Phil’s Notes & Tidbits
“The Choir in Rome”
The Choir returned to Stevens Point about 1AM Tuesday and with an early bulletin deadline, we don’t have much for this week’s bulletin. However, Fr. Letona was able to post a number of updates online while they were there. Expect more updates and stories in future bulletins! Below are some of the highlights from Fr. Letona:
“It is as if it was such a beautiful and awesome thing that it could only happen in a dream. Our choir, the St. Peter parish choir from little ol’ Stevens Point Wisconsin, rode shotgun with the Sistine Choir for the Papal Mass of the Epiphany. (Jan. 6th) The choir was given the privilege from the Sistine Choir master to sing two prelude songs. This privilege is rarely given to visiting choirs. A testament to just how awesome our choir was! The other priests around me commented on how great “that other” choir was. Of course I was so proud and happy for them, I couldn’t help but say ” I am here with them!” They all asked “How do you get so many young people to join a choir like that?”
We had Sunday Mass (Jan. 8th) in Santa Croce in Florence. Here in Italy Epiphany was on Thursday and it was a holiday. So today we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. The mass was in Italian and Fr Derek and I concelebrated with a young Franciscan priest from Romania. Once more the choir sang. The celebrant, addressing the regular parishioners in Italian, thanked the choir for the magnificent job and gave us an edifying compliment. He said “It is said that when we sing we pray twice, well we have just prayed three times! Bellisimo!”
-On January 4th, the choir was privileged to attend the General Audience with Pope Benedict XVI. During the Audience, the various groups were introduced. There is an amazing video of St. Peter’s Choir being introduced and then singing a hymn for the Pope. It can be found here: http://www.saintpetercatholic.com/ Just click on the Video on the main page of the Pope’s audience. To see our students (public school, Catholic school, homeschool) our young adults and college students, parents from our parish, and even at least one grandparent parishioner, singing for the Holy Father made me beam with pride for St. Peter’s! What an incredible gift for our parish! Other updates and pictures can be found on St. Peter’s Facebook site. Enjoy!
God bless you!
Director of Catechesis & Evangelization