Friday, October 14, 2016

The Diocese of Richmond Office of Worship has a new website:
You'll find diocesan workshops, lectures, and information on the annual diocesan Music & Liturgy Conference.  Check it out! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rescheduled from February: Diocesan Liturgy and Music Conference 

Register here:


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Diocesan Music & Liturgy Day -The Future Present: Ministering in the Multi-Cultural Church

The Future Present: Ministering in the Multi-Cultural Church          

Monday, February 16, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Saint Mary's Catholic Church
9505 Gayton Road
Richmond, Virginia 23229
United States

Map and Directions

For every detail from registration, keynote presenters, hours, location with maps & directions, use this link:

Please click here to view a video recapping last year's workshop. You may see someone you know (maybe yourself!) 

The workshop will focus on the growing cultural diversity of the Church in the United States, exploring the opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate that reality in our worship, sacraments, catechesis, and parish life.

Who should attend?
  • parish musicians
  • choir members
  • cantors
  • lectors
  • eucharistic ministers
  • liturgy directors
  • clergy & parish staff
  • teachers and catechists
  • parishioners
Workshop speakers will offer theological and spiritual insights on how we can appreciate and understand the growing diversity which we see in our parish communities. Speakers will provide practical suggestions about how this diversity can impact the musical, sacramental, and liturgical life of every parish.
Msgr. Michael Clay, D.Min. – Theologian & Pastor

Msgr. Clay is a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh and is currently teaching in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC., where he teaches a course on multiculturalism. Msgr. Clay has served as a pastor, vocation director and permanent diaconate director. During his pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Raleigh, he has witnessed the explosive growth of an increasingly multicultural diocese and has been involved in preparing future clergy and entire parish communities for this reality.
Dr. Bob Hurd, Ph.D. – Composer & Pastoral Musician
Dr. Bob Hurd has served as a teacher, composer and liturgist in various pastoral and academic settings, including Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley; and St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park California. He currently teaches in the Graduate Pastoral Ministries Program of Santa Clara University. His widely used liturgical music is published by OCP and is featured in numerous hymnals.

Dr. Hurd’s articles have appeared in WorshipLiturgy, CelebrationLiturgical MinistryToday’s LiturgyCatechumenate, and Pastoral Music. He resides in Claremont, California with his wife, Pia Moriarty, who has collaborated with him on much of his bilingual music.

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • If paying by check, please make check payable to Catholic Diocese of Richmond

    Mail to:
    Gerry Mancuso
    Catholic Diocese of Richmond
    7800 Carousel Lane
    Richmond, VA 23294     

For every detail from registration, keynote presenters, hours, location with maps & directions, use this link:

"God Will Delight" - Concert and Retreat by David Haas & Lori True

If you are unable to register with the barcode, you may also gather information and register online at Church of the Redeemer's registration page:

Monday, January 20, 2014

JOY AND HOPE:  Catholic Worship After Vatican II

Diocesan Music and Liturgy Workshop: February 17, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Richmond
The Office of Worship & the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Richmond will host a workshop on February 17, 2014, titled "JOY AND HOPE: Catholic Worship After Vatican II." This workshop will include two keynote presentations by Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, composer of over 300 pieces of liturgical music, including the popular song "On Eagle's Wings." Break out sessions will allow Catholics to strengthen their participation in the liturgy. Registration is $20 which includes lunch.
All are welcome, and this workshop will be of special interest to liturgical musicians (singers and instrumentalists), lectors, ushers, Eucharistic ministers, RCIA team members and everyone who goes to Mass! Please join us on Monday, February 17 at Saint Mary's Church in Richmond.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, and to register online, go to the Saint  Mary's web page:  

Registration deadline is Feb. 10, 2014.  Scroll down for more information.
For the information below, print a flyer

"Singing Our Way through 50 Years of Roman Catholic Liturgical Music"

Building Children's Choir Programs
Spirituality of Liturgical Ministry
Music and Prayer from Taize
Cantor Technique and Ministry, Part 1
Worship and Music in the African American Community

