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Within these pages you will find tools and resources to enliven the music, liturgy, and preaching in your parish. We subscribe to the belief that worship is the first priority of the Church, and that imaginative, transforming worship leads a congregation toward effective discipleship and into mission, whether across the street or across the world. So, whether you are looking for an answer to a particular question, need a consultant to come to your parish or diocese, or want to take an online course in liturgy, this is the place for you.

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Dear Ambrose

Dear Ambrose:  Is it OK to use Rite I service music at a Rite II service?             #Ilovewillan Dear #ILoveWillan: The short answer is “yes.” You probably already do this without noticing if you are using Rite II and saying the traditional language version of the Lord’s Prayer. You also probably use some hymns that use traditional…

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Recruiting New Choir Members

In the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross, a senior stockbroker drills his mantra into his charges: A-B-C: Always Be Closing!  True story: A colleague once told me that they used to have a chorister program, but all the kids grew out of it.  A-B-R: Always Be Recruiting. Recruiting is a lifestyle; it’s a state of…

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Welcoming Children into Worship

Ed. Note:  The way we welcome children into worship can make a difference for families and parishioners. While some say that children are the future of the Church, we need to remember that children are the Church. The following article is reprinted from buildfaith.com.  Fully welcoming children in worship, with their wiggles and super loud whispers, can…

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Effective Rehearsal Techniques

Editor’s note: As choirs around the country gear up for the first rehearsals of the program year we thought it would be helpful to outline some best practices for choir rehearsals. A choir’s performance is only as good as their preparation. More than waving their arms around, the successful choir director must be an effective communicator and teacher.…

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