Edited by Ada Simpson

In addition to features and regular columns on topics of interest to the entire parish team — rites, music, faith formation, Scripture, art and architecture, hospitality, and many others — you will find valuable tools and inspiration in every issue.

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June/July 2014


“Peace, like a river,” is evoked in this view of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Photo by Donna M. Cole.

From Inside ML:

Songs of grace: It is well with my soul

I learned a new word recently — “earworm.” It sounds awful but it’s simply the term for a tune that gets stuck in a person’s head. From time to time I encounter one of those melodies that just won’t leave me alone. It could be a rock tune, a ballad, or a hymn. I’m not always sure where I’ve heard the tune, and I’m never sure why it haunts me. I had one such experience a few months ago.... (Read More)

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Feature Articles

“All we like sheep”: When a music ministry goes astray
Ada L. Simpson

How shall we sing? On the evolution and importance of the spiritual in church
Brandon Waddles

The pastoral care of a pastoral musician
Michael T. Pierce

Essential components of a thriving handbell ministry
Philip L. Roberts


Inside ML
Songs of grace: It is well with my soul

Ada Simpson

Worship Times 
Reflections on news around the church
Todd Flowerday 

Bulletin Inserts
Do Re Mi
Persons with Disabilities
Paul Turner

A Willing Spirit
Earning our just rewards?
Mary Amore

Moving Rite Along
Developing prayerfulness: praying all ways (part 2)
Donna M. Cole

Ritual Formation
Hear ye! Hear ye! Announcements at Mass
David E. Fedor

Liturgical Ministry
Letting the songs be heard
Corinna Laughlin

Lectionary Spirituality / Year A
Exaltation of the Holy Cross to 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
Bruce Janiga

Music, Liturgy, Spirit
The arrival of a new pastor (part 2)
Ken Canedo

Celebrating Our Diversity
Intercultural prayer songs: gift and challenge
Pedro Rubalcava

Bridge Work
Lift high the cross
Ron Raab

Ministry & Technology
Random apps of musical goodness

Joanne Mercier

Go Make Disciples of All
What Catholics do (part 1)
Cecelia P. Regan



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