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St. Cecilia Choir & Orchestra at 12:30 pm Mass

Feast of the Sacred Heart - External Solemnity

Jun. 25, 12:30 pm  -  Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form
Jubiläumsmesse (Missa in Honorem St. Ruperti), Johann Michael Haydn

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass (Extraordinary Form)

Solemnity of Corpus Christi, External Solemnity

Jun. 18, 11:00 am  -  Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form (1962 Missale Romanum) and Eucharistic Procession
Lord Nelson Mass, Franz Joseph Haydn
Salve Regina, mater misericordiae, Op. 47, D. 223, Franz Schubert
Tantum ergo, KV 197, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Note that the 11:00 am Mass will be a Solemn High Mass celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Mass will be concluded with a Solemn Eucharistic Procession. There is no 12:30 pm
Mass today.

Songs of the Spirit

Schola Magdalena

Jun. 4, 3:00 pm  -  Featuring Gregorian chant, medieval polyphony, and new music
Hear music of Hildegard of Bingen, Machaut, Dunstable, Dufay, Binchois, new Canadian works by Stephanie Martin and Emily Walker

About the Director

Stephanie Martin is professor of music in the School for Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Formerly director of music at the historic church of Saint Mary Magdalene, and conductor of Pax Christi Chorale, she now focusses her creative energies on writing music, especially for choirs and orchestra. She has been commissioned by choirs across Canada, the USA and Europe. Visit her website at for works and upcoming events.

About the Choir

Schola Magdalena, now celebrating 10 years together, is a group of six women devoted to singing liturgical music of the middle ages and modern period. Their two CDs are available on iTunes and after the concert today.

Resident ensemble at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, they frequently tour in Canada, giving workshops and concerts. They are very grateful to Fr Scott and the parish of St John Cantius for their hospitality in hosting us this weekend in Chicago. Visit our website at


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St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form

Jun. 4, 12:30 pm  -  Solemnity of Pentecost
Missa Chicagoensis, Stephanie Martin
Dum complerentur dies Pentecostes, Stephanie Martin
Alleluia, Randall Thompson

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Latin High Mass (Extraordinary Form)

May. 28, 12:30 pm  -  Ascension of Our Lord (External Solemnity)
Missa ‘Nasce la gioja mia,’ Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Jubilate Deo universa terra, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Coelos ascendit hodie, Op. 38, No. 2, Charles Villiers Stanford
O King of Glory, Healey Willan

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

May. 28, 11:00 am  -  Ascension of Our Lord, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)
Missa ‘Nasce la gioja mia,’ Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Jubilate Deo universa terra, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Coelos ascendit hodie, Op. 38, No. 2, Charles Villiers Stanford
O King of Glory, Healey Willan

Resurrection Choir and Orchestra sing for 12:30 pm High Mass

Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving offered by the newly ordained Rev. Trenton Rauck, S.J.C.

May. 21, 12:30 pm  -  Today's Music is made possible by a Gift from the Stella Maris Fund
Missa Solemnis in C major (Dominicusmesse), KV 66, W. A. Mozart
Ecce Sacerdos, Rev. Scott Haynes, S.J.C.
Dixit Dominus (from Vesperae solennes de confessore kv 339), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Hallelujah, Ludwig van Beethoven

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

May. 14, 11:00 am
Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Palestrina
O Sacrum Convivium, Peter Mathews
Sing ye to the Lord, Edward C. Bairstow

Corrado Cavalli in Concert

May. 7, 3:00 pm
Healey Willan (1883 – 1968)
Prelude and fugue in c minor

Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
Cathédrales from Pièces de Fantasie, Suite n. 4, op. 55, n. 3

Charles-Marie Widor (1844 – 1937)
Symphonie IV, op. 13, n. 4
1. Toccata
2. Fugue
3. Andante cantabile (Dolce)
4. Scherzo
5. Adagio
6. Finale

Jan Sibelius (1865 – 1957)
Valse Triste, op. 44 (arr. C. Cavalli)

Léon Boëllmann (1862 – 1897)
Suite Gothique, op. 25

About the Concert Artist

Corrado Cavalli is Organist at St John Cantius Parish Church in Chicago.

He began his musical studies with P.Tarallo (piano). He continued organ studies at the National Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin under professors G. Cagnani, L. Fornero. He graduated in 2006 and won as best organ performance the Turin National Conservatory’s prize “ C. Silipo” because of his high marks and being awarded a diploma. He was awarded 2 Master’s Degrees from the Turin National Conservatory in organ, summa cum laude, and in Choir Conducting and Choral Composition, summa.

