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Corpus Christi - Solemn Mass and Procession

1962 Missale Romanum

Details:
Jun. 23, 11:00 am  -  Traditional Latin Mass & Corpus Christi Procession


Note that there is no 12:30 pm Mass on Sun., June 23, 2019.

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Details:
Jun. 16, 12:30 pm
Missa de la batalla escoutez, Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)
Alleluia, Randall Thompson (1899–1984)
Jubilate Deo, Op. 40b, Flor Peeters (1903–1986)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form

Details:
Jun. 9, 12:30 pm  -  Pentecost Sunday
Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd (1540–1623)
Hodie Completi Sunt, Luca Marenzio (1553–1599)
Cantate Domino canticum novum a 6, Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)





Sunday Afternoon Organ Recital - Jonathan Rudy

Details:
Jun. 2, 3:00 pm




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St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord, Transferred

Details:
Jun. 2, 11:00 am  - 
Missa Ascendens Christus in altum, Tomás L. de Victoria (c. 1548–1611)
Ascendens Christus in altum, Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)
Ascendit Deus, Jakobus Gallus (1550–1591)

Ascension Thursday - 7:30 pm Mass

Cantate Domino Choir

Details:
May. 30, 7:30 pm  -  Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord

Christchurch Mass, Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
Ave verum, Op. 65 No. 1, Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
Adoremus in aeternum, Michael Haller (1840–1915)

“Evocations” - Corrado Cavalli in Concert

Details:
May. 26, 3:00 pm




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St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
May. 26, 12:30 pm
Missa ‘O Regem Coeli’, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1514–1594)
Alleluia Christus Surrexit, Felice Anerio (1560–1614)
Regina Caeli, Jean Jules Aimable Roger-Ducasse (1873–1954)

Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. David Yallaly, S.J.C.

Fourth Sunday after Easter

Details:
May. 19, 1:00 pm  -  St. Cecilia Choir
Missa ‘Tu es Pastor ovium’, Giovanni P. da Palestrina (1514–1594)
Tu es pastor ovium, William Byrd (1538–1623)
Sacerdotes Domini, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1514–1594)



Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. Matthew Schuster, S.J.C.

Magnificat Choir

Details:
May. 19, 11:00 am  -  Fifth Sunday of Easter
Missa Brevis in F, Andrea Gabrielli (c. 1532–1585)
My Sheperd Will Supply My Need, Virgil Thompson (1896 – 1989)
Sacerdotes Domini, William Byrd (1538–1623)

Oliver Twist - Silent Film Matinee

Details:
May. 12, 3:00 pm




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St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
May. 12, 12:30 pm
Missa ‘Regina Caeli’, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1514–1594)
Haec dies a 6, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1514–1594)
Cantabo Domino, Domenico Bartolucci (1917–2013)

Resurrection Choir and Orchestra - 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
May. 5, 12:30 pm
Missa Porta Fidei, Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
Ave Verum, Nicholas White (b. 1967)
Ave Maria, Op. 19b, Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

Reverences - Chicago Gargoyle Brass

Details:
May. 4, 7:30 pm




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Omar Caputi - Organ Recital

Details:
Apr. 28, 3:00 pm




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St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Apr. 28, 12:30 pm  -  Quasimodo Sunday
Mass in G, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)
Regina Caeli, K 276, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Surrexit a mortuis, Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)

Resurrection Choir and Orchestra - 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Apr. 21, 12:30 pm
Heiligmesse, Hob. XXII: 10, Franz Josef Haydn (1732–1809)
Benedictus es, Domine, D 184, Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Alleluia. Surrexit Christus, Johann Michael Haydn (1737–1806)
Plaudant aetheri, Ignaz Holzbauer (1711–1783)






Magnificat Choir sings 10:30 am Mass

Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord

Details:
Apr. 21, 10:30 am
Missa in G major, Giovanni Battista Casali (1715–1792)
An Anthem for Easter, William Billings (1746–1800)



