INVITATION FROM THE CONGRESS MUSICAL DIRECTOR
January 8, 2016
Dear Musician & Friend:
Blessings to you in the dawn of the New Year in which Pope Francis
has beckoned us beyond our daily selves. This Extraordinary Jubilee
Year of Mercy calls and summons us to stretch beyond the normalcy of
the every day to be channels of peace, mercy, love and
reconciliation in this world so in need of healing and love.
"Boundless Mercy/Misericordia Inagotable” is the theme of the 2016
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and the very talented
Meredith Agustin has written a wonderfully energetic theme song for
The Sunday Gospel of the woman at the well reminds us of the
infinite love of the grace of God which we cannot earn, nor do we
deserve, but that which is complete and total gift to each and every
one of us. If only uncertainty and fear could be forever
subordinated to love, then perhaps all God’s children might know
peace. In the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, this is our mandatum.
In acknowledging your ongoing commitment to music ministry, I am
extending an invitation to you to participate in Congress Choir
2016. The combined talents of nearly 300 musicians comprise the
group that will provide the music for the final liturgies on Sunday,
February 28, 2016. Over 19,000 people attend these liturgies. I hope
that in considering this invitation, you'll decide to join us. I
promise you, it is an experience to remember.
To participate, RSVP complete the online form at
Attendance at two rehearsals is mandatory. Several "first"
rehearsals are conveniently scheduled at a location near you. Choose
from one of the following.
*Choose the one geographically closest to and most convenient for
*Monday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Area
10866 Manacor Court
San Diego, CA 92124
Contact: Ginger & Bob Infantino
Phone: (858) 256-9351
*Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
St Jerome Church
5550 Thornburn St.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(La Tijera exit at the 405 Fwy)
Contact: John Flaherty
Phone: (310) 338-2720
*Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Contact: Norbert Zwickl
Phone: (480) 948-7460
February 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Northern California Bay Area
Diocese of San Jose Chancery Office
1150 North First Street, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112
Contact: Diana Macalintal
Phone: (408) 983-0136
*Saturday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.
– Moreno Valley/Riverside
St. Patrick Catholic Church
10915 Pigeon Pass Road
Moreno Valley, CA 92557
Contact: Maria Alvarado
phone (951) 780-6049
February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Inland Empire – Rancho Cucamonga
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
9135 Banyan St.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
Contact: Cyndi Noble
Phone: (951) 742-1334
Ventura/Santa Barbara - TBA
New York, NY
ALL MUST ATTEND
THIS FINAL REHEARSAL:
Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Linus Church
13913 Shoemaker Ave.,
Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Anna Betancourt
Should you have any
questions, please contact me at
Again, RSVP by
February 12, 2016 to me at
Please take the liberty of forwarding this email to others who might
enjoy being a member of Choir 2016!
*Finally, and most importantly - RSVP right away. We must cap the
choir at 250.
With great love and care,
Chair, Congress Liturgy Committee
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress