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cuori BELLissimi!

posted Sep 16, 2014, 9:33 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 16, 2014, 9:33 AM ]
We have a kid’s handbell choir now called cuori BELLissimi! that plays regularly at 11:45 Mass. The 50-minute rehearsals for students in 2nd – 6th grades will resume on Wednesday, September 17th at 3:30 pm in the Good Shepherd, and continues weekly on Wednesday afternoons.

Becoming a “ringer” develops team work; social interaction and self-esteem. It also provides general music training, though musical ability is NOT the most important characteristic; a good ringer must want to be involved; have a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend regularly (a lack of responsibility toward attendance is a strong detriment to any group. Ask any coach.) It only requires basic eye-hand coordination and a sense of a rhythmic beat.

There’s no fee, though in addition to the child’s name and grade I need to know a parent’s name and contact info, (phone and email) and if your child is NOT attending Faith Formation who will pick them up at 4:20. I also hope more adults will volunteer to alternate supervising rehearsals. Following each rehearsal, we’ll walk the children over to Brooklyn Prospect Charter School for their Faith Formation classes. Though I’ve conveniently scheduled it between school and religious education, it’s not a baby-sitting service.

Since some of our students have begun to outgrow the KidsPlay® set of little handbells we currently have, parishioners have graciously bought us a 25-note, 2-octave set of hand chimes which you’ll soon be hearing at Mass! Once ringers have become proficient at the smaller bells, they can begin ringing chimes. So if you know a kid who might be interested...