The Great Paschal Vigil, St. Cecilia Choir

Details:
Apr. 20, 10:00 pm
Messe a quatre voix, op. 4, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1875–1921)
Dextera Domini, César Franck (1822–1890)
Haec Dies, Peter Griesbacher (1864–1933)







Good Friday Liturgy

Details:
Apr. 19, 3:00 pm  -  St. Cecilia Choir and Magnificat Choir
St. John Passion, Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548–1611)
Improperia, Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548–1611)
Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine, Paweł Łukaszewski (b. 1968)
Crux fidelis, Felice Anerio (c. 1560–1614)
Lamentations, Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)
Super flumina Babylonis a 4, Giovanni P. da Palestrina (1525–1594)
Inter Vestibulum, Francisco de Peñalosa (c. 1470–1528)
















7 pm Mass - Maundy Thursday

Latin Solemn Mass (Ordinary Form)

Details:
Apr. 18, 7:00 pm
Missa in G, Op. 151, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839–1901)
Ubi Caritas, Paul Mealor (b. 1975)
Domine, tu mihi lavas pedes, Manuel Cardoso (1566 – 1650)
Domine Jesu in qua nocte, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1514–1594)
Pange lingua ‘Romano’, Tomas Luis de Victoria (c. 1548–1611)

Choral Tenebrae

Spy Wednesday of Holy Week

Details:
Apr. 17, 7:30 pm  -  St. Cecilia Choir
7:00 pm Meditative Organ Music for Holy Week

Partita on Du frommer Gott, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Partita on Jesu meine freude, Johann Gottfried Walther (1684–1748)

Corrado Cavalli, Organist

7:30 pm Choral Tenebrae

Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday
, Stephanie Martin (b. 1962)
Benedictus Deus Israel, Diego Ortiz (c. 1510– c. 1570)
Christus factus est, Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
Miserere mei, Gregorio Allegri (1582–1652)



—Confessions all evening, beginning at 7:00 pm

*There is no evening Mass, Rosary or St. Monica Novena on Spy Wednesday.

St. Ceciia Choir - 9:30 am Mass - Palm Sunday

Details:
Apr. 14, 9:30 am
Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd (1538–1623)



Ingrediente Domino, George John Malcolm (1917–1997)



St. Luke Passion, Orlando di Lasso (c. 1532–1594)

Emendemus in melius, Cristobal de Morales (c. 1500–1553)



Pater Peccavi, Duarte Lobo (1565–1646)



Miserere, William Byrd (1538–1623)

Men’s Annual Lenten Retreat

Come and deepen your relationship with Christ!

Details:
Apr. 6, 9:45 am
The Knights of Columbus Lafayette Council #361 are once again sponsoring Lenten Retreats for both Men and Women at St. John Cantius Parish.

This annual Lenten retreat day helps men and women deepen their relationship with Christ through talks, time for reflection, and devotions. The retreat includes Mass, conferences, confessions, and a meal. The retreat master will be Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM.

The date of the Men's Retreat is April 6th. You can download registration forms in PDF below.



For more information call Thomas Diez at 773-852-1936 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Checks should be made out to Lafayette Council #361 and can be mailed to:

    F.S. Thomas Diez

    PO Box 2204

    Des Plaines, IL 60017-2204


Our Retreat Master



Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM was born in Columbus, OH, in 1967 and was raised in Canton, OH. He entered Borromeo College Seminary in 1986 where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences in 1989. In 1990, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his Master's degree in Theology at the Washington Theological Union in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.

Fr. Joseph's first assignment after ordination was on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea where he served for four years on mission. Returning to the US in 2001, he has served in various capacities as Parochial Vicar, Military and Hospital Chaplain, and as Pastor.

Most recently, Fr. Joseph worked in Puerto Rico and currently serves as a full-time Minister of the Word and Evangelization for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, religious, and priests.

Fr. Joseph directed the Annual Retreat for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in August of 2018.

