18 April 2013

Ecclesia Choir Concert Set for May 5


On Sunday, May 5, Ecclesia Choir will offer a concert with a fascinating array of different styles and moods of sacred music from both Eastern and Western Christian Traditions.  The 3 p.m. performance will feature Gregorian, Greek and Ruthenian Chants as well as Western Polyphony, Russian Choral music, resident composers and American Folk music (just for a change of pace!).   Also featured will be the Woods Family Singers.
The concert will be at Divine Infant Parish at 1601 Newcastle Avenue in Westchester, Illinois.  A free-will donation would be appreciated.

According to Director Timothy Woods, the mission of the Choir is to let people know that the Tradition which feeds us spiritually is also wonderfully beautiful and is still available even if a particular parish does not practice the Tradition.

Director Woods also notes that the group is now auditioning new members for its volunteer and paid choirs.  Auditions usually consist of scales (to determine voice range), a piece of one’s own choosing and sight-reading.  Further information is available at jtcatholic@earthlink.net or 815-806-0066.

To arrange bookings for concerts, Divine Liturgies, Masses or Vespers, please use the above contact information.  

15 April 2013

Golf Outing Supports Orphanages in Slovakia and Ukraine


St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Binghamton, NY will host its Third Annual International Children’s Classic Golf Outing on Saturday,May 18.  All net proceeds from the event will be divided between St. Nicholas Children's Home in Medzilaborce, Slovakia as well as Holy Cross Orphanage and the Regional Medical Center's Children's Wing, both located in Uzhgorod, Ukraine.  As in the past, this outreach will impact the lives of many needy children.

The shotgun start is scheduled for noon at Endwell Greens Golf Club.  The cost is $100 per participant or $400 per foursome.  The registration fee which must be received by May 6 includes 18 holes of golf and two carts per team.  Beverages will be provided for participants on the course.  A dinner will follow the tournament.

At 11 a.m. George Skomsky, PGA, of the International Golf School will host a putting contest open to all participants.

Men and women golfers are encouraged to enter the competition as well as mixed teams.  Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams.  An award will also be presented to the man and the woman with the longest drives as well as the man and the woman coming closest to the pin.  Hole-in-one prizes will also be given to those lucky enough to make one.  All golfers will receive a commemorative gift and team photo.

Individuals who prefer not to golf but wish to support the tournament and the children may purchase a $20 ticket for the dinner and entry into the door prize contest. 

Anyone wishing to send a donation to assist the children in Slovakia and Ukraine may use the form below to send a contribution to St. Michael's.