Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tonight: Solemn High Requiem Mass for Cardinal George at St. John Cantius




If you are in the Chicago area, take note:

A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. at St. John Cantius Church (825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, 60642). Music for this Mass will be sung by the St. Cecilia Choir.

    Missa pro Defunctis, Giovanni Francesco Anerio
    Ave Verum, William Byrd
    De Profundis, Johann Joseph Fux
    Miserere, Orlando di Lassus
All visitors and friends from Chicago and beyond are invited to attend.

Also, on their website is this:

From the beginning, it was Cardinal George who envisioned that a small community of men founded at a run-down Chicago church would become a flourishing order dedicated to the “Restoration of the Sacred.”
Read the statement from Rev. C. Frank Phillips upon the death of Cardinal George: “We are a living legacy of this shepherd of souls.”



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Divine Mercy Sunday



On my reading list: Bull of Indiction by Pope Francis for Jubilee of Mercy



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I dumped cable TV… and I'm happy, thus far.



I've been thinking about it for a year, but it wasn't until I bought a Winegard FlatWave Amped Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna (FL5500Y) and saw the great reception I got for all network channels in my area (great for football season) that I began to think, maybe - just maybe, I can dump cable TV.

I then picked up a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (original model), which was reduced due to an enhancement in newer Roku 3's, that I did not need (like voice control).  In the past month, I found myself going to the Roku box and using my over-the-air, free digital TV more frequently than I was my cable TV.  I used it only to watch a few channels.  Years ago, Comcast shoved me into what was then the Digital 2 package in order to get EWTN.  Well, thankfully, EWTN is available for free on the Roku box - live.

Quite honestly, I get better reception of EWTN streaming live through a Roku box than I ever did get through cable TV. I don't know if the movies we see on Saturday nights will be available, as those were not always available on the web. But, I was never a fan of watching those movies split between two Saturday nights, which they always did.  So, I didn't watch them.  I usually buy the DVD's or look for the movies on Netflix or YouTube.

In any event, this has been a real adventure for me because I knew next to nothing about this.  After some friends on Facebook asked questions and wanted to know how it was going for me, I decided to chronicle this particular adventure in a dedicated blog: Cord-Cutting Adventure.

Will I stick to it? Follow me there to find out. I share some details in my first post there so check it out. I'll be sharing what I learn along the way (I have much to learn); and I'll be sharing the ups and downs.





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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fr. Perrone to conduct orchestral Mass he wrote in honor of Sacred Heart


Fr. Eduard Perrone wears many hats: Priest, pastor, pianist, orchestral music composer, conductor, and more.

This Easter Sunday at 9:30 AM and next Sunday, Divine Mercy, at Noon, Fr. Perrone will be conducting an orchestral Mass he composed (choir and orchestra), in honor of the Sacred Heart.  Both of these will be in the context of a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal).  Next week, the 9:30 AM Mass will be a Latin Novus Ordo as the TLM shifts for that day only, to the Noon slot.

He wrote this Mass a few years ago, but only recently composed the orchestral parts.  This is the second Mass he has composed and conducted at Assumption Grotto; the first - Fountain of Beauty - was in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was heard for Christmas in 2011.

This musical style is quite different from the first. I'm not a trained musician so I cannot explain these things very well, but it reminds me of something written from an earlier period, whereas the first is like some of the more contemporary classical compositions.

What caught my attention the most in this Mass was the Gloria. It was powerful and filled with moments of great majesty.  It lifted my heart, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe - precisely what we would expect a Gloria to invoke in a soul.

Can I purchase music from this Mass?


Some ask me in person, and in email or social media about CD's for purchase, but these things require much funding.  There are added expenses that go with recording audio for sales purposes - some of it having to do with agreements with the musician union and satisfying other legal requirements.  The same goes with uploading.  Some do this innocently, with good intentions, using video or audio they capture, without asking Fr. Perrone in advance, but it's not supposed to be done.  Potential donors can discuss these things with Fr. Perrone to learn more.  I would love to see this particular Mass recorded and cut to CD for distribution.  No donation to the Assumption Grotto Choir & Orchestra is too small, but be sure to specify it is for the music program if you should send money. Collection envelopes are set out at every orchestral Mass with a second collection.  Your contributions help make it possible for us to hear these kinds of Masses at Assumption Grotto.

Photos from the Monday Dress Rehearsal

Below are some of the photos I took during the dress rehearsal for this Mass, in as much as I could.  I too, am limited as to what I can photograph.

They joyful conductor (don't be fooled, as this was a moment of humor between pieces - the conductor face is not there in this photo)



Some men of the bass section...


The Grotto choir takes people of all ages and as long as someone can carry a tune and read some notes, Fr. Perrone is more than glad to find a spot for them.  After Divine Mercy might be a good time to join; otherwise, in the fall is the best time.  He's always looking to add voices and it's a rare opportunity to sing with an orchestra several times per year, in addition to Sundays at 9:30.  He holds practice on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9, and the choir rehearses on Sunday morning at 9:00, ahead of Mass; then for about 45 minutes after on new material.  There is secured parking at all weekend Masses, weeknight Masses, and for most events.  I've been going to the parish several times weekly for 10 years now and have never had a problem.


Gerrie Ball, the organist for the 9:30 a.m. Mass and orchestral Masses, uses a mirror to see Fr. Perrone and get his cues.


We have a harp for this Mass.  One time, we had a harpsichord in the mix, which was pretty cool. It fascinates me to think about Fr. Perrone writing every note for every voice and instrument - from strings, winds, and pipes - to a number of instruments in the percussion section.


Some of the Sopranos with one alto sneaking under the hap.


Some tenors!



Altos! That was my section when I was in choir.  I had to take leave for a while and have been focusing on my photography, among other things.  Some choir members will come for the fall to prepare for Christmas, then take a break. Others remain around the year.  The main break is during July when Fr. Perrone takes his vacation.


If this young chorister had access to a harp and harp lessons, I think she would be in heaven.  She only took her eyes off the hands of the harpist when singing.


Fr. Perrone fields a question from a member of the orchestra. 


This was taken at the conclusion of a very peaceful ending to one segment.


This is a very grainy photo, but it was very dark and a high ISO had to be used.  The choir was seated as the orchestra went over some details.





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Friday, April 3, 2015

Some pics from Good Friday 2015 at Assumption Grotto

We adore youO Christ, and we Bless You. Because by Your Holy Cross You have Saved the World

In this post are a few images from Good Friday at Assumption Grotto.  I had taken video of the Veneration of the Cross, but there are sound issues.  I'll work with it after Easter to see what I can do.

Here is one  video clip of the hymn,  Adoramus Te, Christe (DuBois). Several babies joined the choir (a nice 'problem' to have in any parish) and there is other noise like a breeze coming through a nearby window, clunking and clanking noises, etc.  This video was never intended to be professional; rather, the intent is only to give you an idea of what Holy Week is like at the parish.





















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Maundy Thursday 2015 at Assumption Grotto in photos
















I have video of the procession, but am still adjusting to the new Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro that I got for sound.  This time, I tried boosting the sound, but it came at the price of hearing the autofocus throughout.  I'm going to try to salvage what I can and play with it in post-processing to see what I can do.  I may need to replace the sound with just music in places.  I won't have time to play with it until after Easter, so check back.  Taking video meant no pictures this year of the procession.  But, I had photos last year that were quite good.



The altar boys came into church just after 10:00 for a while.


Several of the Missionaries of Charity from the other side of Detroit came around 10:00 PM, as they do every year.



The altar has been stripped.


See all the photos taken on Maundy Thursday, 2015.





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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Procession; Adoration at Altar of Repose until Midnight at Assumption Grotto tonight



After the Mass of the Lord's Supper, there is a Eucharistic Procession to the Altar of Repose.  The way is paved with rose petals by children.  The parish church falls silent as people come and go through midnight, spending time before the tabernacle holding Our Lord at the side altar.  Won't you watch one hour with Him?

See the full Holy Week schedule here.  There is secured parking at all liturgical events.

See also the Facebook page for Assumption Grotto and the event created for Holy Week. Consider joining us.


Below, from last year, Fr. Perrone, Fr. John, and Fr. Logan pause for a brief period in adoration as silence stills the filled church.


Altar boys, likewise, look upon the Our Lord in the tabernacle, with only a little light cutting through the darkness in the church.  


Many remain in the wing near the Altar of Repose, and more are still sitting in the main body of the church gazing towards the Tabernacle holding Jesus.  


Last year, a little later in the evening, the Missionaries of Charity made their way from the other side of Detroit to spend time at the Altar of Repose. 






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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fr. Perrone on Holy Week and why we should be in Church Thursday night and Friday afternoon




From his column this Sunday, Fr. Perrone, in his own words, below.  If you are looking for Holy Week and Easter Sunday info, you can find it here, along with photos from past years.



This is always the most difficult week of the Church year. Difficult for us, traumatic for our Lord. I therefore ought not to complain. The modern trend in the Church has been to emphasize the Lord’s Resurrection and to downplay His Passion. This is considered an enlightened view over the medieval and cheerless concentration on the Lord’s sufferings and death. Perhaps as tensions continue to build in the world, as the persecution of Christians increases, as all viewpoints except those which represent Catholic moral teaching are welcome, as evils of all kinds are making rapid advances into our once comfortable Catholic lives, then–maybe just then–we will have second thoughts on our dismissal of the suffering Christ, of His cross, of the Church members as sharers in the Passion.

The spiritual tradition of the great writers on the spiritual life favors meditation on the sacred Passion of Christ for making progress in holiness. This comes by way of thinking about the various moments in the story, from the Last Supper through the Lord’s burial; but it also includes participation through the liturgy in the annual reenactment of the original Holy Week through the sacred ceremonies that take place this week–this by way of mystery rather than by theatrical dramatics. The Church does not pretend to redo the sacred events of Holy Week as if going through a Passion play. There is rather a re-activation (pardon the jargon word) of the essential words and actions which took place back then for the benefit of the Church here and now. In other words, there is grace which is imparted to those who devoutly follow Christ in the days of this week, graces not obtained otherwise. The ideal would be for every Christian to become so one in mind and in affections with Christ throughout these days of Holy Week as to take on a likeness to Him that is incomparable by any other means. For this reason I strongly encourage you to make every reasonable effort to come to the church this week for Mass and the other sacred liturgical ceremonies, not only to derive benefits from participation in them, but also to insert yourselves into the mystery itself. Holy Week is a relived experience for the Church, a renewing of its inner life by engaging the whole mystical body of Christ in a real union with Him, the principal Agent of the events.

