Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Et In Terra Pax Hominibus Bonae Voluntatis

A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all members and supporters of Regina Pacis Cantorum.

Monday, December 16, 2013

On A Lighter Note

Reno erat Rudolphus

This has been making the rounds of the interwebs. Who knew Reno was an actual Latin word? Not this former Latin scholar.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Prayers Please

For Phyllis Young, who had gall bladder surgery today.

For Kristin, Tim, and all other members of RPC who are under the weather. (Remember: call Kathy and stay home if you're sick! No sense in infecting the rest of the choir.)

And in a related prayer, for there to be enough basses to sing on Christmas morning.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cancellation and Rescheduling


It has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 AM. If you haven't done so already, please inform Kathy whether you can make it or not, yea or nay.

Until then, snow tires or chains are required on all propers.

Monday, December 2, 2013

From the RPC Snow Panic Desk

Courtesy of winter storm Cleon (whatever), snow is in the forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 3), albeit mostly in the morning. Herewith Kathy's thoughts on the subject:
Conditions vary widely depending upon where you live.  It is not uncommon to have several inches of snow at my place in Mogul and for there to be dry conditions or just a dusting of snow in town or elsewhere.  Our membership is really spread out: Mogul/Somerset, Panther Valley, Hidden Valley, Washoe Valley, Spanish Springs and everything in between.  In addition, there are varying levels of driving skill and ability to safely drive in less than good conditions.

I really cannot completely cancel rehearsals at this point.  There are only three remaining before Christmas.  So, you have to make your own call.  What I do require is that you let me know if you decide not to come to rehearsal.  Don’t be alarmed if I do not answer the phone, especially if you call after 5 PM on Tuesday. . . . Just leave a message. 
By the way, these announcements just in (oh, I'm sorry, just "een") to the RPC Snow Panic Desk:
  • Solesmes Monastery, all evening classes cancelled.
  • Torculus Middle School, opening two hours late.
  • Podatus (lighten up on the) High, opening two hours late.
  • Kevin Allen's School of Really Complicated Ordinaries, opening two hours late.
  • Oregon Catholic Press, liberal leave policy in effect, and all evening Kumbaya hand-holding group singings cancelled.
  • Nuemes On Wheels will not operate, so use your emergency "four-hymn sandwiches."
If you must chant today, take it extremely slow. :-)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dec. 15: Third (Gaudete) Sunday of Advent

At the Cathedral, 5 PM. (Check back for updates.)

Introit: Gaudete in Domino

Offertory: Benedixisti

Communio: Dicite

And for Christmas:
Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Missa O Quam Gloriosum

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dec. 1: First Sunday of Advent

At St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, 5 PM.

Introit: Ad te levavi

Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass XVII (remember, we're only doing a 6-fold Kyrie)

Credo III

Offertory: Ad te Domine
Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending

Communio: Dominus dabit
Conditor Alme Siderum

Recessional: Savior of the Nations Come

Saturday, October 19, 2013

At Last! We Sing Some Actual Chant on YouTube

I realized I didn't have an example of us doing an actual chant, so I am now posting the recording we made back in 2010 of Intret oratio mea. Enjoy.

Monday, October 14, 2013

More About The RBE

I was attending a different function at the St. Thomas Aquinas rectory recently when I saw a stack of tickets for the Reno Baroque Ensemble, whom, as you know, is singing with us the evening of All Saints' Day. I thought, "What, are we charging admission to our EF High Mass?"

Not at all. The RBE will be holding a performance in the Cathedral the following evening (Saturday, Nov. 2) at 7:30 PM, featuring, inter alia, the Victoria Missa O Quam Gloriosum and works by Lassus and Monteverdi. Details in the pic above, or here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Gregorian Chant and the 1969 Missal

I'll be posting a few excerpts from the recent chant workshop. I just had to include the clip of us spontaneously singing the campfire Communion song "Sons of God."

The sound comes courtesy of Gwen Linde.

