Friday, October 08, 2004

Music Ministers Workshop with Fr. Ed Foley

If you are a music minister in the Catholic Church today, you are often right in the middle of “liturgy wars” and heated debates over musical styles and preferences. But if you're like me, you became a music minister because you love music just as much as you love the liturgy and the church that celebrates it.

We music ministers—directors, singers, cantors, accompanists, instrumentalists—have a great opportunity and an equally-great responsibility to serve the liturgy by enabling the faithful to participate in it, give thanks to God through it, be united in it, and go into the world commissioned by it through the art of music. If we are to make our work ministry and not just another “gig,” we need to understand in our bones the power of music to foster and nourish faith and even its power to weaken and destroy it.

Fr. Edward Foley, CapuchinSpend an evening in musical prayer, reflection, formation, and challenge with Reverend Edward Foley, Capuchin, who will guide us through the Rite of Communion, highlighting how our musical choices and habits can serve or hinder the action of the Eucharist. Fr. Foley's presentation will be musical, mystagogical, and meaningful for all who sing the liturgy.

Becoming What We Eat:
An Evening Reflection on Music,
Communion, and Eucharist
Reverend Edward Foley, Capuchin

Friday, November 5, 2004, 7:30p to 9p
$5 registration fee

Music ministers from other dioceses welcomed.

Please RSVP to
Rebeca Aldaz or (408) 983-0126.
Registration may be paid at the door in cash
or check to “Diocese of San Jose.”

Fr. Foley is a professor of liturgy and music and the chair of the Department of Word and Worship at the Chicago Theological Union. He has been a priest for almost 30 years and is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and theologian. He has been a frequent keynote speaker and presenter for the gatherings of the National Pastoral Musician and many other liturgical and musical conferences.

For more information, contact Diana Macalintal or call (408) 983-0136.