Schedule

      9:45 a.m. — Check-in (Church Hall)

      10:00 a.m. — First Conference (Church Hall)

      10:45 a.m. — Confessions (Church)

      11:30 a.m. — Holy Mass & Homily (Church)

      12:30 p.m. — Lunch (Church Hall)

      1:30 p.m. — Second Conference (Church Hall)

      2:15 p.m. — Stations of the Cross/Private Prayer/Confessions (Church)

      3:00 p.m. — Third Conference (Church Hall)

      3:45 p.m. — Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction (Church)



Past Years' Retreats


Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago
Men's Retreat

Resurrection Choir and Orchestra - 12:30 pm Mass

Resurrection Choir & Organ

Details:
Mar. 31, 12:30 pm  -  Fourth Sunday of Lent (“Laetare”)
Messe solennelle in C-sharp minor, Op. 16, Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
Laudate Dominum, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1891)
Parce Domine, Charles-François Gounod (1818–1893)

Sacred Music

Details:
Mar. 31, 9:00 am  -  Fourth Sunday of Lent (“Laetare”)
9:00 am Mass

Organ Music

11:00 am Mass

Organ Music

12:30 pm Mass

Messe solennelle in C-sharp minor, Op. 16, Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
Laudate Dominum, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1891)
Parce Domine, Charles-François Gounod (1818–1893)
Cortège from 24 Pièce in Style Libre n. 2 Op 31, Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
Allegro from Symphony n. 2 Op 20, Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)

Resurrection Choir

The Colours of Antonio Stradivari

Details:
Mar. 30, 7:00 pm  -  Henry Criz, Violin




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Repertoire




Sonata in g minor by G. Tartini
Sonata No. 6 in G Major by W. A. Mozart, K. 301
Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Opus 100 by J. Brahms
Sonata No. 7 in c minor, Opus 30, No. 2, by L. von Beethoven
Sonata in D Major, Opus 94a by S. Prokofiev

About the Musical Artists





Henry Criz
has made successful concert tours in the United States and Europe. Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, he performed in numerous Eastern European and Middle Eastern cities. He made his solo debut at the age of 11 at a youth concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Washington National Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Henry has won the Dasch, Lyon & Healy, and McCormick Foundation Awards, as well as the National federation of Music Clubs Award, which led to a performance at The White House. Broadcasts have included Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) and the Swiss Radio Broadcasting System. He was Concertmaster of the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for nine years, and has been Concertmaster for, and regularly appeared as soloist with, a number of other local orchestras. He completed the Bachelor's and Master's degrees with honors at Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, studying under Morris Gomberg, and was on the faculty there. Currently, he is Director and teacher at his Moraine Music Academy and is a registered financial advisor with Patrick Mauro Investment Advisor, Inc.

Neil Posner has a long musical history. His father and grandfather were pianists, and he started piano lessons with his father at the age of 5, moving to lessons with professional teachers at age 6. After completing undergraduate studies at New York University, he worked several years as a music director and rehearsal pianist on and off-Broadway, and classical (opera, choral and instrumental) accompanist, performing in all the major New York concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Town Hall. He moved to Los Angeles to work as a studio pianist while continuing to play in the pit orchestras for many Broadway shows that came to Los Angeles, including A Chorus Line, Wonderful Town and Barnum, as well as touring with such legendary artists as Peggy Lee and Andy Williams. He continued his work as a classical accompanist, performing with such artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal and David Shostac. When he tired of the touring musician's life, he launched a recording studio that specialized in post-production services, which allowed him to return to his first love: classical accompanying and chamber music. After taking business courses at UCLA to help him manage his growing recording-studio business, he decided to change careers and received his law degree, magna cum laude from Marquette University. Neil practices at the law firm of Much Shelist PC in Chicago, where he is the Chair of the Policyholder's Insurance Coverage Practice Group. Active in philanthropy, he also is Chair of the Board of Directors of Jewish Child & Family Services/JCFS Chicago. And he continues to perform the music that he loves.

