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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

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Suzanne Toolan • Missing Verse From “I Am The Bread Of Life” Hymn
published 12 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

THIS WAS SENT to my email inbox—can anyone verify its authenticity?

679 Suzanne Toolan


I’m not sure whether this is a hoax—one must exercise caution on the internet. If you can help solve this mystery, please use the Facebook comment section.

The text itself seems to be based on the Gospel of John, which is called the “Eucharistic Gospel” because of its sixth chapter.


UPDATE at 11:30am 3/13/2016 :

Many of the people commenting on Facebook agree with me that this is probably a hoax.

Some have suggested that my posting this—in an effort to determine the truth—constitutes “defamation.” However, it’s difficult for me to understand how attempting to determine the truth about something could be defamation.

If this is a hoax—and it seems likely it is—I’m at a loss to know why somebody went through the process of creating such a hoax; what did they gain?


UPDATE at 11:24am 3/17/2016 :

On the CCW facebook, Steven Ottományi posted the following on 15 March at 10:40am:

I have just spoken with Sr. Suzanne Toolan on the phone. She has confirmed that at no time was any text considered, other than the two selections from John (chapters 6 and 11).
In other words, according to this phone call, Toolan confirms our suspicions that this is a hoax.