It's the calm before the musical storm! Tonight we have our final rehearsal before our Annual Holy Cross Concert for the Missions, and the energy is high... Soloists are prepared, instruments (will be)tuned, and please God a great crowd will turn out for our yearly gathering, tomorrow evening, Friday, October 28th, at 8:00PM in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The table is set: Now all we need is is an assembly to attend the musical banquet!
Every October, we raise funds for some mission associated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. Over the years, these funds have been scattered across the globe, to far-flung apostolates in Haiti, Bangladesh, Chile, Peru, India, and East Africa. More than a hundred thousand dollars in nearly a generation, all coming from this musical gathering.
And this year, we focus our energies on our own: the House of Brigid. Our volunteers are hard at work in Ireland right now, working in many different landscapes – with grade school children, with young adults who have recently returned from World Youth Day in Madrid, with choral programs in the parish, and with outreach to the diocese (especially in this year of tremendous change in the mass texts and musical settings). It is an exciting and challenging time to be in Ireland. I envy these four graduates of the choir!
You can read the weekly blog of the House by clicking here. And, if you can't be at the Concert for the Missions and are interested in contributing to their ministerial efforts in Ireland, you can also make an offering on the same website (look under the tab "Giving.")
Keep us in your prayers, if you can't be there in person. The song endures – and compels us to go forward, announcing that hope and joy will always have the last word.