Mater Dei Music Ministry - The Music of Fr. Charles and Laurie Mangano


Hello All,
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Isn’t this a beautiful time of year!  So many of us feel grateful for life, family, health, happiness and much more. Some of us are feeling less gratitude and more worry this year and sadly some of us are struggling with despair.
Scripture tells us that there is a time for everything. That is why we believe it is best to enjoy the good times as much as possible while we are in them and be prepared for the difficult times that come, always keeping God with us through all the times and seasons of our life.
Advent is two weeks away, and it is the perfect time to help prepare ourselves and re-evaluate our spiritual health, to make or renew our daily choice for God. During our good times, we are in danger of neglecting or forgetting God; during our times of worry, we are in danger of not trusting God, and in our times of despair we are in danger of blaming God. We need to turn to God in all times because the truth is, He is there with us in every season of our life.
Through our music ministry, we try our best to help God’s children through these times. Our upcoming Night of Recollection on December 6th at Holy Name of Mary parish in Valley Stream will focus on exactly this; God’s Divine Providence working in our lives no matter what season of our life we are in. We hope you can join us; it is a great way to begin Advent. As with all our Nights of Recollection, it is our hope to saturate your soul through the beauty of scripture, song, reflection and prayer and minister to you exactly where you are at. Our hope for the evening is to nurture you with the hopes of lifting you to a higher place and to unite ourselves with Our Heavenly Father.
We also have 13 Christian Contemporary Albums that speak to God and speak to our souls, in all the stages of our life. If you know of anyone that would benefit from one of these albums, we invite you to consider them as Christmas gifts when you do your shopping this year. We truly believe in the good that comes from listening to these songs because they help us contemplate what is in our hearts and the heart of God. That is why we can confidently recommend them to you. After years of hearing the amazing transformation of people, the comfort that our music has offered to them and the uplifting of their spirits, we are certain that God has blessed our work through music and uses this means to touch the hearts of His people.
Other ideas, maybe your local parishes are hosting Advent retreats or mission programs specifically tailored to help deepen our faith to receive the great mystery of Christmas in our hearts. Maybe you are inspired to begin praying novenas or committing to daily prayer, scriptural readings, or listening to spiritual songs. Wherever you feel the Lord is leading you this Advent, we pray God will bless you with the excitement and joy that can only come with the rebirth of Jesus in your hearts. Amen! God is good….all the time.
Hope to see you December 6th.
Peace and blessings in Christ,
Monday, December 6, 2021
at 7:30 p.m.
Holy Name of Mary RCC
55 E Jamaica Ave, Valley Stream
Please note that the pastor will have the Night of Recollection live-streamed that evening.
This was the true Light that, coming into the world, enlightens every person. He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, and yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not accept Him.
but as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God.
If you would like to donate to support our music ministry, know we are grateful for whatever you can give.  Send your donation to: Mater Dei, Inc.  P. O. Box 100 Bohemia, NY  11716 ~ 203-970-7862 ~ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ~  If your parish is interested in inviting us for a Night of Recollection, please email or call.  We are accepting requests for the fall of 2022.



On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception our Holy Father Pope Francis declared this new liturgical year (December 8th to December 8th) the year of St. Joseph. St. Joseph is the holiest saint second to our Lady and he is a powerful intercessor for us. St. Joseph was a man of firm faith amid life's twists and turns. He has been there for me in many ways in my life and has answered numerous prayers. In 2014 while in prayer,  I felt deeply inspired by St. Joseph to write a litany to him, which Laurie and I recorded.  In light of the fact that the year of St. Joseph has now begun, you may want to give someone a copy of our sung Litany of St. Joseph for Christmas. You may order from our websites: or, or by phone at (203) 970-7862. The price of the CD is $5.00 including sales tax and shipping.



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