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Our September workshop has been a success. We had more than 40 people take the four-week seminar in Gregorian chant and its role in the liturgy. Thank you all for coming! We hope to see you at a Mass in which Regina Pacis Cantorum sings, or ultimately decide to sing with us, as some of you have.

More importantly, we hope you've gained a new appreciation and understanding for this sacred music which nearly became lost again post-Vatican II, but is seeing a revival in the Church thanks to people like Dr. William Mahrt, Fr. Francisco Nahoe, and Kathy Reinheimer. The next time someone tells you Vatican II did away with chant, you can refer them to the VII document Sacrosanctum Concilium, especially Chapter VI on Sacred Music. I bet he or she never read it, much less heard of it.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

For more on counting the notes in Gregorian chant...

The Liber Usalis (PDF) is a good source, especially beginning on page 20.

(This is a follow-up to Kathy's instruction today on how to count.)

Nov. 1: All Saints' Day (With the Reno Baroque Ensemble)

Edited to include change in the order of music.

Holyday of Obligation. Extraordinary Form High Mass, 6:30 PM at the Cathedral.

Introit: Gaudeamus omnes

Gradual: Timete Dominum

Alleluia: Venite ad me

Offertory Proper: Justorum animae

Communio: Beati mundo corde (antiphon only, no verses)

Post-Communion Motet: Angeli, Archangeli (Gabrieli)

Last Gospel: Ave Maria (Victoria) (changed from Offertory Motet)

The Reno Baroque Ensemble will handle the ordinaries and the Communion motet.

Friday, September 27, 2013

We've Got Company, So Look (But Don't Sing) Sharp

On Friday night, November 1, we'll be joined in singing the Extraordinary Form High Mass for All Saints' Day by the Reno Baroque Ensemble. These fine musicians will sing the ordinaries as well as the communion motet, O Quam Gloriosum. It will be quite an honor for us!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Another Gregorian Chant Tutorial

From Corpus Christi Watershed:

How To Read And Sing Gregorian Chant (Includes pdf's and numerous videos, as well as help with solfege.)

Of course, you can also review the audio of our chant workshops.

(By the way, Solesmes is pronounced "so-LEM.")

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oct. 26: 30th Sunday Of The Year (Eucharistic and Marian Conference)

At Immaculate Conception, Sparks. Call time: 4 PM.

(To those who are new, this is the post I make after we've been given a set of music for a particular Mass. The links are to videos or sound files of the chants/hymns. Anything NOT linked here, I can't find online.)

Introit: Laetetur cor

Kyrie: Mass XI  (Orbis Factor)

Gloria: Mass XI

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor

Gospel Acclamation: Sundays of the Year I

Offertory Proper: O Lord Grant Me Life

Offertory Hymn: The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky #534

Sanctus: Mass XVIII

Memorial Acclamation: We Proclaim Your Death, O Lord

Our Father

Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII

Communio: Laetabimur (antiphon only)

Communion Motet: Domine Non Sum Dignus/Miserere Mei (Victoria)

Recessional: Hail Holy Queen

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Dr. Mahrt Excerpt

Here, he explains the structure of the Offertory proper and how the music fits it. Remember this the next time your Music Group launches into an OCP "classic" during the offertory.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Many Thanks

Thank you, Dr. William Mahrt, for a great talk on "the musical shape of the liturgy"! Maybe you should write a book on that topic.

Oh, that's right, you did.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Audio of the Chant Workshops

Gwen Linde has begun posting the content of the chant workshops that she has recorded here. Thanks for your service and bandwidth, Gwen!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dr. Mahrt Lecture

Before he gives his presentation this Saturday at the workshop, you can hear Dr. William Mahrt speak at UNR on Friday, September 20 at 2 PM in the Church Fine Arts Building, Room 110 or 112. His lecture is free and open to the public. The topic may be the development of polyphonic music from Gregorian chant, but it could be something else.

Service Opportunity: Ride Needed

Can you help drive an RPC member from Reno's Midtown area (S. Virginia Street corridor south of downtown) to Tuesday night rehearsals? If so, please notify Kathy and she'll put you in touch with him. Thanks in advance. (No, that is not he in the picture!)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Our New Season

Culled from Kathy's recent e-mail:

Rehearsals will resume on Tuesday, September 24, 7-9 PM. Please contact Kathy if you need to know where.

The first Mass will be on Saturday, October 26 at Immaculate Conception Church in Sparks for the closing Mass of the Eucharistic and Marian Conference, call time 4:15 PM. Right after that will be Mass on Friday, November 1 in the Extraordinary Form at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, call time approximately 5:45 PM. 

Many more dates will be added.

Other news from Kathy, in her own words:
As you know, we are in great need of new members this choir season and every section can use more voices.  If you are bringing a new person with you, please make sure to notify me as soon as possible so that I can bring music and other materials with me. [...]

Since we will (hopefully) be welcoming several new members, I am trying to hold off on commitments until mid- to late October to give us a chance to help get the new folks more up to speed.  I will be scheduling lots more dates once I have a better sense where we are with our “sound.”

You may also have heard the great news that the Aquinas Choir at the Cathedral now has the services of Dr. Paul Torkelson, head of choral studies at UNR.  This is wonderful all the way around.  Dr. Torkelson will also implement a choir school for children at the Cathedral.  The Aquinas Choir will continue to sing at 9:30 AM on Sundays.  Regina Pacis will sing most of the scheduled Cathedral dates on Sundays at 5 PM (dates TBA).

I look forward to seeing you soon.  Meanwhile, please pray for peace.

Pax Christi,

Kathy Reinheimer

To All The Workshop Participants...

Welcome to the online home of Regina Pacis Cantorum! Whether you decide to join our choir or not, we're happy to have you learning more about Gregorian chant and the importance of preserving this worship/art form.

If you have any questions about the site or the Facebook page (don't forget we have one), or you have a suggestion for a post or link, contact me, Paul, at pault3331 (at) gmail (dot) com (done to deflect spammers).

Feel free to look through our archives, check out our links (both on the left side column), and/or post comments. As the season goes on, I'll post relevant videos for upcoming Masses. This is also where you'll find the latest schedule of events posted.

You can get notifications of the latest posts to the site by using this RSS feed code in your browser or e-mail program:

And if you haven't yet made up your mind: JOIN US . . . JOOOOOOIN USSSSSSSS . . .

Thursday, September 5, 2013

For Those Attending The Chant Workshops

The first of the four is this Saturday, September 7 at 1:30 PM in what is now the charter school building behind St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, W. 2nd and N. Arlington Sts., Room 306 307.

PLEASE. DO. NOT. BE. LATE.  Arrive at 1 or 1:15 if you have to. This isn't a social etiquette request; rather, it's because the building needs to be kept secure and the outside doors will be locked once the class starts (cf. Matthew 25: 1-13). If you know you'll have to be late, please arrange to call someone to let you in. Thanks for helping us out with this important logistic.

Kathy says we have nearly 30 people registered, which is a great number. See you there!

P.S. If you arrive early enough, check out the Cathedral Senior Ministry's rummage sale at the white tent on 606 W. 5th St.

Another RPC'er In The News

Ricky Delacruz, our chiropractic tenor, says Channel 2 (KTVN) dropped by his South Reno office ("The Joint: The Chiropractic Place") to tape him in action. The footage should air on Tuesday, Sept. 10 during the 5:30 PM newscast, so give him a look! That's his lovely girlfriend (and also our soprano) Leslie with him.

ETA: Here's the KTVN story. Also, Ricky will host a ribbon cutting at his office on Tuesday, October 1 at 5 PM. Perhaps you can stop by on your way to rehearsal!

