Dog writes blog post

The priest guy is too busy to write a blog post so Chloe offers her contribution:

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Getting EPIC PHOTOS: An Astrophotography Adventure (VIDEO)

I had two quests on this brief vacation: rest and take an epic photo of the comet NEOWISE. And, if at all possible, try to capture the northern lights. Join me in this little adventure in astrophotography!

(Spoiler alert: Stay to the end for some amazing photos! And a cameo by a certain dog who was really excited when I got home!)

Vocation Story: VIDEO

As I celebrate my ordination anniversary on July 13, here is part of the story of how I became a priest for the Roman Catholic Church.

My process of discerning the priesthood was a winding one, involving fear, learning, engineering and computer science, and finally hearing God’s call and jumping in.

And my story also involves pig ears. For real.

Enjoy!

What’s your story of how God has been leading you? Please share below and know that you are in my prayers. Please pray for me!

New Podcast: Homily Chat!

Two priests, two countries, one topic!

Join myself 🇨🇦 and Fr. Michael Liliedahl 🇺🇸 as we have a conversation about the upcoming Sunday readings and discuss all things ‘homilies’! We are broadcasting on Facebook Live and YouTube, as well as making the audio podcast available.

Website: homilychat.com
Follow us here: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Watch our Teaser Episode below:

Episode number 1:

Join the Virtual Easter Choir

UPDATE! The video is finished!

Download the MP3 here.

Making Music Together

Photo by David Beale on Unsplash

During this time when we’re all hunkering down, I thought it would be a fun and inspiring project to put together a virtual choir video. The more people who can participate, the better it’ll be!

The song of choice for this Easter season is the classic hymn, Jesus Christ is Risen Today. Bridget Olver has created a beautiful arrangement for an SATB choir, and the notes and backing tracks are listed below. If you don’t read music, don’t worry! You can just sing the melody and send that as well.

Also, if you wish to record an instrumental track, please feel free to do so. If this turns into a virtual orchestra, that would be incredibly amazing!

To make this work, I’ll need every participant to do the following:

  • Find as quiet a place as possible.
  • Set up your phone, camera, or computer to record video. (If desired, you may also use a separate device to record the audio.)
  • Play the backing track via headphones and perform the song into your phone, camera, or computer.
  • Send the video (and audio, if separate) to me at virtualchoir@saskapriest.com. Alternately, if you’re storing your files on Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar cloud service, feel free to just send me a link to the file.

 

The Music

The files below are the PDF and MP3 files containing different aspects of the arrangement. I’ve chosen three verses for this song, which should make for a nice length of video.

Each MP3 file contains a 4 bar intro, as well as 2 bars between each verse. A metronome is also included to help keep us on time. Note that the tempo slows slightly at the very end of the song.

 

Deadline

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all who shared your talents! I’m BLOWN AWAY by how amazing you all are.

Now its onto the task of editing…😁

 

#TenSecondTuesday

After reading Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book, One Beautiful Dream, I found myself inspired by her description of a person’s “blue flame”: that in the midst of our life’s vocation it is important that we continue to nurture our talents and our God-given passion for creativity.

For quite some time I’ve had a passion for audio/visual work. In the past this took the form of podcasting. However podcasting can be very time consuming and my current parish responsibilities have made this impossible to accomplish. So I got to thinking: how can I nurture this passion of mine while still having time for my primary responsibilities?

The answer almost seems obvious in hindsight but it took a while for me to get there: If a full podcast is too time consuming, then perhaps I should create something smaller! Specifically, I came up with the idea for a quick, ten second video each week on something that inspired me or caught my eye.

Thus was born #TenSecondTuesday. The name involves alliteration, but also I can create something quickly on a Monday (my usual day off) and post it easily on a Tuesday. And it may turn out to be ten seconds or more. Or less. As I say, it’s something I can easily create and share. :)

Here is the #TenSecondTuesday playlist: