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Turn to the Living God (Lori True)

Practice video for a song written by Lori True. (c) 2003, GIA Publications. To be sung at 10 a.m. Mass at St. Matthew's Church on First Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2017. Come and worship with us at 510 Hall Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota 55107.

More $10 anthems from St. James Music Press

Details here: St. James Music Press $10 Anthem Program

Here are two $10 anthems for the week. You may download these without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is $10 (per-anthem please...) Just send them a check. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library.

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Can You Count the Stars? - Robert J. Powell

Unison Children's Choir and keyboard. Bright, cheerful, and fun. Easily learned with a wonderful text. So, you need something for your children's choir to sing on Mother's Day? Look no further! We have an alternate 2nd verse that will bring a tear to every mama's eye...

The Lord's My Shepherd - William Roger Price

Two-Part Choir and Keyboard (organ or piano) with optional C Instrument. Brother James Air is the famous tune associated with this text, and here it is offered in an EASY arrangement by Roger Price. A two-part equal voice setting in exact canon. The optional instrumental descant will... Psalm 51 for 1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

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Psalm 51 for 1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle A, by James Perkins

Based on Ps 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17

This is James' first time writing for Please give him some love for this great psalm arrangement for the 1st Sunday of Lent. Check him out at


An Atlanta native, James has been involved in church ministry and music production for almost 10 years. As a published songwriter and freelance worship leader, his desire is to guide the new generation of believers deeper into the heart of Christianity.

A graduate of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 51: Create in Me (Haas)

This was the responsorial psalm at the First Reconciliation service at St. Matthew's Church on March 2, 2015. Please pray for our church. It may have to be merged soon. Attendance is low. Why? 

Psalm 51: Create in Me

Refrain: Create in me a clean heart, O God

1. Have mercy on me, O God. In the greatness of your love, cleanse me from my sin. Wash me.

2. Stay close to me, O God. In your presence keep me...  Read Full Story >>>

Music Ministry Alive, July 25-30, 2017

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Music Ministry Alive! is an annual five-day summer institute held at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes and schools. This experience is open to any young person entering their 10th, 11th, or 12th grade year in high school or their first or second year of college. Applicants should be presently involved in music ministry in their parish or school and have a desire to deepen that commitment. An adult track is also offered for adult leaders who are involved in... Read Full Story >>>

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2017: watch live streamed events

The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Thursday, February 23 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Click here to watch live streamed events!

Going to the Congress? Make sure to stop by the GIA booth in the exhibit hall!

See original anouncement from GIA here.

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress events include:

  • With Gratitude: An Evening Celebrating the Liturgical Music of David Haas, Marty Haugen, and Michael Joncas: Friday, February 24, 8:00 p.m., Arena. This event will mark the very last time David, Marty, and Michael will appear and sing together as a trio. Come to sing, pray, and celebrate a collaborative and ministerial friendship of over 30 years!
  • Voices of Angels: Saturday, February 25, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Arena. Liam Lawton, Tony Alonso, Jeanne Cotter, Chris de Silva, and Rob Galea present Voices of Angels, an opportunity to reflect on the place of angels in our lives and how God communicates to us through them. Based on Holy Scripture, the Catechism of the Church and the writings of the saints and mystics, the role and presence of angels is explored through Word, music, and prayer, inviting participants to embrace and renew our relationships with this beautiful gift of God.
  • Tony Alonso: Eucharist: Broken Open in Everyday Life... 

My Soul Is Longing for Your Peace – in keys of D and F (Lucien Deiss)

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My Soul Is Longing for Your Peace by Lucien Deiss. Text and music © 1965 WLP. I prefer the lower key of D (the top recording). The original key of F follows (the bottom recording). Which version do you like? I think a lot of church songs are written in keys that are too high for average voices. In this case, my WLP We Celebrate guitar edition has alternate capo 3 chords, so I played those chords without the capo and that transposed it down one-and-a-half steps (F to D). The problem is that the pianist does not always have the skills to play in the lower key unless they prepare ahead of time. Some keyboardists are able to "play by ear" or calculate transposed chords on the fly. Of course, it wouldn't be a problem with a transposing keyboard or organ.

