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Author: Richard Schletty

What if the music at our parishes was as moving and powerful as the Mass deserves? The David Initiative is a collaboration between many organizations/artists that dream of seeing this question answered. We know that in order to see this hope become a reality, we need to invest in a new generation of music ministers. 

Enter your Catholic parish in this competition to win music equipment or a year of liturgical music mentorship. Details at

Author: Richard Schletty

This article was first published February 5, 2017, at Corpus Christi Watershed

What: Sacred Music Symposium
When: June 26-30, 2017
Where: St. Therese Church, Alhambra, CA, and San Fernando Mission Church in Mission Hills, CA.


Author: Richard Schletty

The Harvest of Justice. Composed by David Haas © 1985, GIA Publications, Inc. Sung at the Church of Saint Matthew, 504 Hall Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota 55107, USA. Jack and Rich leading at the mic. Sr. Anne on piano.

Refrain: May we find richness in the harvest of justice
Which Christ Jesus has ripened for us.
Bread for the journey, bread for the hungry,
All for the glory and praise of God.

1. Gather with patience for those who have nothing.
Leave them your riches, and you will receive.
Make room for the poor...

Author: Richard Schletty

Text: Psalm 15: 2-5; David Haas. Music: David Haas. (c) 1989 GIA Publications, Inc.

They who do justice will live in the presence of God;
They who do justice will live in the presence of God.

1: Those who walk blamelessly and live their lives doing justice;
Who keep the truth in their heart;
And slander not with their tongue. Refrain

2: Who harms not another nor take up reproach to their neighbor;
Who hates the sight of the wicked;
But honors the people of God. Refrain

3: Who show no condition in...

Author: Richard Schletty

Gather Us In, composed by Marty Haugen. © 1983, GIA Publications, Inc.

Here in this place, new light is streaming
now is the darkness vanished away,
see, in this space, our fears and our dreamings,
brought here to you in the light of this day.

Gather us in the lost and forsaken
gather us in the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken
we shall arise at the sound of our name.

We are the young -- our lives are a mystery
we are the old -- who yearns for your face.
we have been sung throughout all of history
called to be light to the whole human race.

Gather us in the...

Author: Richard Schletty

This story was first published at the "Franciscanized World" blog of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Please visit

Franciscan Lourdes Hymn: Song of Bernadette by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen


Some songs are timeless. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are pleased to feature once again the...

Author: Richard Schletty

A Catholic convert reflects on his unique expression of his faith. This is my friend, Chris Engelmann, who is a dedicated and faith-filled street minister. Chris writes:

"When I came into St. Mark's in 1986, first time I attended Mass here it was very quiet and peaceful, I pulled out my harmonica, and I realized it was a wonderful way for me to pray... and this is especially meaningful to me. I see it as a wonderful message, for people in recovery people from all walks of life who are seeking some type of help and direction from God in their life. I believe that is God's grace. Grace is wonderfully defined actual grace in our...

Author: MTR

     I am a #Catholic #Folk #SingerSongwriter inspired by Jesus' Teaching in the Gospel of Matthew 10:42 to give "a cup of cold water" to the least of the brethren for the brethren's sake.  Following this Teaching, I have composed an Album: A Cup of Cold Water to give away for free to anyone who wants to hear it.  As a part of this mission I have joined Top Catholic Songs to make...

Author: Richard Schletty

Text and tune for "God Has Chosen Me" by Bernadette Farrell. (c) 1990, Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP Publications. Sung by Richard Schletty.;

Verse 1
God has chosen me, God has chosen me
to bring good news to the poor.
God has chosen me, God has chosen me
to bring new sight to those searching for light:
God has chosen me, chosen me:

And to tell the world that God’s kingdom is near,
to remove oppression and breakdown fear,
yes, God’s time is near, God’s time is near,
God’s time is near, God’s time is near.

Verse 2

Author: Richard Schletty

Sing Yes for the Carpenter (John Bell)

Text: John L. Bell. Tune: SING HEY, Irregular; John L. Bell. (c) 1987, The Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., agent. Sung here by Richard Schletty.

Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world
Where strangers might smile or where stones may be hurled;
Come leave what you cling to, lay down what you clutch
And find, with hands empty, that hearts can hold much.

Sing yes for the carpenter leaving his tools!
Sing yes for Pharisees leaving their rules!
Sing yes for the fishermen leaving their nets!
Sing yes for the...

Author: Richard Schletty

Lord, When You Came / Pescador de Hombres. Text and tune by Cesáreo Gabaráin. English translation by Willard Francis Jabusch. (c) 1979, published by OCP Publications. Sung by "Wire Man" Richard Schletty in his basement studio. 


1. Lord, when you came to the seashore you weren't seeking the wise or the wealthy, but only asking that I might follow.

REFRAIN (English): O Lord, in my eyes you were gazing, Kindly smiling, my name you were saying; All I treasured, I have left on the sand there; Close to you, I will find other seas.

REFRAIN (Spanish): Señor me has mirado a los ojos, sonriendo...

Author: Richard Schletty

NOVA ORGANI HARMONIA (“NOH”) organ scores were created during WWII by faculty members of the Lemmens Institute (Belgium): Flor Peeters, Msgr. Jules Van Nuffel, Msgr. Jules Vyverman, Marinus de Jong, Gustaaf Nees, Henri Durieux, and Edgard de Laet. All 2,279 pages are available for free download as PDF files at Corpus Christi Watershed:

Printed versions of the seven volumes can be purchased at Lulu. See links at bottom of above article at Corpus Christi Watershed. 

Here is a small sampling of these...

Author: Music4Faith

Nearly six years ago my life was forever changed through a chance encounter with Italian priest/composer Marco Frisina and his music. I now know that the Holy Spirit was at work leading me to a renewed faith and not at all surprisingly through music – the center of my life.  As a professional freelance bassoonist for almost 50 years, I had the opportunity to perform in the orchestra that accompanied Monsignor Marco Frisina and his Choir of the Diocese of Rome on their 1st...

Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 40: Here I Am, Lord. Composed by Michel Guimont. Text is Psalm 40 from the Grail, copyright 2010, Conception Abbey and GIA Publications. Sung at St. Mary's Church in St. Paul on 1/14/2017 by Kristin and Richard. Mary Joy on keyboard.

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

I waited, I waited for the LORD,
     and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry.
He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God.

You delight not in sacrifice and offerings,
     but in an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.

Author: Richard Schletty

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Author: Richard Schletty

The Lord Is My Shepherd Psalm 23. Music by Michel Guimont. I am practicing on my porch with little Bella listening. For the verse, I sing a melody I adapted for my baritone voice. Michel's melody was too high for me.

Refrain: The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me;
he revives my soul. Refrain

He guides me along the right path,
for the sake of his name.
Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death,...

Author: Simone.Mehl


I am desperately looking for the complete lyrics the song called 'Ode to Mary' performed by Mark Mallett. Please I would really appreciate it as some of the words are quite difficult to make out while listening to the words.



Author: Richard Schletty

A collaboration with Jack Miller, this is my baseline acoustic rendition which I sent to Jack. He will provide further input on lyrics, and will contribute instrumental additions and perhaps vocal harmony. We'll see how the song shapes up!

Author: Richard Schletty

"World Peace Prayer" by Marty Haugen and Marc Anderson

REFRAIN: Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth, from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hatred to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world, let peace fill our universe.

Still all the angry cries, still all the angry guns. Still now your people die, earth's sons and daughters. Let justice roll, let mercy pour down, come and teach us Your way of compassion.


So many lonely hearts, so many broken lives, longing for love to break into their darkness. Come, teach us love, come, teach us peace, come and...