Now that Advent is coming to a close, I wanted to call your attention to our recently completed series on Advent hymns. This four-part series included columns written by four music ministers serving at parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay. Each person was asked to choose her or his favorite Advent hymn, describe how it is used during Mass and what makes it so special.
In addition, The Compass paid visits to four parishes, with our video cameras, and recorded choirs performing the hymns featured by our four music ministers. It turned out to be a special addition to this year’s Advent coverage.
I would like to thank several people for making the series a success. First, Jeff Kurowski, Compass associate editor, who came up with the idea during an editorial meeting. Next, we thank the four music ministers who wrote the series: Karen Moehn, coordinator of Liturgy and Music at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, Oshkosh; Pat Wettstein, volunteer choir director and former director of music and liturgy at Good Shepherd Parish, Chilton; Jody Strnad, director of music at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay; and Randall Van Handel, director of music and organist at St. Mary Parish, Black Creek.
In addition, thanks to the choirs from St. Raphael the Archangel, Good Shepherd, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Resurrection Parish in Allouez. Michele Becker, music minister at Resurrection, arranged to have her parish choir fill in for the Black Creek choir.
Finally, a note of thanks to Clare Sturm, Divine Worship coordinator for the diocese, who helped select our music ministers; Sara Erickson, social communication director at St. Raphael Parish in Oshkosh, who recorded the Oshkosh choir; and Matthew Livingstone, diocesan social communications director. He recorded one video and completed all of the post-production duties on the four videos.
Below are links to the four columns in case you missed them. In addition, the four videos are embedded below for your listening pleasure.
Merry Christmas to all!
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About Sam Lucero
Lucero is news and information director for The Compass and a 30-year veteran of the Catholic press. When not at his desk, he enjoys taking photos and posting them online to share with friends. His “Bugs Up Close,” a macrophotography gallery of insects and plants found in his back yard, is a work in progress. To see a sample go to his Inspired Images website. Follow him on Twitter for tweets about church, photography and technology.