If It’s Too Loud…

Can you hear me now? Backstory… Late Friday night, my good friend Alan Brown called me in a panic. He was playing on Saturday for the St. Vincent De Paul National meeting here in Atlanta. The closing mass was with Archbishop Gregory and Bishop Zarama. There was a song scheduled for mass that really needed […]

It Is Our Policy

Stores have a return policy, the government has a public and foreign policy, and Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory has an often quoted policy known as the “Roommate Agreement”. Today I want to unpack the most dreaded and spiritedly debated policy of them all…the ministry “attendance” policy. No other policy has caused […]

Out Of Memory

Last week at my parish, we hosted the Gospel of John Live Performance by Brad Sherrill. It was a well attended event, and Brad’s performance was outstanding. The link to Brad’s website is HERE. As the music ministry teams gathered this weekend for practice, everyone was sharing their thought’s about the performance. The one common […]

Teens In Music Ministry

Teenagers in music ministry? This is a widely debated topic amongst music directors and liturgists. Most often, the answer to the opening question is a resonant “No”. Overall, I have found that the music community in most parishes is closed to teenagers. I think this is unhealthy, and actually opposes what the mission of the […]

Stir Up Faith

I found a resource for liturgy in a box a few weeks ago. It was a buried treasure. This little booklet is “Music in Catholic Worship“, and was issued by the USCCB in 1983. Under the title of “The Theology of the Celebration”, I found this at #7… “To celebrate the liturgy means to do […]

When it absolutely, positively has to get there…

Anyone remember this?   I am sitting on my couch, hanging out with my wife, and working in my laptop on ProPresenter Lyrics. You see, tomorrow morning, my parish is hosting the Peachtree City Ecumenical Good Friday Service. It’s Thursday night (after playing Holy Thursday Mass), and that means our favorite shows are on, so […]

Batteries and Bunnies

Batteries and Bunnies Nothing will make you look as dull as a dead battery. Three weeks ago, we had our lenten parish mission, and I handed our presenter a lavalier mic without applying all the rules below. Know what happened? After the speaker began his presentation, the mic began to put out a low level […]

Ask And Receive

Do you ask God for things? If not, you should. God worked a miracle in my life this week. Let me explain… I am not suggesting your prayer life should resemble a request line for a radio station, where your conversation with God simply reflects your wishes. We can’t treat God like the “genie in […]