Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend in the Great Pacific Northwest

Monday greetings to all.

I spent this past weekend in the Archdiocese of Seattle, Washingon. On Friday night an enthusiastic group of musicians met at Saint Rose of Viterbo Parish in Longview. Here's a photo of the church.

We spent a few hours together singing through WLP's new and revised musical settings of the Mass. The church building was wonderfully reverberant. It's been a real joy sharing these settings with parish musicians.

On Saturday, I led a retreat for RCIA leaders at Saint Patrick Parish in Tacoma.

The retreat was called "Stirring the Waters of Life." We focused on the meaning of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist in our own lives as initiation ministers. The morning session included a ritual of baptism remembrance. We all gathered around Saint Patrick's beautiful new baptism font for this ritual. It was a powerful moment for all of us.

Here are a few photos of those gathered for the retreat.

The weekend was exhilarating. I have always felt so at home in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks so much to the great folks in the Archdiocese of Seattle for your hospitality and dedication to the ministries of music and Christian initiation.

I arrived several hours before the music session on Friday and took a quick ride out to the Oregon Coast. Here's a photo of Cannon Beach. This is a breathtaking part of our country.

I hope your Third Week of Lent is filled with God's grace.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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