Women’s Annual Lenten Retreat

Come and deepen your relationship with Christ!

Details:
Mar. 30, 9:45 am
The Knights of Columbus Lafayette Council #361 are once again sponsoring Lenten Retreats for both Men and Women at St. John Cantius Parish.

This annual Lenten retreat day helps men and women deepen their relationship with Christ through talks, time for reflection, and devotions. The retreat includes Mass, conferences, confessions, and a meal. The retreat master will be Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM.

The date of the Women's Retreat is March 30th. You can download registration forms in PDF below.


For more information call Thomas Diez at 773-852-1936 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Checks should be made out to Lafayette Council #361 and can be mailed to:

    F.S. Thomas Diez

    PO Box 2204

    Des Plaines, IL 60017-2204

Our Retreat Master



Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM was born in Columbus, OH, in 1967 and was raised in Canton, OH. He entered Borromeo College Seminary in 1986 where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences in 1989. In 1990, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his Master's degree in Theology at the Washington Theological Union in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.

Fr. Joseph's first assignment after ordination was on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea where he served for four years on mission. Returning to the US in 2001, he has served in various capacities as Parochial Vicar, Military and Hospital Chaplain, and as Pastor.

Most recently, Fr. Joseph worked in Puerto Rico and currently serves as a full-time Minister of the Word and Evangelization for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, religious, and priests.

Fr. Joseph directed the Annual Retreat for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in August of 2018.

Schedule

      9:45 a.m. — Check-in (Church Hall)

      10:00 a.m. — First Conference (Church Hall)

      10:45 a.m. — Confessions (Church)

      11:30 a.m. — Holy Mass & Homily (Church)

      12:30 p.m. — Lunch (Church Hall)

      1:30 p.m. — Second Conference (Church Hall)

      2:15 p.m. — Stations of the Cross/Private Prayer/Confessions (Church)

      3:00 p.m. — Third Conference (Church Hall)

      3:45 p.m. — Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction (Church)



Past Years' Retreats

Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago
Women's Retreat

Stations of the Cross with the Magnificat Choir

Details:
Mar. 29, 7:30 pm
Join us as we pray the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 29. Between the various stations, the Magnificat choir will sing inspiring Lenten music:

Stabat Mater, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839–1901)
Super Flumina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1514–1594)
Crux Fidelis, Chris Hutchings (b. 1979)
Inter Vestibulum, Francisco de Peñalosa (c. 1470–1528)

Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” at Stations of the Cross

Cantate Domino Choir

Details:
Mar. 22, 7:30 pm  -  Stations of the Cross
Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

Join us for a powerful Lenten reflection on Friday, March 22nd at 7:30 pm—the traditional Stations of the Cross accompanied by Pergolesi's famous "Stabat Mater.”

The Cantate Domino Choir will perform one of the most celebrated works of the composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, his “Stabat Mater”.





The “Stabat Mater” is not only regarded as one of Pergolesi's greatest, but it also was the last he wrote before his death in 1736 at only 26.

This is one of the most beautifully powerful ways to reflect and pray the Stations of the Cross.

This is free, and all are welcome.

The Grinnell Singers in Concert

Details:
Mar. 19, 8:00 pm  -  Free-will donation
The Grinnell Singers




The Grinnell Singers are a group of people who are highly diverse in terms of their backgrounds, interests, and talents, but who are united in their love of singing and their dedication to the choral art. They perform music from a wide variety of traditions and locales — from Brahms to Bluegrass, from Renaissance England to twenty-first century New York. They work hard to craft the very best musical performances together, and as they pursue these high ideals, they are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and supportive for each and every member. In addition to their musical work, the ensemble regularly contributes to the community in the form of volunteer projects.



Each year, the Grinnell Singers complete a concert tour during the first week of spring recess. In past years, they have completed tours to Finland, Estonia, Russia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Their 2012 tour took them into Canada, with concerts in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Toronto, and Montreal, culminating in a concert at Boston University, and in 2013, they travelled to California, with concerts all along the coast, from San Francisco to San Diego.



This year, we have another collaboration planned with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra from the Twin Cities. Together with this professional period-instrument ensemble, we will be presenting three performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and J. S. Bach’s Mass in A Major in Grinnell and in St. Paul and Rochester Minnesota. One of our most illustrious musical alumni, Thomas Meglioranza ’92, will also be joining us as baritone soloist for these concerts. This is the third time that the Grinnell Singers have teamed up with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Our 2017 concerts, under the direction of guest conductor Simon Carrington, were hailed as “superbly nimble and confident” by the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Our first collaboration, on Handel’s Esther was also a joyful and richly rewarding occasion. We are pleased to have this ongoing relationship with this fine ensemble, and their musical director, Jacques Ogg.

Following our Twin-Cities concerts with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra during the first two days of spring break, we will continue on the road, performing concerts on our own on our spring-break tour.

Tallis’s forty-voice motet, Spem in alium has been a signature piece for the Grinnell Singers over the years. It is a great adventure mastering this piece, in which each individual really has to sing with complete independence. There is so much to explore in this rich work of art. One of the most enjoyable things we’ve done is to sing impromptu performances of Spem in alium in resonant acoustics such as state capitol rotundas while on tour. As part of this project, we also plan to create a virtual choir version of our performance.

John Rommereim




John Rommereim is Blanche Johnson Professor of Music at Grinnell College, where he conducts the Grinnell Singers and the Grinnell Oratorio Society and teaches composition. His choral works have been performed by choral ensembles across the U.S., including Magnum Chorum, the Princeton Singers, VocalEssence, Voces Novae, Roomful of Teeth, the Norfolk Festival Choir, and The Rose Ensemble, for whom he served as 2008-09 composer-in-residence. The New York Times praised the “richly expressive” character of his work for voice and piano, Into the Still Hollow (2006). He has collaborated on two theatre works with his colleague at Grinnell, Craig Quintero: Rheingold (2014), and The First Time I Walked on the Moon (2018), which was performed at the Taiwan International Theatre Festival, the Tainan Festival of the Arts, and the BeSeTo Festival in Kwangju, South Korea. His works written in collaboration with flutist Claudia Anderson have been performed at the National Flute Association convention, and internationally by the ZAWA flute duet.



Rommereim’s choral/orchestral work Utopia (2000) was premiered with the Prague Radio Orchestra and the Grinnell Singers, and his choral cycle Convivencia (2006), a six-movement work for choir, string quartet, and harp, based on ancient love poetry from Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions, was premiered by Voces Novae, of Bloomington, Indiana, at a special event co-sponsored by Jewish, Muslim, and Christian organizations. He is the recipient of commissions and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, the Iowa Composers Forum, and the Iowa Arts Council.

He has conducted the Grinnell Singers on concert tours across the U.S., and in Estonia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey. The ensemble has been invited to perform at two regional ACDA conventions. The Grinnell Singers have recorded Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, as well as a CD with Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year as its centerpiece. His translation of Pavel Chesnokov’s seminal treatise, The Choir and How to Direct It is published by Musica Russica.

St. Joseph’s Table

Details:
Mar. 17, 2:00 pm
St. Joseph Table

a beautiful tradition held in honor of Saint Joseph! La Tavola di San Giuseppe--A grand meal, devotions, desserts, and Italian traditions! We will host our annual St. Joseph’s Table on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm in the Church Hall (after the 12:30 pm Mass).

Previous years' celebrations were a huge success with hundreds of parishioners, family and friends coming to honor the 'Foster-Father of Our Lord.' Don't miss it this year!

In the Tradition of the St. Joseph Table, all free will donations will be given to the poor through Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.

The Litany to St. Joseph will be sung after the 12:30 pm Mass and there will be a procession to the Church Hall for the blessing of the Table. There will be a Consecration and Salutations to St. Joseph along with some traditional reenactments of Italian traditions. Please plan on joining us and invite family and friends to honor this Great Saint, the Foster Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Donations of desserts and bottles of wine, red or white would be greatly appreciated.

