Gilligan's Island theme song)
His last entry was last Thursday, September 9 and reads:
Jerry Galipeau is enjoying a very relaxing day here on the Island of Lipari in the Mediterranean. Thunderstorms came through a few hours ago. Planning on a ten-hour boat excursion tomorrow to see the volcanic eruption on the Island of Stromboli.....A ten-hour tour, a ten-hour tour. . . . Is it just me, or is this going through your head, too? Let's just presume Jerry is either physically or psychically out of reach of the world of Facebook, and having a terrific time. He'll be blogging here again a week from today.
Two weeks ago, I taught for three evenings in the Tepeyac Institute in El Paso, Texas. Our outstanding Hispanic resources editor, Peter Kolar, has lived there for the past five years. He deserves a lot of credit for stepping up and working to include parish musicians in this existing diocesan ministry program. I found the teaching and discussion so energizing, and as always, I learned quite a bit in the process. Here are a couple of insights that I hope will add to your perspective about our field.
First, there is enthusiasm for Catholic liturgical music ministry still alive and well! In El Paso, 125 unpaid musicians gathered for two weeks to learn more and become better equipped for their ministry. Most came directly from work, and packed their dinner. The program offers certification if additional requirements are met, but there has been no pressure or requirement that these folks become certified. They are there purely out of dedication to their parishes and hunger to learn more and grow. Their passion and gratitude for the opportunity to learn were refreshing and a sign of the Spirit at work.
Also, I was reminded that all the discussions we have about new texts, new Masses, etc. sometimes fly over the head of the reality in many parts of our church in the United States. As I worked with the musicians in El Paso, for example, I found that because most of them work with English and Spanish translations of the Roman Missal currently, it is much easier for them to understand the concept of vernacular translations from the Latin. And, as we did side-by-side comparisons of the current Order of Mass in English and Spanish with the new Order of Mass translation, it was also clear that the current Spanish translation is already much closer to the Latin and the changes will most likely be less profound. Also, we hoped that Spanish-speaking Catholics will receive just as much assistance and attention when the new Spanish translation is available as we are now seeing in the English-speaking world.
The liturgical culture there is also largely small volunteer groups at each Mass and almost exclusively guitar-led. Folks there could think of only two churches in the diocese that have a piano. Many of the Mass settings that we explored were out of their realm of experience. Again, it was quite interesting that these musicians were drawn to the chant-based settings, like Richard Proulx's Gloria Simplex and Mass of Hope by Lisa Staffford. We agreed it was a good that a ministry program broaden their horizons to styles of musical expression that are widely sung by their brothers and sisters in other parts of the country. They were a great model of honesty and openness.
If you have persevered to this point, I'm offering a "bonus track". This is the time of year, while Italian prune plums are in the market for just a couple of weeks, that I bring out one of my family's favorite recipes. I'm sure my Bohemian grandmother (dad's side) and my mom who learned to cook all my dad's favorites, would delight that others might enjoy these dumplings!
Back to work - Gotta sing; gotta pray!
2 c. milk
2 c. water
½ tsp. salt
¾ c. farina
1 Tbsp. salt
½ tsp. baking powder
3 ½ c. flour
24 to 30 Italian prune plums
Bring the first three ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Add farina and cook until just thickened. Cool. Add eggs and flour sifted together with salt and baking powder.
Roll out on a floured board to ¼” thick. Cut into 24 squares for medium plums; more for small plums. A pizza cutter works well for this. Wrap each plum in a square of dough.
Place into boiling water. (I boil two large pasta pots). Boil for 15 minutes, stirring once to gently to prevent breaking.
Serve hot with melted butter, bread crumbs and sugar.