Monday, September 1, 2008


Chris Sedlak, a good friend of the snark team, is music director and organist for an FSSP (Extraordinary Form) parish in Indiana. He asked if we could post an announcement about a Mass of Thanksgiving taking place at his church.

One word about the girls schola that he mentions: I got word that they can chant better than most adult choirs, and NO attitudes. Why am I NOT surprised?

The announcement appears below.


Dear Friends,

On Friday, September 5th, at 7pm there will be a Latin Solemn High Mass (Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart) and Benediction in Thanksgiving for the complete restoration of Ss. Philomena & Cecilia Church in Oak Forest, Indiana. This will be Father Saguto's last Solemn High Mass in the church as he is being transferred to Seattle, Washington. As you may know, Father has worked tirelessly since his arrival to make the church a fitting place for Catholic worship. Now with the final painting completed and the restored stained glass windows in place, we offer thanks to God for all that has been accomplished in the past three years.

The Solemn High Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP, with Fr. Michael Magiera, FSSP and Fr. Christian Kappes assisting as Deacon and Subdeacon. The Homilist will be Msgr. Joseph Schaedel, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Other priests from the area are also expected to be on hand.

Music for the Mass will be sung by the St. Cecilia Girl's Schola under the direction of Mr. Christopher Sedlak, Organist & Choirmaster of Ss. Philomena & Cecilia Catholic Church. The Schola will sing the Mass Missa Simplex Brevisque by A.L. Zamocki as well as the motets Laudate Dominum and Ave Maria by Perosi. Organ music will include three works by Dominico Zipoli. Hymns selected for this special Mass are Christ is Made the Sure Foundation (Tune: WESTMINSTER ABBEY) and Holy God we Praise thy Name (Tune: GROSSER GOTT)

There will be a dessert social immediately following the Mass and Benediction. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.

Ss. Philomena & Cecilia is located apx. seven miles from Brookville, Indiana on St. Mary's Road. Complete directions may be obtained from the parish website at For more information or further directions, you may call the parish office at 765-647-0310.

In Christ,

Christopher M. Sedlak
Organist & Choirmaster
Ss. Philomena & Cecilia Catholic Church

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