Noted liturgical composer to visit Irondequoit, Rochester - Catholic Courier

Noted liturgical composer to visit Irondequoit, Rochester

His "Mass of Creation" is used by parishes throughout the diocese. Parts of it also were used in April during the papal Mass at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C.

His contemporary hymns are staples of many parish Masses and include "All Are Welcome," "Canticle of the Sun," "Eye Has Not Seen," "Gather Us In," "Shepherd Me, O God" and "We Remember."

Now liturgical composer, recording artist and author Marty Haugen will lead a discussion of his work and liturgical music in general during several appearances in Irondequoit and Rochester.

The idea to invite Haugen to speak locally evolved from discussions by the celebrations committee of the Irondequoit Planning Group, which comprises St. Ann’s Community in Rochester and Irondequoit’s Christ the King, St. Cecilia, St. Margaret Mary, St. Salome and St. Thomas the Apostles parishes, said Donna Moll, St. Salome’s pastoral associate.

Each summer for the past few years, the committee has planned a summer celebration of faith with a noted speaker. This year, the committee decided to focus on music and invited Haugen to speak. The planning group also worked with the diocese to arrange a music-ministry workshop as well.

"Everyone is very enthusiastic about the event," Moll said.

Haugen will speak on "Living a Life of Joy" during two sessions at 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at St. Ann’s Community, 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester. The cost is $5 per session. Dinner is available at 6 p.m. in between the two sessions and costs $12.

He will perform during a concert entitled "Joyful Sound!" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Christ the King Parish, 445 Kings Highway South, Irondequoit. Tickets for the concert are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children younger than 12. The Aug. 8 concert will feature Haugen performing with musicians from Irondequoit’s music ministries.

Preregistration for the dinner at St. Ann’s Community is due by July 28. Preregistration for the concert and Haugen’s talks at St. Ann’s Community is appreciated but not required. Call 585-338-1146 or e-mail to register.

Haugen also will lead a workshop called "Spirit Alive in Our Worship and World," which is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Liturgy. That workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Christ the King Parish. Registration is $10 per person and may be made by calling Marangely Melendez at 585-328-3210, ext. 1328, or e-mailing

Haugen, 57, a native of Eagan, Minn., is the composer-in-residence at Mayflower United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, Minn., and is an adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minn. In 2007, Haugen was named pastoral musician of the year by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

This story was updated Aug. 5, 2008.

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