He attended master-classes held by the famous professors L. Tagliavini, L. Robillard, L. Lohmann and others, of the courses took place in the prestigious “Haarlem International Academy for organists” (the Netherlands). In the choral field, he studied Choir conducting at the course sponsored by the Italian Choirs’ Federation (FENIARCO).

In 2007 he won the 12th National Organ Competition “Città di Viterbo” (Pinchi Prize) in the concertists section. In 2003 he won, in the students section, the 8th edition of the same competition.

He performs in many international festivals in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, U.K, Poland, Principauté de Monaco, Slovakia and in the USA. He played with several vocal and instrumental ensembles with the Italian National Symphonic Orchestra of Rai, the French “Ensemble Orchestral des Alpes et de la Mer,” the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. He played Poulanc’s organ concerto with the symphonic orchestra of the National Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” of Turin.

He was invited to play the reopening concert of the great organ of the Turin conservatory’s Concert Hall before Turin’s cultural Ministry.

He recorded for the Effatà and Elledici and Elegia Records music labels and published for Biretta Books in Chicago and for Italian editions “Armeiln musica” and "Musica Practica".

He has been for four years the director of the high-school choir "In...canto".

As musicologist and professor he holds master-classes and Lectures about the organ music in Torino and in Italy from the XIX century to present days.

He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Resurrection Choir and Orchestra sing for 12:30 pm High Mass

May. 7, 12:30 pm  -  Today's Music is made possible by a Gift from the Stella Maris Fund
Mass in D, Op. 86, Antonín Dvořák
Regina Caeli, MH 80, Michael Haydn

“Ben Hur” (1925) Silent Film

Apr. 30, 3:00 pm
Hear Jay Warren of the Silent Film Society of Chicago accompany the 1925 silent film classic "Ben Hur" on the 1926 Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ in the Church Hall of St. John Cantius.

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$5 (kids 12 and under)

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St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Apr. 30, 12:30 pm  -  Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form
Missa Ego flos campi, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (c.1590 - 1664)
Alleluia, Christus surrexit, Anerio
Haec Dies, Charles Wood

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Quasimodo Sunday

Apr. 23, 12:30 pm  -  Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form
Missa Sancti Gabrielis, MH 17, Johann Michael Haydn
Regina Caeli, KV 127, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Resurrection Choir and Orchestra sing for 12:30 pm High Mass

Apr. 16, 12:30 pm  -  Easter Sunday
Mass in F, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Terra Tremuit, Joseph Von Eybler (1765-1846)

Regina Caeli, Ferdinand Schubert (1794-1859)

Jesus Christ is Risen Today, arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC

Magnificat Choir sings for 10:30 am Mass

Apr. 16, 10:29 am

10 pm Easter Vigil, St. Cecilia Choir

Celebrated by Bishop Joseph Perry

Apr. 15, 10:00 pm  -  Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)
Mass in B Flat, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

When Mary Through the Garden Went, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Attending this Mass fulfills the obligation for Easter Sunday. There is no 8:30 am Mass or 5 pm Mass on Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017

Holy Saturday - Midnight Bright as Day!

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The darkened church, illumined tentatively by the single flame of the Easter Candle, comes to full brilliance as the Resurrection of Christ is proclaimed. The light reveals many things, among them the faithful followers of Jesus who hoped when all hope seemed abandoned. Will you join us for the greatest joy that we can know in this life? As part of the liturgy for this night, we celebrate the new life born from baptismal waters and we renew our own promise to walk the Road to Life Eternal. Hasten with us to an empty tomb that can empty all tombs!

This is the night that with a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin. … This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld.
—Easter Exultet, 5th Century

3pm Good Friday Service, St. Cecilia Choir

Apr. 14, 3:00 pm  -  Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
2:30 pm Confessions begin and continue through the Liturgy.


Passio Domini Jesu Christi secundum Ioannem, Diogo Dias Melgás (1638-1700)


Timor et Tremor, Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)


Improperia, Tomás, Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 –1611)

The Reproaches, Healey Willan (1880-1968)

O vos omnes, Pablo Casals (1873-1973)

Crux Fidelis, TBA


Stabat Mater, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525–1594)

Ave Verum, William Byrd (1543-1623)

After the 3 pm Good Friday Liturgy we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Novena.
Additional Confessions will be heard after the 3 pm Good Friday Liturgy.

