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.
Highlights from the day included seeing so many young people, religious and priests involved in parish music and eager to learn from their Shepherd, Bishop Conley. Also, Adam Bartlett shared a helpful description of the different roles music plays in our lives and the role the Church’s sacred music can play in our worship. Finally, schola director Nicholas Lemme inspired our large chant group as he taught us how to sing the Communion Antiphon.
I enjoyed attending with two friends: Sr. Ellen Marie Bayer and Virginia Maas. Sr. Ellen Marie seemed to know almost everyone in attendance.
Congratulations to Lincoln for a successful and informative Sacred Music Clinic!
Since its recent opening, I have been looking for an excuse to travel to the new St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Newman Center) in Lincoln. Here is a great opportunity! The Diocese of Lincoln will host a Sacred Music Clinic in this stunning church on Saturday, August 27th. We will meet fellow musicians and discover more tools to help us promote beautiful music at Holy Mass.