Integral to the mission of Catholic schools is formation in liturgy and liturgical music. The Church calls on schools “to cultivate the repertoire of sacred music inherited from the past, to engage the creative efforts of contemporary composers and the diverse repertoires of various cultures, and to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy worthily.” (Sing to the Lord #54) Further, we are to “foster the joy of singing” and develop a liturgical repertoire that supports the parish Sunday liturgy. This is a tall order for Catholic Schools, but it is also a refreshingly clear directive, rich with opportunity and challenge. It’s the classic “both/and” of Catholicism, and a profound responsibility! How do we do it well?
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