In recent months, soprano Sung Hei Stiebel (mea culpa for misspelling your name!) and alto Patty Dickens have appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Choral Singing: The Natural High

Singing in a choir like RPC can be good for you in more ways than one. From Slate, by Stacy Horn:
Music is awash with neurochemical rewards for working up the courage to sing. That rush, or “singer's high,” comes in part through a surge of endorphins, which at the same time alleviate pain. When the voices of the singers surrounding me hit my ear, I'm bathed in dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is associated with feelings of pleasure and alertness. Music lowers cortisol, a chemical that signals levels of stress. Studies have found that people who listened to music before surgery were more relaxed and needed less anesthesia, and afterward they got by with smaller amounts of pain medication. Music also releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of euphoria and contentment.  “Every week when I go to rehearsal,” a choral friend told me, “I'm dead tired and don't think I'll make it until 9:30. But then something magic happens and I revive ... it happens almost every time.”  
Read the whole excerpt from Horn's book. (HT: Shirley Beasley)

There have been songs about the joy of singing since forever, including the Repleatur which we sometimes chant. Since I'm the webmaster, I'll post two of my more modern favorites:

"I Love To Singa," sung by "Owl Jolson" in an early Warner Brothers cartoon.

"Sing A Song" by Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Text of news release regarding chant classes

Reno, Nevada--This September, Regina Pacis Cantorum, Northern Nevada’s traditional a cappella Gregorian chant and polyphony choir, will be offering the public “The Living Tradition of Gregorian Chant,” a series of four Saturday classes on how—and why—to sing this timeless art form. It will conclude with the singing of a Mass on Saturday, September 28.

Effectively eliminated from most Catholic churches after Vatican II, Gregorian chant has made a comeback in recent years thanks partly to its appeal in popular music. This summer, a chant CD by a group of Benedictine nuns topped the Billboard classical charts. Also, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 encyclical Summorum Pontificum has made the celebration of traditional Latin Masses more accessible. However, chant’s popularity goes well beyond Catholicism, and participants in these classes are not required to be Catholic.

Regina Pacis is privileged to have as one of its presenters Dr. William Mahrt, Stanford University musicology professor, president of the Church Music Association of America, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Gregorian chant. Also presenting the classes will be Father Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv., rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno; Deacon Joe Bell, also of the Cathedral; and Kathy Reinheimer, director of Regina Pacis Cantorum.

WHAT: “The Living Tradition of Gregorian Chant” classes
WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1:30—4:30 PM (with 5 PM Mass following the Sept. 28 class)
WHERE: St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, 310 W. 2nd St., Reno
SUGGESTED DONATION: $25 for the series

Registration is required: those interested in doing so should contact Kathy Reinheimer at 775-345-6106, or e-mail her at bkreinh (at) gbis (dot) com.

St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral website:
Regina Pacis Cantorum website:

Monday, August 19, 2013

And Now A Word From Our Non-Sponsor

I guess Geico will never be a sponsor of Regina Pacis Cantorum. In this commercial, Kathy would definitely side with the gecko and not the engineer over the sound of the "R":

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The September Workshops

From Kathy.  Remember, these are open to the public.
I wanted to make you aware of a series of chant classes coming up the four Saturdays of September at the Cathedral from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.  The classes will consist of a lecture portion (approximately 45 minutes) on the Theology of Worship and Its Music which will be presented by Deacon Joe Bell from the Cathedral, Father Francisco Nahoe, OFM, Conv., and Professor William Mahrt (pictured), President of the Church Music Association of America and one of the world’s leading authorities on Gregorian chant.  There will be an opportunity for questions following the talks.  I will be teaching the “how to do it” portion of the class, which will deal with reading the notation and lots more.

Seating is limited for this class series.  Although the requested donation is $25 total for all four classes, Regina Pacis members may attend for no charge.

Please let me know by August 10 if you want to reserve a place for this series so that I have time to prepare needed materials.  I only need to hear from you if you are going to attend.  [See Kathy's contact information on the right.]

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Putting Our Hearts Into It

If a Swedish study can be believed, the pulses of choir members speed up and slow down at the same rate as they sing in unison, such as when we sing chant.

