Thursday, July 24, 2014

Juventutem Louisville Conference with Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Juventutem Louisville will be hosting a one-day conference with Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, popularly known as "Fr. Z," on Saturday, August 16th. It will be from 9 AM to 4 PM at St. Martin of Tours, 639 S. Shelby St., Louisville KY. Admission will be free for Father's three talks during the day, and we will have a BBQ lunch available for $10. Tickets for lunch must be purchased by August 8th. Tickets can be purchased via Paypal (info HERE) or by check. Please mail checks (and make them out to) Juventutem Louisville at 6000 Preston Highway, Louisville KY 40219.

The special treat of the day will be the celebration of Solemn High Mass of the feast of St. Joachim, which is observed during the (OK, it was suppressed in 1955) octave of the Assumption and not with St. Anne on July 26 (which happens to be my birthday...). Father Zuhlsdorf will be the celebrant and Reverend Mr. Jason Stone (visiting us at St. Martin's for the summer from the Diocese of Springfield) and Father Paul Beach, pastor of St. Martin of Tours, will serve as the deacon and subdeacon of the Mass. The choir under the direction of Dr. Paul Weber (whom you might recall from the Sacred Music Colloquium, where he was on the faculty) will sing Hassler's Missa Secunda. That Mass setting is one of the best and should be in every director's repetoire. It's beautiful and the music elevates the text in the tradition of the plainchant. It does not unnecessarily repeat the text, and it does not distort it.

For more information, please visit the Juventutem Louisville website. Please let your friends know and come if you can! I say definitely come for the day if you are within a 3-hour's driving distance or so, or you can make a weekend out of it! We hope to make this an annual event, FYI. B

As a bonus, we will celebrate Solemn High Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary the evening prior, at a time to be determined (based on past schedules, I would say 7 PM). I'm not sure about the music, but Dr. Weber loves this feast, so it'll be grand and appropriate for the occasion. And we always have a Missa Cantata at 12 noon on Sundays.

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