Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Let the Children Come to Me

Corpus Christi Watershed reports on the recently completed National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis which included at least one Extraordinary Form Mass. As Fr. David Friel says:
Young people, it is true, are not widely familiar with the traditional form of the Mass. Nor are they familiar with all the preconceptions & biases that led their grandparents’ generation to dismiss traditional forms. My experience has shown me that young people, when given the opportunity to experience the Church’s tradition, are able to appreciate the richness and beauty of our faith. Let us, therefore, continue to expose them to the Church’s tradition! (Emphasis mine.)
We here at RPC are trying to do just that, and we thank the parishes that allow us to present Gregorian Chant and polyphony to those who have never heard them.

(Photo: Corpus Christi Watershed.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rehearsal Cancelled For Tonight

Which means next week we will start rehearsal at 6:30 PM, not 7. Inhale your dinner.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dec. 6: Second Sunday of Advent

4 PM at the Cathedral. Bring your St. Michael's Hymnal.

Introit: Populus Sion

Kyrie (no Gloria), SanctusAgnus Dei: Mass XVII

Credo III (mp3)

Offertory: Deus tu convertens, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)

Communio: Jerusalem surge, Conditor Alme Siderum

Recessional: Savior of the Nations, Come (SATB)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Here We Go Again

And it's STILL a month before winter begins.

A snowstorm is moving in on Tuesday, and the National Weather Service (hi again Mark) says it means business, especially in the wind department:

To recap what Kathy has said before, she does not like to cancel rehearsals if she doesn't have to, but she understands that you need to decide whether it is safe for you to travel. If it is not, CONTACT HER as early as possible, preferably via email. Also, email is how she will notify us if rehearsal is indeed cancelled. I will try to mention it here if possible.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nov. 22: Solemnity of Christ The King

4 PM at the Cathedral. We only have one full rehearsal to prepare for this. Kathy typo'd the date on the song listing (that's it, she's fired); it is in fact the 22nd.

Introit: Dignus est agnus

KyrieGloria (mp3), SanctusAgnus Dei: Mass VIII

Credo III (mp3)

Offertory: Postula a meThe King Of Love My Shepherd Is (SATB)

Communio: Sedebit, Cantate Domino (Pitoni)

Recessional: Crown Him With Many Crowns

Friday, November 13, 2015

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!...After Mass, That Is

Within a week we will have had two major snowstorms come through northern Nevada. The first, which came last Sunday, brought sorely-needed water to the Sierras and blanketed portions of the valleys with as much as 15 inches of snow. By the way, winter doesn't begin for five more weeks.

The second storm is supposed to come sometime this Sunday, which is when we are singing at Holy Spirit Mission. Fortunately, we will be there in the morning as opposed to our usual late afternoons at the Cathedral. If what NWS Reno (hi Mark) says is accurate, we'll have to deal with wind when commuting to and from HSM, with the snow arriving later.

Regarding this Sunday, Kathy sends the following:
First of all, your safety is most important.  Conditions vary widely within the area.  Members reside from Cold Spring to Washoe Valley, from Verdi to Spanish Springs and Hidden Valley.  There can be a lot of snow in one place and little to nothing in another.  Driving abilities also vary.
It is unlikely that I would cancel Holy Spirit this Sunday, unless there is a really major snow event.  Holy Spirit provides virtually all of the financial support for Regina Pacis and we do very little in return...
You are responsible for your own safety.  If you are experienced at driving in winter conditions, that is one thing.  If you are from an area which does not have winter driving, that is something else.  Only you can determine the conditions in which you can safely drive.
If you feel you are not going to be able to be at Holy Spirit on Sunday, please send an e-mail [; do not call.]...
Above all, please be safe.  May Our Lord and Our Lady bless and keep you.
Or, like Sergeant Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues used to say, "Hey--let's be careful out there."

ETA: While it was sunny and slightly breezy when we arrived, we got out of there just in time as the winds whipped up (making for a tough drive on the new section of I-580) and the snow was coming over the ridge.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Unkindest Cut Of All

As Kathy mentioned last night, NEVER cut or tear the 11x17" folded papers she gives us with the Propers on them. It costs the choir money to create new ones because the cut ones are unusable; tape fails over time. If you must, copy the pages yourself.

Or, better yet, invest in some 3-ring magazine holders. If you can find them in a local store, more power to you, but it seems no one carries them outside the interwebs.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Another Worthy Food Distribution Charity

In listing charities that help feed the needy, how could I overlook Reno's angel of mercy, Evelyn Mount?

She says her pantry shelves are much more bare than they should be at this time of year, and she's accepting clothing as well as food at her Cannan Street home or at the nearby Oddie Blvd. Sak 'N' Save. More here from KOLO 8, who provided the above image.