December 17, 2023 – Advent Concert

St. Anselm Church celebrated Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, on December 17th, 2023 with a glorious and joyous afternoon of carols, scripture readings, and prayer.

The afternoon began with the St. Anselm Adult choir, under the direction of our Director of Music, Therese Panicali, treating the congregation to “People Look East”, which was followed by one beautiful carol after another – “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen”, “The First Noel”, “Silent Night”, “O Holy Night” and many, many more.

Fr. John led us in prayer, reciting the Our Father; there were readings from the Gospel of Luke, and the recitation of the inspirational “One Solitary Life”. But, most importantly, there was singing, beautiful and joyous singing.

This year, for the first time, the concert was followed by a reception in the Academy’s McMahon Auditorium, where an enormous Christmas tree served as the centerpiece for the holiday décor. The Reception was made possible thanks to the generous donation from a parish family in appreciation for all the beautiful music that graces our liturgies throughout the year.

Our thanks to the Reception Committee Chairs – Eileen and Peter Loughlin for all their wonderful work, and support of the event, and to their committee of volunteers: Barbara, Bob, Josephine, Judy, Linda, and Shirley – who set up, served, and cleaned up with grace and a smile.

“Thank you” to the members of our Adult Choir: David Boldtsmith, Teri Guddahl, Marie Patanio, Tique Pietrofessa, MaryAlice Kozak, Betty Petito, Theresa Marinelli, Bill Monahan, Paul Muccigrosso and Kenneth Wayne – to Kirsten D’Aquino, our organist, and of course – Therese Panicali, our marvelous soloist and Director, who gave us such a wonderful, joyous and uplifting Advent afternoon of prayer and song to prepare us for Christmas!

Our thanks to Fr. John for his support of this wonderful afternoon and to our congregation, neighbors and friends who came out to support this joyous concert with their presence.

All the best,

The St. Anselm Publicity Committee

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