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It's been so hot and dry here. I've made it a practice to pray for rain to sustain the farms as I drive back and forth to church on roads that crisscross the fields of corn. The corn still looks green, but grass everywhere is dry and brown. Everything just seems thirsty.

With this thirst in mind, I've been praying with Psalm 1:

Happy indeed is the man

who follows not the counsel of the wicked;

Nor lingers in the way of sinners

nor sits in the company of scorners,

But whose delight is the law of the Lord

and who ponders his law day and night.

He is like a tree that is planted

beside the flowing waters,

That yields its fruit in due season

and whose leaves shall never fade;

And all that he does shall prosper.

Not so are the wicked, not so!

For they like winnowed chaff

shall be driven away by the wind.

When the wicked are judged they shall not stand,

nor find room among those who are just;

For the Lord guards the way of the just

but the way of the wicked leads to doom.

What is it in our lives that roots us and keeps us growing? What quenches our thirst, like the flowing water that the tree soaks up through its roots? For us as Catholics, it's the liturgy–the banquet where we receive Jesus, where we take Him into ourselves, where we are sent out as a community to bear Him to the rest of the world.

This summer, as we gather outdoors for Mass at St. Benedict's, as we finally get back to singing together and praying together as a community, let's focus on the ways that the liturgy nourishes us and quenches our thirst. Beyond that, let's think about how we can help others experience that life-giving water. As people return to church this summer, what feeds their souls? What will they want to soak up? How can we help them experience Jesus in the liturgy?

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As we come to the end of this Easter season, I'm filled with gratitude for how things are opening up, coming back to life, and being restored. It's been a hard year, no doubt - one where we had to stay apart from one another and couldn't sing together for so long. As we move into the summer months and some of our worship moves outside, I pray we will feel the warmth of the sunshine and the breeze through the pine trees as the breath of the Holy Spirit, bringing healing and comfort to our community.

We've been through a lot...but God is faithful. He has brought us this far, and He will not let us down.

Our choirs will take a break for the summer so we can come back renewed and refreshed in the fall. If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument with us during Masses over the summer, we still have room for you - we just won't be having regular weekly choir rehearsals. Please get in touch with me if you'd like to help with music this summer. Our 8:30 Mass will be outdoors with cantors and electronic piano (and other instruments as available). Our 10:30 Mass will be indoors with organ/piano and cantor.

Veni sancte spiritus - come, Holy Spirit!

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.

Pour forth the wisdom and gifts of the Spirit on our Harvest of Hope community and set our hearts on fire with your love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Updated: Apr 9

A HUGE thank you to all of those who sang, rang, and played instruments in our Holy Week and Easter liturgies. We celebrated well. There were some glorious moments, and I was so proud and happy to be a part of this ministry and to serve with such a hard-working and loyal team. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

We are discerning our next steps as a choir. We would like to try singing together at one Mass per month.

Our last choir Mass before our summer break is scheduled for 10:30 AM on May 23, which is Pentecost Sunday

We will be rehearsing for that Mass beginning Sunday, April 11 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

If you would like to sing with us on Pentecost, please plan to attend rehearsals:

  • April 11

  • April 18

  • April 25

  • May 2

  • May 9

  • May 16

All rehearsals are 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the church.

Check the Music for Mass page to see what we will be singing in the coming weeks.