Through this page (which was started during the COVID_19 pandemic) we want to offer additional opportunities for prayer, reflection, and faith-sharing to help enhance your personal faith life. Please be sure to scroll down through this entire page to see all that is available.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
FAMILY PRAYER NIGHT
RECONSECRATION OF THE UNITED STATES
TO THE CARE OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER
The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
Rosary, Adoration, and Parish Consecration
Michael Ward (Director of Music &Liturgy) and members of our Music Ministry share some beloved Marian songs. The songs in this video are: Litany of Mary (Alonso); Serdeczna Matko (arr. Proulx); Blessed One (Thompson); and Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (Landry). The images in the video feature Marian icons from the parish.
Advent Lessons and Carols
Lasst Uns Erfreuen
The hymn tune, LASST UNS ERFREUEN, is well-known from hymns like All Creatures of Our God and King or Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones. You can't miss singing this hymn as the resounding Alleluias throughout make it memorable to all. Mike Brose offers his take on the hymn tune as he spends time improvising around this hymn tune. Mike often joins us to share his talents on the piano and is probably most recognizable to our parish when he and the other members of the praise band, Twist of Faith, join us to help enhance our music during Mass. To help focus your reflection, Mike has added beautiful photos to accompany the music that were taken by his wife, Lisa.
All Creatures of Our God and King
This hymn text uses the same hymn tune, LASST UNS ERFREUEN, as above. In this video, our mother-daughter cantor duo of Mary Ernster and Isabella Andrews come together to sing Rick Modlin's arrangement of All Creatures of Our God and King. They also share a fun story of how this hymn will forever be associated with the Easter Season for them.
O Come to the Altar
Hurting? Broken? Overwhelmed? I think those are feelings we are all familiar with, whether or not we are living through a pandemic. O Come to the Altar helps to remind us of and ground us in the reality that the loving arms of our God are always open wide, ready to embrace us. The lyrics of bridge really help us to put into song the joy we have in knowing our loving God is there for us, "Oh, what a Savior, isn't He wonderful. Sing alleluia, Christ is risen." Let's sing Alleluia indeed! Christ is risen, Christ is alive, and the risen Christ walks beside us, especially during the most challenging moments in our life.
The COVID_19 pandemic continues to be challenging time for every one of us. The gift of our faith reminds us that God's love and mercy is truly amazing as it goes beyond our wildest imagination, beyond any virus or any pandemic. Trusting in that love and mercy, one of our cantors, Jacque Kress offers this beautiful, a capella version of the beloved hymn, Amazing Grace.
We Walk by Faith
Jenny and Aaron Stash shared their beautiful duet of We Walk By Faith, arranged by Ed Bolduc. The lyrics help us to pray with the words of Jesus to Thomas, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:29). This piece works so well during the Easter season as it helps us to further reflect on the Gospel from the 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday). In our currently reality, it also helps us to reflect on the state of the world around us. In the time of this COVID_19 pandemic, the song and its message take on a dual meaning. We are all aware that there are many, many uncertainties right now. However, when we put our full trust in our faith and commit to walking by faith rather than sight, we can be reassured that we are never alone and we will be okay through all of this.
The song Via Dolorosa is a beautiful tradition during the Good Friday liturgy in our parish. It so beautifully and prayerfully puts Jesus' ultimate act of love for us into music. Our mother-daughter duo of cantors, Mary Ernster and Isabella Andrews, have arranged this beautiful duet of Via Dolorosa. We offer this video now to help us remember what Jesus did for us on Good Friday.