Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New RCIA Book and Greetings to the Touring Notre Dame Folk Choir

Happy Wednesday to you all. It is a gloriously sunny morning here in Chicago. Started the day in spin class at 6:00 and am feeling rejuvenated.

Thanks for your comments yesterday regarding my "leak" about Father Turner's new book with WLP, Pastoral Companion to the Roman Missal.

I'd like to share some thoughts about another book with which I have had the privilege of working. Part of our Fountain of Life initiation series, WLP has just released The Spirit at Work: Conversion and the RCIA. I have been reading articles about the catechumenate by its author, Michael Marchal, for years. Mike has brought together his many years of practical experience and careful scholarship to create this book. It is a helpful resource for RCIA coordinators, teams, pastors, and diocesan initiation ministers. WLP's description of this book includes these words: "Marchal provides suggestions and anecdotes that will assist RCIA team leaders in adjusting and adapting their programs for the different situations that arise throughout the entire RCIA process." Mike's work includes many stories of people who have experienced the initiation process in his parish. I like reading books like this; books that are solidly based in sound pastoral theology and liturgical theology, yet lead the reader into that theology through the lived experience of real people. This book is a must for the shelf of every RCIA minister. Find out more here .

Well, enough of my commercial. I want to give a big shout out this morning to the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir. They are currently on tour through the Appalachians. To their devoted director, Steve Warner, too, greetings from all of us here at WLP. If you have never had the chance to experience this fine group of singers and musicians in person, you can check out their recordings on WLP's web site. Here is one of my Notre Dame Choir favorites, taken from their newest album, Songs of Saints and Scholars.

As you know, I am a Chicago Blackhawks. I am feeling quite good this morning!

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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