As part of our long-term goals from what you told us on the 2017 Parish Survey, we are going to be assembling a new, custom hymnal supplement which will be in the pews along with the red Worship hymnal. This book (a small binder, really) will include a wide array of familiar Catholic songs appropriate for use at school Mass, weekend Mass, and other liturgical and devotional gatherings. The goal is to have it in the pews for November 21st, the Solemnity of Christ the King – think of it as a parish gift to ourselves for our feast day! We are able to do this at a low cost due to the licensing fees we already pay with our current hymnal.
As part of this parish family who will be using it, you are invited to share your suggestions for songs that you would like to have included in this hymnal supplement. Not every single suggestion will make it in, due to copyright and other space factors, but all suggestions will be thoughtfully considered and evaluated. As we will continue to use the red Worship hymnal and not duplicate any hymns, there is no need to list your favorites in that. This will only contain suitable music from other hymnals which are not currently available to us, such as “Ah Holy Jesus,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman,” “Panis Angelicus,” etc. You may want to use the internet to search, or if you don’t own any other hymnals at home, you may make an appointment to come to the music office and look through some (appointments limited).
If you would like to participate, please email Jessica Roberts by September 15th with your music suggestions, or drop off a list at the rectory office. Be specific – rather than suggesting “this kind/style of music,” please suggest specific songs. Since there often are multiple musical settings of a text, please include as much of the following information as you can:
Title, Composer, Text author, HYMN TUNE
(example: “Abide With Me,” William H. Monk, Henry Francis Lyte, EVENTIDE)
Thank you so much! We are confident that this supplement of hymns and songs will serve us well for the next few years and fill in the holes in our current parish repertoire. We greatly appreciate and value your input.
– Fr. Steve Lacroix and Jessica Roberts