Solemnity of Pentecost
May 24, 2015
"For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of the one Spirit.”
Each of us has received gifts from the Spirit, and each of us has opportunities to share these gifts with our Church family in diverse ways, whether we are new to liturgical/music ministry, in the middle of our life's work, or sharing our wisdom gleaned in “the golden years.” Among the gifts that we share are these: service to others, sharing with others, and love for the least among us.
In an address to clergy in 2013, Pope Francis said: “I think that to walk together is truly the most wonderful experience we can have; to belong to a people walking, journeying through history together with our Lord, who walks among us! We are not alone; we do not walk alone. We are part of the one flock of Christ that walks together”
Lord, help us to make the words of the Pentecost Sequence
spring to life in us and in our war-weary world:
Come, Holy Spirit, come! / And from your celestial home / Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor! / Come, source of all our store! / Come, within our bosoms shine. . . .
O most blessed Light divine, / Shine within these hearts of yours, / And our inmost being fill! . . .
Heal our wounds, our strength renew; / On our dryness pour your dew; /
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will; / Melt the frozen, warm the chill; /
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore / And confess you, evermore / In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue's sure reward; / Give them your salvation, Lord; /
Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia!
Joan M. Laskey
College Park, Maryland
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD