...to make a village. This village scene took shape last night only because I had help! Many thanks to the omnicompetent Joe Horner and his highly talented sister Lucy. Joe conceived and executed the snow effects and trees, assisted by Lucy, who assembled the snack bar to the right of the train station. The station was painted several years back by their father, Bruce Horner. I glued together and painted the bridge if that counts for anything.
I wanted to post a piece of organ music for St. Cecilia on her day. But which piece? And what kind of piece? Every music lover will have his own suggestion. This year I offer a quiet piece that shows what the organ can do that no other single instrument can: create a complete world of music in which time is suspended.
The Five Priests Concert Sunday, September 18, 3 p.m.
Five priests of the Diocese of Columbus who are also fine musicians will open the 2011-2012 Cathedral Concerts series. Msgr. Stephan Moloney of Immaculate Conception Church, Columbus, Fr. Kevin Lutz of Holy Family Church, Fr. Thomas Buffer of Saint Stephen the Martyr Church, and Fr. Ty Tomson of Saint Andrew Church will play a program to include works of J. S. Bach, Cesar Franck and others. The Cathedral's musicians will also perform a work composed by Fr. David Poliafico.
Recently I spent 3-1/2 days without running water in my house. I knew that something was wrong when the well pump began running every four minutes. When we pulled the well pipe out of the ground we found that it had a hole in it, and the check valve at the bottom of the well (60 feet down) was bad. Parts were ordered and the well pipe replaced. Then the pump wouldn't prime. We pulled the pipe out again and found a tiny stone lodged in the intake. Back into the ground it all went. We poured 10-15 gallons of water into the pump to get it primed. It began to pump water, finally, but the pressure would not go above 10 psi (normal operating pressure is between 20 and 60 psi). So we got a new pump. Then we went across the street to fill 5-gallon containers with water to prime the pump. That took two hours. When the water started coming up it was dark gray, almost black. I let the hose run outside for two hours until all the silt we had stirred up ran out. Then I drained the water inside the house to get the silt out of the inside lines. My advice is: never buy a house that has a well.
Yesterday some of the men from the parish started removing and replacing the convent roof. My role in the project was limited to buying the materials and staying out of the way. As you can see, they are making great progress -- probably because I stayed out of the way,
A recent visit to the website of the Italian State Railways showed that while the Italians are good civil engineers they still have problems with the English language. In an age of globalization there is something comforting about this. For example, someone attempted to say :in addition to" the Frecce (arrow) class trains, but instead wrote "on top of the train." Quite a mental picture. Ciao. Link HERE
During the past six months we have worked, at times round the clock, on the remodeling of our church interior. Bishop Campbell dedicated the new altar on June 25. The next step will be the refinishing and installation of pews.
have been asked to participate in an organ concert on Sunday September 18 or this year at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus. I will play just one piece: the Franck Chorale in A Minor. I have begun practicing it at the piano to get it back under my fingers. I first learned the piece almost thirty years ago but you would never know it to hear me practice. It's going to take a while to get it up to speed. In the meanwhile, here is an excerpt from the piece, as played by a real organist.
Bright and early on Tuesday morning, we hooked Vidi Aquam up to the tractor and watched her trundle down the road to the marine railway behind Coastal Marine for launching. There was some anxiety about whether the Yamaha outboard would behave itself, but the new fuel pump did the trick. No thanks to Yamaha for not telling anyone that they had updated their fuel pump design. I am trying to think of something that makes less sense than a sailboat owner worrying about an outboard motor and I can't come up with anything. Once at the Port Clinton Yacht Charters dock, we stepped the mast and I gave the decks a good washing. Then back to sunny Columbus the same day (had a construction meeting Wednesday 8 a.m.).
We have just closed the 62nd annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America, held at the Franciscan Renewal Center just outside Scottsdale, Arizona. We had some really terrific talks, and were blessed by a visit from the Bishop of Phoenix, the Most Reverend Thomas Olmsted, who celebrated Mass for us last night and stayed for dinner. Here is an outline of the program.
The Mariological Society of America: 62th Annual Meeting: The Virgin Mary in the United States and Canada (Part I : Until 1900)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:00 PM Meeting of the Administrative Council
Dinner 7:30 PM Welcome: Fr. Thomas Buffer Fr. Emery de Gaál, Ph.D., University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary The Marian Connection between the Americas and Europe: Our Lady of Guadalupe 1531-1900
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 7:00 AM Morning Praise, Eucharist 9:00 AM Opening Orientation: Fr. Thomas Buffer
Dr. Joseph White, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Mary Immaculate as National Patroness: New Perspectives on the Decision of the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore (1846)
10:30 AM Lynn Marie Busch, S.T.L. Dallas, PA B The Marian Spirituality of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), Iroquois Virgin and Patroness of the United States Association of Consecrated Virgins
1:30 PM Fr. Neil Roy, STL., PhD. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN The Marian Legacy of St Marguerite Bourgeoys CND (1620-1700)
2:45 PM Bro. Lawrence Scrivani, SM, Pacific Grove, California
The Place Afforded to Mary in the Initial Evangelization of the Stone Age Peoples of New California, 1769-1824
4:00 PM Richard Bulzacchelli, S.T.L., Aquinas College, Nashville, TN Crushing the Head of the Serpent: Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Triumph of Revealed Religion in the Aztec World
Dinner Rosary Service (Guadalupe Chapel)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
7:00 AM Morning Praise, Eucharist
9:00 AM Dr. Wendy Wright, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
The Virgin Mary's Kaleidoscopic Heart: Southern California from the 19th to the 21t Century
10:30 AM Fr. Richard Gribble, CSC. Stonehill College, MA Fr. Nelson Baker and Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna, N.Y.
1:30 PM Edward Looney, Diocese of Green Bay, WI Called to Evangelize: The Story of Adele Brice and the Marian Apparition That Changed Her Life
3:00 PM Sharon Perkins, University of Dayton Marian Devotion among Czech Catholic Immigrants to Texas from the 1860s through the 1940s
5:30 PM Eucharist: Most Rev. Thomas Olmsted
Friday, May 20, 2011 7:00 AM Morning Praise, Eucharist
9:00 AM: Fr. Thomas Thompson, S.M. Select Marian Bibliography 2011
9:30 AM Business Meeting.
10:45 AM: Pilgrimage to the St. Mary's Basilica (Phoenix)
Just finished Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner. Highly recommended. Here's the video version (scroll past the inane introduction given by someone who must have gone to university):
Now that the hoo-haa in Wisconsin has subsided somewhat, and attention has turned from the tidal wave of protesters in Madison to a literal tsunami IN Japan, it is time for a dispassionate look at what the Madison riot means in a nation of laws. And Patrik Jonsson of the Christian Science Monitor has kindly provided such a gaze:
No, I have not forgotten about the Christmas train. In fact, this year I put two trains under the Christmas tree. I finished laying out the track and connecting the wires to it about four days ago. Here is proof: