way is perfection of her heavenly love for Christ.

Heavenly of graces from Mother Mary
In the church, Mother shares her joy of her children
Together we are one body of Christ
We are nurture in blood and body of Christ.

We praise the Lord, our salvation, our Christ
In the church we sing with joy
We share the meal of heaven 
With our brothers and sisters.

A Few Thoughts / God Is On The Scene

Note from Richard (collaborator with Alex): I have posted my second Folk-Rock sung version of my rewrite of Alex's lyrics. I also posted a very rough Hip-Hop spoken version of Alex's original lyrics. See the first comment below for my modified lyrics. We would appreciate your honest comments about our efforts. Anyone is welcome to join in the fun of collaboration. That's what this site is all about.

A Few Thoughts
(Original lyrics by Alex John)

1st Verse:

The light can make the dark go away
The same way as the night turns into day
I had to fight before I knew I should pray
So as I write it's like reflecting why I didn't stay in that cage
I know a good book to read that every page has grace...
I lived in fear
But I'm not going to give the darkness any more of my tears
I'm not Nostradamus but I look forward to the upcoming years...
I have been down and out in the past
I've looked in a mirror and seen a frown that would last...
Until I got to know faith
And went toe to toe with my hate
And wiped that grub off my plate
Give your loved ones a hug because... [READ MORE]

God Is on the Scene
(rewrite by Richard Schletty of Alex John lyrics)

My life was running empty, I was riddled with heartache
In the mirror I saw a frown that I could never shake
I lived my life in fear with a fist full of rage
But I can tell you now how I left that awful cage

No more tears to shed for all those years of disgrace
I found a real Good Book with every page full of grace
The truth and light o' God can make the dark go away
Like the burning sun that turns the night into day 

[bridge 1]
I'm no Nostradamus
But I start to see the promise
When I feel neglected
I know I'm not rejected
Because I got my... [READ MORE]

Sow The Seed

I love this Bible verse about sow the seed.

Mathew 13: 1-9
The Parable of the Sower:  "On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea."  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.  And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow, And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up.  Some felt on rocky ground, where there it had little soil.  It spring up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it as scorched, and it withered for lack of roots.  Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked.  But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, and hundred of sixty or thirty-fold.  Whoever has ears ought to hear.

SONG LYRIC:  I Go To Sow The Seed
I go to sow the seed
The seed land on rough land
I hope my prayer on land of dragon
Will someday springkle with hope
For humanity of God loves
To open up their will
To accept the truth of Christ for justice.

I go to sow the seed
The seed land on a narrow path
The land of Buddism fields
I hope my prayer on the land of Budda
Will someday hear the truth of Christ
When the generation has pass
The truth of Christ will crack open
Through the narrow path.

On the land that mother born my life
Where my life began with cry
And the land my father call his homeland
Is the land that I walk my life with dignity
With hope and desire to serve
With love and compassion for humanity
The land where fathers defend for freedom
I call the land my father's land.

The sower goes to sow the seed
The birds came and ate it up
Some seed land on rocky ground
Some seed feel among thorns
Some seed feel on rich soil
Until the day of gather fruits
The fruits produced hundred of sixty or thirtyfold.

You Are Mine (David Haas)

MP3 Music Playlist: 

You Are Mine. Words and music by David Haas. © 1991, GIA Publications, Inc.

Audio: Sung by Richard and Jack at Church of St. Matthew on 7/17/2017 at the funeral of Dale Hertzog. Sr. Anne Becker on piano.

Video: Sung and played by Richard and Jack at Church of St. Mary on 11/25/2017.

I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
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Upbeat songs needed for senior day retreat - please suggest!

maddenmargie is working on a day retreat for a parish Seniors group and is looking for some upbeat songs to use. Do you have any suggestions?

Psalm 65: The Seed that Falls on Good Ground (Guimont 2010)

Practicing the responsorial for this weekend, I was accompanied by chirping birds and my cousin Steve on weed whacker. A new percussionist for St. Matt's!

