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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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Brilliant Idea for A Parish Fundraiser
published 13 September 2015 by Fr. David Friel

HIS JUST IN from the Catholic Memes page on Facebook. Those in search of a promising parish fundraiser might take their lead from a Protestant congregation that has crafted an inventive new feature of their music program.

(N.B. Please understand that this post—and I presume this congregation’s fundraiser—are meant to be lighthearted.)