About these two video recordings: I increased the fidelity of both video and audio (compared to my earlier video recordings) while endeavoring to improve my singing (i.e. singing on pitch). These two videos were shot at 4K resolution (which some may think is overkill). To capture audio, I used...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 62: Rest in God Alone, My Soul (Guimont 2010)

Practicing responsorial psalm for Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A. Psalm 62 - Rest in God Alone, My Soul. (c) Conception Abbey and the Grail. Admin. by GIA Publications. Music: Michel Guimont.

R. Rest in God alone, rest in God alone, my soul.

In God alone is my soul at rest;
     my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock, my salvation,
     my fortress; never shall I falter.

In God alone be at rest, my...  Read Full Story >>>

Frequency Spectrum Analysis of A Cup of Cold Water - Catholic MTR

I thought it would be interesting to view the Frequency Spectrum of Wave PCM signed 32 bit, 48 kHz, 3072 kbit/sec Audio files I used to create a Playlist on YouTube of my new Album.  Below you will find a Color Visualization of that Playlist.  I hope you enjoy watching and listening to it.  MTR

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Eye Has Not Seen (Marty Haugen)

Eye Has Not Seen was composed by Marty Haugen. © 1982, 1983, GIA Publications, Inc. Our small ensemble sings at the Church of St. Matthew, 504 Hall Ave, St. Paul, Minnesota 55107.

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard 
what God has ready for those who love him; 
Spirit of love, come, give us the mind of Jesus, 
teach us the wisdom of God. 

When pain and sorrow weigh us down, 
be near to us, O Lord, 
forgive the weakness of our... 

Something New is coming to the iTunes Store | MTR

Adoration by Ken Whisler – Classical guitar renditions of traditional hymns

Today's spotlight album is Adoration by Ken Whisler. The performances of these traditional Sacred, Gospel and Worship songs are particularly striking in Classical guitar artistry. They help center your mind and soul. Ken, a brilliant musician and part-time luthier, recorded these beautiful pieces at St. James Catholic Church in midtown Kansas City. – Richard Schletty, TCS editor

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Ken's album is available here:
Adoration album at CDBaby
Adoration album at iTunes

Album Notes by Ken Whisler (from CDBaby)
I have had this idea in my head for almost three decades. Only in the last two years have the ideas materialized on paper, to my fingers, and then to my guitar. No doubt many classical guitar enthusiasts will associate this project with what has already been done by Rick Foster and Christopher Parkening, and that is all well and fine with me. I think that the reason why it took me so long to record my own album of sacred music is that...  Read Full Story >>>

Praise and Thanksgiving (Bayly, BUNESSAN)

Praise and Thanksgiving. Text: Albert F. Bayly. Tune: BUNESSAN. 

BUNESSAN is a Gaelic tune that was first published (melody only) in Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald's carol "Child in the Manger." The tune is named after Macdonald's birthplace on the Isle of...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 34: The Cry of the Poor (Foley)

Practicing with Jack at St. Matthew's Church a beautiful and meaningful setting of Psalm 34 written by John Foley. © 1978, 1991, John B. Foley, S.J. Published by OCP Publications.

And here we are presenting the responsorial psalm that weekend at the Church of St. Mary in downtown St. Paul. Jack is hidden behind piano. My daughter Anne is leading with me.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Blessed be the Lord.

Verse 1
I will bless the Lord at all times,
with praise ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the...  Read Full Story >>>

O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God (Hatch, ST COLUMBA)

O Breathe On Me, O Breath of God. Text: Edwin Hatch. Tune: ST. COLUMBA Richard Schletty and Anne Schletty (cantors) Jack Heitzinger (pianist) Church of St. Mary, 261 E. 8th St., St. Paul, Minnesota

O breathe on me, O Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do. 

O breath on me, O Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure;
Until my will is... 

Psalm 119: Blessed Are They Who Follow (Guimont 2010)

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Responsorial Psalm for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A. 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, verses © 2011, refrain © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.

R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
     who walk in the law of the LORD!
Blessed are those who... 

$10 Anthem Program at St. James Music Press

Singing MonkA message I received from St. James Music Press:

St. James Music Press is now featuring two "top-selling" anthems each week that you may download without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is $10 (per anthem). Just send a check by mail to St. James Music Press. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library. Yes, it's the honor system. They trust you.

Details here: $10 Anthem Program
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