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View photos from previous years' Saint Joseph's Table

The Willows Academy Chamber Choir

Details:
Mar. 17, 11:00 am
Missa Seraphica, Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC
Nunc tempus acceptabile, Paul French
In Monte Oliveti, G.B. Martini
Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, J. J. McGrath
Create in me a clean heart, Carl F. Mueller



The Willows Academy Chamber Choir
Claudia Vining - Director

Live Theater Drama: Tolton from Slave to Priest Matinee

Details:
Mar. 9, 2:00 pm
Parish Hall
Tickets: $15 or $10 Seniors and Students

Tickets will be available Monday, February 18th!

The nationally-acclaimed live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, America’s first Black priest, is coming to Chicago. Tolton: From Slave to Priesttells the moving story of Chicago's first possible saint. It is an inspiring drama that brings to life the holiness and forgiveness so desperately needed in today's world.

Produced by the award-winning Leonardo Defillippis of St. Luke Productions, Tolton: From Slave to Priest, has been seen in cities across America.

“I found Tolton to be a wonderful statement of faith and perseverance. The script is excellent, laced with the right passages from the scriptures to keep it grounded in Tolton's faith.

The performance is so rich in telling this compelling story. People were genuinely moved—they had never seen anything like it.”

—Bishop Joseph N. Perry

Tickets will be available soon!



Augustus Tolton


Father Augustus Tolton was the first identified black American ordained to the priesthood in the United States. He was born into slavery and escaped to freedom with his mother and siblings under harrowing circumstances. Throughout his life he displayed a great devotion to the Lord and the Catholic faith despite facing racism within the Church at nearly every turn. Still, he felt and preached that the Catholic Church's teaching that all people are children of God regardless of race made it the true church for African Americans in the United States following the Civil War.

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Live Theater Drama: Tolton from Slave to Priest

Details:
Mar. 8, 7:30 pm
Parish Hall
Tickets: $15 or $10 Seniors and Students

Tickets will be available Monday, February 18th!

The nationally-acclaimed live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, America’s first Black priest, is coming to Chicago. Tolton: From Slave to Priesttells the moving story of Chicago's first possible saint. It is an inspiring drama that brings to life the holiness and forgiveness so desperately needed in today's world.

Produced by the award-winning Leonardo Defillippis of St. Luke Productions, Tolton: From Slave to Priest, has been seen in cities across America.

“I found Tolton to be a wonderful statement of faith and perseverance. The script is excellent, laced with the right passages from the scriptures to keep it grounded in Tolton's faith.

The performance is so rich in telling this compelling story. People were genuinely moved—they had never seen anything like it.”

—Bishop Joseph N. Perry

Tickets will be available soon!



Augustus Tolton


Father Augustus Tolton was the first identified black American ordained to the priesthood in the United States. He was born into slavery and escaped to freedom with his mother and siblings under harrowing circumstances. Throughout his life he displayed a great devotion to the Lord and the Catholic faith despite facing racism within the Church at nearly every turn. Still, he felt and preached that the Catholic Church's teaching that all people are children of God regardless of race made it the true church for African Americans in the United States following the Civil War.

More about the cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton »

Ash Wednesday

Details:
Mar. 6, 7:30 pm

    Mass Schedule

    7:00 a.m. Ordinary Form (English)
    8:00 a.m. Extraordinary Form (Latin Low Mass)
    12:00 p.m. Ordinary Form (English)

    7:30 p.m. Extraordinary Form High Mass (Latin)
    (Cantate Domino Choir)

    *Confessions are heard before and during each Mass.
Ash Wednesday Chicago"Remember that thou art dust and unto dust Thou shall return"

These are the words said by the priest as he imposes ashes in the form of a cross on the head of each person who comes forth. The ashes are a visible sign to us of our mortality, our need for always seeking a conversion of heart and the need to do acts of penance for ourselves and the world. The ashes are a Biblical symbol of repentance, sorrow, and humility.

