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#210: Deaf Culture and Music (REPLAY)
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September is Deaf Awareness Month in the United States. To a Deaf person,
being deaf is not a disability! In fact, it is a subculture of its own that
provides new, beautiful ways for worship in our Church. Today we speak to
Karen Shepherd, director of the Deaf choir in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for
almost 20 years. Karen explores what is a deaf choir, as well as the
subtleties of an “interpreted” Mass versus a “signed” Mass. Karen also
spearheaded the installation of a “hearing loop” system in her church and
shares what we need to know, as pastoral musicians, should we ever want to
install one in our own churches.
#209: “A Leavened Community”: Ensembleship, Listening and Musicality in Choirs
Choir season is quickly approaching. We know that you’re planning which choir anthems to use, the rehearsal schedule and the plans for each rehearsal, but in this episode, we encourage you to pause and think about the needs of a choir a little bit differently this fall.
Steven Warner is the founder of the Notre Dame Folk Choir and, until recently, worked for the Notre Dame Newman Center for Faith and Reason in Dublin, Ireland. One of Steve’s many gifts lies in his ability to foster true inclusion and listening in his ensembles. Today we focus on the special qualities that elevate ensembleship within a choir, most of which are not actually music.
#208: An Introduction to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal
Today we speak to Timothy Johnston about the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, or the GIRM: what are its origins? How can we navigate this document for our ministries, both as a tool for learning and a liturgical reference?
Stay tuned to NPM’s future programming for more educational support on how to best use the liturgical documents to guide our efforts in pastoral ministry.
For more information about The Essentials of Catholic Liturgy, mentioned in this episode, visit teocl.org.
#207: Evolving Faith Formation in the Church Today (with Holly Mohr)
Many of our listeners are pastoral ministers, whether that’s in music, liturgy, religious education, or other facets of the parish life at large. But today’s focus is religious education. The early days of our faith formation are so critical, and are an absolutely vital part of our Church, its legacy and its future, all at once. Not unlike the needs of other ministries, religious education continues to change and evolve in hopes to meet youth where they are and gain a sense of belonging and presence as they grow into their baptized roles as disciples.
Today we speak to Holly Mohr, Director of Religious Education at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish. Holly shares the way that religious education has transformed from a solely CCD mentality into the call to encounter Christ as the mission for faith formation. We also speak at length about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious education model growing in the United States today.
Ministry Monday #206: Desiderio Desideravi: What Does it Mean?
Today's Ministry Monday episode features NPM's 2021 Jubilate Deo Award recipient, John Baldovin, SJ. Fr. Baldovin reflects on Pope Francis's new Apostolic Letter on the Liturgy, "Desiderio Desideravi". Fr. Baldovin’s reflections focus on four main points, of which you will hear identified through interlude music:
Was this document expected?
What is the message of Desiderio Desideravi?
Liturgy and Theology of the Church
What does it mean for regular Catholics?
In addition, we’d like to thank the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry for allowing NPM to re-broadcast this reflection.
Ministry Monday #205: Navigating the Public Domain (Part 2 of 2)
Today Ministry Monday replays part two its focus on making the most out of the public domain. With music-buying budgets being squeezed tighter than ever, making the public domain work for you can be a huge asset as you spend the summer planning for fall repertoire.