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New Recording: You Welcomed Me

I am excited to share the news of my new recording project. I wrote several of the songs and co-wrote a few of the songs with my friends Carl Herrgesell and Sarah Hart. Also included is a song entitled Ready and Willing, a co-write with friends of mine who live and minister in Hawaii. Soane and Margaret Uiagalelei minister full-time with the SSCC Congregation (The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary).  The SSCC community gave us St. Damien de Veuster, who lived, ministered and died on the island of Molokai; giving his life to those afflicted with Leprosy, and banished from the other islands because of the disease. The title song, You Welcomed Me, has an interesting story. I was asked to compose it for a gathering that I could not attend. My friends Pipo and Joyce Coronel insisted I was the right person to compose and sing the song at the beautiful event they had planned, to support the plight of the Iraq Catholics who were fleeing persecution. I “sang” the song by way of a recording and video, and the song grew in my heart and in my ministry. It encapsulates all that I have tried to “say” on this recording project: welcome the stranger, no matter who they are and no matter where they come from. This is the call to us all from the heart of Jesus: “For whatever you did, to the least of these, you did to me”.

You Welcomed Me is available at OCP.org (click here). It is also available on iTunes.


What are people saying?

“Tom Booth has given us all another great collection of sacred song in his new recording, You Welcomed Me.  With strikingly beautiful arrangements, each selection will carry you into a deep encounter with Christ. Our parish community picked up the melodies with ease and I found them to be liturgically engaging. Tom masterfully captures the beauty of Sacred Scripture and in one song, allows us a glimpse into the heart of St. Teresa of Calcutta. This will be your new favorite – It certainly has become mine!”

Msgr. Steve Avila.
Pastor, St. Anthony’s Parish. East Falmouth, MA


“Renowned Catholic songwriter/teacher Tom Booth has done it again! If you are director of music in your parish, or if you lead a music worship group at a church, or if you are just a casual listener of Christian or Catholic music, the new collection by Tom Booth, You Welcomed Me, is like musical manna. Tom has created a new and beautiful set of songs that have a common thread: that we are all part of the mission of the Church; serving and loving others, just as Jesus Christ asked his followers to do. From songs about being called by God, to songs about trusting in the mercy of God, and songs about going into the world to love those we meet, this is a wonderful collection that the whole church can sing and, more importantly, embrace in their collective heart. Get this recording! Listen to it, learn it and share it with your church! I love it and plan to sing it with my congregation. I know our faith will deepen and our hearts will rejoice at the good news in these songs.]”

Jaime Cortez
Renowned Liturgical Composer
Workshop Presenter /Parish Music Director


“Tom Booth has always given such beautiful songs to the Church to pray and sing. With this new recording, he has given us his best songs so far! I am in love with the gorgeous sounds, the truth in the lyrics and the deep honesty that is a hallmark of Tom’s music. With You Welcomed Me, Tom has truly done something beautiful for God!”

Sarah Hart
Composer/Performer/Mission Presenter
Spirit and Song/OCP.org


“From the first notes and chords of the opening song – You Called Me, Tom Booth has put together something that is musically vintage, and yet fresh and new.  One of my favorites, Pilgrim Walk On, accomplishes much the same. You Welcomed Me is a musical breath of fresh air!”

John Michael Talbot
Acclaimed Catholic Musician
Grammy/Dove Award Winner
Author/Founder/General Minister of Little Portion Hermitage

2017 Update

Hi Everyone!

Forgive my neglect of the website and travel schedule. Some of you have asked (though many follow me on my facebook page: Tom Booth Music I hope you are well and taking good care of yourself. In the Spring of 2017 I will be…

January – composing and recording

February – Going to be certified in Spiritual Direction! 2 weeks of prayer and study. I will be at the LA Religious Education Congress from Feb 23 to 26 – and composing with Val Jansen.

March – Mission Month! March 11-15 in Antioch, CA presenting a Lenten Mission at Holy Rosary Church. Google it! And at St Mary’s in Chandler, AZ for a mission March 18-22. I go back to school for Spiritual Direction training the final week of March.

April – Another (final) week of Spiritual Direction training and formation, and a possible pilgrimage to Hawaii for the Sacred Heart (SSCC) community.

May – OCP Commons Video shoot in Dallas and recording a new CD for OCP!

June – My daughter Haley get’s married! And… I will be leading a retreat on Desert Spirituality at the CASA in Scottsdale (Franciscan Renewal Center) from June 16-18. Google it! J

Pray for me, as I pray for you. God alone is enough +

Tom

Easter Greetings!

 

He is Risen, and with his ascension life is forever different ~ if we choose so.

