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Saint Cecilia, Pray for Us.

Archdiocesan Rural Choir SINGS!

Get on the BUS

SING for the Rite of Election at Saint Cecilia Cathedral

with Archbishop George Lucas

and hundreds of people who will become Catholic at Easter

Sunday, March 5

10:30 am Departure from Saint Mary’s Church parking lot

6 pm Return to Norfolk

Cost: $15 for chartered bus (bring your own sack lunch)

Children must turn in this parent permission form:


Music Ministry through AGAPE

A artistic – Beauty is the first priority, Make Beautiful Music

G genuine – The music selections should be helpful to your unique congregation

A authentic – Be true to your Church history, reproduce the essential features of your denomination’s music, know your congregation’s listening history (what music do they know, what music styles are they familiar with)

P purposeful – Wed the Music to the Rite: timing, feeling/emotion, i.e. film scoring, cover ambient noise

E evangelizing – spread the Gospel through music


The above is my paraphrasing of a presentation given by Dr. Peter Latona in Omaha in January, 2017.  He used the AGAPE acrostic as a way to illustrate the main considerations for developing a music ministry for worship.

In addition, Dr. Latona provided instruction on how to develop improvisation skills. Improvisation plays a large role in what I do at Mass, so I especially enjoyed the techniques that he proposed.

  1. base improvs on repertoire styles – collect excerpts from myriad composers in a notebook (Dupre, Tournemire, Langlais, Copland, etc), and then choose a style to imitate – have an improv plan
  2. add harmonic color: add one accidental at a time in order
  3. Improvise on the music at Mass – motets, psalms
  4. Don’t overuse the Pedal or the Celeste – improvise without the pedal, vary what stops you use

Sacred Heart Choir SINGS: ALL SAINTS

Here is the music for the Solemnity of All Saints!

First, we hear from the sparkling and radiant Diane Bish!  “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”



The hymn, “For all the Saints,” begins at 0:59. Massive Choir!  May God be Praised!

Sacred Heart Parish SINGS: Music for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Choir sings the following selections this Sunday. Enjoy these inspiring renditions.


I love this rendition of the Beethoven melody: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”


What a creative arrangement by one singer…


Ahhh..   handbells!

How many manuals does the Lincoln organist have? Karl only has 2…


Watch the Mormons hold their music up and look at the conductor…

I Rejoiced When the Said Unto Me, Let us Go to the House of the Lord

Sacred Heart Musicians had a fantastic trip on Sunday, October 9, 2016. We visited the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso. While there, we prayed the office of None with the Sisters, and we met with Sister Maria at the turn (where they receive written and verbal prayer requests).

Then, we traveled to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton. While there, we sang for the seminarians, and prayed Vespers and Benediction with them. After prayer, we ate supper with several of the seminarians.

Throughout the day, the prayers were almost entirely in Latin, with lots of silence.  I pray that God will use this experience to spark a desire in the hearts of the children to consider the religious life.

Best Choir EVUH

Dear Greatest Choir Evuh,

Thanks for singing God’s praises any day of the week!




P.S. See you on Tuesday night, September 13th, at 7:00 pm for rehearsal.

Archdiocese of OMAHA Rural Choir SINGS



Feast of Saint Lawrence


Happy Feast day to Fr. Damien Wee

and the faithful at Saint Lawrence in Scribner, Nebraska!

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