April Newsletter

Greetings Oregon and SW Washington Pastoral Musicians. Blessings to you as we begin the Fourth Week of the Lenten Season. My prayer for each of you is that your music preparations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum are going well.

Our next NPM Oregon meeting is scheduled Saturday, April 27, 9:00 AM at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Oregon City. The meeting will continue the conversation begun on March 9th of the Archdiocese Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music for Divine Worship “Sing to the LORD a New Song” (The meeting minutes are attached.). Antiphons and other music of the liturgical seasons will be presented. If you have music that you would like to present, let me know so I may inform our presenters. Please invite a pastoral musician from your parish community or neighboring parish. All are welcome!

All Pastoral Musicians in Oregon and SW Washington – please respond: At the March 9 meeting, the local NPM WOMM board members presented the need for revenue to support the local chapter and any potential expenses related to the chapter including future events with local and/or national presenters. The ‘local’ dues are separate from the dues of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Attached is a form to survey all local pastoral musicians. Please complete the form, scan and e-mail to Agnes, or copy into the body of an e-mail. Your input is vital to the future of the local chapter and will guide the local NPM WOMM board members.

NPM WOMM dues form

Upcoming NPM WOMM Meeting – All are welcome to attend; invite your parish music ministry and musicians from your neighboring parish Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM; Location: St John the Apostle Catholic Church, 417 Washington St, Oregon City, Oregon 97045; Website: https://www.sja-catholicchurch.com/ Hosts: the music ministry of St John the Apostle Catholic Church

9:00 – 9:30 AM Fellowship and refreshments; beverages will be provided, please bring a snack to share

9:30 – 11:00 AM Continue the discussion on the Archdiocese Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music for Divine Worship “Sing to the LORD a New Song” released January 25 (see the document on the Archdiocese of Portland website https://archdpdx.org/divine-worship (In English and Spanish) and local Chapter business

11:00 AM to 12 noon Board meeting. All are welcome to attend this meeting.

2019 Meeting calendar (time and location to be determined)

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon at St Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97211

Event entitled “Signs and Symbols of the Liturgy: Experience Their Power, Reflect on their Meaning”: a workshop that will deepen our understanding of all the non-verbal elements of the Mass. Presenters Lori Simmons (Liturgy Training Publications), Dr. Glenn Byer (OCP) and Michael Prendergast (St Andrew Catholic Church (PDX), Sacred Ministries)

More information: Catholic liturgy is a rich language composed of music, words, silence, objects, natural elements, movements, postures, gestures, and ritual actions. Each of these elements serves to open our hearts, minds, and bodies to the presence of God, allowing us to participate deeply in the mystery we celebrate. Join pastoral musicians as we explore the signs and symbols of the liturgy in prayerful, participative reflection, recognizing the role of the human senses in our liturgical prayer. Through poetry, music, movement, and interaction with the symbols of the liturgy, we will discover the connections between Mass and our daily lives. For more information, contact Michael Prendergast, mprendergast@archdpdx.org

Are you planning to attend the 2019 NPM Convention? NPM Annual Convention “That You May Be Healed” July 16-19, 2019, Raleigh, North Carolina NPM: National Association of Pastoral Musicians see complete schedule and registration form at https://npm.org/. Contact Agnes for more information and if you plan to attend the convention.

Work Opportunities
Trumpet player and cellist needed on Easter Sunday for a Vancouver, WA parish. Please contact Teresa Dody at  teresa@ollparish.org with musician name and contact information.

Christ the King Catholic Church and School, Milwaukie seeks a full time Director of Sacred Music in the parish and school.  See the Archdiocese of Portland website for complete job description https://archdpdx.org/careers-1 including application requirements by May 1st.

St Philip Benizi Catholic Church, 18211 S Henrici Rd, Oregon City (Redland) is in need of a qualified musician to lead the Saturday 5:30 PM Mass. Must be able to sing and play piano and/or guitar. If interested or for more information, please contact the parish office at 503-631-2882.

St Clare Catholic Church, Portland seeks a pianist to accompany at 8:30 AM Sunday Masses. See the Archdiocese of Portland website for complete job description https://archdpdx.org/careers-1  Interested applicants can contact Suz Ruddock at shuffle.step@comcast.net, Director of Joyful Noise for more information. Please send resume and cover letter to Shelley Worrell at Shelley@saintclarechurch.org to apply.

St Cyril Catholic Church, Wilsonville, Music Coordinator Needed. We are looking for a new part-time Music Coordinator and would like your help in spreading the word. The successful candidate will provide music for weekend Masses and for other church celebrations.  The applicant will have knowledge and commitment to the mission of the parish and the Catholic Church, along with being proficient in his or her performance area. This candidate will serve on the Parish Liturgy Committee.   Please send resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to: St. Cyril  Catholic Church, 9205 SW 5th St, Wilsonville, OR 97070 Or e-mail: bizmgr@stcyrilparish.org

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Portland seeks a parish music director to fill a 10 hour a week position. The principle responsibilities of the position are to rehearse and direct the music group for the 9:30 AM Sunday liturgy, to plan the Sunday music and prepare worship aids as required, to participate in the Liturgy Commission, to plan and provide music for weddings and funerals, and to oversee other needs of the ministry. Contact: Fr. George Kuforiji, Parish Administrator: gkuforiji@archdpdx.org

See the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon website for career opportunities:https://archdpdx.org/careers-1

Upcoming Events and Concerts

In Mulieribus: Gardens of Delight Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:00 PM, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1716 NW Couch St, Portland, and Sunday, May 19, 2019, 7:30 PM, Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, 218 W 12th St, Vancouver, WA Advance tickets available online at http://www.inmulieribus.org/tickets.html For more Information: http://www.inmulieribus.org/

Bach Cantata Choir Sunday, May 19, 2019, 2:00 PM Rose City Presbyterian Church, Portland, Free-will offering. For more information: http://www.bachcantatachoir.org/

Cappella Romana presents “The Tallis Scholars“Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00 PM, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland. For more information and tickets: https://cappellaromana.org/

Submit future information for this newsletter by April 26 for the May 2019 e-newsletter. Thank you!