BOOK AN EVENT
This page presents information for booking concerts and other events. A sampling of topics for workshops, retreats and missions are included. Naturally, I am open to meeting your pastoral, consultation, or academic needs, so these topics could be adapted in various ways and within various timeframes. For available dates, go to the bottom of this page. Feel free to contact me anytime.
A Friday evening concert, followed by a Saturday morning workshop, is the most popular request that I receive. The concert (approx. 90 mins.) consists of a sequence of 11-12 songs, including new and yet-to-be-published music. Before each song, I break open the spiritual meaning and stories behind the text and the music, and I invite the assemby to sing along with me during parts of the song. More than a "concert," I prefer to view this as a prayerful event that leads all those involved towards a deeper spiritual renewal.
I only do concerts with an accompanying choir who sings 6 - 8 songs along with me. When the choir is not singing, I lead at the piano by myself or with the help of other instrumentalists, depending on availability. Quite often the choir and instrumentalists already know most of my songs, so this cuts down on rehearsal time. The choir is usually made up of music ministers from the local parish and/or neighboring parishes.
Possible workshop topics are below.
Intercultural Competence for Pastoral Ministers
As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to love one another. Yet conflicts may arise between different cultural groups at parish, diocesan and/or national levels. After setting a theological foundation, this seminar presents a primer on cultural dynamics in parish settings. Pastoral methods and tools are drawn from the program Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Topics of interests include: What is intercultural competence?; parameters for interacting with other cultural groups; conducting meetings with differing cultures; leadership styles and responses to complex issues; in-group and out-group dynamics; understanding and processing racism; spirituality for intercultural ministry and reconciliation; and ecclesial integration and inclusion versus assimilation.
God’s Grace, Human Space: Experiencing the Sacred in Everyday Life
In today’s modern lifestyle, we often compartmentalize work, family, friends, religion, prayer, and leisure. Unfortunately, God becomes compartmentalized as well: we “relegate God” to convenient locations and times, during specific days of the week and during specific locations. How can we Christians retrieve an image of God who remains ever present during every moment of our lives, while balancing the demands of everyday life? This retreat will demonstrate that such a renewed worldview is possible by placing in dialogue our scriptural foundation, our worship tradition, and more recent data from the sociology of everyday religion.
In These Days
of Lenten Journey
Our 40 days of Lent prepares us for our 50 days of Easter celebration! In these days when conflict and uncertainty exist in our world, we Catholics have a sacred tradition of always returning to this Lenten journey in order to remind ourselves of our identity with our Triune God and with one another. This mission presents an overview of Christian spirituality within the context of Lent, Easter, and the sacraments of initiation. Our journey ends with a reconciliation service on Wednesday evening, providing an opportunity for participants to return to the Lord with hearts and souls renewed.
Note: Fr. Ricky limits the number of missions to only TWO times during the Lenten season. Please make sure to book this event as soon as possible.
RETREAT OR DAY OF RECOLLECTION
for Liturgical Ministers:
Come to the Feast:
Nourishing the Assembly,
Nourishing our Souls
What is the ministerial vocation of liturgical ministers, from cantors, choir members and instrumentalists, to lectors, hospitality and eucharistic ministers, and servers, to deacons, preachers, and priests? Through the working of the Holy Spirit, we are called to lead the assembly into full, conscious and active participation. We help foster a spirit of prayer and communal welcoming, and challenge ourselves to go forth into the world and proclaim the good news. In the end, we remain open to God’s grace to work through us, so that we may “present [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship” (Romans 9:1).
Around the World
the Liturgical Year
How do Christians celebrate the liturgy in other parts of the world? How is our Church both Roman and Universal? This dynamic presentation will help us experience the rich diversity which exists in Roman Catholic liturgy. Understanding how people in other cultures worship helps us to experience the richness of the Roman Rite and our many heritages.
Sing to the Lord: Liturgical Music
What are the ministerial tasks of cantors, choirs, instrumentalists and music directors? In Christian worship they are called to lead the assembly into full, conscious and active participation so that the assembly's voice becomes the primary voice of praise and thanksgiving to our God. At times, we may lose sight of this calling, especially when we fail to move beyond the performative aspects of our musical gifts, and thus, forget that our gifts are gifts from God. The first part of this workshop presents an historical overview of liturgical music, leading up to the liturgical reforms of Vatican II. Then, we examine the structural and ritual components of the Mass, with a special emphasis on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' 2007 guideline, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship. We conclude with pastoral suggestions for worshiping communities who wish to increase the level of sung participation. Our goal is to renew our relationships with God and with one another and to fine-tune our ministerial skills and vocation.
Reflecting Christ's Light: Celebrating Simbang Gabi in our Parishes Today
This workshop focuses on Filipino devotional practices and liturgical celebrations, using Simbang Gabi as a model. It is presented within the broader concerns of planning meaningful worship, using advisory principles for the fostering of intercultural relationships. The first part presents the dialogue between Sunday Eucharist and popular religion. The second part presents a brief history of the Catholic faith and Filipino culture. Finally, the third part focuses on 10 pastoral principles for liturgical planning and preparation in intercultural contexts.
On Our Behalf:
and Musical Leadership
This is a seminar for clergy and seminarians who wish to learn how to chant presidential prayer texts a cappella. My pedagogical approach is very simple as it involves the learning of just six notes and the ability to recognize the liturgical, grammatical, and ritual flow of prayer texts. By the end of the seminar, presiders will feel more confident and gain competency in musical skills in order to better lead the assembly during specific ritual moments. The methodology of this seminar draws from my award winning book, Chanting On Our Behalf (revised edition, 2015).
Bearing Gifts Among Us: International Ministers and Parish Life Today
There is a rising population of international pastoral ministers serving in the U.S. Church today, including priests (21% of all ordained priests in the U.S. today), women and men religious. The gifts they bear and share are numerous and are influencing parish life and ministry. As a result, understanding how to recognize and respect cross-cultural boundaries is crucial. This session is based on the recent guidelines by the USCCB, Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States (3rd edition) and explores critical and senstive pastoral concerns, including: language competency & accent acquisition, intercultural dynamics of learning and sharing between international ministers and the receiving community, and how to prepare communities for the reception of international ministers.
July 26 - 28
The following weekend dates remain available. Whether you are interested in booking an event for 1 day or a portion of the day (morning, afternoon, or evening) or for a number of days (i.e., a mission or retreat), please choose below as a starting point.
I usually organize my bookings through OCP, but you could contact me directly, if you prefer.
Thank you so much for your interest and support!