Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chicago and Detroit: Noteworthy Events

I have been meaning to post on some of these items, but have just been caught up in other things.


October 3-5 conference on Sacred Liturgy.  This goes with the image at the top of the post.  Click this link for details and registration.

I meant to post on this a few weeks back.  My regrets for such late notice. I did see flyers out at Assumption Grotto and some were taking them.   I hope some from this area can make it.

Detroit Area

These items come in the order they are taking place.

Friday, Sept 26: Chant Class with Fr. Perrone

Fr. Perrone needs a live audience for a chant class being recorded.  He wrote in his September 14 column:

I have been asked to teach in our gym an introductory course on Gregorian Chant that requires a live audience. The course will be video recorded and later made available for viewing and purchase. The idea is for me to explain to those who may have no previous knowledge how to sing Chant. It will build from the most basic things to the more complex. I’m in need of summoning an audience for this purpose. This will not be open to small children, however, older children who can sit still and grasp the class content would be welcome. Viewers, I suppose, would of necessity be more or less limited to retired adults, stay-at-home Moms, [people with non-traditional work schedules], and homeschool children. Please consider coming and participating. There’s no cost to you and I think you will find the classes enlightening, beneficial, and perhaps entertaining. The proposed dates for the series are (1) Monday Sept. 29 from 2:00 pm. Until 5:00 p.m.; (2) Friday Oct. 3, a double session, from 10:00 a.m. until noon and then after a lunch break from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; (3)Monday Oct. 6 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; (4) Thursday Oct. 30, a double session, from 10:00 a.m. until noon and then after a lunch break from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Read the rest in the September 14, Grotto News in Fr. Perrone's main column.

Sept 27-28: Oktoberfest at St. Joseph's Church

Hey, the Grotto choir is singing!  But people in this area love going to Oktoberfest even if they weren't.   Here's is what I was sent:

Oktoberfest 2014 at St. Joseph Church (Mother of Divine Mercy Parish) will be fun for the whole family!

A flyer is attached, and more details are below.  In addition, you may find our "event page" here:

SaturdaySeptember 27

4 p.m. Mass (St. Joseph Cappella)
5-7 p.m.  Killarney Creek, a Detroit-based family band playing American, Irish, and German Folk music
7-9 p.m.  Swing Dancing and Dance Lessons with DJ Sam Johnson of Epic Events

Sunday, September 28

11:30 a.m. German Mass with Archbishop Allen Vigneron (St. Joseph Cappella, St. Joseph Men’s Schola)
1-3 p.m. Notre Dame Prep Jazz Band
1:30 p.m. German dancers from Carpathia Club 
3:00 p.m. Choral Festival (Assumption Grotto Choir, St. Augustine Schola, Ss. Cyril & Methodius Women’s Schola, St. Joseph Men’s Schola, St. Joseph Cappella, Brittannia Talori soprano, Michael Semaan organ)
1-4 p.m. Face Painting with Giggles the Clown
5-7 p.m. Austrian duo Herb Langegger (accordion) and Herb Gruber (bass)

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German food and seasonal Oktoberfest beer
Church tours following each Mass and the Choral Festival
Arts and Crafts Vendors: Hansknecht Apiary honey and beeswax products; Beatus Baca jewelry and gifts, God’s Greatest Gift children’s books and prints; and religious goods and unique gifts from Mother of Divine Mercy Parish
Attic Treasures Tent
Games for children
Raffle with Grand Prize $1,000

Mother of Divine Mercy Parish - St. Joseph Church
1828 Jay Street at Orleans, Detroit 48207
Near Eastern Market across Gratiot
Guarded parking; handicap accessible

Sept 29: Monday Night Catechism with Fr. Perrone

From the same Grotto News, Fr. Perrone announced the start of his rather popular, yearly catechism class.  He writes:

My adult catechism class, which serves the dual purpose of convert instruction and adult refresher course, will begin September 29 and go from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. in the school lounge. It will continue on all Monday evenings until Easter. No cost save for the purchase of a textbook.

Noteworthy is that there is a 7:00 p.m. Mass some participants go to that is usually right around 30-35 minutes, with the Rosary following the Mass.  It is a low Mass in Extraordinary Form.

I can tell you he gets a good showing of cradle Catholics along with people discerning that faith journey into the Church.  He'll talk about his choice of books and it will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

Sunday, October 19: Assumption Grotto's Annual Benefit Dinner

This is an important event each year.  Please try to come.

The 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner and Raffle
Sunday, October 19, 2014, following the Noon Mass (about 1:30 PM) 

Exquisitely catered by the Vintage House Banquet Facility: rosemary dijon chicken, Italian sausage with roasted red peppers, oven roasted redskin potatoes, pasta primavera, Prince Edward vegetable medley, garden salad, and more!  

Live music!  Special guest speaker! Silent auction featuring handcrafted items, collectibles and services offered by our own parish members, as well as donations from area businesses.
Primary raffle with a first cash prize of $1000, plus other prizes! 

Get your seats early, only a very limited number will be available at the door.
$21 per adult, $10 ages 5-12, $5 under 5

Go to the homepage of Assumption Grotto for more information.


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