Here's what our music director announced on his web site today:
Benedictus Schola Cantorum
The mission of Benedictus is to bring about a rebirth of the musical treasures of the church, in particular the music that is to be given "pride of place" in the Liturgy, namely, Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony. We will serve the church by singing at Sunday Mass at both parishes throughout the year, and bring this music to all the faithful. Our broader mission is to help surrounding parishes as well, by setting a standard for worship music in the context of the Holy Mass and other liturgical actions of the Church, in the form of concerts and workshops.
The Choral Obligation
Wednesday Evenings, 7-9 pm
St. Mary, 9am, 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
St. Boniface, 10:30 am, 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
Holy Days of Obligation: TBA
Fall Concert (Christ the King Sunday)
Epiphany Concert (Epiphany Sunday)
Mission Commission Benefit Concert (Ascension Sunday)
Membership is open to any Catholic(or prospective Catholic) who attends, or is willing to attend St. Mary or St. Boniface Church.
Our Official Kick-Off Party is Scheduled for Wednesday Evening, September 12, at 7:00P.M.
Congratulations to John Wright, our outstanding music director, for his leadership, and to our growing choir that wants to bring out the Church's treasures.
If you are anywhere close to Piqua, and want to be part of this, you are most welcome. All you have to do is want to participate in beautiful music.
Our schola is just beginning, with baby steps; for the short term, of course we're going to sing what we already know, as we gradually learn to sing the treasures. So, don't be shocked by that. Second, this schola exists to serve these two parishes, so all chant, or all polyphony, isn't practical. But: if you want to be part of a renaissance of this awesome music, this is your chance!
Now, here are some opportunities to tantalize you:
* Weddings. Music at wedding Masses is, sadly, not very good; but the opportunity is this: no one ever sings anything at Wedding Masses anyway! So...what if we had a Wedding schola, that could sing various pieces? This would represent: a gift to a couple, an opportunity to learn and sing beautiful music, and above all, an act of worship pleasing to God. Imagine what a wedding choir could do?
* Funerals. Imagine the beauty that is possible, and remember, burying the dead is a corporal work of mercy.
Also, realize that funerals and weddings are evangelistic -- many come back to the Church, and this is where many form their impressions -- good or ill -- of "church music." Would you like to have more Catholics, in years to come, appreciate beautiful music? This is how you do it
* Extraordinary (i.e., "Tridentine") Usage Masses. As we all know, the holy father has said, after September 14, a priest may -- if people request it -- schedule public celebrations of the Mass according to the extraordinary usage. I haven't yet learned how to do it, but I will, as time permits. It won't be long, in my judgment, before someone asks for this, and I am willing to provide it. Wouldn't it be lovely to have some beautiful choral music for such a Mass, particularly on a special occasion?
My point is, this is an opportunity for anyone who wants to sing beautiful music.
If you are interested, click here to go to our music director's website, for his email.