CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12.14.18

I am excited to invite you to our sixth annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 14th at 7pm. This year, the choir and orchestra will present John Rutter’s Mass of the Children as our featured work. Mass of the Children, published in 2003, is unlike anything we’ve undertaken before. We will enlist the musical forces of a 70+ voice children’s choir, 60+ adult chorus, and full symphonic orchestra…

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11.4.18 ORGAN CONCERT

11.4.18 ORGAN CONCERT

JEREMY KIOLBASSA explores the organ works of composers that are Polish or of Polish descent. As you might have guessed by his last name, Jeremy is of Polish-American heritage. The Kiolbassa family first arrived in the U.S. in the early 1800s in Panna Maria, TX. The most interesting and notable member of the family from this time period is Peter Kiolbassa, who, after the American Civil War, moved to Chicago and became city treasurer. Peter was also an advocate for Polish-Catholic immigrants and helped to bring the first Polish-speaking priest to Chicago. He helped found Chicago’s first Polish parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka, and was the church’s first organist. It is his family’s heritage that has inspired Jeremy to explore this music and present this concert series.  

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 What’s with all the Candles on the altar?

 What’s with all the Candles on the altar?

I’ve had a few people ask me about the ‘new’ candles on the altar. There is a two-fold answer as to why we’ve decided to do this. The first part comes from The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, commonly referred to as the “GIRM”. This instruction can be found in the beginning of The Roman Missal, aka that big book that a priest uses to celebrate Mass. In the section where it lists things to be prepared for Mass…

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NEW Religious Education Choir

NEW Religious Education Choir

We are excited to offer Children's Choir for religious education students this year! RE Choir will be made up of students in grades 3-6. The choir will rehearse and sing on the third Sunday of each month. We will meet 9:45am to practice for about 30 minutes, and then sing at the 10:30am Mass immediately following practice…

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Small Changes for a Larger Purpose - Part 2

Small Changes for a Larger Purpose - Part 2

Our liturgy team has been working diligently, and we are excited to roll out our next set of revisions. You’ll probably notice that we have made some changes to the layout of the church. The server chairs and credence have been moved to the opposite side. This frees up space for the procession to leave the sacristy, and also eliminates the need for the servers to walk up the stairs with a heavy tray…

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Family Mass Reboot  

Family Mass Reboot  

Since my dad was up front playing music, my mom was left to keep us kids in line. At this point, all she had to worry about from us teenagers was the odd sarcastic remark, so her focus was almost entirely on keeping my little sister out of trouble. From what I remember, she was actually pretty well behaved, and aside from the odd sprint up and down the aisle, or a loud question about what was going on, she did pretty well. Still, all it took was one little noise or burst of energy for one lady to turn around..

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Join Our Children's Chorus

Join Our Children's Chorus

We are pleased to once again offer Benedictine Children's Chorus for SBPS students in grades 3-5. In the coming season, the children will have numerous opportunities to perform for their peers as well as around Chicagoland. Some highlights include a performance of John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" with the Ravenswood Symphony, as well as a performance at a Chicago Wolves hockey game…

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Youth Choir Intensive

Youth Choir Intensive

We are pleased to offer a choir an afternoon "choir intensive" to all SBPS students in grades 3-8. This session is recommended for all students that will be participating in Children's Chorus and Middle School Chorus in the upcoming school year. We will introduce some of the choral repertoire for the upcoming performance season, including John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" which will be performed this December in collaboration with the Ravenswood Symphony Orchestra…

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