(CBS) Schools across the country are pitching in to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
While there are lemonade stands and bake sales from Connecticut to California, some schools are finding more creative vehicles.
Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pa., has a fun fundraising program called "Stop the Bop."
Suggested by a few members of the student council, the school is playing Hanson’s 1996 hit "MMMBop" through the loudspeakers before classes begin, between periods and during lunch. The idea? Annoy students into donating; have them pay to stop the music. [Source]
Wow what a great idea for Church fund raising. I would gladly pay through the nose to have hymns from Haugen, Haas, Shutte, and the St. Louis Jesuits stopped in mid hymn when I am occasionally afflicted by them at some Catholic churches. ‘The next selection is Ashes, the bidding to stop it will start at $100.’ Though I guess it would be imprudent to go bankrupt over hymns.
“…go BK over hymns…”
That would be silly. Getting married allows you to go BK over hers.
Once is enough.
I’d argue they’re not hymns — they’re songs, like cotton candy isn’t really food.
This is pretty funny. Our parish music director REALLY likes these composers, and any time we have an old traditional hymn, we have to put up with gender-inclusive re-writes. I tend to sing some of the ones I know from childhood from memory, and I believe in singing LOUDLY in church, so I tend to be the only one singing “FAITH OF OUR FATHERS…” during the verse where everyone else is dutifully reading along and singing “Faith of our Mothers.”
By the way, did you know that there is a survey going on about our favorite hymns? I blogged on it at http://ramblinggopsoccermom.blogspot.com/2005/08/your-favorite-hymn.html, but I’m not sure if the survey is still going on. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of the cotton-candy variety, but I’m sure that if enough traditional Catholics take the survey, we can get something like Panis Angelicus on the list.
Well, we can hope, right?
I took another look. The survey ends on September 30.
Yup….I’d give a months salary and live on the street for the time just to never have to hear “Lord of the Dance” again.
A friend of mine recently referred to “On Eagle’s Wings” as a “classic hymn”. I nearly gagged. My fellow Catholic college students at our local parish also have their panties in a twist because our new priest is trying to correct some liturgical abuses, like the use of Protestant “contemporary” music at the college mass. Their complaint? “He can’t just come in and do everything HIS way.” Please pray for my poorly catechized generation, who has grown up thinking Marty Haugen hymns are the best we’ve got. *sigh*
Marc, Boy do I hear you. I can’t stand that song any more (note, I called it a song). I will say that most of the contemporary songs out there that have been sung at mass, and were recorded by John Michael Talbot and Co. are some of my favorite’s to listen to in my car….but alas, not at mass.
I know . . . I’m 34, I was exposed to good music but I fear for what most Catholics my age and younger now think are “classic hymns”. Eeek!!! If I hear “On Eagle’s Wings” one more time, I *will* go running out of church, I can’t keep offering it up!
“Faith of our MOTHERS?” Surely you jest.
Ditto to “on Eagles’ Wings” and “Ashes”…my vote for the all-time worst song ever sung at Mass.
P.S. I grew up with non-neutered hymns but now live in a part of Canada where all the old hymnbooks have apparently been burnt and replaced with altered Canadian hymnals and OCP missalettes . . . I don’t bother looking at the hymnals, I just sing out the “old” words/lyrics. I have a nice alto voice so it can’t be too annoying. But I refuse to go along with this poppycock. A masculine pronoun!! Oh, I am so insulted!!!! And so excluded!!!!
Jeff, Ashes isn’t by Haugen, Haas, Schutte or the SLJ’s. It’s by Tom Conry. And Schutte was part of the SLJ’s, even though he left the Jesuits pretty early (but after Tim Manion).
I agree about Ashes, but there are some of those songs that I don’t object to — though I’ll admit that there are songs that are better, a bunch of them aren’t… wrong, or whatever. I suppose it’s like a comparison of the table altar and the traditional tomb altar. The symbolism of the table altar is true; it’s just that they symbolism of the tomb altar is truer.
Oh, and I totally agree with the neutered bit. That always drives me nuts.
And Lucy made a good point. There are lots of good Christian songs out there that I like listening to but that aren�t liturgical or liturgically correct. For that matter, there are secular songs that can be used with a Christian interpretation (baptizing the secular� hey, they�ve been secularizing the sacred for centuries), but they shouldn�t be used in the liturgy. I think it has to do with the problem of trying to create the liturgy instead of entering into it.
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