Thursday, December 27, 2012

O Holy Night: A Christmas Concert!

Several months ago, I asked Fr. Geyman and Fr. Peter Wigton about doing a A Christmas Concert, and it finally came together when the Knights of Columbus from Sacred Heart-Elk Rapids asked if I would do a concert to end their day of Christmastide Prayer and Celebration (8:30 am Mass; Church open for private prayer; 3:30 pm Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction). I was thrilled to do this and when I asked them about a free will offering for young adults attending World Youth Day in Brazil, they were more than happy to do so. And then when Marti Krusel said she would love to play in Petoskey . . . a second concert emerged.   

These Christmas Concerts are designed to include classic Christmastide music that reflect both the Nativity of Our Lord, as well as, meditating upon His Sacred Passion, the Crucifixion. The Lord came to earth to die and to save us all from eternal damnation. It is something we tend to forget about this time of year with all the fixings that trap us that "God so loved the world, that He gave us His only Son." Hopefully these concerts will draw all who attended closer to Christ through the beauty that is music.

Concerts are:
Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM 
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Elk Rapids, MI 
Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM 
St. Francis Xavier Church - Petoskey, MI

Cost: Free will offering to benefit young adult attending World Youth Day, 2013 in Brazil.

Monday, December 17, 2012

I'd like to share the Holy Father's words he addressed in English to the world at Sunday's Angelus address:

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Angelus. I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer. May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain. During this Advent Season, let us dedicate ourselves more fervently to prayer and to acts of peace. Upon those affected by this tragedy, and upon each of you, I invoke God’s abundant blessings!