Good Friday - In the Afternoon it is Night

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We are startled to see the sacred ministers prostrate themselves before a bare altar. Then a veiled cross is gradually uncovered as “Behold the wood of the cross on which hung the Savior of the world! Come let us adore Him!” is sung three times. How do we adore the broken Body of Christ? Are we moved to adore Him? Can we hope, believe?

Tree, which solely wast found worthy the world's Victim to sustain. Harbor from the raging tempest! Ark, that saved the world again! Tree, with sacred blood anointed of the Lamb for sinners slain.
—Crux Fidelis, 6th Century

7 pm Mass, St. Cecilia Choir, Holy Thursday

Apr. 13, 7:00 pm  -  Holy (“Maundy”) Thursday, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)
Missa octo vocum, Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

Anthems at the Mandatum, Nicholas White (b. 1967)

Ubi Caritas, Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)

O Salutaris Hostia, Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977)

O bone Jesu, Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)

Pange Lingua, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Holy Thursday - Night of Gifts and a Garden

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The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening brings us the supreme gift of the Holy Eucharist, which immerses us in Divine Love and emboldens us to follow carefully and constantly Our Lord’s command: “Love one another as I have loved you.” The external joy of these gifts seems quickly suspended as we follow Our Lord to the Garden of Gethsemane. The church bells that so boisterously pealed early in this Mass are replaced by the dull, wooden sound of “clackers.” We hear Our Lord’s question to us, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” Can we? Will we?

Tenebrae for Spy Wednesday, 7:00 pm, St. Cecilia Choir

Apr. 12, 7:00 pm
Spy Wednesday of Holy Week
There is no 7:30 pm Mass tonight.

7:00 pm Organ Recital of Meditative Music for Lent
Corrado Cavalli, Organist of St. John Cantius Church

Chorale preludes from “11 Chorale-Vorspiele” op 122, Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
"Mein Jesu, der du mich," Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
"O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen," Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Passacaglia, Koraal en Fuga on “Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten,” Cornelis de Wolf (1880 – 1935)
Chorale preludes from “11 Chorale-Vorspiele” op 122, Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
"Herzlich tut mich verlangen," Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
"O Welt, ich muss dich lassen," Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

7:30 pm Choral Tenebrae Service
St. Cecilia Choir


Responsoria pro Hebdomada Sancta, ZWV 55, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)

Benedictus, Cantus Gregorianus

Christus Factus Est, Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)

Miserere Mei, Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652)

At Tenebrae (Latin for “shadow” or “darkness”), we anticipate Christ’s suffering and death. Gradually all lights in the church are extinguished. The disappearance of the last light is accompanied by the startling strepitus, a great noise and shaking reminding us not only of the earthquake at Calvary but also of the cataclysmic effects of Our Lord’s Sacrifice of Himself.

St. Cecilia Choir sings for Palm Sunday Mass at 9:30 am

Ordinary Form, Roman Rite, Latin High Mass

Apr. 9, 9:30 am  -  Palm Sunday
Mass begins at 9:30 am.
The 9 am and 11 am Masses are combined on Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form) - 9:30 am

Ingrediente Domino, George Malcom

Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Passio Domini Jesu Christi secundum Matthaeum, Orlando di Lasso

Crucifixus a 8, Antonio Lotti

O Vos Omnes, Peter Mathews

Ave Verum, Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Note: The early Mass on Palm Sunday starts at 7:00 am (30 minutes earlier than on most Sundays of the year), but the Tridentine Latin High Mass begins, as usual, at 12:30 pm on Palm Sunday.

Men’s Annual Lenten Retreat

Come and deepen your relationship with Christ!

Apr. 1, 9:45 am
The Knights of Columbus Lafayette Council #361 is sponsoring Lenten Retreats for both Men and Women at St. John Cantius Parish at 825 N Carpenter St., Chicago IL.

The Men's retreat will be held on Saturday, April 1. The retreat includes Mass, Conferences, Confessions and a Meal. Come and deepen your relationship with Christ! The retreat master will be Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R.

The minimum suggested donation is $30 and includes lunch. You don't need to be enrolled in the Knights of Columbus to attend.
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


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

      10 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 p.m. — Third Conference (Church Hall)

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