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8 November 17, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Inaugural Cathedral Concert Series set to begin Inspiring concerts featuring music and artists from the Upper Peninsula, as well as a special guest from London, will take the stage at the upcoming Cathedral Concert Series. The series kicks off Dec. 2-3 as the Marquette Choral Society presents their annual concert featuring Honeggers Une Cantate de Nol and Brittens St. Nicolas . The Choral Society will be joined by orchestra, organ and the diocesan childrens choir. Both concerts are set to take place at St. Peter Cathe- dral in Marquette, Saturdays concert will take place at 3 p.m., with Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Simon Johnson, organist at St. Paul Cathedral in London, will give this years celebrity organ re- cital on Jan. 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the daily events at St. Paul Cathedral, he has been involved in many national occa- sions, including the funeral of Baroness Thatcher and the dia- mond jubilee and 90th birthday celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen. In addition, his recitals have taken him all over Europe and the United States, as well as to sever- al premiere venues in the Unit- ed Kingdom. He played on the musical soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel , which won Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy awards. Johnsons concert in Marquette begins a several stop recital tour in the United States. We are excited to welcome Simon Johnson, an internation- ally renowned organist from St. Pauls Cathedral in London. He has made special accommodations to begin his United States tour in Marquette, said Samuel Holmberg, director of sacred music for the Diocese of Marquette. It is an honor to have him start his tour here. Other events for The Cathedral Concert Series include: Mother of God, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Cathedral cantor, Hayley Kukulis, obligato instruments and continuo will join together for an evening featuring The Blessed Virgin Mary's Expostulation by Henry Purcell. St. Cecilia Concert, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.: Featuring the cathe- dral choir in a concert honoring St. Cecilia, the patroness of music and musicians. Music for a Grand Space, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.: The Univer- sity Choir and Arts Chorale of Northern Michigan University, directed by Dr. Erin Colwitz, present their annual Music for a Grand Space performance. Espressiva, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Janis Peterson, concertmaster and co-founder of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and Holm- berg, will present an evening of music for violin and organ, with music by Rheinberger, Karg-Elert, Biery and Bach. Hymn Festival, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.: The Cathedral choir and diocesan choir will offer a Hymn Festival, celebrating the joy of hymn singing. This concert will mark the completion of the new diocesan hymnal. Brass Spectacular: The Marquette Symphony Orchestra brass section will pair up with the cathedral organ to treat audience mem- bers in a beautiful experience. The concert series has been made possible with a grant from the Legacy of Faith foundation. However, contributions are being ac- cepted to help offset the remaining costs. Contact Samuel Holmberg at (906) 226-6548 for more information. COURTESY PHOTO Simon Johnson, organist at St. Paul Cathedral in London, will give a recital in Marquette in January. T his time of year always brings me back to my childhood. With fond nostalgia, I remember the pinecone turkeys we made in Girl Scouts, the pilgrim costumes my mother painstakingly sewed and the necklaces made of painted pasta that my sisters and I managed to pull apart, scattering raw macaroni all over the back seat of the car, on our way to grand- mothers house for Thanksgiving. Once the holiday arrived, we would spend all morning watching the Thanks- giving Day parades; af- ter dinner, wed gather around the television again to enjoy one of our favorite Christmas specials. With Black Friday just hours away, we knew that Thanks- giving meant that even better things were to come! Oh to be a child again, especially as we journey toward Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas! But, we can return to the simplicity of childhood at least spiritually. Caryll Houselander, a popular twen- tieth century spiritual author and poet, wrote, To become a child is a challenge to our courage. It demands, first of all, that we dare to grow up, to give our- selves to life, to accept life as it is and above all, to accept ourselves as we are. Houselander suggested that going back to childhood means rediscovering true values, instead of those that are based on materialism, public opinion and snob- bery; that we must regain simplicity and humility . . . and, above all, we must re- gain the courage that is partly a bound- less zest for living and partly an unques- tioning trust in an all-powerful love. Although these words were penned in 1949, they could have been written today. So much in our lives is driven by materialism and public opinion. Our attention is fragmented by constant multi-tasking and the incessant flow of information, which prevent us from fully experiencing the activities in which we are engaged at any give moment. This is especially true in the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving. According to a national survey pro- vided by New Dream, an organization that promotes simplicity, more than 75 percent of Americans wish the holidays were less materialistic. Nearly nine in ten believe that holidays should be more about family and caring for others than exchanging gifts. Recent studies in social neuroscience have found that loneliness causes serious health risks. Yet more than a third of U.S. senior citizens experience frequent or intense loneliness and 94 percent of people with disabilities feel that they lack meaningful community participation. New Dream suggests that we create holiday traditions that instill more meaning into the season and encourage more sharing, laughter, creativity, and personal renewal, rather than the ac- cumulation of material goods and credit card debt. For adults like you and me, our child- hood holidays are often our most pre- cious memories. Yet many of us get caught up in the frenzy of materialism, rushing around so much that we are never really able to appreciate the heart and soul of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. While we still have time lets resolve to become children again. Lets rediscover true values of faith and family, the love of humble things and simple pleasures, gratitude and a commitment to nurtur- ing relationships especially with those who are at risk of being marginalized or who are in need of special attention. Lets ask for the grace to recover the ability to live in the present moment and to fully experience whatever we are doing, a boundless zest for living and an unquestioning trust in the power of our loving God to provide for all our needs. In this journey back to childhood, we can count on the assistance of the saints, especially those who particular- ly exemplified simplicity and spiritual childhood. Among these are St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese of Lisieux and the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Jeanne Jugan, who frequently counseled her spiritual daughters to be very little before God. We can also count on two of the churchs newest saints, Jacinta and Francisco of Fatima, who were just young children when God called them to a vocation of historic pro- portions for the church and the modern world. Finally, in our journey back to child- hood we are always accompanied by Mary, whose littleness drew down the gift of God, and who constantly sang of her gratitude and her sense of wonder at the marvels God was accomplishing in her. She is eager to help us to become, anew, children of a loving God. Sister Constance Veit is director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Are you ready to be a child again? GUEST COLUMN Sister Constance Veit IN THIS JOURNEY BACK TO CHILDHOOD, WE CAN COUNT ON THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SAINTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO PARTICULARLY EXEMPLIFIED SIMPLICITY AND SPIRITUAL CHILDHOOD.

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