 

Spring 2016 Mission Schedule:

 

St.Andrew the Apostle Catholic / Chandler, AZ
February 27March 1st (Lenten Mission)

 

St Mary of the Assumption / Northern Kentucky
March 12 – 15 (Lenten Mission)

 

St. Richard Catholic Church
333 Brookside Drive
Swanton, Ohio 43558
Parish Mission: Mercy, Joy and New Life!
April 2 -4
Church #: (419) 826-2791

 

Tom will be speaking at the Franciscan Renewal Center (“CASA”)
April 27 – 7pm
5802 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
@ In Presenza Di (Franciscan Adoration) Service

 

May 2016

 

NCCYM Planning Meeting – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Artist Repertoire and Relations Meetings – Portland, OR
OCP/Spirit and Song “Commons” Video Shoot – Dallas, TX

Franciscan Renewal Center

Put January 30, 2016 on your calendar!

Tom will be leading a one-day retreat at the Franciscan Renewal Center (The CASA) on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
Title: Discovering God Within

 
Short description of Retreat day
 
We will spend time in prayer, music, silence and group discussion. 
Taking our lead from the saints and mystics who have gone before us, 
participants will be encouraged to discover and nourish the divine life 
within through prayer, study and contemplation – and incarnating that life 
in our daily living and learning to express it through the arts.
 
All are welcome! Be nourished, be encouraged, be loved by I AM WHO AM.
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 948-7460

 

Time Stands Still

Dear Friends

I hope you are well. Life is wonderful and life is challenging too. There is a great band called The Decemberists. The title of the new CD is called What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. The music is great, the songwriting, production etc… Its very artistic and wonderful. But that title! Wow ~ Pascal Mystery said in “layman’s” terms. The Decemberists make really, really good music. Anyway, I SHOULD be telling you about my new record in hopes that you will check it out. Please do! TIME STANDS STILL is getting a wonderful response from friends, fellow artists, faith communities – and even some press. You can find it on iTunes.com and SpiritandSong.com.
I pray many blessings on your life. Pray for me too.
God alone is enough + I AM WHO AM is with us always,
Tom

Summer 2014

Here is an interview to listen to (PAUSE the jukebox on the left side and hit play!!

I am very excited to announce the release of my new recording this fall! “TIME STANDS STILL” is an 8 song CD and Digital Release (Spirit and Song/OCP) that has a variety of styles. Many of these songs are designed for corporate worship and all of them come from an imperfectly lived life of contemplation. More information and samples of the recording are forth-coming. This past spring and summer was spent serving in many different faith communities doing missions of prayer, teaching and song. I continue to work on a book about the many ways God has “ruined” my plans (in a good way!) through decimating divine love! This fall, along with the new album release, there will be more preaching missions, concerts and producing new music for OCP. I am also working on constructing a new overdub studio. Most importantly, my wife Tammy and my three “kids” are doing great. God is faithful + Like you, we hope for the beatific vision, where “Time stands still and only love remains”. Peace to you and yours!

Tom

August 2014

Jan 2014 Retreat

Finding Peace in the Storm of God’s Love

A Weekend Retreat with Tom Booth and Friends

Jan. 10-12, 2014

Come and spend a weekend retreat with Tom Booth (composer,
musician and retreat facilitator) and his friends.
This experiential retreat will offer participants a time for reflection
and sharing about who God is, how God speaks, and how to pray to a God
who is everywhere and within, including through the storms of life that
seem to surround and sometimes engulf us. The retreat will also offer
participants an opportunity to uncover inner hopes and dreams as well as
what gives them life. It will be a spacious blend of silence, prayer, dialogue
with others as well as simple teachings about a contemplative way of life.
Tom Booth, composer, musician and retreat director, is a
member of Our Lady of the Desert Parish, Tucson. Tom has
been working in various ministries: parish ministry, national
music ministry roles, i.e. Life Teen, National Catholic Youth
Conference. He has been on several concert tours with John
Michael Talbot and others.
Check-in between 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Retreat begins after dinner at
6:00 p.m. and ends after lunch on Sunday, Jan. 12. The fees for the weekend retreat are:
$135.00 for commuters; single-occupancy room is $225.00 and double-occupancy room
is $175.00 per person. The rate includes all meals. We have a limited number of rooms.

For more information, please contact RRC – phone: 520.744-3400, or toll free 866.737- 5751 or write: office@desertrenewal.org.

