Home at last. Greetings on this beautiful Wednesday here in the Midwest.
Yesterday's WLP choral reading session was held at Christ the King Parish in Commack, NY. We were a small group of about fifteen music directors, but the SATB blend was remarkable as we sang through 25 pieces of WLP choral titles.
Christ the King is a beautiful church, with marvelous accoustics, a great piano, and a wonderful organ. Here is a shot of the church's gathering area:
And the interior:
I took this candid shot of the musicians gathered there, with the capable leader of the NPM chapter for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Christopher Ferraro, speaking with them about upcoming events:
I can't tell you what a thrill it was to share our music with these fine musicians, both at Monday night's session, and at yesterday's. I will not soon forget my trip to Long Island, where musical liturgy is very much alive and well. Kudos to people like Chris Ferraro and Deanna Mauro (our accompanist for the two events) and the pastoral musicians of the Diocese of Rockville Centre for your dedication to feeding the musicians of your diocese with musical, spiritual, and liturgical formation events.
When I returned home after the flight from LaGuardia and a too-long cab ride home, this is what greeted me in the courtyard of the complex in which I live. This time of year, these trees are spectacular, especially at night when the lights in the courtyard illuminate them:
So glad to be back home in Chicago, at least for a few days. I head back out on the road to Oklahoma on Saturday to present a parish mission. More on that in the next few days.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.