Gregorian Chant

May 8, 2017 Update #4

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Happy Easter Everyone! some exciting news and events regarding the Latin Mass!
 SAVE THE DATE! THURSDAY JUNE 15 – More details on Corpus Christi Sung Latin Mass at Our Lady of Peace, 620 Amboy Avenue in Fords is coming soon! In the meantime, please invite your family and friends to save the date and join our mailing list (see end of this email), AND please let us know if you are interested in serving, singing or materially supporting this Mass, procession and convivium (aka coffee and calories). Prepare for joy! I have attached a flyer which you can print and share.

Also this month of May offers many opportunities to honor Our Blessed Mother:

SATURDAY MAY 13 – OCTOBER 13: The Holy See has granted an plenary indulgence once each month from May 13 to October 13, for all Catholics who visit a Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, or pray before an Image of Our Lady of Fatima on the 13th of the month. The usual condition of praying the Creed, the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions of the Holy Father, being interiorly detached from sin, receiving Holy Communion, and receiving absolution (going to confession) 8 days before or after the 13th of the month applies to all seeking to gain this indulgence.

Fr. Dan Hesko will keep St. Catherine Laboure Church, 130 Bray Avenue, Middletown, NJ open on the 13th of each month for the faithful to visit to the image of Our Lady of Fatima enthroned there.

New Jersey and the Diocese of Metuchen is blessed to have an official shrine of Our Lady of Fatima at the World Apostolate of Fatima U.S.A. – Our Lady’s Blue Army at 674 Mountain View Road in Asbury (Warren County) NJ 08802 Telephone 908-689-1700, or web at

SUNDAY MAY 14 @ 7PM: Our Lady of Fatima Church, 501 New Market Road, Piscataway NJ invites you to join their 16th Annual Fatima Candlelight Procession. The faithful will gather at 7 pm outside the church; procession through the streets will begin at 7:30 pm. The Rosary will also be recited inside the church for those unable to walk the route. After the procession, there will be music by Our Lady of Fatima Choir, homily by guest preacher Fr. Frederick L. Miller, S.T.D., Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, and the traditional Fatima Farewell. Candles and rosaries available for a small donation. Reception to follow in the auditorium of the Recreation Center. Children are welcome to participate in the procession dressed as angels and saints. First Holy Communicants are invited to attend wearing their First Holy Communion attire. Adults are welcome to carry parish flags, banners and the platform of Our Lady. To volunteer, please call: 732-968-5555, Ext. 1106. For more information, please call Roberta Maurer at 732-245-9124.

MONDAY MAY 15 @ 7 PM, Our Lady of Peace Parish Center, 25 Franklin Avenue, Edison, NJ: Deacon Paul Makar of Assumption Parish will offer a presentation on the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church. The Ukrainian Catholic Church is one of 23 churches that make up the Catholic Church; the Byzantine Rite is one of the five rites celebrated in the Eastern churches. Come and learn more about what you will experience at Sunday’s Divine Liturgy (see below).

THURSDAY MAY 18 @ 7 to 9 PM: St. Catherine Laboure Church, 5 Shore Acres Drive, Middletown, NJ invites you to their parish hall across the street from the church to meet Catholic radio talk show host and singer/songwriter, Mike Church. He will present “The Catholic Gentleman’s Guide to Reconquest of Society: How Catholic Men and Families Can Reshape Our Culture and Society.” Doors open at 6 pm with a book signing to follow. I have attached a flyer which you can print and share.


SUNDAY, MAY 21 @ 9 AM, Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 684 Alta Vista Place, Perth Amboy, NJ: Please join Fr. David Skoblow, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Peace in Fords, for a visit to this parish to experience the Divine Liturgy and meet with Assumption parishioners afterward. The Ukrainian Catholic Church is part of the Catholic Church and in union with the Pope in Rome, so this Liturgy will fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation. The liturgy will be sung in Ukrainian, and the church itself is a splendid example of Byzantine church architecture.
HELP WANTED – WEB SITE FOR LATIN MASS in CENTRAL NJ CAN BE COMING SOON! If anyone is able to help in this regard with hosting or design, please let me know!!!!!!  I have content ready to go.
GREGORIAN CHANT WORKSHOP ON MARCH 28 WELL ATTENDED!  All in attendance learned a lot from Mr. Anthony R. Nardino, Director of Sacred Music at St. Peter the Apostle University & Community Parish in New Brunswick. For those who wanted to learn more, Anthony suggested the following resources. He is also hoping to offer more chant workshops in the near future.

Thank you all in advance for any prayers or help you can lend in these efforts. Please do not forget to pray for our priests, our Bishop and our Holy Father the Pope. I look forward to seeing you and praying together with you soon!

God bless you!


March 21, 2017 Update #2

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Hello dear friends!

Sharing some Exciting News!

There will be a Introduction to Gregorian Chant Workshop

***OPEN TO ALL **Not just singers***

Next Tuesday evening March 28,

at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 94 Somerset St. New Brunswick NJ 08901

It is being taught by their Sacred Music Director, Anthony Nardino. Anthony is excited to give this workshop, It really is for *everyone,* not just singers. It will have enough musical “meat” for beginning scholas AND your average choir member as well.

St. Peter’s, located in a college town, has a vibrant community of young people excited to learn and share the Catholic Church’s great patrimony of liturgy and music. Their enthusiasm is inspiring!

To RSVP, click here:

DID YOU KNOW? The Vatican II Council, in the Constitution on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, stated that Gregorian Chant was to be given “pride of place” in the liturgy of Catholic Church. The phrase is echoed by Pope Paul VI in Musicam Sacram (March 5, 1967) and repeated in the current General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

DID YOU KNOW? Gregorian Chant is eminently suitable for the sacred Liturgy because itself is sacred in nature; that is, its form and structure make it separate and distinct from the music of the popular culture. In its pure form, chant evolved solely to serve the Liturgy. Its sole purpose is to carry the sacred texts of the Mass and the Scriptures, pulling our hearts and minds away from the worldly and the mundane and up toward God.

Here’s how Philadelphia-based organist and music director Lucy Carroll described Gregorian Chant: “Deriving from Hebraic cantillations of Jewish worship, its long lines weave around the sacred texts, reaching upward like gothic spires or hands raised in prayer….Chant is timeless. It doesn’t sound like a 1950s dance tune, a Broadway ballad, a Sousa march, or anything else that will call up secular or worldly images and feelings. Many of the beautiful chants [we sing now] have been sung for centuries and continue to [build up the faithful].”

From another document composed for the 50th anniversary of Musicam Sacram : “Liturgy is a limen, a threshold that allows us to step from our daily existence to the worship of the angels.”

Please come to this workshop and please do invite others to come.  Hope to see you there!

“Cantate Domino Canticum Novum” (Sing a new song to the Lord)

God bless you!
Nora D. Brower

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