Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WLP: At Your Service

Wednesday greetings from here at the home office in Franklin Park, Illinois.

I guess the reality that we will be singing and praying a new translation of The Roman Missal has really begun to sink in out there. Our customer care team members are fielding phone call after phone call.

Have you given thought to one of the ramifications of our bishops' surprise decision to allow early implementation of some of the sung parts of the Mass in September (in those dioceses where the Ordinary permits it)?

Well, here you go. Because of the new translation, we obviously have had to create supplements for all of our accompaniment editions, supplements that include the new and revised musical settings of the Mass that will be appearing in our worship resources. These accompaniments are used by musicians in parishes that sing and pray from WLP's worship resources: Seasonal Missalette, Word & Song annual missal and hymnal, Celebremos/Let Us Celebrate, and the We Celebrate hymnal and missal program. We were breezing along with confidence as we prepared both the keyboard and guitar/cantor editions in time for the November 27 implementation. Our entire editorial and production process has been built around the November 27 implementation. Our target date for providing the accompaniment supplements (or entirely new accompaniment, as in the case of our brand new We Celebrate Hymnal) is the beginning of September. We are trying our very best to hit this target.

But people need the accompaniments to these Mass settings now, in order to practice and prepare musicians and clergy. If only we had known that the bishops were going to allow this early implementation, we could have been much more prepared.

Ah . . . the frustrations of publishing. So, you ask, what is a publisher like WLP to do? Well, I'll tell you. For those who are subscribers to our worship resources, we are providing free PDFs of the choral scores for our new and revised Masses. All a customer needs to do is contact our Customer Care Department (1 800 566-6150 or and let us know which Mass setting you are planning to use and we will send you the PDF of the choral score (which has the accompaniment). This will help tide you over until you receive the accompaniment supplement some time in September.

As always, we are doing everything we can to serve the needs of the singing and praying and initiating Church. Sometimes it gets a little frustrating, but in a few months, this will all be a distant memory.

Thanks for listening.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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