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Pray the Mass! Workshops

Are you looking for ways to make going to Mass a more generating, inspiring, and enriching experience? Do you sometimes find it difficult to pray at Mass because of distractions? Do you wish you could connect Sunday Mass more closely to your life throughout the week? This series of workshops will explore the rich spirituality of the Mass and offer practical tips to help attendees get more out of every celebration of Mass.

Presented by Fr. Matthew Ernest, S.T.D., Director and Professor of Liturgy at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Director of the Office of Liturgy for the Archdiocese of New York

Saturday, October 13, 10-11:30am – Finding the Hidden Treasures in Every Mass

Saturday, November 10, 10-11:30am – Spiritual Workouts to Get Fit for Mass

Saturday, January 26, 10-11:30am –  Listen Up!: God is Speaking to You at Mass

Saturday, April 6, 10-11:30am – Unlocking the Secrets of the Eucharistic Prayer

Saturday, May 11, 10-11:30am – Expanding Your Communion Consciousness

Location: St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers

Registration fee: $10 (payable by cash or check at the door)

Register here today!

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 Everyone Can Sing! Workshop

Saturday, September 15, 10am-12pm

Saint Joseph’s Seminary

This workshop is intended to help adults and children who consider themselves to be “non-singers” to sing well and in tune at liturgical celebrations. Topics to be covered include:

  • The role of singing in the liturgy

  • The spiritual benefits of singing
  • Physiological and psychological barriers to singing in tune
  • Pedagogical tips and exercises for learning to sing or teaching someone else to sing
  • Encouraging congregational singing
  • Encouraging singing in the classroom
  • Tips offered by the Ward education method

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Donelson, DMA, Director and Professor of Sacred Music, Saint Joseph’s Seminary

Registration fee: $10 (payable by cash or check at the door)

Register today here!

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“Reading Music 101” Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 10am-12pm

Saint Joseph’s Seminary

Do you have difficulty in following along when your parish introduces a new hymn? Are you a church musician who plays by ear only? This workshop will introduce attendees to basic music theory and ear training which will help them to better understand, read, and sing musical notation. Topics to be covered include:

  • Essential music theory for reading and singing modern music notation
  • Introduction to rhythm
  • Introduction to sight reading and ear training
  • Application of concepts in music for the Mass

    Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Donelson, DMA, Director and Professor of Sacred Music, Saint Joseph’s Seminary

    Registration fee: $10 (payable by cash or check at the door)

    Register today here!

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Singing at Mass for Deacons Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 10am-12pm

Saint Joseph’s Seminary

This workshop will introduce the deacon’s chants of the Mass and is designed both for novices as well as those with more experience.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Chanting the penitential act, gospel acclamations, gospel, intercessions, sign of peace, dismissal, Exsultet, and the Epiphany and Christmas proclamations
  • Basic vocal technique for good sound and confidence

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Donelson, DMA, Professor and Director of Sacred Music, Saint Joseph’s Seminary

Registration fee: $10 (payable by check or cash at the door)

Register today!

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