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February 2011
Vol. XVI, No. 10

News and Views

Pope John Paul II to Be Beatified - May 1 | Ordinariate Erected for England and Wales | Four US Prelates to New Curial Posts | New Music Director for Saint Louis | CMAA - 2011 Winter Chant Intensive | Allentown Gregorian Chant Workshop | Musica Sacra St. Louis Conference Planned | ICEL Posts Mass Music on Web

Pope John Paul II to Be Beatified - May 1

On May 1, the second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, Benedict XVI will preside at the rite of beatification for John Paul II in the Vatican.

The Vatican Information Service reported this on January 14, quoting a note released by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, that “Benedict XVI, during an audience granted to Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, authorized the dicastery to promulgate the decree of the miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla). This concludes the process which precedes the rite of beatification”.

The Congregation’s report also said:

On 14 December the theological consultors, having examined the conclusions reached by the medical experts, undertook a theological evaluation of the case and unanimously recognised the unicity, antecedence and choral nature of the invocation made to Servant of God John Paul II, whose intercession was effective in this prodigious healing.

Finally, on 11 January 2011 the ordinary session of the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints took place. They expressed their unanimous approval, believing the recovery of Sr. Marie Simon Pierre to be miraculous, having been achieved by God in a scientifically inexplicable manner following the intercession of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, trustingly invoked both by Sr. Simon herself and by many other faithful.

Source: VIS News

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Ordinariate Erected for England and Wales

The first Personal Ordinariate for former Anglicans in England and Wales was established January 15, the day following the ordination as Catholic priests of three former Anglican bishops: Andrew Burnham, Keith Newton, and John Broadhurst.

The decree of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith established the new body as the “Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham” under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman, and named the Reverend Keith Newton as Ordinary.

The decree said, in part:

A Personal Ordinariate is a canonical structure that provides for corporate reunion in such a way that allows former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their distinctive Anglican patrimony. With this structure, the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus seeks to balance on the one hand the concern to preserve the worthy Anglican liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions and, on the other hand, the concern that these groups and their clergy will be fully integrated into the Catholic Church.

For doctrinal reasons the Church does not, in any circumstances, allow the ordination of married men as bishops. However, the Apostolic Constitution does provide, under certain conditions, for the ordination as Catholic priests of former Anglican married clergy.

The decree also said that the three priests will “oversee the catechetical preparation of the first groups of Anglicans in England and Wales who will be received into the Catholic Church together with their pastors at Easter, and will accompany the clergy preparing for ordination to the Catholic priesthood around Pentecost”.

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Four US Prelates to New Curial Posts

Pope Benedict announced appointments of new members and consultors to various Vatican dicasteries (offices) on January 5. Included among the new appointments are four American prelates: Archbishop Timothy Dolan, and Cardinals William Levada, Raymond Burke and Donald Wuerl.

Cardinal Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Dolan of New York were appointed members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, became a member of three dicasteries: the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. Cardinal Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, DC, was appointed a member of both the Congregation for Clergy and of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.

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New Music Director for St. Louis

The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced in January that Dr. Horst Buchholz will become its new director of music, choirmaster, and organist for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He will also serve as artistic and executive director of the Cathedral Concerts organization.

Dr. Buchholz, a native of Germany, earned his doctorate in music at Indiana University in 1992, and has international experience in sacred music. Currently he directs music at Trinity Cathedral, the Episcopal cathedral of Cleveland, where he also leads the Trinity Chamber Orchestra. Prior to that he was organist and choirmaster at Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and associate professor of sacred music at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He was also conductor of the Denver Philharmonic, and is vice-president of the Church Music Association of America.

As an organist and guest conductor, has performed in major cathedrals and concert halls around the world, including an appearance at the United Nations.

Dr. Buchholz is expected to begin his new position in St. Louis in March.

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CMAA - 2011 Winter Chant Intensive

The Church Music Association of America (CMAA) held a week-long Winter Intensive at Old St. Patrick’s Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 3-7.

Scott Turkington of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina, offered courses for beginning and advancing singers. CMAA president Dr. William Mahrt, of Stanford University, gave an advanced class for experienced chanters interested in broadening their abilities both in terms of scholarship and performance practice.

The week’s study culminated with participants singing at Mass in the extraordinary form on Friday afternoon. The Mass concluded with a solemn Te Deum sung in honor of the Vigil of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, the patroness of New Orleans. Since the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815, a perpetual Te Deum was vowed to be offered on that date. CMAA observed this unique custom — and in celebration of the city’s French heritage, the Gregorian chant melody alternated with organ versets by Louis Marchand.

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Allentown Gregorian Chant Workshop

“Music is the most spiritual of all the arts because it is the least dependent on the material world”, Father Joel E. Kiefer told participants in the first annual Gregorian Chant workshop, held November 20 at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Sienna in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The 60 participants formed a choir that sang at the cathedral Mass following the workshop.

Matthew Six, who gave several presentations, demonstrated how to read chant notation and to teach a variety of chants, along with members of the Mary Immaculate Choir. The choir is composed of families in the diocese who have been singing chant and polyphony for several years, and includes many teenagers.

Julia Six explained that polyphonic choral music developed from chant, and like chant, is unaccompanied. Together with Michael Six and Father Kiefer, she was involved in several question-and-answer sessions during the day.

Read the full report in the Allentown diocesan newspaper: allentowndiocese.org/news/AD12-23-10.pdf.

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Musica Sacra St. Louis Conference Planned

The first Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference will take place at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, February 24-26, 2011, with the permission of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.

The conference will focus on Gregorian chant, polyphony, and modern vernacular adaptations, and is intended for clergy, seminarians, parish musicians and all who love the Church’s treasury of sacred music. It will include addresses and workshops on beginning and advanced chant, polyphonic choral music, and organ. The combined choirs will sing for the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 26.

Faculty includes Father Samuel Weber, OSB, director of the archdiocesan Institute of Sacred Music; Bruce Ludwick, music director and organist at St. Gabriel the Archangel parish; Michael Baute, music director at Holy Trinity in St. Ann’s; Dr. Andrzej Zahorski, director of Music and Organist at St. Anselm’s parish; Nick Botkins, music director and choirmaster at St. Francis de Sales oratory; and Dr. Daniel Van Slyke of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

The registration fee is $125.00 and includes a music packet, Thursday dinner, Friday & Saturday lunch.   For information and schedule: musicasacrasaintlouis.drupalgardens.com, or musicasacrastl@gmail.com.

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ICEL Posts Mass Music on Web

Music for the Roman Missal has been posted on the web site of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). The music provides chant adaptations for many of the new Missal texts, in modern notation.

The music is accessible in downloadable files. A brief introductory note on the page linking to the music says:

It is important to note that the music available on this site is for study rather than immediate liturgical use as determining definitive versions is the responsibility of the Bishops’ Conferences.

View online: icelweb.org/musicfolder/openmusic.php.

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