Read about it for yourself at the Beeb: Choir singers 'synchronise their heartbeats'

HT: Chris Beasley, RPC-er In Exilio

Monday, July 8, 2013

Prayers Please

From Phyllis Young:
Please keep my son Jim, who is in Cairo, Egypt, and all of his students in your thoughts and prayers.
UPDATE: Phyllis reports he and the students returned safely to the U.S.  Thanks for your prayers!

Rehearsing and Not Rehearsing

The unaffiliated scholas that have sung recently haven't gotten much rehearsal time, but have still managed to sound good.  As Kathy likes to say, "The Lord takes care of fools and musicians!"

Maybe we can take a cue from the Marx Brothers about the importance of rehearsing.

An Interesting Perspective On Chant

On Chant Cafe, Adam Wood likes chant for all the wrong reasons, such as:
People say that we shouldn't sing chant because people need familiar music at Mass.
And too many chant-supporters agree that chant is unfamiliar, but say this is a good thing, that people don't need Mass to be "comfortable."
I disagree.
I think that the constant changing of musical styles to fit the trends is a constant source of unfamiliarity and discomfort, and that a stable repertoire of chants would provide the comfort and familiarity that all people long for.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Another Opportunity - Short Fuse

From Kathy, who's at the Salt Lake City Colloquium:
Looks like we need a group for an Extraordinary Form Mass at the Cathedral next week, Wed or Thurs. Will need to rehearse Mon and/or Tues. 
I'll add to this post as I learn more.  Again, this is not an official RPC activity.

UPDATE: We'll be singing for a funeral Thursday, June 27 at 9:30 AM at the Cathedral. If interested/available, contact Kathy. She'll determine a rehearsal time.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Here We Go Again, But In A Good Way

Twenty years ago, the Enigma dance song "Sadeness" (correction: that was 23 years ago) and the Benedictine Monks Chant CD put chant back into the spotlight.

Today, it looks like chant is once again back in pop culture.  The Wall Street Journal features the Benedictines Of Mary, Queen of Apostles nuns, whose chant (and English) CD has topped the Billboard classical charts for five straight weeks.  Oddly enough, it's holding off a classical album based on 50 Shades of Grey. (I'm with you: "Huh?")

Here's the WSJ article: The Nuns At The Top Of The Charts

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Brush-Ups

From what I posted last year (but you should have these already):

Pronouncing Latin vowels (for the purpose of chant).

Pronouncing Latin consonants.

Chant notation.

Chant mechanics.

All eight Gloria Patri settings.

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Summer Opportunity

If you'd like to be part of a schola that sings for First Fridays at Holy Spirit Mission in Washoe Valley this summer, please let Kathy know (see her contact information at right). Normally, Fr. Francisco says the First Friday Extraordinary Form High Mass at the Cathedral, but he'll be "on assignment" for much of the summer.

Rehearsals are usually on Friday afternoons and the High Mass is the first Friday evening of each month. Although most members are also part of RPC, this is not an official RPC activity.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Care And Feeding Of Your Robe

It's been normal practice for RPC members to get their robes cleaned over the summer. You likely have two options for getting out those stains from stepping on the hem (not that I've ever done that!):

Dry clean. This takes the guesswork out of cleaning them, BUT it can cost a lot of money. In fact, one local establishment charged me for my and my wife's robes when I dropped them off . . . and then demanded extra money for me to pick them up! I no longer use the services of that location. Make sure you know exactly what it will cost to have your robe laundered.

Machine wash. Most robes should do OK with Woolite (or equivalent) and the gentle cycle, and then air drying; check the tag if there's one (if there isn't, prepare for a visit by the Tag Police). BUT chances are you'll have to use an iron also. Don't set the iron too hot!

Some members simply reuse a dry cleaning bag to protect their robes. Or you can find a "dress bag" to keep the robe in. Our bag lasted for about 4 years before it got too ripped to use.

Here are some other hints for robe care.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Well, I Guess That Means It's Over

But only until September and the weekend workshops with the great Dr. William Mahrt.

Thanks to all of you for making this a great season, even though it was a challenging one.  We had to deal with difficult pieces and numerous physical and health problems, but we made it.

