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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Dinner following Nov. 20 chant Mass will benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society

the Inland Register

(From the Nov. 10, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

“Chant and Chow,” the dinners following the Gregorian Chant Mass at St. Aloysius/Gonzaga, return this fall with a new “flavor.”

St. Aloysius Parish, the Gonzaga Gregorian Schola and the student chapters of the John Paul II Society, Catholic Daughters, and the Knights of Columbus, along with Council 683 of the Knights, have joined forces to raise money for the winter needs of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. The Society’s food stores are unusually low as the season approaches when the needs are the highest.

On Nov. 20, the Feast of Christ the King, the 5 p.m. Gregorian Mass will be a solemn high Mass to celebrate the last feast of the Church year. A simple dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus hall at Boone and Lidger-wood Avenues.

The Gregorian Mass is a unique mix of the old and the new, organically tying the traditions of the Church to the revised liturgy of Vatican II. The entire Mass, with celebrant and two deacons, is sung. The ancient Proper chants of the Mass are sung (in Latin) by the Schola. The priest’s chants are in English, but set to ancient Gregorian formulas.

The congregation’s parts are a mixture and English and Latin responses. For Christ the King, the schola will sing a Palestrina Mass for parts of the Ordinary.

The dinner afterward will be an opportunity to meet members of the community who come to the Gregorian Mass each week, as well as an opportunity to support the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society as it gears up for the winter months.

The tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $10/adults and $6/students, seniors, and children. Tickets can be reserved/purchased at St. Aloysius Parish office (on Astor at Boone Ave. 323-5896) or the Gonzaga University music department office (217 E. Boone Ave. 323-6733). The dinner seating will be limited; advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

For more information contact Deacon Edward Schaefer: eschaefer@dioceseofspokane.org.


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