Sunday, October 30, 2011


Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, Rhode Island

All Saints - Tuesday, November 1, 2011 / Masses at 9 AM and 6 PM

Psalm: Lord, this is the people / J. R. Carroll/J. Gelineau
Alleluia: A. G. Murray (verse: tone 8G)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII
Remainder of Ordinary: Roman Missal, 2010

HYMNS, etc.:
Entrance: W-706 By all your saints still striving / "St. Theodulph"
Offertory: W-707 Ye watchers and ye holy ones / "Lasst uns erfreuen"
Communion: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All / Mother A. Donnelly
Recessional: W-705 For all the saints / "Sine Nomine"

All Souls - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - Masses at 9 Am and 7 PM

Psalm: The Lord is my Shepherd / O. Alstott
Remainder of Mass: same as 11/1

HYMNS, etc.:
Entrance: Requiem Aeternam / Mode VI
Roll call of the parish deceased 2011 (7 PM): Ave Maria / J. Arcadelt
Offertory: H-223 Jesus, Son of Mary / Adoro Te Devote
- 1) Lux Aeterna / Mode VIII
- 2) Pie Jesu / G. Faure
Recessional: W-178 In Paradisum / Mode VII

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday) - November 4, 2011 - Mass at 6 PM

Psalm: The Lord has revealed to the nations / M. Joncas/J. Gelineau
Remainder of Mass: same as 11/1

HYMNS, etc.:
Entrance: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine
Offertory: Cor Jesu, Cor Amabile
Communion: Adoro Te Devote / Mode V
Recessional: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning


Saturday, October 29, 2011


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Friday, October 28, 2011


Sunday XXXI - October 30, 2011
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

Psalm: In you, Lord, I have found my peace / R. Rice
Alleluia: R. Twynham (verse to tone 6F)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII
Remainder of Ordinary: Roman Missal, 2010

HYMNS, etc.:
Entrance hymn (NOT "gathering song"): Praise, my soul, the King of heaven / "Lauda Anima"
Offertory hymn (NOT "preparation song"): Immortal, invisible, God only wise / "St. Denio"
Communion anthem: Let all mortal flesh keep silence / "Picardy", arr. G. Holst
Meditation hymn: Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord / "Garden"
Recessional hymn: (NOT "sending forth song"): For all the saints / "Sine Nomine"


Thursday, October 13, 2011


Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 16, 2011

Entrance hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height / "Newman"
Psalm 96: Give the Lord glory and honor / R. Rice
Alleluia / R. Twynham (verse: Tone VI)
Offertory hymn: Faith of our fathers / "St. Catherine"
Sanctus, Memorial, and Agnus / Sacramentary 2010
Amen / adapted from "Sanctus VIII"
Communion anthem: Cantate Domino canticum novum / V. D'indy
Meditation hymn: Fairest Lord Jesus / "St. Elizabeth"
Recessional hymn: The Church's one foundation / "Aurelia"

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 23, 2011

Entrance hymn: Hosanna to the living Lord / "Hosanna"
Psalm 18: I love you, Lord, my strength / R. Rice
Offertory hymn: Love divine, all loves excelling / "Hyfrydol"
Communion anthem: Ubi Caritas / Mode VI
Meditation hymn: Hark, my soul! it is the Lord / "Campian"
Recessional hymn: When morning gilds the skies / "Laudes Domini"


Sunday, October 9, 2011


Periodically, I've been known to get a compliment from the "person in the pew" - not just at Sacred Heart, but just about anywhere I've served as an organist, whether as the principal organist or as a fill in. Oftentimes, it's my voice that gets more compliments than my organ playing, which is fine, although at a Mass as early as 7:30 AM, I often like to think the opposite. After all, Sunday is the one day I awaken at 5:45 AM and I sound about as tired as I am sometimes. The rest of the week I often sleep till about 8 (unless there is a funeral).

