Sunday, May 13, 2018

We Like What You've Done With The Place

Yes, I was snapping a gratuitous shot of Kathy as we were warming up this morning for our only visit to St. Peter Canisius this season, but I also wanted to take note of the nice new tile floor there. We could actually hear ourselves, and in the congregation, Sandy remarked we sounded much more alive than when sound-deadening, wall-to-wall carpet was the rule. Great job, Fr. Edgar Villanueva and Deacon Russ Bergin, among others!

However, Sandy adds the job may ultimately go for naught. The sanctuary is far too small for St. Peter's growing congregation; for example, the parish has 600 children enrolled in CCD (this is ultimately what is called a Happy Problem). Word is the Diocese of Reno may authorize a new church to be built on the property because it would be less expensive than bringing the current structure up to code. This sounds like a long-range project, but it's still exciting to hear, and maybe RPC will be a small part of that effort at this traditionally Hispanic parish.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Quick Hits


  • Organize. Your. Music. Few things bug Kathy as much as not knowing where you put your music, with the possible exception of telling her, "You never gave it to me." Warmup before Mass is not the time to put your music together; I actually organize mine during rehearsal. We simply will not have time for a lot of fumbling for music at St. Peter Canisius this Sunday.
  • Mark your music. Note horizontal episemas, dotted puncti, liquescents [1], when to watch Kathy (besides always), and troublesome notes. If you really want to impress Kathy, strike out a couple notes in each phrase of our chants where you will take a breath. In pencil, please!
  • Reminder from Kathy: No perfume or cologne. Many in our choir are overly sensitive to fragrances, and by "many," I mean Kathy.
  • I do not have the time to post the videos or mp3s of our upcoming Mass pieces, so I will not be doing so any longer. If you would like to take this on, I welcome the help; there can be more than one webmaster for this site.
  • Hosanna for the return of tenor Barbara Fanaris from the disabled list! We'll take any time she can give us, and continue to pray for her.
[1] If you have no idea what those are, please review this and this.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

One More Gig

Bass Zac Lunt's sister Shelbe will be graduating on Saturday, June 9 at 1 PM at the Cathedral. Anyone who can sing for the graduation, please let Kathy know. She needs all the singing bodies she can get.

I like to refer to myself as a "switch hitter" who can sing tenor or bass, but Zac is even more of one. He can sing with us or, at a moment's notice, get pulled from the Cathedral choir loft to be an altar server! It's already happened at least once this season.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Requiescant in Pace

On April 26, bass Tim Rhodes lost his mother, Dolly Rhodes (above), suddenly. We pray she joins his father among the heavenly choir. I apologize for not posting about it until now; I was on the other side of the country. There is a GoFundMe account for her started by Tim's niece, Jackie Mullen:
Our grandma, Dolly Rhodes, had a wonderful life full of love and laughter. She was on vacation to visit family and for her grandaughters wedding in Vermont when she passed away last night April 26,  2018. We want to send her home so she can be buried next to our grandpa- her last wish... Please help us make this come true. She was one of the sweetest, most loving people and we want so badly to make this happen for her.
Also, we sang an unplanned a cappella Mass today because our organist, Jennifer Cotter, lost her grandmother, Olga Wascher, on Tuesday, May 1. She is in Wisconsin for the funeral.

Please keep Tim, Jennifer, her husband Bill, and their families in your prayers. Here is a different prayer for the souls of Dolly and Olga:
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that the souls of Thy servants and handmaidens, the memory of whom we keep with special reverence, and for whom we are bidden and are bound to pray, and the souls of all our benefactors, relatives and connections, and all the faithful, may rest in the bosom of Thy saints; and hereafter, in the resurrection from the dead, may please Thee in the land of the living. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday, April 23, 2018

May 6: 6th Sunday of Easter

("I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete." -John 15:11)

4 PM at the Cathedral. This kicks off a busy stretch for us.

Introit: Vocem jucunditatis

KyrieGloriaSanctusAgnus Dei: Mass VIII

Credo III

Offertory: Benedicite gentesLove Divine, All Loves Excelling

Communio: Ego vos elegi de mundo, Ubi Caritas (Durufle)

Recessional: Hail, Redeemer, King Divine

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watch Kathy, Mark Your Music, And Wash Your Hands. (Not Necessarily In That Order)

Yet another wave of sickness is tearing through the choir, and it's reportedly a virus, meaning antibiotics won't be any use against it. Nurse Kathy, who does not have a medical degree but did stay at a Holiday Inn Express, says the best thing you can do to prevent illness from spreading is to wash your hands frequently. Nurses who do have medical degrees always wash their hands when entering and leaving a hospital room.

The Centers for Disease Control explain why handwashing is so important; one reason is to make antibiotics more effective. I hope it is utterly redundant for me to say you need to do so after going to the bathroom, even the nice clean ones where we rehearse. The Mayo Clinic adds that you may be washing your hands incorrectly; one big no-no is antibacterial soap, which can give rise to antibiotic-resistant "superbugs."

Until now, I had always washed my hands with hot water, but then I was wondering why my hands were so chapped and dry, especially in our arid climate. It turns out, as the Mayo article says, cold or warm water is best for handwashing. My resident (registered and soon to have her master's) nurse informs me hot water opens the pores too much and causes the skin to crack, allowing more bacteria to enter.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Apr. 22: 4th Sunday of Easter

4:15 PM at the Cathedral.

Introit: Misericordia Domini

KyrieGloria (mp3), SanctusAgnus Dei: Mass VIII

Credo III

Offertory: Deus, Deus meus; The King Of Love (SMH)

Communio: Ego sum pastor bonusAngelus Autem Domini (in key of F; we're singing in key of G)

Recessional: At The Lamb's High Feast We Sing (SMH)