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posted Jun 29, 2011, 6:39 PM by Unknown user

During the first few centuries of the Roman Empire, including the time in which Jesus lived, Gentiles typically married in the month of June to honor Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.  Later, people in agricultural societies did it to time conception so births wouldn't interfere with harvest work.   Brides in the 15th century chose to marry in June because it coincided with their “annual bath” (you read right!) thus ensuring a relatively sweet-smelling honeymoon.  And centuries later, June still remains the most popular month to wed.

So what better month to debut our new Wedding Music page?  You'll find information to plan music for your ceremony, as well as a list of suggested musical selections.  You'll even find a short list of traditional wedding music from other cultures.  If you're not planning a wedding, but already married, check it out and tell me if you don't see the music you had performed at your wedding!  And if you have a suggestion for our international list, let me know that as well!

But this isn't the only thing that's new!  Our music platform has been redesigned to better accommodate our growth, and to better structurally support a  grand piano.  Generous parishioners have also donated a new mixer and cables for our music sound system.  And all this happened while I'm on a mini-vacation!

The newly formed Summer Schola will make its debut next week at the 11:45 A.M. Mass.  This “training choir” offers you the chance to sing with a chorus without the commitment of weekly rehearsal, since it only rehearses monthly on the last Monday of the month.  It's easy unison singing, and all in English, so if you can, drop in and join us for rehearsal tomorrow night at 7:30!

HeartBEAT is also switching to a monthly schedule for the summer, rehearsing on the last Monday of the month at 3:30 P.M.  So if you want a little rhythm in your life, our percussion ensemble is open to tweens, teens and adults!