The week begins today with Palm Sunday, with its strange dual character of triumph in our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem as Messiah, and of His ‘defeat’ in the solemn reading of His Passion and death. Palm Sunday leaves us with an ambiguous feeling. The palms, the procession, the Hosannas dominate the earlier part of the ceremonies with exhilaration until the liturgical shift is made to the scriptures which refer to the sufferings and death of Christ.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week have an eerie passive-aggressive (again, pardon the expression) feeling. All is exteriorly calm while the forces of evil lurk in the background, conspiring against Jesus, ready to erupt with the violence on Thursday and Friday.

There ought not to be a single person in this parish who would rather stay at home Thursday night this week or on Good Friday afternoon, or prefer to do anything other than participate in the divine services. I realize that some may be impeded from attending these days from work or other responsibilities, but this absence ought to be with great regret. One would be missing out of the very soul of Holy Week to be wilfully absent from the liturgical ceremonies.

Easter Vigil is the most extraordinary Mass of the whole year in which the movement from Christ’s inert body to His rising from the dead is expressed in liturgical signs, chants and ceremonies. If all goes well, new Catholics will be born here Saturday night in baptism, confirmation and the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood.

Please keep the inserted page of Holy Week services and confessions so as to reduce calls to the rectory for a schedule of the week’s events. One may also consult our parish website. [See also my post with Holy Week info including pictures from recent years to get a glimpse of what it is like at Assumption Grotto, and there is secured parking].

All the forces of our parish league together in Holy Week, making a huge effort of standing with the Lord in His Passion and Resurrection. Don’t miss out. Come to be enriched; come to lend yourselves to the Lord and allow His saving grace to embrace you.


Fr. Perrone





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Monday, March 30, 2015

Holy Week Schedule at Assumption Grotto




This post contains the schedule for Holy Week at Assumption Grotto.  I'm also embedding images from  last year's Holy Week with a link to more.

Please don't make Holy Week participation conditional on what kind of parish or liturgy to which you have access.  Most people don't have access to an old, gothic parish where liturgy is celebrated in the manner you see here.  Go, and if you see or hear something illicit or bothersome, offer that up to God with the prayer, "Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do."  In this way, you give that which you have no control over, to God, while giving to Him, yourself.

Here is the schedule, also found at the main Assumption Grotto website.

I can tell you that the main events of the Triduum are all in the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal): Holy Thursday, Good Friday's Tre Ore, and Holy Saturday vigil.  We do have a visiting priest - the same as last year - so, these are with all the solemnity Assumption Grotto can offer.



Holy Week 2015 Schedule
Assumption Grotto Church

Holy Thursday, April 2
(No morning Masses)
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Solemn High, EF) followed by Procession with Blessed Sacrament & Adoration in the church until Midnight

Good Friday, April 3
(No morning Masses)
12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. •Tre Ore (three hour) Services (Extraordinary Form)
        •Solemn Liturgy with sung Passion according to Saint John;  Veneration of the Cross; Holy Communion
3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Prayers
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 4
(No morning Masses and no 4:00 p.m. Mass)
1:00 p.m. Blessing of Easter foods and baskets
8:00 p.m. Solemn High (EF) Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 5, Masses
6:30 a.m. English Low Mass
9:30 a.m. Solemn High (EF) Orchestral Mass: Missa Cantata in honor of the Sacred Heart by Eduard Perrone; Psalm 24 by Lili Boulanger; Judex from Mors et Vita by Charles Gounod
12:00 noon English sung Mass

Confessions (5 opportunities)

Thursday, April 2: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Saturday, April 4: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: There will not be confessions Saturday evening
nor on Easter Sunday mor


The photo at top is from Holy Thursday.  Here are a few more.

Washing of the feet…


At the Altar of Repose where people remain with Our Lord until midnight.  This was the conclusion of the liturgy.




On Holy Thursday is when we hear the bells in the first part of the liturgy, then they fall silent giving way to the wooden crotalus.  This image is actually from 2008, but you can see it clearly here. It takes quite a bit of wrist action to snap it.



A few from Good Friday.







And, Holy Saturday Vigil, which is very long, but very solemn






Last year, a very old custom of using a yellow drape was brought back. It opens as the Gloria is rung out.  I'll explain this more during the week.


Of course, some of the youngest men of the altar handle the job of ringing bunches of bells when the Gloria is sung at the Easter Vigil.




See all pictures from Holy Week 2014, here.  There are just too many to show.  If you are in the area, come if you can.  Booklets are provided.

UPDATE: Fr. Perrone discusses why we should want to be in church on Thursday night and Friday afternoon. 



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