St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of Musicians, Pray for Us

Saint Cecilia

Tomorrow, November 22, we celebrate the feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. I’ve made no secret on this blog about my insistence that music and singing must be a part of our catechetical ministry. I also believe that we have a largely untapped embarrassment of riches right under our noses in the form of young people who are adept at playing various instruments such as cello, flute, classical guitar, or piano. These young people can be called upon to provide inspirational instrumental music for our liturgies and prayer services throughout the year: as people gather, after a Scripture reading, after a homily, after Communion, or as people are leaving. Why not have a young person performing instrumental music as participants enter the building for faith formation sessions? Now, THAT would be a touch of class!

We need to find creative ways of welcoming the gifts of young people and placing them in the service of God’s people. Through the intercession of St. Cecilia, may we increase our efforts to foster vocations as Church musicians, so that we can continually and robustly praise God in song at every opportunity!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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