National Pastoral Musicians hold winter meeting in Spearfish

January 8, the Rapid City Chapter of National Pastoral Musicians held their winter meeting at St. Joseph Church, Spearfish. A group of music ministers from across the diocese had a day of learning, singing, and fellowship. Associate Pastor Fr. Zane Pekron welcomed attendees and helped lead the opening prayer, with music provided by musicians from the host parish.

The presentations began with Andrew Graupmann, director of Faith Formation at St. Joseph, who provided an overview of the Liturgy of the Hours. He discussed the origins of the Liturgy of the Hours, its foundation within the Psalms, and its connectivity to the liturgical components of the Mass.

The next program was titled “Christmas in January,” with choral groups from St. John the Baptist, Custer; the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City; and the Spearfish parish, each performing a selection of songs from the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Christy Leichtnam of cathedral parish was the featured presenter in the “Sage on Stage” series. Drawing upon her 40 plus years in music ministry, Leichtnam prepared a quiz for the attendees, with points awarded or deducted, to a variety of humorous questions based on her experiences.

The day closed with a panel discussion on “Music Minister: Person of Prayer and Song.” It was moderated by Carman Timmerman of Rapid City, featuring cathedral musicians Toni Brumbaugh and Jeanine Gerlach; Custer musicians Ed and Jeannie Fischer; and from Rapid City Blessed Sacrament Church, Jackie Schnittgrund.

Closing prayer was led by musicians from Rapid City parishes. All Diocese of Rapid City music ministers and clergy are welcome to attend quarterly NPM meetings. For more information about the local chapter visit their website or Facebook page


(From L-R) Cathedral musicians Kristine Engelhardt, Jeanine Gerlach, Mark Schroeder, and Toni Brumbaugh perform music of the Advent/Christmas season during the “Christmas in January” program.

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