This is awards season in the world of publishing.
In the past few weeks, our hearts here at J.S. Paluch and World Library Publications have swelled with pride and gratitude.
At their annual meeting in New York City in early June, the Music Publishers Association announced their annual Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence. Most of the major players in music publishing (symphonic, pop, rock, classical, sacred, choral, instrumental, etc.) submit pieces for consideration in many categories. We have won Paul Revere awards in the past, but this year's award felt so much more special and dear to us. In the category of choral music, WLP won first place for the music engraving of Charles Thatcher's Communion Chants for the Church Year. Congratulations to our senior music engraver, one of, if not the finest, engraver in the country, Steve Fiskum, and to his team of music engravers.
And over this past weekend we learned of the awards announced by the Catholic Press Association. Brother Mickey McGrath's Go To Joseph garnered three awards:
First Place in the category "Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith"
Second Place in the category "Spirituality-Hard Cover"
Third Place in the category "Design and Production"
To win three awards in three separate categories is nearly unprecedented. Congratulations to Brother Mickey McGrath, to the book's editor, WLP's own Christine Krzystofczyk, and to WLP designer Christine Enault, as well as the many men who contributed essays to this fine book.
In the category "Liturgy," WLP won the first place award for the Saint Margaret Sunday Missal. Congratulations to editor Michael Novak.
Finally, as far as books go, in the "50th Anniversary of Vatican II" category, WLP won a third prize for Do Not Quench the Spirit!: Celebrating Fifty Years of Vatican II/ ¡No apagues el espíritu!: Celebrando cincuenta años del Concilio Vaticano II by Deacon William T. Ditewig, Edward Foley, Capuchin, Chris Ángel and Karla Bellinger.
And finally in the category "Best Trade/Seasonal Catalog," WLP's Fall 2013 Catalog: Embracing Technology in the Church by Gina Buckley and Chris Broquet, won first prize!
I am so proud of the work of my colleagues here at World Library Publications and the J.S. Paluch Company. I am awed by their professionalism and expertise. It is a privilege to lead them in our mission to serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.