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About jkelly

I am a Church Lady - a catholic musican, organist, composer, arranger and liturgist all my life. I've held the position as full time director of liturgy for 40 years and consider myself to be an unconsecrated religious; which means that I keep pretty much the same hours as the priests, but I get to go out with my spouse from time to time.

The New Normal

I just saw a cartoon that a friend had posted on her Facebook.  A little girl was looking up at her mother and asked, “What’s normal?” The mother replied, “Oh, that’s just a setting on the washing machine.” Not very … Continue reading

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Testing Faith

Today I played my friend’s grandson’s funeral.   He was thirty years old, good looking, quick to entertain his friends with a joke or story and much loved by his friends and coworkers.  He prayed the rosary daily since taking … Continue reading

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Fixing Holes

I suppose it was bound to happen.  It starts out so innocently; a movement that makes you yelp a bit and rub a part of your body that you didn’t really worry about before, a waistband that doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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Is it Time for Bible School Already?

     Today we began our annual summer test of endurance and fortitude, Bible School.   Since I’m the parish music minister,  my job is to get 75 children from preschool to grade 5 to sing about how awesome God … Continue reading

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Questioning Angels

Zechariah never saw it coming.  There he was at the temple burning incense at the altar after having been chosen by lots, and suddenly an angel appears at the side of the altar and tells him he will have a son. … Continue reading

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All in the Family

A family is a aggregate of personalities and habits molded and bound together by the forces of time and love.  It is a collective memory encompassing blissful days of laughter, loving and joy, enduring, striving and surviving.  It is legends … Continue reading

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School’s Out!

This year marked the first June since 1959 that I wasn’t excited about the last day of school because for the first time since 1959 I wasn’t in school. My school career began in a wonderful little kindergarten run by … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Us All

Pentecost means so much more this year.  As Director of Social Media and Evangelization, I’m in charge of all the electronic communications and evangelization in the parish.  So I sent a special invitation to our Daily Inspirations subscribers to join … Continue reading

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Marriage is big news these days, especially since the president said in a recent interview that he now supports gay marriage.  People from the left and right are weighing in.  Some point to the constitution, some to the bible.  Nancy … Continue reading

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All in a Day’s Work

The laptop shut down yesterday for no good reason.  Just turned black and the lights went out.  Luckily I was able to get it up long enough to get everything backed up, but my fate was sealed.  I was condemned … Continue reading

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