Psalm 65: The Seed that Falls on Good Ground Will Yield a Fruitful Harvest. Responsorial Psalm for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time / A. Psalm Tone #27. Ps. 65:10abcd, 10e--11, 12-13, 14 / 103. Text: Verses, The Revised Grail Psalms, © 2010, Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain, Lectionary for Mass, © 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL. Music: Michel Guimont, © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.

Refrain: The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

1. You visit the earth, give it water; you fill it with riches. God's ever-flowing river brims over to prepare the grain.

2. And thus you provide for the earth: you drench its furrows; you level it, soften it with...  Read Full Story >>>

Living Again

MP3 Music Playlist: 
1st Verse:
The misunderstood man of redemption
I wish-I-could have had this plan back when I was getting detention
But now I have stopped letting the mess in
Still like hip-hop at the same time learning some lessons
Pulled up to a spiritual pit-stop said some rhymes and out came blessings...
The moment I found GOD
Was like the omen was potent to the point I would almost nod off...
For good... 

Love Hurts But Hate Kills

MP3 Music Playlist: 
1st Verse:
They say love hurts well hate kills
I've been on this earth long enough to know that pain is real
But it can be healed...
I'm just a guy talking
Who one day said I might try to get my life in working...
I had two options either be saved or continue my spiritual slaughter
So I picked up the pen again and this time out came... 

Blest Are They (David Haas)

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Blest Are They. Composed by David Haas. © 1986, GIA Publications, Inc. Presented at Mass at the Church of St. Matthew on July 8, 2017, by Richard and Jill.

1. Blest are they, the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of God. Blest are they, full of sorrow; they shall be consoled. 

Refrain: Rejoice, and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God! 

2. Blest are they, the lowly ones: they shall inherit the earth. Blest are they, who hunger and...  Read Full Story >>>

Come to Me (Joncas)

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A beautiful hymn of rest and healing by Fr. Michael Joncas. © 1989, GIA Publications. Sung at the Church of St. Mary on 7-9-2017 by Anne, Derek, Kristin and Richard. Mary Joy at piano. Richard on guitar. More info here: 
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You Are Near (Dan Schutte)

"You Are Near" was written in 1970 by Dan Schutte. Originally, it began, "Yahweh, I know you are near." – based on the translation in the Jerusalem Bible (which had been published just a couple years prior to the song being composed by Schutte). Recent Catholic hymnals now have, "O Lord, I know you are near." This is a nod to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the faith who may find our use of the tetragrammaton YHWH offensive. The directive to omit "Yahweh" in sacred liturgy was actually given by the U.S. Bishops Committee on Divine Worship in 2008. It has taken a long time for this directive to be heeded.

This is an imperfect rendition by Richard, Jack and Anne at the Church of St. Mary. I goofed up the first line of verse 2. 

O Lord, I know you are near, 
standing always at my side. 
You guard me from the foe, 
and you lead me in ways everlasting. 

Lord, you have searched my heart, 
and you know when I sit and when I stand. 
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death, 
keeping me from harm.

Where can I run from Your love? 
If I climb to the heavens You are there; 
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond... 

Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name (Haas)

MP3 Music Playlist: 

Above (YouTube player): my practice video for Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name.

Below (MP3 player): An unbalanced recording of the psalm as I sung it at the Church of St. Matthew on 7-8-2017. Jill Kilzer at piano.

Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (cycle A)

Text: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13b-14; David Haas. Music: David Haas. (c) 1983, GIA Publications, Inc.

Refrain: I will praise your name, my King and my God

1. I will give you glory, my God above, and I will bless your name for ever.
Every day I will bless and praise your name for ever.

2. The Lord is full of grace and mercy, who is kind and...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name For Ever (Guimont 2010)

Practice video for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (cycle A). Text: Verses, The Revised Grail Psalms © 2010, Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA publications, refrain: Lectionary for the Mass, © 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL. Music: Michel Guimont, © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.

Psalm Tone #16
Ps. 145:1–2, 8–9, 10–11, 13cd-14 / 100

R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

I will extol you, my God and King, 
and bless your name forever and ever. 
I will bless you day after day, 
and praise your name forever and ever. 

