Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chant Workshop This Saturday!

This Saturday, November 21, Fr. David Grondz of St. Philip Neri House and I will be conducting an Introductory Gregorian Chant Workshop. We have had great success with these in the past, and contiune to attract interest. So far we have about 30 people signed up!

With this workshop coming just before Advent, we will give special attention to chants of the Advent season.

So, Catholics in Michigan and beyond - come and learn the music which is most truly that of the Liturgy!

Chant for Beginners

An Introductory Chant Workshop

Presented by Fr. Rob Johansen and Fr. David Grondz.




Fr. Grondz Teaching at a Previous Workshop


The Workshop will include presentations on:

Reading Chant Notation
History and Spirituality of Chant
Some Fundamental Chants of the Roman Rite
Chants of the Advent Season

No previous knowledge of Chant required - This is truly for beginners!


Saturday, November 21, 2009
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Hackett Central Catholic High School
1000 E. Kilgore Rd.
Kalamazoo, Michigan.


For more information or to RSVP call St. Philip Neri House at (269) 385-9933, or e-mail to frdavid AT stphilipnerihouse DOT org.

(Hackett Central Catholic High School is in Kalamazoo, just a few minutes from I-94.)

Cost: $30.00 per person (includes lunch and a copy of the Parish Book of Chant).

Sponsored by St. Philip Neri House.





Fr. Rob Johansen has an extensive background in music, having studied voice, ‘cello, and conducting at the University of Illinois. He studied Chant at the Catholic University of America, and continued his Chant studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary under Calvert Shenk. He has degrees in Religious Studies, Classics, and Patristic Greek and Latin. He is currently pursuing a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in Liturgy at the Liturgical Institute in Chicago.






Fr. David Grondz received his S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained to the Priesthood in 2006. Fr. Grondz has studied Chant for 13 years, and served as assistant organist at the Pontifical North American College. He is currently the Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Church, Kalamazoo, where he regularly celebrates the Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
The Use of the Liturgical Tractor

I'd imagine that most of you liturgy-minded folks out there have never considered how the use of certain farm implements might complement the liturgy.

Well, back before I began my studies in liturgy here at The Liturgical Institute, I celebrated a wedding Mass for a couple of my parishioners at my little country parish. The groom, a farmer, had come up with a clever and entertaining way to make use of his tractor for the special day.


The Liturgical Tractor and its Accessory, the Liturgical Cattle Trailer
(all photos may be viewed full-size by clicking on them)


After the Nuptial Mass, the bride and groom made their way to their conveyance:


Madame, Your Chariot Awaits...


OK, so the tractor wasn't actually used in the liturgy, but the phrase "Liturgical Tractor" does have a compelling kind of ring, doesn't it?


The Bridal Party on Its Way


If you can think of, or know of, any other liturgical uses for agricultural implementa, I'd love to hear about it!