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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
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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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