There are many cases in the Scriptures of wearing ashes as a sign of penitence, often while wearing sackcloth. In 2 Samuel 13:19, Tamar puts on ashes and tears her clothes as a sign of sadness and repentance. In Esther 4:1-3, after learning of the king’s decree to kill all Jews, Mordecai tears his garments, and puts on sackcloth and ashes. His fellow Jews do the same thing, as well as beginning to fast. The prophet Jeremiah (6:26) urges his readers to “gird on sackcloth and roll in ashes.”

Ashes are an outward expression of our need to begin again.




The Cantate Domino Choir will sing at the 7:30pm Mass

Missa Seraphica, Rev. Scott Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
Adoramus te, Op. 96, No. 2, Josef Rheinberger (1839–1901)
Inclina Domine, Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Ave Verum, Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)





Sacred Music

Details:
Mar. 3, 9:00 am
9:00 am Mass

Organ Music

11:00 am Mass

Missa V in D, Johann Valentin Rathgeber (1682–1750)
Sub tuum praesidium, MH 654, Johann Michael Haydn (1739–1806)
Ave Maria, MH 72, Johann Michael Haydn (1739–1806)
Adagio in E, Franck Bridge (1879 – 1941)
Alleluia, Giuseppe Rosetta (1901 – 1985)

Resurrection choir and orchestra



12:30 pm Mass

Organ Music




Silent Film Matinee: Why Worry?

Details:
Feb. 24, 3:00 pm  -  Silent Film - Sunday Matinee
Join us for this 1923 silent comedy classic accompanied live by our 1927 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ! Sunday, February 24th at 3:00 pm. This film is our continuing series in collaboration with The Silent Film Society of Chicago.

You can enjoy silent comedy legend Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston in this vintage 1923 silent comedy classic. The film will beaccompanied live on by the legendary Jay Warren, of The Silent Film Society of Chicago. Refreshments will be available for purchase at this family fun event.





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Sacred Music

Details:
Feb. 24, 9:00 am  - 
9:00 am Mass

Organ Music

11:00 am Mass

Organ Music

A Trumpet Minuet, Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942)
Fatemi la grazia, Marco Enrico Bossi (1861 – 1925)
Reverie, Alfred Jethro Silver (1870 – 1935)
Canzona, Domenico Zipoli (1688 – 1726)

12:30 pm Mass

Choral Music

Missa Laetatus Sum, Charles d’Helfer (1598–1661)
Exsultate Justi, Ludovico da Viadana (1560–1627)
Oculi Omnium, Charles Wood (1866–1926)

Magnificat Choir

Organ Music

Adagio, Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981) or Fatemi la grazia, Marco Enrico Bossi (1861 – 1925)
La Béatitude, Charles Piroye (1662 - 1730)


Presentation with Author Joyce Duriga

Details:
Feb. 22, 7:30 pm
Parish Hall
Admission: free will offering
"America has been called the most enlightened nation. We will see if it deserves the honor. If America has never seen a Negro priest, it will see one now." —Cardinal Giovanni Simeoni, 1886
Join us for a lecture and visual presentation on a new official biography of Fr. Augustus Tolton by author, Joyce Duriga. The presentation will feature exclusive photos by award winning photographer, Karen Callaway. Karen has documented the places found throughout Fr. Tolton's life, as well as the steps now being taken toward his much hoped for canonization.

Joyce Duriga speaking on Father Tolton
Joyce Duriga will be presenting on her new book "Augustus Tolton"

Joyce Duriga worked closely with Bishop Joseph Perry, the Diocesan Postulator for the Cause of Father Augustus Tolton, in producing this official biography on the life of Father Tolton. She has served as editor of Chicago Catholic, the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago, since 2007. Prior to coming to Chicago, she was the associate editor of Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newsweekly. Her work appears regularly in local, regional, and national publications.