Diocese Invites Community to Free Concert

Monday, 07 November 2011 08:11

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          WHAT: “Saint Cecilia Sing.” Various styles of Sacred Music to be presented during free concert
          WHEN:  2:30-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20
          WHERE:  St. Agnes Church, 300 Johnson St., Freeland

FREELAND — On the Feast of Christ the King, musicians from across the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will come together for a free concert event, “Saint Cecilia Sing.”
“Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians and her feast day is celebrated on November 22,” said Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ, associate for liturgical music. “For the past three years, the Diocesan Music Committee has chosen the Sunday nearest to her feast to present a concert in her honor. The theme of this year’s concert is: Prayer of the Saints who Make Music.”

Various styles of Sacred Music will be performed by the diocesan youth and adult choirs. There also will be instrumentalists and a “Schola Cantorum”—a school of song usually connected with a cathedral or a monastery—featuring: Rev. Robert Byrne, Pastor at Blessed Trinity parish in Frankenmuth; Rev. Robert Meissner, Pastor at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Bay City; and Rev. John Sarge, Pastor at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Bridgeport.

There will be a brass ensemble, as well as liturgical dancers and choirs from Blessed Trinity parish, Holy Spirit parish in Shields and St. John Vianney parish in Saginaw Twp.

The free concert is sponsored by the Diocesan Music Committee and The National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

"The National Association of Pastoral Musicians is a Catholic organization whose mission is to foster the art of musical liturgy,” Sister Chris said. “Its membership includes musicians, clergy, liturgists and other leaders of prayer throughout the United States. Many events, including concerts, hymn sings and prayer experiences, entitled "Saint Cecilia Sing" will be taking place all over the country the week of November 20. The musicians of the Diocese of Saginaw are proud to be part of this joint endeavor and look forward to welcoming many people to St. Agnes parish for the upcoming event.”
The Diocese of Saginaw is home to 108,601 Catholics, worshiping in 105 parish communities, across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

To download the “Saint Cecilia Sing” flier click here.

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