Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Monday!

Good Monday morning! I'm Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson, today's guest blogger and Director of Publications for JSP/WLP.
Time to start the workday here in beautiful Franklin Park, Illinois. I thought I'd update you on Jerry's travels, so I checked his Facebook page. (Cue 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
2 eggs
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.


Diana | said...

This is becoming Gotta sing, gotta pray, gotta eat!

Great observations, Mary Beth. Here on the West coast, we have lots of parishes that pray in both English and Spanish together. It always seems to make the new English translation a bit more palatable for some when they see the similarities between the Spanish and the new English text. Personally, I'm looking forward to singing about honey and the bees, which our Spanish communities have sung about for years, in the new English Exsultet.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your insights into the life of the Church in the real world, and for the yummy recipe. Followers of this blog will be gaining weight until Jerry gets back!

Les Selage said...

Our Orlando WLP reading session was mostly those who serve English speaking assemblies. We tended to like those settings best also. Will these be available in Spanish also.
PS...what do we do with the plums :)

Mary Beth said...

Hi, Les.

Misa Luna has been updated and will be available soon. We have two other promising submissions of bilingual Masses with the new text as well.

And, I edited the recipe to include the important step of wrapping each little plum in a blanket of dough before boiling them!

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Made it back from that ten hour tour! Watched the volcano on the Island of Stromboli erupt shortly after sunset. These recipes look terrific. Thanks to all for your good work and good humor.

Alan Hommerding said...

You just have to love anything that concludes with:

"Serve hot with melted butter, bread crumbs and sugar."

SO many things in life could be improved this way!