The compliments I usually watch out for the most, and I say this out of 30 years experience as an organist, are the ones that come from any woman who is old enough to be (but isn't) my mother. That is because most of THOSE compliments will often come with a "but". The compliment I got after 7:30 Mass this morning from a woman who fit the stereotype I just mentioned is no exception.

The woman started out with "You have an amazing voice!", to which I replied, "Thank you." "However, you never play any songs that I know."

Where the sam hell have I heard that before? Probably anywhere I've worked. I already knew what songs she was looking for, as they're the typical fare of most mainstream Catholic parishes, not to mention I did work at Sacred Heart for a brief period in 1989, under a pastor who is now retried. In 1989, Sacred Heart WAS one of those mainstream parishes. Let's go back to the conversation, shall we?

I went on to explain to the woman that I do not pick the hymns. "Well, who does?" "The pastor does. I only pick the Mass and the communion anthem." "Oh," she said with a change of tone for the droopier. "Were you looking for songs that sound more like pop music?" "Yes. In fact, I go to some of my friends' churches and they play those there." She mentioned two churches in particular. I will not mention them here. I will say that they are in neighboring towns. I explained to her, "You know, those styles of music were never meant to be played at Mass". "I know, but I miss those." "Sorry, but I'm with Father."

If I wasn't "with Father" on what the Church teaches on liturgy and music, my chances of being Sacred Heart's organist would most likely be slim and none, especially when you consider his desire to restore the liturgy to its highest beauty, something to be highly appreciated.

So here I stand. I'm with Father. And Father is with Mother - Holy Mother, the Church.


Friday, October 7, 2011


Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 9, 2011
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

Hosanna to the living Lord / "Hosanna"
I shall live in the house of the Lord / R. Rice
Alleluia / R. Twynham (verse of the day: Tone 8G)
My God, thy table now is spread / "Rockingham"
Sanctus, Memorial, Agnus / Sacramentary, 2010
Amen / adapted from "Sanctus VIII"
Pange lingua gloriosi / C. Rossini
Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless / "St. Agnes"
Ye watchers and ye holy ones / "Lasst uns erfreuen"


Monday, October 3, 2011


Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 10 AM
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

Funeral for 16-year-old Matthew, who died after complications following an asthma attack. :(

Procession to casket: Requiem aeternam
Procession to altar: Amazing grace
Psalm 23: Gelineau
Alleluia: Mode VI
Offertory: Ave Maria (Schubert)
Sanctus/Memorial/Amen: Community
Agnus Dei XVIII
Communion: Lux aeterna / Panis Angelicus (Franck)
Commendation: I believe that my Redeemer lives (St. Louis)
Recessional: Nearer my God to thee


Sunday, October 2, 2011


Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Rosary and Benediction)
All Tuesdays in October, 2011

7 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25. Come spend some time with Mary!

Immaculate Mary / "Lourdes Hymn"
O Salutaris Hostia / A. Werner
(Rosary is recited in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord, followed by the Litany of Loreto)
Tantum Ergo / C. Rossini
Salve Regina / Mode V
Hail, holy Queen enthroned above / "Salve Regina Caelitum"

First Friday / Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
Rosary 5:30, and Mass 6 PM - October 7, 2011

Immaculate Mary / "Lourdes Hymn"
O Salutaris Hostia / A. Werner
(Rosary is recited)
Salve Regina / Mode V
Gloria VIII
The Almighty has done great things for me / Tone 8G
Alleluia / R. Twynham
Ave Maria / J. Arcadelt
Sanctus, Memorial A, Agnus / Sacramentary chants, 2010
Amen / adapted from Sanctus VIII
Magnificat / Tone 8G and Ciro Grassi
Tantum Ergo / C. Rossini
Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above / "Salve Regina Caelitum"


PS: This Wednesday I'm playing a funeral for a 16-year-old kid who died of complications that started with an asthma attack. He just made his confirmation last year. WAY TOO YOUNG!!! These are the funerals I play with a heavy heart. Thankfully, I sit facing the pipe case in the back of the church, not having to face anyone. First funeral I've done for a teen in 22 years.