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NEW JAZZ CD--ARE YOU IN?

June 12, 2013

As of yesterday, my new Kickstarter campaign is LIVE, and we are on our way to making a fabulous jazz standards album in the great city of New Orleans.  I'd love for you to be a part of the fun!   I'll be giving away all kinds of goodies and perks for your generosity, plus I'll donate $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity every time I order 1,000 CDs!  It's all good. 🙂  Will you join us?  I have a jazz brunch coming up on June 23, 2013, and the final deadline to reach our $25,000 goal is July 11, 2013.

Please click on this photo  of me in the French Quarter to learn all about it! If you can't see the photo, click here. to learn more.

 

What is Divine Mercy?

March 29, 2013

Copied from the website of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A - Ask for His Mercy
God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B - Be merciful
God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C - Completely trust in Jesus
God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina and set forth in this website and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.

Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.

Be Merciful as Your Father is Merciful

We are not only to receive the mercy of God, but to use it by being merciful to others through our actions, our words, and our prayers; in other words, we are to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works (Acts) of Mercy.

The Lord wants us to do these works of mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no use without works.

What are the Works of Mercy?

Corporal Works

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Comfort the prisoners
  • Visit the sick
  • Bury the dead

Spiritual Works

  • Teach the ignorant
  • Pray for the living & dead
  • Correct sinners
  • Counsel those in doubt
  • Console the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive wrongs willingly

Jesus' Call to Mercy

"I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.

I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first — by deed, the second — by word, the third — by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.

Many souls ... are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul.

If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy." (1317)

Kitty to sing at National Shrine on Divine Mercy Sunday

March 1, 2013

By the grace of God, I have been invited to sing at Mass and and help sing the chaplet of Divine Mercy on the afternoons of Saturday, April 6, and Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013,at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA.  I will also be sharing my Divine Mercy miracle story on Sunday morning, which my father also did many years ago.

I'm trembling a bit, as there will be between 20,000-25,000 people attending the Mass on Sunday, plus live coverage on EWTN.  All I can say is that I am not worthy, and God is good.

WILL I BE SINGING IN YOUR LIVING ROOM?

March 27, 2012

Will I be singing in your living room this summer?  Or perhaps in your parish church?

For the second year in a row my family and I are planning a summer "Be Not Afraid" concert tour.  Here's one of the letters I got after a concert last summer:

Kitty, We lost a son to the ravages of drug addiction and post-traumatic stress (from a terrorist bombing in Beruit). I knew he was in a better world but my dear wife has suffered these last two years as only a mother can. I SAW the healing begin last night in her eyes. I thank God for your healing ministry. Bless you.

Praise God!  What a privilege it is to share my music and stories with you.  There are many more beautiful testimonies you can read in our online guestbook.

We hope to start our 2012 Tour in the beginning of June.  Are you anywhere in Louisiana or eastern Texas? Would you like to work with us to have us come to your parish or even to your home? Perhaps you're in Mississippi, AlabamaFlorida, Georgia, Tennessee or North Carolina! The last week of June we will be in your area on our way to vacation in beautiful Brevard, NC.  We also have dates available the last two weeks of July.

No matter where you are in the U.S., we will make every effort to accomodate any request and budget (even NO budget if we can get enough people there)--but we only have a limited number of dates! I can offer your parish or group

• A reflection on true beauty for women,
• An evening of song and meditation during a Eucharistic holy hour, or
• Just share my stories and music.

I hope to see you this summer!  In the meantime, may this Lent be a time of spiritual renewal for you and this Easter a time of great joy.  Again, please send my sister an email so I can see you in person this summer!

Blessings,

Kitty Cleveland

Interview with Catholic TV at the CMN trade show

October 19, 2011

Christmas Concert with Ronnie Kole, Dec. 6, 2011

September 10, 2011

I've always been a fan of piano entertainer extraordinaire Ronnie Kole, so I was thrilled when he asked me to join him, once again, in performing at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.  We'll be kicking off "Christmas New Orleans Style!" which is a festive way to get into the holiday spirit.  John Perkins (lead singer of the Crewcuts, famous for "Earth Angel" and "Sh-boom") will also join us, as will Ronnie's trio.

The concert is free and open to the public. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 6 - 7 pm.

Gregorian chant: Miracle music?

July 7, 2011

Dear Kitty,

I would like to praise the Lord for your gift and your music.  I want to share a miracle experience.

Our family took our 28 year old son, John, to a shrine in Wisconsin, Our Lady of Good Help,* where we prayed for healing for him because he has been afflicted for thirteen years by a very severe psychiatric condition.   For the past four years, he has been tormented daily by voices that have screamed at him and called him names and told him the neighbors wanted to hurt him.  No medicine or treatment has been able to silence the voices.

On Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi and the thirtieth anniversary weekend of Our Lady, Queen of Peace's apparitions in Medjugorje, we went to the shrine.  While we were there, just before 2:00 benediction, John lay down on a pew in the chapel.  Your music from the Sublime Chant CD was playing.  My husband, daughter and I went out to say a rosary on the grounds.  A few minutes later, John came out and said that he had been healed.  He said that he heard beautiful music and experienced a feeling of warmth flowing through his body and especially through his brain.  He knew he was being healed.

It is now three days later and the voices have been silenced.  He has not had racing thoughts or extreme anxieties.  He has your chant CD and plays it before he goes to sleep at night.

May God be praised for your gift and for your response to Him who called you into this ministry.

Marianne

*Note from Kitty:  Our Lady of Good Help has been declared by the local bishop to be the site of an authentic Marian apparition worthy of belief, the first such site in the U.S. to date.