 

 

Summer 2013

Summer, Summer, Summer…                                  June 20, 2013

When I was a kid, summer meant I had “time”. Time to go to the movies (rarely), time to play more sports, time to watch the Andy Griffith Show (and The Dick Van Dyke Show – my favorite show of all time), and especially time to play/write music. Now summer means catch up on the work I didn’t get to during the Spring (because I was working) and time to do the work I planned on doing this summer. Work, work, work… that’s fine. It comes with being an adult. I have children that my wife Tammy and I want to provide for. And we have a dance studio – and these students become “our kids” in a way. We care for them and want to see them grow, mature and succeed. My ministry commitments used to be many and varied in the summer, thankfully THAT has slowed down. Now I spend a lot of time in the recording studio – as I did all of April and May. I look forward to some quiet time as well. Time to compose music, but more importantly – pray, be still, listen… stop do-ing.

I pray your summer is safe and holy. Pray for me too.

Peace +

Tom

March 10, 2013

I hope your Lent is going well! What a great season to “re”: Re-pent, re-new, re-turn, re-commit, and rejuvenate our spiritual lives. I’ve grown to LOVE Lent. I need it. I get off course and need the mercy and grace that Lent REMINDS us we are offered every day.

January went by quickly! I traveled to Washington, D.C. to help plan this year’s NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) – held in Indianapolis in November. I was also working with Ben Walther finishing up his new recording.  February saw Ben’s CD come to completion for OCP/Spirit and Song – it will be released later this year. Look for it: “Make Your Home in Me” is the title; GREAT music from a GREAT artist. The band and I were asked to perform the PASCHAL MYSTERY TOUR at the LA RE Congress in Anaheim. What a hoot! We also played the next night in Hermosa Beach at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. What a warm and inviting community!

March has been equally wonderful as the first two months of the year. I was honored to present a Lenten mission for the conventual church of the Francisacn Renewal Center (the “CASA”). I loved my time there (4 days) and enjoy being in a community of faith that prays that deeply! This week I head off to Marrietta, Georgia to do the same at the “Catholic Church of St Ann”; Ed Bolduc’s home parish and one of the coolest parishes I know. On March 16 and 17 I will be at ALL of the masses there. On the 18tha and 19th I will be presenting the Lenten mission in the evenings. On Wednesday March 20th myself, and the whole band, (The Paschal Rascals) will be in concert at St Ann’s.

April brings me to Houston, Texas and Hawaii for ministry trips – and a visit to Portland, Oregon to visit and work with my OCP family. We have some new projects in the works – including some of my own. I am finishing a book, a new CD and some other things to be announced later!

Peace and Good to you and yours + Your brother in faith,

Tom Booth

Spring 2012

What a great year 2012 has been so far! In January I was graced to work with a very talented Catholic artist, Ben Walther from Houston, Texas in my studio here in Tucson. We recorded three songs together. These songs are truly anointed (I RARELY use that word!). Be on the lookout for these recordings. The band and I did a concert in Chandler, AZ that was a blast. We played for the “kids’ at St. Mary’s Bashas, in Chandler, AZ, in the morning and did a parish concert later that night. Killer!

In February and March I was blessed to present three Lenten Parish Missions in Ohio, Massachusetts and in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme I chose for these missions is HEART: HE… God first and only God, EAR… listen to the Spirit, live by prayer in the cave of the heart and ART…learn and practice the art of prayer, live out our lives in an artistic way in imitation of the Creator! I was able to squeeze in a 3-day conference with the band for the Diocese of Tucson – my home diocese. That was a blessed and wonderful time with Bishop Kicanas, Sister Lois Paha and the whole diocese.

 

I just returned from the LA RE Congress where 23,000 of the faithful gathered to pray, sing, learn, re-connect and EAT! OCP/Spirit and Song sponsored one of my favorite concerts in years: Steve Angrisano, Cooper Ray, Josh Blakesley and I gave an unplugged worship/story-telling/laugh-fest night to a huge crowd. What an honor to serve God and the people of God in these events!

Two nights ago the band and I (minus a couple of the guys) did a benefit concert for a ministry here in Tucson: Vine of Grace. As usual my dear friend and ministry supporter since the 1980s, Theresa Ratti, served the concerts by joyfully meeting people, selling product in support of our ministry and making sure we had warm tea. She is a co-worker in the vineyard and the band is always happy when “T” is on a gig! She takes care of us! Thanks Theresa for all the years of loving support and kindness. I will be your bellhop in heaven!

Today I gave a sandwich to a homeless man. His eyes thanked me a MILLION times over. I honestly wept in my car as I drove away. How often I do not see the hungry, the homeless, the naked and those in prison. God forgive me – and God give me the vision to do so tomorrow!

Peace and Good in the Risen One: Jesus the Lord! +++

Tom