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Harlem Boys Choir died

The New York Times reports today that famed and decorated Harlem Boys Choir died. Founded by Dr. Walter Turnball in 1968, the choir had a pretty good run by singing for presidents, foreign and domestic and for Pope John Paul II. Dr. Turnbull died in 2007 and with so did the choir but apparently few people knew this fact outside a select group. Read the obit.

Can’t we find a group of benefactors to keep the choir running???

The Church and aliens, ETs, that is

Every so often something interesting happens in the brutish lives we live. Tuesday night
was one of those times, at a seminary no less, that we had an interesting conversation about something many of us knew nothing about: stars, aliens and the connection with faith. We had a visit from Jesuit
Father David Brown whose work is at the Vatican’s Observatory. Funny that David and I are classmates but our journeys took us in different directions. Of course, he went up…that is, he studies the stars and I just went…

As a
coinky-dinky, Stephen Colbert chatted with the Vatican astronomer, Jesuit
Brother Guy Consolmagno, about extraterrestrial life. Who would have thought
that the seminary and Mr. Colbert were doing the same stuff: thinking about life beyond
the present moment.

Watch the interview here

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9 Lessons & Carols: St. Catherine of Siena Church NYC on December 12

9 lessons 2009.jpgJoin the Dominican Friars of Saint Catherine of Siena Church
& Priory
for a Candlelight Lessons and Carols, featuring the Master Singers
of Archmere Academy and the Choir of the Church of the Holy Child Jesus. David
J. Ikfovits will conduct the choirs.  The organist will be Father Jordan
Kelly, O.P.


The Lessons and Carols will be held on December 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm
at the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena
(411 East 68th Street, New York
City). The favor of your reply is requested on or before December 7
Please call 212-988-8300, or email
your reply.

Flannery O’Connor: the only great Christian writer in the US

Flannery O'Connor.jpgEncountering the grace through the literature is a sufficient way of knowing Christ and the fruitfulness of the Gospel. For many, myself included, Mary Flannery O’Connor is wonderful entree into the Mystery of God. Watch the story, I think you’d surprised by what you’d learn.

Flannery O’Connor’s stories were instrumental in at least one conversion to Catholicism that I am aware of. And she seems to have introduced him to Saint Thomas Aquinas who then led him eventually to the acceptance of a vocation in the Catholic priesthood. Dominican Father Thomas Joseph White talks about O’Connor’s influence in his life.
Be sure to read the extended interviews of the people interviewed in the centerpiece.
An interview on this topic will be broadcast on PBS’s “Religion and Ethics Weekly” on Sunday, 22 November (look for local listings).
The New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Flannery O’Connor

The Black Nobility and the Pope

Principe.jpgBet you didn’t know the Church had black nobility. Do you know the difference between the white and the black nobility? Not many good Catholics can anymore. AND certainly not many on this side of the pond. For most Americans the idea of nobility is foolish. Especially given our history of rejecting the monarchy. American interest in things monarchical is kept to a quiet interest in Britain’s queen and perhaps to one or two other royal personages of northern Europe. And if you watch 60 Minutes you’d be familiar with the Sultan in Bahrain.

Few would recall the “nobility” of Italy these days much less nobility of the Holy See. A few years ago the Bachelor show featured a “prince” looking for a bride. In reality the guy wasn’t a “real” prince but “royal” figure created by the papacy for the Borghese family, most of whom now live in the US, and some here in NY. 
UK’s Catholic Herald ran Edward Pentin’s piece today, “The Black Nobility Still Serves St Peter,” on the ancient, now past, noble servants of the pope.
Popery can be so much fun, fun, fun…

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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