Once again, we had some great new voices helping us out this year!  Let's pray we get some more for next season.  We also bid hail and farewell to basses Chris Beasley and Eric Olson, although Chris may join us when he can on some of his weekend visits.

Thanks also to Fr. Francisco, Fr. Larry, Fr. Loy, Fr. Guillermo, and the members of their respective parishes, as well as the Be Present Catholic Apostolate (the Eucharistic and Marian Conference folks).

And most of all, thank you to our director Kathy Reinheimer, without whom there'd simply be no Regina Pacis Cantorum.

Have a great summer!
Your obedient Web Guy,

Thursday, May 16, 2013

June 2: Corpus Christi

At the Cathedral at our old time, 11:30 AM.  This is a biggie, which is why we're devoting the rest of our rehearsals to it exclusively.  Bring water and maybe something to snack on (quietly) after Communion.  Note: The order of music may change.

Prelude: Ave Verum (Peeters)

Introit: Cibavit eos

KyrieGloriaSanctus: Mass VIII

Sequence: Last four verses of Lauda Sion

Profession of Faith I (the one that's chanted on one note)

Offertory: Portas coeli

Agnus Dei: Missa O Quam Gloriosum (Victoria)

Communio: Hoc corpus (antiphon only)

Post-Communion: Domine Non Sum Dignus/Miserere Mei (Victoria)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: O Salutaris Hostia

Processional: O God Of Loveliness

Re-Entry: Lauda Sion

Tantum Ergo

Divine Praises (Marier)

Closing: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (S, A, T, B)

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Bring plenty of water on Sunday.  Some forecasts have the temperature as high as 88 that day, great for the Reno River Festival, but not so great for us in the choir loft.  Speaking of the festival, expect parking to be at a premium near the Cathedral on Sunday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May 12: Ascension Thursday Sunday

At the Cathedral, 5 PM.  Also includes the Sacrament of Confirmation by Bishop Calvo, as well as organ accompaniment.

Introit: Viri Galilaei

Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus: Mass VIII

Confirmation: Veni Creator Spiritus (even-numbered verses only)

Offertory: Men of Galilee
Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise (SATB) (same tune as May 5's Christ The Lord Is Risen Today)

Agnus Dei: Monteverdi

Communio: Psallite Domino

Motet: If Ye Love Me (Tallis) -- SATB

Recessional: Alleluia! Sing To Jesus

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Go Forth And Recruit

Sadly, our ranks are about to be depleted with the departure of some dear members, albeit for good reasons.  This will leave the soprano and bass sections especially thin.

Find some friends, relatives, or neighbors who'd like to join us!  You'll never know unless you ask.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Peace Which Passes All Understanding

Please pray for the Reinheimer family in their time of loss.  If you didn't hear after yesterday's Mass, Kathy's brother-in-law--whom some of us met--was found dead in his Chicago home.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May 5: 6th Sunday of Easter

At St. Peter Canisius, 8 AM.

Introit: Vocem jucunditatis

Kyrie: Haller

Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass I

Offertory: Come Ye Faithful Raise The Strain

Communion: If Ye Love Me (Tallis) -- S, A, T, B

Closing: Christ The Lord Is Risen Today -- S, A, T, B  (Thanks, Choirparts!)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Utterly Senseless

Keep in your prayers the choir and parishioners of St. Jude Thaddeus in Albuquerque, NM, where a man stabbed four choir members.  From the AP:
Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says a man in his 20s jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack.
The injuries to the four church-goers weren't life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals.
Numerous parishioners subdued the attacker and held him down until police arrived. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Apr. 28: 5th Sunday of Easter

At the Cathedral, 5 PM.  Sorry for the delay in getting this posted.

Introit: Cantate Domino (audio only)

Vidi Aquam (meaning no Kyrie)

Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass VIII

Responsorial: Psalm 145 (Vss. 3 thru 8 only)

Alleluia: Easter, Vs. 5

(Credo III, just in case)

Offertory: Jubilate Deo
Ye Sons and Daughters

Communio: Ego sum vitis vera

Post-Communion: Ubi Caritas (Durufle)

Closing: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Apr. 14: 3rd Sunday of Easter

At the Cathedral, 5 PM.

Introit: Jubilate Deo

Vidi Aquam

Gloria: Mass VIII

Offertory: Lauda anima mea
Come Ye Faithful Raise The Strain

Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass XVII

Communio: Simon Ioannis

Postcommunion: Regina Coeli (Cristobal)

Closing: The Strife Is O'er

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

But Pray For Him Anyway

According to this CNS article, Pope Francis will not be like his predecessor when it comes to chant.  Emphasis mine:
After a musically proficient and polyglot Pope Benedict XVI, it came as a surprise to many that Pope Francis doesn't sing or chant at Mass or speak foreign languages in public.
From his first Mass as pope -- his liturgy with the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel March 14 -- the pope has not chanted or sung during the usual moments of the liturgy, such as before the eucharistic prayer.
His ditching any musical pitch was even more evident during the "Regina Coeli" April 1, when he spoke, rather than intoned, the Marian prayer.
The article goes on to say it could be because of Francis' "husky" voice, or the Jesuit maxim of "nec rubricat, nec cantat," or sloughing off the rubrics and the chant.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Resurrexit Sicut Dixit

Thanks for all the hard work you put into these last few weeks.  Enjoy the time off, and pray that Kathy can shake off her illness with some rest!  See you on Tuesday night the 9th.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Since we've got both Holy Thursday and Easter to prepare for, expect this Tuesday's rehearsal (the 26th) to run late.  Exactly how late, I don't know.  But to compensate, you'll get the following Tuesday off.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Prayers Please

For Kristin Rosenqvist, who continues to battle a myriad of health problems.  St. Dymphna (above), pray for her and us!

Habemus Papam

Let us pray for Francis our Pope, that the Lord may preserve him, give him life, make him blessed upon the earth, and hand not his soul over to his enemies.

V. May Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand.
R. And upon the son of man whom You have confirmed.

Let us pray. O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, You have willed Your servant, Francis, to be the pre-eminent shepherd of Your Church. Graciously look upon him and grant to him, we beseech You, to benefit by word and deed those whom he rules, so that, with the faithful flock, he may come to life eternal. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

HT: Chant Cafe.  Link includes the accompanying chant.

Mar. 31: Easter Sunday

5 PM at the Cathedral.  Extraordinary Form Mass, which means the Spanish Mass will likely be hot on our heels!

Processional: O Filii et Filiae

Vidi Aquam

Introit: Resurrexi

Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Monteverdi Missa

Gradual: Haec Dies

Alleluia, Pascha nostrum

Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes

Credo III

Offertory proper: Terra tremuit

Offertory motet: Terra tremuit (Haller)

Communion proper: Pascha nostrum (antiphon only)

Post-Communion motet: Regina Caeli (Cristobal)

Last Gospel Antiphon: Regina Coeli

Recessional: Ye Sons And Daughters

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lest we forget . . .

. . . to thank Fr. Francisco for a scrumptious Italian dinner at the friary Sunday night!

(Well, we did all sign a REAL card.)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

How To End Up In Kathy's Doghouse

Kathy, our director, is a kind, patient, and classy soul, but even she has her limits.  If you really want to get under her skin, here's how:
  1. Don't show up for rehearsal or Mass without telling her.
  2. Tell her you can't show up for rehearsal or Mass just beforehand when you knew days or even weeks ago you wouldn't be there.
  3. Come to Mass without your music in order.
  4. Don't review the music between rehearsals or before coming to Mass.
  5. Come late to rehearsal or call time without a good reason.
  6. Tell her she never gave you that piece of music . . . when she did.
  7. Anticipate the "s" at the end of a phrase.
  8. Use the American "r", such as in "Glorrrrrrrria".
  9. Get louder atop a podatus.
  10. Double the note on a salicus.
Did I miss any?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Mar. 28: Holy Thursday

At Holy Spirit Mission, 6 PM.

