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Author: Richard Schletty

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?

Author: Richard Schletty



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...

Author: Alexander John

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
...

Author: Alexander John

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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 thirst; they shall have their fill. 

3. Blest are they, who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs. Blest are they, the pure of heart; they shall see God!...

Author: Richard Schletty

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:

hymnary.org/text/all_who_labor_and_are_burdened

hymnary.org/hymn/GC2/page/484 
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Author: Richard Schletty



"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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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)

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Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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

Author: Alexander John

Hi Richard,
                   I just took the tracks down for a little while as I needed to edit and change them a little. Look forward to hearing you bring the words to life. GOD Bless. 

Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

Full story here: www.startribune.com/gregorian-chants-revived-at-st-thomas-colloquium/430260633/

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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I am in 2 choirs and I pull together all of the music.  Most of the other choir members need help getting music together so I scan in hard copies, and enlarge the music so that they can see it.  Instead of scanning the books if I can find it online it will be a big help.

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I am Catholic and sing in my church choir. Love this form of prayer!
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Maria7Steps
We are a Catholic family band...

Author: Richard Schletty

Presented at the Church of St. Mary by Jack Heitzinger (piano) and Richard Schletty (guitar and voice) on June 10, 2017, 4:30 Mass. C'mon down. 

Tune: PROSPECT by Graham. Text: Brian A. Wren. Copyright 1989, Hope Publishing. 
 

1 How wonderful the Three-in-One,
Whose energies of dancing light
Are undivided, pure and good,
Communing love in shared delight.

2 Before the flow of dawn and dark,
Creation's Lover dreamed of earth,
And with a caring deep and wise,
All things conceived and brought to birth.

3 The Lover's own Belov'd, in time,
Between a cradle and a cross,
At home in flesh, gave love and life
To heal our brokenness and loss.

4 Their Equal Friend all life sustains...

Author: Richard Schletty

Glory and Praise Forevermore (Daniel 3) – responsorial psalm for Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, cycle A. Presented at the Church of St. Mary by Richard Schletty and Jack Heitzinger (piano). Music by Michel Guimont. 

Responsorial Psalm DN 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
...

Author: Richard Schletty

Text: John Oxenham (1908). Based on Galatians 3:23.
Tune: MC KEE. Originally an Irish tune taken to the United States, it was adapted by African American slaves. Arranger: H. T. Burleigh.

1 In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,...

Author: Alexander John

1st Verse:
I'm been experiencing raw faith since my twenties
But made mistakes like I was born with hate but that would go eventually...
People who know me well still don't know me like GOD
Evil tried to hone in on me like presenting hell but really I saw through the fog....
So as I write this verse confessing my imperfection 
I keep the light so it won't hurt anyone as I'm addressing my direction
Peep this even at night when you may need some suggestions and a message...
But I'm only a man
And you'll never be lonely with a plan...
We all should use our gifts while we exist 
Me - I've made a song list but don't intend to make...

Author: Alexander John

1st Verse:
Before I felt anywhere near being a good man.
I was in an inner hell filled with fear, and like I couldn't
do anything positive,
thinking it's ok to be sinning as long as my wallet's thick...
But truth is, to be winning, it's more like give to the poor and sick.
I heard the call and I was quick
to embrace the Lord. But to adjust from my past
took time, but with grace I started discuss what is ours...
And that's the love of Jesus Christ
Who's above and gives us the light.
So my mission is on the mic:
To give my writings, to get you through the night...
Cos' life is hard – no doubt about it.
But with GOD in your heart, happiness – yeah, you found it...
So as I pen this verse the ink comes...