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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.

Digital Planting

During Lent I decided to run a series called “Scripture Bytes,” which were quotes from the readings, psalms or propers of each day with a related quote from a pope, saint or other christian writer and a picture.  These only … Continue reading

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The Fine Print

It’s the Easter Season and “all creation is shouting for joy,” but part of me is going back a couple weeks to where Mary meets her Son on the road to Calvary.  As any mother knows it’s far better to … Continue reading

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Thomas and the Bum Rap

Poor Thomas, if anyone in history has a bum rap it would be him, saddled for all time with the moniker Doubting Thomas.  The gospels don’t mention where he was when Jesus came to the upper room.  It’s not important. … Continue reading

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A Stone’s Throw

Sister held the large gray river rock and prayed for a moment.  Turning to the woman next to her she held it out and said, “Has no one condemned you?  Neither will I condemn you.”  The person who accepted the … Continue reading

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Prayers Well Spoken

It is better to say one Our Father fervently and devoutly than a thousand with no devotion and full of distraction. — St. Edmund Saint Edmund must have had ADHD, otherwise he would have been able to get through a … Continue reading

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An Easter People?

“Do not despair.  We are an Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.” Pope John Paul II (the great) Really? Sometimes it’s so hard to see the Easter in people.  We don’t seem to be able to be nice to … Continue reading

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Lillies and Pot Pie

Everything’s finally quiet.  Jesus has risen, we all sang “Alleluia!” and the world has gone back to work.  A beautiful Lenten season filled with meditation, scripture, prayers and penance culminated in a week filled with emotional highs and lows; intrigue, … Continue reading

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The Empty Tabernacle

I’ve been planning and playing the Holy Week liturgies since I was a kid, but it gets me every single time – the empty tabernacle.  I know it’s coming, I’m ready for it, but it’s still a shock to see … Continue reading

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Funeral

For a family there  is no good time for a funeral.  It’s Holy Week and we buried one of our parishioners today.  Being part of the bereavement team I have some interaction with families during the time they are preparing … Continue reading

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The Sound of Ultimate Suffering

The verses of Psalm 22, the Responsorial Psalm for Palm Sunday, are chillingly prophetical.  The description of the terrible events of Jesus’ final hours is amazingly accurate.  Jesus is feeling completely abandoned by God, void of any consolation from his … Continue reading

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