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Planning Catholic Funeral Liturgies Workshop

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • 10am-12pm
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers

When facing the loss of a loved one, Catholics are often asked to help plan the funeral liturgy for a family member or friend. Questions about music at the funeral, Scriptural readings, words of remembrance, and other aspects of the wake, the funeral Mass, and the burial service frequently arise. This workshop will assist family members and friends to prepare prayerful and beautiful funeral liturgies that are faithful to Catholic belief and tradition and which give honor to the deceased in Christ.

  • Topics to be covered will include:
    • Catholic understanding of death
    • History of Catholic funeral rites
    • Role of the funeral rites in the mourning process
    • Liturgical options (readings, music, prayers, words of remembrance)
    • Cremation questions
    • The importance of the funeral Mass

Presenter: Fr. Matthew S. Ernest, S.T.D., Director of the archdiocesan Office of Liturgy and Professor at St. Joseph’s Seminary

Registration Fee: $15

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Selecting Music for Mass Workshop

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • 10am-12pm
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers

Are you a parish musician looking for direction on how to choose uplifting, beautiful, and singable music for your congregation? Are you eager to learn more about the Church’s understanding of the role of sacred music at Mass? On February 22, from 10am-12pm, Dr. Jennifer Donelson, professor and director of sacred music at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, will explore these questions in a workshop focused on selecting music for Mass. 

Topics to be covered will include:

  • discussion of the Church’s teaching on sacred music
  • the role of the propers at Mass
  • the Church’s understanding of “progressive solemnity,” the distinction between devotional, liturgical/sacred, and religious music
  • instrumentation used at Mass

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka, DMA, Professor and Director of Sacred Music at Saint Joseph’s Seminary at St. Joseph’s Seminary

Registration Fee: $20

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Day of Prayer and Reflection for Liturgical Ministers

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • 10am-3pm
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Ushers and Parish Musicians are invited to gather together to reflect on the meaning of the Easter Triduum and discover its deep meaning for their lives, their ministry and their parish communities. This day of prayer and reflection will include presentations by Dr. Donna Eschenauer, associate dean and associate professor of pastoral theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, and author of “A Journey Through the Three Days: Theological Reflections on the Paschal Triduum.”

Schedule for the Day
10am – Registration
10:15am – Morning Prayer at St. Joseph’s Seminary Chapel
10:45am – Talk by Dr. Donna Eschenauer
11:30am – Quiet time/Opportunity for Confessions
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Talk by Dr. Donna Eschenauer
1:45pm – Holy Hour and Benediction
3:00pm- Departure

Registration fee: $30 (includes lunch)

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