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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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Did we meet our fundraising goal?
published 3 February 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

404 sperabo ECAUSE OF GENEROUS readers like you, we have met our recent fundraiser goal. We could not be more grateful to those who donated. Thank you!

Here’s a link I created this morning with potential to greatly reduce our need for fundraisers—at no cost to our readers:

    * *  Special Amazon Link (WATERSHED)

Whenever you buy something from AMAZON, click on that link to begin your search and Watershed will automatically receive 0.5% of whatever you buy!

I just bought something from Amazon, and tell me this is not a supremely rewarding message. This process will never expire…so please BOOKMARK that URL. We are in your debt!

OR THE RECORD, I loathe dealing with the financial side of Watershed. I’d much rather be writing articles, making recordings, posting scans, corresponding with our readers, and so forth. But Watershed is a 100% volunteer organization—none of us gets paid—so somebody has to do it or we perish.

Fr. Michael Irwin used to talk about the future. He said that as a newly-ordained priest in the 1950s, nobody wanted to be assigned to a cranky old priest—but God doesn’t allow us to see the future. Shortly after ordination, Fr. Irwin was indeed assigned to such a priest. I’ll never forget his verdict: “Thank God we cannot see the future, because I might not have chosen to be a priest.” Similarly, if I’d realized all the work Watershed would require—especially the financial stuff—I might have decided not to be part of it. I would have deeply regretted this, so I’m glad God does not let us see the future.