Friday, February 11, 2011

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and the Jacob and Matthew Band

My apologies for not posting a "New Translation Thursday" blog yesterday.

These mid-winter days are extremely busy ones for us here at World Library Publications. With the "advent" of the new translation of The Roman Missal fast approaching, as well as our continuing work with providing the very best new and revised musical settings, these days are filled with flurries of activity here. Added to that is the upcoming Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, which will take place in Anaheim March 17 through 20. I strongly believe that every Catholic leader in the United States and Canada (and beyond) who has the wherewithall should attend Congress at least once. The energy about all things Catholics that is shared at this event buoys my own Catholic faith each time I experience Congress.

The members of the Jacob and Matthew Band, located in the Los Angeles area, were invited to compose this year's Congress theme song. People, Rise Up! took months to complete and it is an energetic piece that will surely draw the tens of thousands who will be at Congress into a lively expression of faith in song.

We are very proud of the men who make up the Jacob and Matthew Band. They are talented musicians who have served the Church, particularly through their fine work in youth ministry. Every moment spent with these guys gives me a boost; their faith and commitment to the Church, their families, and their parishes, is a constant source of inspiration for me.

WLP publishes two of the band's albums, Every Day


and Universal



Check out the links and have a listen to some of their work. I have seen them in the arena at the Anaheim Convention Center leading sung prayer with thousands of young people at the Congress' Youth Day. To witness their ministry, to see them help set these young peoples' hearts on fire with the love of Christ is to witness Christ working through them. The Church is blessed with these committed and talented musicians.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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