Weekly AnnouncementsAugust 13, 2017
Coffee & Donuts – All are welcome for Coffee & Donuts in the Social Hall following the 10am Mass today.
Vespers & Benediction – Vespers and Exposition with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be tonight from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Vespers will be recited recto tono. Sheets will be provided for all to follow along. We have Vespers every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.
Rosary for the Unborn – On Saturday, August 19, Fr. Franco will lead us in the Rosary in front of Hillcrest abortuary, 2709 N. Front St, Harrisburg. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meal Train – Still Seeking More Volunteers – We are starting a meal train for those in our parish who need meals – new mommas, those in an emergency, etc. If you are interested in helping cook occasionally or know someone who needs help, please e-mail Alyssa Showers at email@example.com
Co-Op Classes & Choristers – This academic year Mater Dei will offer classes and our new Chorister program for children. Registration was last week, so if interested contact Dawn Forbeck ASAP at Forbecks@comcast.net
Fall – Men’s Recollection – A Men’s Morning of Recollection will be given by Fr. Saguto FSSP on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The Morning of Recollection will be open to all men including non-parishioners.
Feast of the Assumption – August 15 – The Feast of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Mass times will be as follows:
- 7:00am – Low Mass
- 7:00pm – Low Mass with Hymns
Youth Group – Farewell to Graduates – Our next Youth Group event will be a farewell to all of our friends heading to college or who are moving onto the Mater Dei Young Adults group. Please join us this Saturday, August 19, 6 – 9pm for organized games including disc golf and a talk by Father Franco followed by the rosary. Please bring a snack and a friend! The Youth Group is open to young people ages 13 – 18. For location details and more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
YAG – Fall Events – For the fall, the young adult group (ages 18-35) will be increasing our events to twice per month.
- Saturday August 26th, we will meet at Adam Ricci Park at 2pm for soccer and/or volleyball; bring your own water.
- Friday, September 8th, 6:30pm Mass. We will proceed downstairs for pizza and board games. Please bring a beverage and a donation for pizza, and a game if you would like.
We also have a new Facebook group: Mater Dei Harrisburg Young Adult Group, where this information will be posted. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Send questions to Fr.Franco@MaterDeiPA.com
Online Giving Now Available – You can now donate to Mater Dei online. Go to our homepage at MaterDeiPA.com and click on “Donate.”
Men & Women Sought for Mixed Choir – Sung Masses will begin again on September 10, and Music Director Patrick Torsell is forming a mixed choir to complement the schola.
The mixed choir is open to men and women of the parish interested in applying their voices for the Glory of God, and provides a rich opportunity to engage socially with like-minded Catholics. Formal musical training is not required to sing with the choir; but the ability to match pitch is necessary, and reading music (or a keen capacity to follow the notes and learn by ear) is required.
As the choir develops, it is hoped that the repertoire will grow to include many of the beautiful polyphonic works of the great composers such as Victoria, Palestrina, des Prez, Tallis, and many others.
The men’s schola is responsible for chanting the Propers of the Mass, while the mixed choir will sing processional hymns, the Ordinary of the Mass, along with chants and polyphonic works for Offertory and Communion. The schola and choir will rehearse together once during the week (day TBD), plus a warmup and run-through before each Sung Mass. The first rehearsal will be the week of August 28.
If you are interested in joining the choir and/or schola, or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Torsell at Music@MaterDeiPA.com right away so that the ideal rehearsal day for the group can be determined.