After bopping around at several parishes in my city, I started to regularly attend one parish that I like. I work Sundays, so their mass times fit well. They feel really low-key and almost suburban, with a lot of families. Not liberal, not conservative, just Catholic.
For some time I noticed the old Glory and Praise hymnals sitting in the pews, unused. I remember these growing up at my childhood parish, which had a very loud but very talented guitar ensemble. Violins, pianos, guitars, both electric and acoustic, plus a flute.
I was getting a little bored hearing the piano being played at every mass recently, with the same songs. Then, this past Sunday, I saw four women, three around middle-age, and one much older on the side of the altar, with guitars [edited].
I realized it must be a mother and her daughters who would be playing for us. They sounded superb and harmonized incredibly well. We did use the* Glory and Praise* book for two songs that I haven’t heard in almost two decades: “Trust in the Lord” and “Only in God.” I looked around and it was interesting to see who was able to remember these songs.
Admittedly, years ago I could get a little frustrated with the old “Folk Group” at my old parish, with their clapping and use of non-Catholic songs from the '70s. But this group of ladies really left me feeling awakened and joyful. I’m glad to be a part of this new parish.