 

NEW CD TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 2011!

June 16, 2011

THE NEW CD IS ON ITS WAY!  At left is my beautiful daughter, the demi-diva, recording her first CD with me, The Miracle of Life Rosary for Children.  She is such a natural!! And producer Joe Hand (who also produced my Be Not Afraid CD) has once again exceeded my expectations.

Cecilia and I will be releasing the CD at the Catholic Marketing Network convention in Valley Forge, PA the first week of August.  I"ll be posting sound clips soon and will be taking preorders, as well.  I can't wait for you to hear it!

With joy,

Kitty Cleveland

 

Summer Concert Tour 2011

May 17, 2011

**SUMMER TOUR UPDATE**

May 17, 2011:  Things are moving along beautifully for our first annual summer tour!  If you are near any of the following cities and would like me to come to your church to do a concert, please let us know ASAP.  In many cases there will be no cost to the parish at all.  As of today, we have concerts confirmed or in the planning stages for the following cities and states:

TEXAS: Colleyville, Flower Mound, Houston, Austin, San Antonio

LOUISIANA:  New Iberia, Baton Rouge

MISSISSIPPI:  Jackson, Clarksdale

TENNESSEE:  Nashville

GEORGIA:  Atlanta

 

DIVINE MERCY & SUMMER TOUR UPDATES

April 19, 2011

Happy Easter!  Alleluia!  "O death! When is your victory? O death! Where is your sting!’”

If you don't have plans for Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1st, I'll be back at St. Joseph Church on Tulane Ave. in New Orleans, LA.  This is also the day that John Paul II will be beatified!  Confessions start at 1 pm, Benediction and the rosary at 2 pm, the chaplet at 2:30 pm, and Mass at 3 pm.  And, of course, we'll do "In the Breaking of the Bread" at Communion--my favorite musical moment of the year.  If you're not familiar with this inspired song written by Michael Ward, click on the Blog link above.  You can watch a video someone put together to that song from The Miracle of Divine Mercy CD.

Finally, the SUMMER TOUR is taking shape quickly.  Are you in or near one of the following cities?  If so, please send us a note to see if we can work in a stop at your home parish!

LOUISIANA:  Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Shreveport;

TEXAS:  Beaumont, Houston,  San Antonio, Austin, Dallas

MISSISSIPPI:  Jackson, Natchez, the Gulf Coast

GEORGIA:  Atlanta

TENNESSEE:  Memphis, Nashville

NEW CHILDREN'S CD COMING SOON!

April 5, 2011

For years now people been asking me for a children's CD, and it's on its way!  Thanks to a special request from CCC of America (creator and distributor of several animated children's DVD's) the first children's CD will be The Miracle of Life Rosary for Children.  CCC has already obtained a booth at the CMN Convention this August for my daughter and I to sing and interact with the kids, and I know it will be a blast!  I also just got confirmation that Joe Hand, my talented producer on the Be Not Afraid CD, will also be producing this new children's CD with me.

To date I've already received a $5,000 donation to realize this dream, but I am still in need of another $5,000 - $10,000 to finish it.  Perhaps you would like to help sponsor it!  Is there someone special you would like to honor or celebrate?  Please consider becoming one of my Angel Sponsors, and you can dedicate a song—or even the entire CD—to someone you love! Just click on the contact form above, and I'll be happy to send you more information. 

The only way I have been able to continue making music these last 11 years is by your generous donations and sponsorships, and I thank God for your tremendous support and confidence.

Please stay tuned for more details as they develop, as well as news about a children's lullaby CD also in the works.  And if you have any special requests for music that you'd like me to consider, please send me a note—I'm listening!

 

Reflections on Love

March 30, 2011

This picture is hard for me to contemplate, but not as hard as it used to be.  What follows below is the answer to a question I once posed to the Lord when doing the 8-day silent Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.  We were supposed to be meditating on the Passion, but I just couldn't stay with it.  I asked, "Lord, WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?"  This is what I heard in the depths of my heart.  I hope it speaks to your heart, as well.

August 23, 2003, 6:45 p.m.

"My little lamb, the purpose of you meditating on my Passion is not to instill guilt in you.  It is for you to understand what lengths I was willing to go for love of you.  You've heard this many times before, but you've never fully grasped it.  The cross should first of all instill joy in you, because that is how much I love you!  No sacrifice was too great for me to have the possibility of having you with me forever in heaven.
 
"Once you grasp that love, once you really know me and know what I'm all about, then you might be led to compunction of heart.  But you were trying to go from guilt to love, and the heart just doesn't work that way.  So doing your examination of conscience, going to confession -- it's always been a stumbling block for you because you were experiencing the shame of your sins without the foundation of my love to sustain you.

 
"You need to know that I would never do anything to hurt you.  I may allow you to experience the pain of the lance so that the deeper sickness and pain can be cured, and sometimes others may hurt you, but I always long to console you and to hold you close to my heart.  I never will the actual pain.  In allowing Lazarus to die I wasn't indifferent to his suffering and to the suffering of his family.  It broke my heart!  How much I wanted to heal him!  But I knew that his death was necessary for them to know the redemptive power I offer and for many, many souls to be saved.  Knowing what they know now, Lazarus would have died 1,000 deaths for the consolation he has in heaven over the fruit borne from that sacrifice.
 
"You will not always understand the suffering in your life, but know that I will never leave you, forsake you, or trick you.  You are my beloved.  The cross is simply a reminder of my love, which will follow you wherever you go, whatever you do.  My love is real, it's personal, it's passionate, and it's forever."


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