Today it all begins: nearly 2,000 people are gathering in Grand Rapids, Michigan for this year’s convention, “Called to Joy and Hope: Let the Servant Church Arise.”
Pray Tell is there with daily live broadcasts. Today at 1:30 pm is the opening ceremony and the plenum address “Progressive the Reform” by Richard Fragomeni. Now be careful – that’s 12:30 pm back in Lake Wobegon, because at NPM we’re in the same time zone as out east. Check what time zone you’re in. I believe on the Left Coast show time is 10:30 am today, yes?
See the yellow tab above, Pray Tell Live, for a full listing of this week’s broadcasts. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the first PTB panel discussion – with publishers. And there’s an NPM plenum which is a panel Rufino Zaragoza, Pedro Rubalcava, Diana Macalintal, and Barbara Tracey.
NPM continues to grow and develop. New this year is a plenum which is a panel (see above.) Also new is a convention daily Mass on Tuesday at 8am in the convention hall (Fr. Rick Hilgartner presiding). Wednesday and Friday you still have to get up for a 7am Mass and walk to a neighboring church for it. Next thing you know, if things keep changing, NPM will be having a Holy Hour in the convention hall – let’s see what happens in Houston next year. Wonder if they’ll ever have a bilingual plenum, Spanish/English? – let’s see what happens in Houston next year.
This year the entire convention book is online here. On page 169 is the big convention Eucharist Thursday night. As you see, here’s the music for it:
– prelude music selected from Psallite, Taize, Rizza, Grayson Brown, Manalo, Latin chant, Palmer, and spirituals.
– Nicholas Palmer gathering song.
– Ron Krisman Gloria and Mass parts (bilingual).
– Suzanne Toolan Resp. Psalm, verses chanted by all in parts.
– Intercessions by Peter Kilar.
– Preparation of the Offerings hymn, text by Adam Tice, tune by Norah Duncan.
– Communion songs by John Bell, Ola Gjeilo (Latin text).
– Closing hymn by Bernadette Farrell.
Lots of singing in parts by all – I can’t wait!