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1,1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Tenreiros of music, Church and one another sustains these music ministers By MARY ANN HUGHES was introduced to Catholicism at Christ the King, she was sur- Message staff writer After talking with Alfonso and his wife, Lisa, it that the devotion have to one another is by their devotion to and to the Catholic inly helps them in since both are as music ministers. Usic director at St. Church, Evansville, and a part-time job director at Christ the sville. are filled with a which was nur- tuies in the at Indiana ity, and their shared they are following &apos;or them through nsville. up in Caracas, is from Colum- They met in Bloom- both were mem- Same choir. Lisa and mas- from. IU, and as did is now a doctoral I.a mUsic COmposition. product of the found in his homeland. Lisa in college. She began cantering at St. Charles Church in Bloom- ington, and served there two years before she converted. She says cantering "drew me deeper into the Mass" causing her to develop a "love for the Mass." She was baptized on their wed- ding anniversary. The Tenreiros spent 12 years in Bloomington, and in their final years there, Alfonso's dec- toral studies were his top prior- ity. He was approached about becoming a music director at a parish in Maryland, and remem- bers that the offer surprised him, because he really wasn't looking for a job. "Then it hit me. Could this be the Lord asking me to minister in the Catholic Church? So I started looking around." When he interviewed for a job at St. Mary's Church, he says he "fell in love with the (pastoral) team. They were all in there in the interview, and I just felt warmth they had. I accepted the position almost immediately." The couple moved to Evans- ville, and Lisa stayed busy giv- ing private music lessons and taking care of their now two- and-a-half year old son, Stephen Alfonso When She was asked to work ..,.. .,, "Backhoe .,, cavating & Trucking "omptetQ Sen.;. ^ uOZing *Trenchinq .Stone .Gravel .Asphalt "" YStem & Water - , . . . & Sewer Lines Resldentml and Commercml 768-6450 Larry at 768-5806 FAX 812-768-5518 Mark at 867-7789 R.R. #1 (2 miles W. on 68), Haubstadt Tom at 768-5009 prised, but questioned, "Could it be the Lord calling me to do this?" Everything felt right, she said, about her decision to become the parish music minis- ter. They had always valued one another's musical judgments, but once they both had jobs in music, they really began to rely on one another. "We talk all the time," Lisa said, "about the choice of a selection of music. We talk about the choir." Alfonso agrees, noting, "I come home and tell her, 'Look what I did.' Little risks I take, I tell her." He will also consult with her about "vocal. I want to make sure what I'm asking is possible, because the voice is delicate." Alfonso said they both "always pray that the Lord will keep us humble in our music journey." His wife added, "Any strengths I do have I received from the Lord. Every strength, everything is a gift from the Lord. It's my job to develop that gift." She believes that her "deep love and appreciation for the Mass" along with her musical training help her in her work in determining "how music should fit into the Mass." "I really love being Catholic, and I'm so thankful to the FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee Continuing, Your Ed00lcatian at Saint Mein00,,ld [JPCOMING '96 OFFERINGS: N()VEMBF, I{ 11-15 IXPanding the h, I' All: v, Focus of Spiritual Direction ]'[}i" - or(/'t'l/ I['/l'/]) , ' WOrks]l() b direct .... I \\;\ ,ll I)r<wide l'nactical skills for at(endin.(.a, [o the whole el a --c s ex"e .' " ' . :tnd d'.. 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"o o , , ..... -ceils in tninisterial relationships. m :, h) regis t "r ,, :. equmted one u,eek m adt'ance. e_ ,,, or a Complete list of offerings, contact: St, larhara C S Office , ,'chmitz, OSB el Continuin, [ I S;alrlt M,:_ . g :t ucation St. tvl."nra(l School of Theoh), ["1I J' (812;;ha M, IN 47577 gY (.8%) 730 991 1 (0012; 3s7.6816 School of Theology 3 Lisa and Alfonso Tenreiro are serving as music directors at Christ the King Church, Evansville, and St. Mary Church, Evansville. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Catholic church and to the Lord for what He has given me through the Catholic church." Alfonso said that he believes that to work in parish ministry, it is necessary to have a love "for people, for the Mass, for the Lord, and for your church." Lisa agreed, adding "We deft- nitely see ourselves as servants of the Lord. Our role is to help the congregation participate in the musical aspect of the litur- gy." His years at IU helped Alfonso learn about "how to engage peo- ple in music ministry" because he was required to ask students to perform, voluntarily, for him in his composing classes. This ability to attract volun- teers has carried over to his work at St. Mary's, as he encour- ages musicians to volunteer their services. "You have to ask them to do something that's not expected of them. The love and thankful- ness you have for them draws them to work for you." Christmas memories requested from Message readers Do you have a favorite Christ- mas memory? Would you like to share it with the Message? Readers are invited to submit their favorite memories for pub- lication in the December 20 issue of the Message. Favorite memories might include a child's first Christmas, a couple's first married Christ- mas, families gathered together at Christmas, or special unex- pected gifts. Ifyou would like to share your special memory, please send it, along with your name and phone number to: Christmas Memories, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville IN 47724- 0169. The deadline is December 6. People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben. efit by some extra prayers and attention. Donna Woehler, a second grade teacher at St. Benedict School, Evansville, continues to receive chemotherapy treat- ment at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. She is being treated for leukemia; her reaction has been favorable. Cards may be sent to her at: 1520 Westminster Rd, Evans- ville IN 47711. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. II II I I I I II I. 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