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"Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves."
On Tuesday, June 13, St. Gregory's Hall hosted a special choral Mass for the Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, 13th century Franciscan and Doctor of the Church.
You teach at DePaul University and are a scholar-in-residence at St. Gregory's Hall. What is it that you teach at both of those places, and how did you come to teach it?
I'm an associate professor in the Catholic Studies department at DePaul, where I teach classes in Catholic Theology, Church History, and Religion and Literature. The scholarly work I do is primarily about early Christianity, specifically how folks in roughly the first seven centuries of the church interpreted the Bible and what that meant for the life of the Church.
St. Gregory's Hall has been awarded a Worshiping Communities Grant by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The grant will support a year-long project of developing the Sacred Music Program at St. Gregory's Hall.
With the help of composer-in-residence Kevin Allen, St. Gregory's Hall will use the grant to continue the work of promoting the Church's traditions of sacred music. Employed in the proper liturgical context, these traditions serve a valuable tool for prayer, worship, and living engagement with our Catholic faith.
In addition to special choral liturgies offered for parishioners and the wider community throughout the year, the project will include a series of presentations on sacred music by Kevin Allen and guest speakers, and a weekend-long gregorian chant workshop for church musicians and parishioners tentatively planned for summer 2024.
Since it began in the year 2000, the Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants Program has awarded more than a thousand grants to churches, schools, organizations, and teacher-scholars across the United States and Canada for projects that generate thoughtfulness and energy for public worship and faith formation at the local grass-roots level.
We are grateful to the Calvin Institute for Worship for their support of this project and look forward to continuing to expand our impact as a Catholic center for culture.
"Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia." Communion Antiphon for Divine Mercy Sunday
On Sunday, April 16 we held a Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday with Bishop Joseph N. Perry (Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago) presiding and music by St. Gregory's Schola and the Vox Fidelis Children's Choir directed by Kevin Allen (composer-in-residence). The Mass was held at 3:00 p.m., which is the customary time for the praying of the Divine Mercy chaplet.
Music for the Mass included a setting composed by Kevin Allen, "Missa de Sancte Nicolai," and works by Guy de Lioncourt (1885-1961) and Leone Lioni (c1560-1627). On display was a reproduction of a Divine Mercy painting by artist-in-residence Sarah Crow, the original of which was commissioned for the Divine Mercy Shrine at St. John Cantius in Chicago.
The second Sunday of Easter, also known as Low Sunday or Quasi Modo Sunday, was declared the Sunday of Divine Mercy by St. Pope John Paul II in 2000 when he beatified Sr. Faustina Kowalska. St. Faustina was an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
“Christ’s whole life is a gift to the Father and to mankind; His death represents the ultimate concretization of His continuing gift of self offered throughout all time to all people, and comes to each one of us especially in the Eucharist.”
- Sofia Cavalletti, The Religious Potential of the Child
On January 13 and 14, catechists from around the Chicago area gathered for a short overnight retreat at the National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Libertyville.
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To honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Gregory's Hall hosted a special lessons and carols service that reflected on episodes from her life.
Readings and prayers covered the Immaculate Conception, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Coronation, complemented by beautiful Marian carols in Latin and English.
On All Hallows' Eve, St. Gregory's Hall presented a special mass for the Solemnity of All Saints with His Excellency Joseph Perry presiding.
Kevin Allen directed St. Gregory's Schola in a repertoire that included original compositions by Allen and settings from Renaissance composer Josquin dez Prez's Missa Pange Lingua.
Thank you to all who were able to join for this beautiful mass celebrating the communion of the blessed in heaven! Click "Read More" to view more photos.
You can listen to the recording of the music from the Mass on our Soundcloud page.
Sarah Crow received her BFA in painting and minor in creative writing from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2013, and an MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2016. She currently lives and works in Chicago where she has also taught as a part-time lecturer at SAIC in the Painting and Drawing Department. Sarah entered the Catholic Church in 2017 and seeks to use her talents to serve Mother Church. You can learn more about her work here.
You can join Sarah Crow for a monthly life drawing session on the third Saturday of the month.
Can you talk about how you came to work as an artist, and how you came to be a Catholic? We can start with whichever of those things you would prefer talk about first- but both journeys are important.
I remember being a five-year-old clutching a crayon, knowing that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. However, I went off track in my youth and came back to art almost accidentally, when I was in community college. I took art electives, and I remember in my life-drawing class, I was working on this charcoal drawing of the model and getting so frustrated, breaking down into tears and leaving the classroom. Then I pulled myself together, came back and realized: This was the hardest thing that I had ever done, and it was the most rewarding thing. And I was hooked back into art.
"Let the greatest among you be the youngest, and the leader as the servant."
This past Saturday, we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Gregory the Great, our patron at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, with a Mass featuring St. Gregory's Schola under the direction of Kevin Allen. Audio recordings of the choir, including Eucharistic Motets composed by Mr. Allen, will be posted to our website soon.
Mercifully, the rain held off for our reception afterwards. Thank you to all who attended!
St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!
You can read a news story about this event and St. Gregory's Hall at the Chicago Catholic.