The LORD is kind and full of...  Read Full Story >>>

2nd Annual Sacred Music Symposium a success

From Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

THE FRATERNITY of Saint Peter put on a fantastic church music conference last week, and eighty people came from all over North America to attend:

Sacred Music Symposium • Spectacular Success!

"I challenge anyone to read those beautiful testimonies and then say there's no hope for church music in the United States!" – Jeff Ostrowski

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Simply4Him – a Catholic family band

Profile submitted by TCS member Maria7Steps

We are a Catholic family band called Simply4Him who believes that music was created to glorify God and to sanctify His people.  We serve in our parish and we are a part of a Catholic Charismatic Community called Couples for Christ. Our children are members of its ministries.  We cannot think of another place to be in order to learn and share not just God's music but everything about our faith. This is home for us!  
We would like to share with you the first album God worked on through our family. It's called 7 Steps (for the seven sacraments in contemporary style of music).  Available in digital stores.  God bless!  

Instagram:  SIMPLY4_HIM
Twitter:  SIMPLY4_HIM

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Gregorian Chant Revival: Symposium in St. Paul, MN

By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune staff, June 23, 2017​

Gregorian Chant, best known as the solemn music sung by robed monks of old, is enjoying a 21st-century revival — and the Twin Cities are at the heart of it this week.

Experts and students of the ancient sacred music from across the globe have gathered for what is billed as “the most in-depth teaching conference ... on sacred music in the world.” They’re honing their musical skills and bringing the solemn choral notes to several St. Paul churches... 

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Psalm 69: Lord, in Your Great Love, Answer Me (Guimont)

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
Ps. 69:8-10, 14 and 17, 33-35 I 94
Psalm Tone #20

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

It is for you that I suffer taunts,
     that shame has covered my face.
To my own kin I have become an outcast,
     a stranger to the children of my mother.
Zeal for your house consumes me,
     and taunts against you fall on me.

But I pray to you, O LORD,
     for a time of your favor.
In your great mercy, answer me, O God,
     with your salvation that...  Read Full Story >>>

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We are a Catholic family band called Simply4Him who believes that music was created to glorify God and to sanctify His people.  We serve in our parish and we are a part of a Catholic Charismatic Community called Couples for Christ. Our children are members of its ministries.  We cannot think of another place to be in order to learn and share not just God's music but everything about our faith. This is home for us!  
We would like to share with you the first album God worked on through our family. It's called 7 Steps (for the seven sacraments in contemporary style of music).  Available in digital stores.  God bless!  
Instagram:  SIMPLY4_HIM
Twitter:  SIMPLY4_HIM

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Song Lyric: Take Me In When I Am Homeless

By:  Dan Vi Nguyen

On the pilgrimate to the house of the Lord, take me into your house, 
When I am sick and weavy, you come to restore my health.

My walk on earthly life on journey of pilgrimate
I am homeless and you take me into your home
When I am in prison and you visit me
I am hungry and you feed me with bread and wine.

Praise the Lord, Jesus Christ,
All the things you do for us is all good.

Gather together in bread and wine
In the house of the Lord I praise you, Christ,
All day long I sing the song of praising
On earth I hear the man comes for our salvation.

Be joyful when we all in the house of the Lord
There is no more pain and suffering 
So praise the Lord and glorify him in heaven
With his Father Son and Holy Spirit.

Hallelua, Hallelua, Hallelua!

Music planning links by publisher

I found this helpful summary of music planning guides at the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. I updated some outdated links. Also see our TCS resources page here:

Music planning links by publisher

Publisher Link Fee
Liturgical Press Quarterly planner/weekly suggestions free
GIA - weekly suggestions
Note 3 options at right

Seasonal planning options - scroll to "Quicklinks" on site free
Choral music weekly suggestions free - comprehensive liturgical planning site see site for details
GIA Quarterly - planning magazine see site for details
OCP Support materials for your missal program
Accompaniment books, resources for music and prayer, quarterly planning tools and more
see site for details
Today's Liturgy - planning magazine (paper and electronic) see site for details - comprehensive liturgical planning site
Free online planning guide: Planner
WLP AIM - planning magazine (paper or electronic) see site for details
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