Regarding the Venue for the Holy Week Concert:
Updates, clarifications, and
A rumor, misinformation, an
inaccuracy -- whatever you want to call it -- persists that the
Iron Mountain Area Clergy Association (IMACA) and Dickinson
County Community Chorus's (DCCC's) traditional Holy Week service
for 2018 will be held at Saint Mary and Saint Joseph Church in
This is untrue. The event will
NOT be at Saint Mary and Saint Joseph's.
My postings this week are
attempts to effectively get the public's attention and emphasize
what clearly has not been sinking in since the Christmas concert
at the end of November: No, the Lenten concert-service will NOT
be at Saints Mary and Joseph's. Period.
Please, if you know of any party
(organization, municipality, agency, church, school, etc.) who
has this on its activities calendar or is matter-of-factly
telling people that the event is at this parish --
understandably just out of force of habit after several decades
-- let me know so I can correct it. The clergy association and
chorus's concert-service will NOT be at Saint Mary and Saint
Joseph's parish this spring.
Last summer I stood at Lake
Antoine's stage one July evening and directed all of the people
-- those who didn't get the word and came to the 2017 Music
Under the Stars concert at the park -- to the location DCCC had
moved the concert. On March 27 I'd prefer to be at Holy
Tuesday's concert-service rather than on the front steps of
Saint Mary and Saint Joseph's, directing misinformed audience
members to Saint Elsewhere instead.
Along these same lines, there are
rumors where the concert-service WILL be other than at Saints
Mary and Joseph. And each rumor is a different church! I think
we've nipped these in the bud.
DCCC's directors have not yet
chosen a location for the concert-service. Nay, not one!
Some places on the list, however,
have been scratched because of conflicting schedules and limited
capacities. Crystal today had a promsing meeting about another
excellent possibility, and on the list remain some other
terrific choices. The directors are working steadily at finding
and choosing a venue, but they're not rushing because they want
to make sure a venue meets all of their criteria, then make the
best possible choice among venues that do. Check the chorus's
website or keep an eye on social media and traditional media for
a prompt announcement once Crystal, Gail, and John have reached
Also, Caryn Carlson of Saint Mary
and Saint Joseph yesterday commented in the thread of a Facebook
posting about not singing at her church. Most readers don't see
a comment buried in a thread so I wanted to bring it up to the
surface's air and light for her and for those interested in this
issue. She listed two reasons why Father Romanek, the church's
pastor, chose in 2017 and recently for 2018 not to host the
concert-service. (Maria Erickson later graciously posted an
informative comment about a church meeting with the pastor last
year and that he listed a series of reasons, but DCCC -- and
IMACA to the best of my knowledge -- unfortunately has no record
of that meeting.)
One: "As Catholic Christians
the purpose and character of our church is for Divine Worship
and the Sanctuary is to be treated with the greatest respect.
Imagine the sadness to find out the Altar was being treated as a
common household table." (I don't know what alleged
incident or incidents she's referring to or any details about
this issue and I'm not interested in pursuing it -- to the best
of my knowledge, neither are the directors of DCCC. It
apparently dates back to 2016 or before because there's been no
DCCC event at the church since then. To pursue it will be
contentious and improve nothing, in my opinion, and only
exacerbate a problem that should've been nipped in the bud and
today shouldn't even exist. To pursue it would be pointless,
anyway, due to the second reason.)
Two: "Although Sacred music
is a treasure and very important in the context of the liturgy,
Holy Week is not the time to be hosting a concert in the Church,
it is a penitential time."
So there you are. (Thanks, Caryn.)
For those who want reasons why the event is not being held at
Saint Mary and Saint Joseph's church, here you go, right from
the horse's mouth. Or, actually, from the horse's
representative's mouth. Now no one has to speculate any longer.
Everyone can concentrate instead on preparing the annually
superlative concert-service that IMACA and DCCC produce at
whatever place they produce it.
Just a word of foresight and
advice, though: if there's an altar anywhere near where you're
rehearsing, reading, praying, or performing, please be careful
how you treat it and please show it -- and everything else where
you are -- the respect your host expects and deserves.