Diocesan Hymnal Committee

Father Dan Merz, chair of the diocesan Liturgical Commission, explains the work of the diocesan hymnal committee in fostering unity in diversity in liturgical music.

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Evaluating Hymn Lyrics

Catholic hymns may have inspiring melodies, but unless the text also communicates the truth of the mystery of faith, they cannot be called beautiful. Beauty is constitutively related to truth. Father Dan Merz, chair of the diocesan Liturgical Commission, reviews guidance from the US bishops on how to evaluate hymn lyrics.

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What have the bishops said about hymns at Mass?

On Dec. 10, 2020, the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a short document entitled, “Catholic Hymnody at the Service of the Church: An Aid for Evaluating Hymn Lyrics.” Father Daniel Merz, chair of the diocesan Liturgical Commission, unpacks the document.

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The Mass Antiphons

Father Dylan Schrader explains the Mass antiphons: what they are, their history, and current liturgical law regarding the singing of antiphons during Mass.

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7 June 2021

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Weekly Webinar: Blackbaud Universe Explained

How are we “Better Together” in our digital systems? By utilizing the strength of an integrated communication system, we can address today’s challenges we face as more people disengage from organized religion and robust online security becomes increasingly necessary.

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