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE by Rev. J. Michael Joncas
"Illuminating the Faith: Visual Arts and Mystagogy"


Building Choral Sound
Insights from the Lenten Gospels
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Cantor Technique and Ministry, Part 2
Music and Rites of the RCIA

Featured speaker: 
Fr. Jan Michael Joncas is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. He holds degrees in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome. He has served as a parochial vicar, campus minister, and pastor. He is the author of five books and over two hundred articles. Fr. Joncas composed the popular song, "On Eagle's Wings" in 1979, and has composed & arranged over 300 pieces of liturgical music.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, and to register online, go to the Saint Mary's web page: 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Remember our last Octavo Salad?   Imagine singing (or directing)
your favorite piece with all these voices!
 Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

 In a rut? Looking for new music that works well in parishes?
Member directors bring their own choral octavos to share a favorite choral piece with all in attendance.  Each director will give performance notes. Choir members, bring your directors! Each person attending will leave with a list of music titles 
presented so that you can order it for use in your own parish.

9 a.m. Check-in & Refreshments & Fellowship
9:30 Morning Prayer
Becky Schneckser, Cantor
Gregg Marino, Organ & Piano
followed by Lots of Singing!  (until Noon unless we wear out earlier)
If you're coming or have a question,
Email our Chapter Director Sylvia Chapa

Talk about it on our Facebook page at NPM-Richmond, Virginia
6400 Newport Ave., Norfolk
(behind DePaul Medical Center)
Blessed Sacrament has beautiful singing acoustics, a pipe organ, and grand piano.
Your choir will love singing here.
For those who just didn't get enough salad,
come to lunch for continued fellowship and conversation
at MJ's Tavern (formerly Tabb's), 4019 Granby Street
(just south of the church and over the Granby Street bridge)
A head count will be taken during one of our breaks and
a reservation made at that time.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

GIA Music Workshop: Lead Me, Guide Me, 2nd Ed. at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Norfolk VA

Sat. August 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Come one, come all, to a morning of song and praise!  
The Diocese of Richmond Office for Black Catholics invites all music ministers, choir members, everyone who loves to sing or listen to music, and anyone else with an interest in music to join us along with M. Roger Holland, II of GIA for a music workshop held at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Norfolk, VA.  Please scroll down for details! 
LEAD ME, GUIDE ME Hymnal - 2nd Edition   
Workshop presented by
The Office for Black Catholics, Diocese of Richmond, Virginia
M. Roger Holland, II  
M. Roger Holland, II is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he currently is Liturgical Music Consultant for the New York Archdiocese Office of Black Ministry and Music Director for their special masses at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  His two masses, The Sound of My People and Welcome Table: A Mass of Spirituals, are published by GIA Publications, Inc. and are featured in the newly released second edition of the hymnal, Lead Me, Guide Me. He has played for the Broadway productions of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and the Tony award winning show, Memphis. Roger is Artist-in-Residence and a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, with a Master of Divinity in Theology and the Arts.
M. Roger Holland, II of GIA Publications, will host a workshop/seminar to review the new edition of Lead Me Guide Me and several of his works in the new hymnal.  
Workshop includes:
  • Presentation on the LEAD ME, GUIDE ME 2nd Edition Hymnal
  • A presentation by Mr. Holland sharing several of his own compositions included in the LEAD ME, GUIDE ME Hymnal – 2nd Edition 
  • A Lead Me, Guide Me Hymnal – 2nd Edition included in your registration   (Additional hymnals will be available for purchase)
  • Lunch is included in your registration!
PRE-REGISTRATION: $25.00 includes hymnal, other materials, and Lunch!
(After August 7, registration is $30.00)


Please register online at
Call the Office for Black Catholics at 804.359.5661 
WHEN:  Saturday, August 10, 2013 TIME:  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception
232 Chapel Street
Norfolk, VA 23504

For even more information, please see the website of the Office for Black Catholics at

If anyone is interested in riding a bus to Norfolk, please contact Angela Jackson for more information, or (804) 622-5262.

For earlier postings about our NPM Chapter, please scroll down.  All events are in chronological order.