First Communion in the Liturgical Life of the Church Workshop

Friday, October 13


St. Joseph’s Seminary

Presenter: Donna Eschenauer, Ph.D., Author of First Communion Liturgies: Preparing First-Class Celebrations

The celebration of First Communion is a moment of joy, not only for the child and his or her family, but also for the entire parish. From the moment a child is baptized, the community of believers is responsible for the Christian initiation of that child. Therefore, the Church has the distinct privilege of walking with children and families on their journey of faith toward First Communion. This workshop will be of interest to sacrament program coordinators, catechetical leaders, priests, and music directors. In addition to generous time for questions, it will explore three pastoral areas: First Communion in the context of the sacramental life of the parish, liturgy with children, and preparing the liturgy for First Communion.

Registration Fee: $10

Register today or email us to find out more!


“Everyone Can Sing!”

Saturday, November 18, 10:00am-12:00pm

Saint Joseph’s Seminary

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Donelson, DMA

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.  It will also be especially helpful for music directors and teachers who aren’t quite sure how to help the “non singers” in their groups, and who might think that nothing can be done. 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

Registration fee: $10

Register today or email us to find out more!






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