a column of benevolent gossip
Sounds of music —CD of traditional hymns including CISCA song
A reader named Joan, whose contact information I’ve lost, requested a treasure hunt to find the words and music to that famous CISCA song, “For Christ the King.” A copy of the sheet music was located at Seton School in Manassas, Va., (Thank you, Peggy Gregory.) Anyone who would like a copy, can send a SASE to Church Clips (address below). The song begins: “An army of youth, flying the standards of Truth, We’re fighting for Christ, the Lord.” A few years ago the school created a CD of 29 hymns, including that CISCA song, some in Latin, like “Panis Angelicus,” and English traditionals like “O Lord, I am not worthy.” The choir, composed of students, teachers, parents and alums, recorded it at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Seton (Emmitsburg, Md.). Their CD can be ordered from Seton School, 9314 Maple St., Manassas, VA, 20110, for $15, which includes postage. It is outstanding.
Idea exchange —
The First Saturday Club in St. Gertrude Parish (W. Granville) has a motto: “We get things done!” They devote two hours on the first Saturday every month to parish projects. They aim for 12 “disciples” to do odd jobs like straightening out the social hall kitchen pantry, and stuff not covered by maintenance. For some who can’t offer a financial tithe, it’s also a way to contribute to their parish’s well-being.
Parish potpourri —
Clips heard from Xaverian Father Michael Davitti, former pastor of St. Therese Parish in Chinatown, who is now serving in a city in the Philippines. “We have 63,000 parishioners and two priests. Our 18 choirs take turns singing in church. There are hundreds of altar servers and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist with school children everywhere.” . . . Brian Fife and Band provided high energy music at St. Edna’s (Arlington Heights) ice cream social July 28. . . . Bishop Alberto Rojas joined parishioners of St. Colette Parish (Rolling Meadows) for the 21st anniversary of their Hispanic Ministry. . . . Angeline Froncek, parishioner at St. Eugene’s (W. Foster) for 68 years, celebrated her 100th birthday July 17. She says, “I take one day at a time and that’s what the Lord gives me.”
A wealth of witnesses —Joe Scheidler, founder of Pro-Life Action League, at this summer's Face the Truth Tour in Illinois counties. Their 13th annual
Father James Burnett, chief of chaplain services at Hines VA Hospital and president of the National Conference of VA Catholic Chaplains, was invested with the title of “monsignor” at Hines chapel June 21. The new monsignor is from Davenport, Iowa. . . . Bishop Daniel Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet joined in the pro-life rosary outside Planned Parenthood Aurora July 21. Shepherds on the front lines boost commitment, says Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League. The league has just completed this summer’s “Face the Truth Tour” across the greater Chicago area. Founder Joe Scheidler was alongside volunteers who stood vigil (in the tropical heat) along thoroughfares (including at Daley Plaza) with their photos of beautiful babies juxtaposed with giant photos of aborted infants. Some people are offended, some livid, but holocausts cry out to be recognized. You can find out more of the league’s educational work at www.prolifeaction.org.
Mail call —
Army chaplain Father Chris Doering serving in Afghanistan (former pastor of Our Lady of Victory, W. Agatite), sent greetings on July 4: “Right now I’m at FOB (Forward Operating Base) Walton, which does have a shop here on the compound called Nazir’s Walmart. The founder of the famous chain store and this FOB have the same name! But I didn’t see the Smiley Face hopping around and knocking down the prices. You have to haggle with Nazir to get the same deal. It doesn’t compare to what is offered in the states, but seeing the name of Walmart in the midst of Afghanistan makes me smile.
“The countdown has begun for many soldiers in my unit to return to Fort Bragg, N.C. The plan is I will be setting foot on U.S. soil in September. Moving all the equipment, personnel into transient tents, etc., is a logistical nightmare. I’ll be glad to see more and more of the 3rd Infantry patches on the arms of soldiers, since they are the folks who will replace us.
“Have a Happy 4th of July, and say a prayer for all the men and women in the Armed Forces currently serving overseas. God Bless you and God Bless America! Peace, ‘Padre’ Chris Doering”
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