Musings of a 30ish Midwestern Catholic Improv Guy.

Monday, May 19, 2003  

5/18 -- A Day in the Life -- Part I

Wake up at 7 am, leave house a little after 8 to catch bus for breakfast meeting with Karen Marie. Expected bus doesn't come, have to take alternate routes. It's 9 am when I meet Karen in the Cathedral atrium.

We head over to Mykonos, a Greek-style cafe with yummy food. We chat the whole three hours about this and that. Before we know it, the Transit Plus van comes to get Karen. We promise to meet more frequently than once every six months.

I take care of an errand or two, and wait for a Number 10 bus. A man has to use the bathroom. I direct him to the Hotel Pfister, which has some very nice restrooms. His girlfriend asks where they can rent a house in a neighborhood which isn't a combat zone. I make some suggestions. The man comes back. The Number 10 arrives.

Hawley and Wisconsin is where I debus. First stop: a gas station, for relief and refreshment. Then off to Calvary Cemetery, the oldest diocesan burial ground in Milwaukee. Several locally famous people are interred there, including Patrick Cudahy, Solomon Juneau, and the Miller family . The heart of the cemetery is Jesuit Hill, where the Jesuits, other religious, and many diocesan priests are buried. Crowning the hill is beautiful but neglected chapel, which has three altars inside and 40+ crypts underneath. Only one of the crypts is occupied. Recently, the Office of Cemeteries renovated some other unused crypts at the bottom of the hill and installed two columbarium walls. That's why I'm there -- to check out the new work.

But first things first. I pay my respects to several priests and religious who are buried at the foot of the hill. The foundresses of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi rest there. So does Fr. Nicholas Becker, pastor of Old St. Mary's Church from 1903-1923; and Fr. Herman Joseph Holzhauer, founding pastor of St. Joseph's Church. This is actually Fr. Holzhauer's second resting place: he was orginally interred in a crypt in the original church. When the church was torn down to make way for the freeway, his remains were moved to Calvary.

I check out the recent developments. The columbaria are nicely done -- even a few Jesuits are there. And the crypt! If I didn't have a space set aside for me at St. Adalbert's, I'd want my mortal coil to await Judgement Day here. A wrought-iron gate opens into 40 niches. Even with the skylight, you get the feeling that you're in a cave or a catacomb. Only one person is interred there so far.

Up the hill, and to the graves of the School Sisters of St. Francis, the Congregation of the Good Shepherd, the Schoenstatt Fathers, and some of the first priests of the Archdiocese. And, of course, the Society of Jesus. The Jesuits' graves spiral up the hill, their plain white tombstones inscribed with their birthdates, entry into the Society, and date of death. I find to my surprise that the last grave atop the hill is Fr Leo Burns, who died four years ago at age 94. I remember him well. After a term as Provincial Superior, he became associate pastor at Gesu Church for many years. Even after his retirement, he heard confessions every Saturday afternoon until a year before his death. I say a short prayer for them, and look around the chapel.

posted by Dave | 7:49 PM


You are a Flute! You like things sweet, and simple.

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posted by Dave | 6:11 PM

This One Too....

You're the best -- you know it, as does everyone
else (except for US News and World Report every
few years). You might not be hip, you might not
be pretty, but you're smart as a whip and you
never need to do another impressive thing in
your life.

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posted by Dave | 6:02 PM

Sounds About Right....

You are an alchemist. "Alchemists are those who seek Truth. Judges, scientists, and philosophers (who are a kind of scientist, though they have forgotten it) and even a few clergymen are Alchemists."

Poet, Alchemist, Dragon, King or Churl?

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Saturday, May 17, 2003  

The Ideal Hymnal Continued....

Finally got a chance to blog a bit today, in between loads of laundry.....

OK. So far, we've decided to include the Psalter (Catholic RSV) , with formatting similar to Worship III or the Lutheran hymnals. Two more questions for today:

1) Parallel Latin-English Order of Mass, or separate sections?

2) What kind of notation for chant? Gregorian (like the Adoremus Hymnal, standard (Collegeville Hymnal), or "halfway" (GIA Hymnals)? Which would work better?

posted by Dave | 1:42 PM

Monday, May 12, 2003  

This Is What Happens When They're Not In Charge

More proof that the Democratic Party is simply out for power, by virtually any and all means short of armed violence.

posted by Dave | 6:00 PM

Sunday, May 11, 2003  

Dod a code...ah-choo!

Was going to do brunch with Karen Marie, but instead I'm sitting around with a stuffed head, drinking tea and listening to the rain outside....

posted by Dave | 7:23 PM

Thursday, May 08, 2003  

Nice New Catholic Church

If you are tired of vast, unexpressive "worship spaces", please visit this page. Very nice, and very Catholic.

Mea culpa I accidentally repeated the link to Vosko's site. Didn't mean to frighten you like that. The link has been corrected. Now take a look.

posted by Dave | 10:46 PM

The Ideal Hymnal II

I know I would want this much in my Dream Hymnal:

--Parallel Orders of Mass in English and Latin with notation for chanable parts a la Adoremus Hymnal

--Orders for Baptism, wedding ceremonies, funerals, and Benediction (the last in both English and Latin)

--The Liturgy of the Hours: Morning, Evening and Night Prayers


One question: Should this Hymnal include psalm settings? If so, what version should be used: New American, the old Grail version (certainly not the new!), the Jerusalem, or the RSV-CE?

Feedback is always welcome, of course.....

posted by Dave | 9:21 PM

Wednesday, May 07, 2003  

If I were to compile a hymnal.....

I remember the Great Hymnal Debate at Confessions of an Accidental Choir Director. I also remember the choir director of St. Anthony's saying that the perfect synthesis would be The Adoremus Hymnal's order of Mass and The Collegeville Hymnal's song selection.

That got me thinking....what would be the ideal Catholic Hymnal? What would be the best selection of Mass settings and hymns? Would the orientation be strictly "classical" (Collegeville, Worship III), or a mixture (RitualSong, Gather Comprehensive)? Or would you have two hymnals like Worship III/Gather I?

More tomorrow.........comments are welcome.

posted by Dave | 10:49 PM

Since the last time I was here.....

--- I found out that Caritas Unitas et Veritas had been revived by Mr. Alexander. I think I shall be contributing to it again.....

--- Kept busy at the other job. Had lots of fun, as usual.

--- I borrowed Age of Empire from a friend, installed it, and promptly crashed my computer. It's hard to blog when you're running a thorough diagnostic check......

--- Trying to catch up on my blogreading. So much good stuff, so little time......

posted by Dave | 10:27 PM

Some tuning up.....

Went with Blogger Extra instead for comments. Let's see how it works....

Off to workshop in a few minutes.......will post later tonight or tomorrow.

posted by Dave | 5:44 PM