Introit: Nos Autem

KyrieGloria (mp3 only), SanctusAgnus Dei: Mass IV

Gradual: Christus Factus Est

Antiphons for the Washing of the Feet:
  • Mandatum novum do vobis
  • Postquam surrexit Dominus
  • Dominus Jesus
  • Domine, tu mihi lavas pedes
  • Si ego Dominus
  • In hoc cognoscent omnes
  • Maneant in vobis
  • Ubi caritas
can all be found here.

Offertory Proper: Dextera domini

Offertory Motet: Christus factus est (Ebner)

Communion: Dominus Jesus

Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament: Pange Lingua

Stripping of altar: Psalm 21 (alternate verses between cantor and all)


Mar. 17: Fifth Sunday of Lent

At St. Peter Canisius, 8:30 AM.

Introit: Judica me

KyrieSanctusAgnus Dei: Mass XVII

Offertory: Attende Domine

Communion: Vere Languores Nostros

Closing: O Sacred Head Surrounded

Friday, March 1, 2013

Mar. 15: Stations of the Cross

At the Cathedral, 6:30 PM.  And at St. Rose of Lima, Fri. Mar. 22, 6 PM.

O Sacred Head Surrounded

Stabat Mater

The Seven Last Words

Vere Languores Nostros

Mar. 10: Laetare Sunday (4th Sunday of Lent)

5 PM at the Cathedral.  NOTE: You should already have from Kathy all the music you need through Easter Sunday.  If not, contact her ASAP.

Introit: Laetare Ierusalem

Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass XVII

Offertory: Laudate Dominum
Attende Domine

Communio: Lutum fecit

Motet: O Jesu Christe

Closing: O Sacred Head Surrounded

Remember: Dinner with Fr. Francisco afterward!

Sede Vacante

The Chair of St. Peter is now vacant, as represented by the above logo.  All blessings be upon Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI, whose Summorum Pontificum in 2007 made it far easier to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Therefore, we pray the Collect for the Election of the Supreme Pontiff
(From the Votive Mass Pro Eligendo Summo Pontifice):
O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless mercy Thou wouldst grant the most Holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government may be ever honored by Thy people for the glory of Thy name. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son who with Thee livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sacred Music Colloquium XXIII

The colloquium's staying in Salt Lake City this June, meaning it's quite reachable for us.  Information here.  Last year, the question may have been, who from RPC didn't go?

And who's up for lobbying for it to come to Reno next year?

Want. Or at least desire.

Check out the features of the CMAA's Parish Book of Chant.  It seems to go the Liber Cantualis a few better.

Now, again, we just need the ducats to buy some.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Feb. 24: Second Sunday of Lent

At the Cathedral, 5 PM

Introit: Reminiscere

Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass XVII

Offertory: Meditabor in mandatis tuis
Lord Jesus, Think On Me

Communio: Visionem quam vidistis (antiphon only)

Motet: Vere Languores Nostros

Closing: O God Of Loveliness

All My Latkes, I Will Send To You

Another sighting of an RPC member in the RGJ!

(photo credit: Susan Skorupa)

Our own Patty Dickens is helping out with a Beatle-esque celebration of the Jewish Feast of Purim, aka the Beatles Purimspiel.  Read the story here and event details here.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Requiescat in Pace

Msgr. Leo McFadden has gone on to his eternal reward.  According to Kathy, the former pastor of Our Lady of the Snows parish had been Regina Pacis' staunchest supporter.  She adds:
I have no idea, at this point, what (if anything) will be asked of Regina Pacis regarding his funeral Mass.  I don’t even know where it will be.  Clearly, his preference would be Our Lady of the Snows but there is bound to be a large gathering and the church simply may not be big enough.
When she knows, I'll know, and when I know, you'll know.  (ETA: His funeral was at St. Rose of Lima on Friday, Feb. 15.)

In the meantime, Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. 

(Photo credit: David B. Parker/RGJ file; the photo he's holding is his shot of Mother Teresa and actress Helen Hayes)