Alumni Festival Chorus

Alumni Festival Chorus

Calling all talented St. Benedict H.S. Alumni! On Sunday, June 2nd at Noon, we will host a special Mass to celebrate the great gift of our High School ministry. This will also mark the final day of transition as we move to a PK-8 education model. We are looking for talented alums to help form a festival choir for this occasion. Music has long been an integral part of the St. Ben’s community…

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From the Bench: 'Where is that Kyrie from, and why does it sound familiar?'

From the Bench: 'Where is that Kyrie from, and why does it sound familiar?'

Each line of text is repeated three times, which is slightly different than the call and response format we have become used to in the modern Church. This ancient practice stems from the regard of the number 3 as a sacred number. Because there are three line of text, and each is repeated three times, this nine-fold plea for mercy is intended to bend the ear of the Divine. I have chosen to re-introduce this practice in Lent to emphasize the penitent nature of the season…

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Musicians Wanted for 10:30am Mass Ensemble

Musicians Wanted for 10:30am Mass Ensemble

We are in search of Instrumentalists and vocalists to try and build up our 10:30am Mass ensemble. The 10:30am Mass has a more contemporary and relaxed feel, and the music reflects this style. There is no audition for vocalists. The only prerequisite is a love for singing and the ability to match pitch.Instrumentalists should have solid music/chord reading skills and be able to play at an intermediate level or higher. All ages are welcome! Parents are welcome to have their children join them in the choir area during Mass.…

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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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Choose Joy this Advent!

Choose Joy this Advent!

The quality of music at Mass can have a profound impact on our experience. Mediocre music can leave us feeling uninspired, or worse, disconnect us from our experience. Good music can lift us up, connecting us to something greater than ourselves. My vision for St. Ben’s has always been that we should be a home for good music, inspiring music, transcendent music…

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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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