March 03, 2007

Oh, What a Night!

Ray , Julie and I went to dinner at Cheng Heng on University in St. Paul and then carpooled over to the U of MN to join the Pope & the Witch protest.

We worried at first that we would be the only ones there. We were just getting ready to kick it off all by ourselves when a group of people showed up. Among them was Mary of Veritatis Splendor blog.

Then, a multitude of seminarians from St. John Vianney showed up. Fr. William Baer, their Rector, was with them.

It was a chilly night. The prayers got faster and faster the longer we were out there. Most of people walking by and entering Rarig either ignored us, glared, looked amused or shook their heads angrily. Typical.

All in all there were probably about 100 people? Hard to say, I was too happy to count.

We recited the Rosary, sang some hymns and closed with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Before we dispersed, Fr. Baer gave us his blessing and the Men of Vianney did their cheer.

Dan of Believe and Profess blog was there. Jeremy Stanbary of Epiphany Studio Productions was also there. It was a very nice turn out considering how short the advance notice was for some.

Julie brought photographic evidence of the breadcrust. It's huge!


Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

My post is up, too.

Yeah, it got a little cold and speedy.

I just realized I have to edit...forgot to make note of the notables!

March 03, 2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Oh, Cathy, of little faith, you didn't mention that my prediction of more than 100 from SJV was doubted by you and Adoro and scorn was in the process of being heaped upon me when the multitudes of SJV seminarians and additional sopranos showed up.

The hymns sounded much better with those high notes being delivered properly.

You also neglected to mention the helicopter surveillance that had been ordered, apparently by the University. I would imagine that the entire force will be out tomorrow evening to deal with those pesky seminarians and their pals.

But Saturday was the last appearance by the seminarians unless the Theater Department choose another anti-Catholic work for its students to practice on.

The next public event will be after the Thursday evening performance when their will be a forum, open to the public, to discuss the play before its final UofMN performance next Friday. Approximate start time will be about 10:00 p.m. at the Rarig Center where the play is being performed.

March 03, 2007 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Colleen Perfect said...

God reward you! I could not join in person, but was with you all in my prayer. Thank you for standing in for all of us!

March 03, 2007 10:25 PM  
Anonymous epiphany said...

I was equally energized and enthused by the great turnout in "protest" against (actually, it was more in "reparation" for) the performance of P&W. And the bitter cold made our penitential offering to God (and witness to those arriving for the show) all the more sweet and powerful!

I remarked to Fr. Baer afterward "the Church is strong!" He replied, "and young!" Average age among the 100+ was probably late twenties.

It was great meeting you "Cathy," I enjoy your blog. I double checked and I did make a link to your analysis of the P&W script in my latest e-newsletter for Epiphany and when I took a look at stats tonight, that link by far had the most hits than any other link in my newsletter. Congrats! Ya done good.

J. Stanbary, Epiphany Studio Productions

March 04, 2007 12:05 AM  
Anonymous epiphany said...

One more thing...

Another great way to protest anti-Catholic theater is to support good Catholic theater!

THE SCRUTINY PASSION is my latest play through Epiphany Studio Productions, which is set to debut at St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis on March 29 & 30. Spread the word!

Learn more by visiting:

Thanks & God bless!
J. Stanbary

March 04, 2007 12:35 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Back to the hymns.

I believe it was Adoro who mentioned on the drive back that she had never been in the midst of a choir composed mostly of men before and how good it sounded.

That it was, and not because of me. But because of the choice of music, the vocal range of which was keyed more to a male voice, it was not difficult to sing a solid hymn like "Salve Regina" or "O, Sanctissima" (when the Latin was unfamiliar) with same gusto that I am used to using when singing "Happy Birthday" or the "Twins' Fight Song." (I was going to say, "The Minnesota Rouser", but in this post, it probably isn't appropriate).

So any of you Parish Music Directors reading this, and I'm serious when I say it, contact the St John Vianney Seminary in St Paul and ask for a copy of their list of their 50 top favorite hymns sung by the men there.

You might be shocked to see what it does to the male participation in your Sunday Masses.

March 04, 2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Mrs. Perfect: I know you wanted to be there. I'm sure you were in spirit.

March 04, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Our Word said...

Great job, kiddo. Glad you're getting recognized for your great work on this. Don't let up!


March 05, 2007 9:21 AM  

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