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Life with Down syndrome can be rewarding for children and parents
Feb 17 2011
Nineteen-year-old Alex Hudson is your typical teenager. He goes to high school, has a part-time job, plays sports year-round and loves mixing music — sometimes very loud music — on his laptop. But what sets Alex apart from the rest of this year’s graduating class at Kenwood High School in Essex is that he was born with Down syndrome.

More ‘low’ Masses, please
Feb 16 2011
Thanks to the information provided through The Catholic Review, we have been made aware that some years ago the bishops decided that “music should be a part of all celebrations,” as much as possible. For the life of me, I can’t recall a survey or poll being taken at that time to ascertain whether this was acceptable or desirable to those they serve. Your pages continue to be packed with stories of churches closing, vocations being down, parishes being combined, only 43 percent of baptized Catholics attending church regularly and budget problems. It’s time for a change. Let’s go back to basics, more “low masses” where those in attendance can actually hear and respond to the words of preparation and consecration of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and not sit there listening to the choir and musicians performing an aria. What we are doing now is not working.

Fervor, devotion, joy: Parish Mass illustrates some of Kenyans’ gifts
Feb 14 2011
NAIROBI, Kenya – Mass was approaching the two-hour mark at St. Mary’s Church. Members of the choir were wiping the sweat from their brow under the heat of the corrugated tin roof. Some of the dancers were fanning themselves with the tri-fold papers that contained the Sunday readings.

New appreciation urged for classical music’s contributions to church
Feb 14 2011
WASHINGTON – Classical music is underappreciated for its spiritual contribution to the church, the metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church said in a Feb. 9 address at The Catholic University of America.

Campus minister’s song to be performed at national youth conference
Feb 13 2011
WASHINGTON – A University of Dayton campus minister hopes his original song, “Called to Glory,” will help recruit youths to follow the Gospel call of love and service at the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference.

Equipped for Ministry?
Feb 10 2011
One of the great joys I have experienced in my visits to parishes and schools in our Archdiocese over the past three-plus years has been the witness of so many dedicated lay Catholics who serve the Church in many and diverse ways.

Loyola University receives $1 million gift from Haig estate
Feb 10 2011
Loyola University Maryland has received a $1 million gift from the estate of former Secretary of State Gen. Alexander M. Haig, who died in February 2010.

Music minister honored for outreach to military
Feb 09 2011
LIBERTYTOWN – In an age when social media and digital tools are sometimes cursed for their negative influence, a Frederick County parish and its Knights of Columbus chapter celebrated one of their own and his use of technology to spread the Word.

Liturgist drops speaking engagements over missal translation process
Feb 08 2011
WASHINGTON – Saying that he “cannot promote the new missal translation with integrity,” the former chairman of the music committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy has withdrawn from all speaking engagements related to the missal.

‘Singing-nun records’ planted seed for Catholic children’s music artist
Feb 05 2011
WASHINGTON – Don’t look now, but Soeur Sourire and others like her are getting their due from Catholic children’s music artist Jim Cosgrove.