Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena

A Parish of the Archdiocese of New York served by the Dominican Friars

January 29, 2018

Upcoming Parish Music Events (January 28, 2018)

This Spring is going to be an exciting and busy one for our Parish music program, and I hope that you will be able to
attend some of our events described below!

Special Services

The calendar is replete with occasions for festivity, and it is meet and right to observe these days with solemnity.  I am extremely grateful to be in a parish that lives its liturgical life so fully.  Presenting such a musical fare on feastdays gives a wonderful witness to our community and offers a warm welcome to those Catholics in the city who seek such a celebration but whose home parishes are unable to offer it.  In our established pattern, we observe important feasts with a Sung Mass (with Cantor), a Solemn Mass (with the Schola Cantorum), or both.

Friday, February 2
6:30 pm Solemn Mass and Procession at St. Catherine of Siena
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
See bulletin cover for more details.

Wednesday, February 14
6 pm Solemn Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer
Ash Wednesday: the Beginning of Lent
The Schola will sing music of Palestrina and Allegri.
Sung Masses at 10 am and 12:10 pm at St. Vincent Ferrer and 1 pm at St. Catherine of Siena.

Wednesday, March 7
7 pm Dominican Rite Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
The Schola will sing music by Spanish Renaissance composers
Cristóbal de Morales, Sebastián de Vivanco, and Francisco Guerrero.

Saturday, March 17
12 noon Sung Mass and Procession at St. Vincent Ferrer
Solemnity of St. Patrick, Patron of the Archdiocese of New York


As mentioned in the last bulletin article I wrote before the extremely well-received, well-attended performance of the Schola Cantorum from London’s Brompton Oratory, our inaugural concert series – another form of musical outreach – is gaining
traction.  We have two truly outstanding visiting groups presenting concerts at St. Vincent Ferrer in March, and I hope to see you here!

Friday, March 2 at 8 pm
VOCES8 CONCERT at St. Vincent Ferrer

We welcome the renowned British a cappella octet VOCES8 to our parish for their New York premiere performance.  This group is to the current generation of music lovers what Chanticleer, The King’s Singers, and the Robert Shaw Chorale were to generations before: that is to say, the vocal ensemble par excellence.  VOCES8 has received superlative accolades from audiences and critics alike from around the world since it was formed in 2005, but incredibly has never presented a concert in New York City.
The concert, A Choral Tapestry, explores the rich timbres of vocal music spanning five centuries.  Interweaving genres create an ethereal sonic tapestry in a program that includes anthems and motets from amongst others, the English Chapel Royal and the Sistine Chapel in Rome as well as traditional folk songs and spirituals.  The program accompanies VOCES8’s
newly-released CD.
It is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance through the parish’s website (, as we expect a capacity crowd.  To give an idea of this group’s popularity, I received ticket inquiries from people as far away as Boston and Louisville several months before the box office opened!

Saturday, March 24 at 8 pm
TENET and the Sebastians CONCERT at St. Vincent Ferrer
In a program entitled TENEbrae: Pathway to Light, two New York-based ensembles – TENET and the Sebastians – are thrilled to join forces for a transcendent concert of sublime sacred cantatas by the German baroque composer Dieterich
Buxtehude and instrumental works by his compatriots Handel, Biber, and Kerll.  Presented just before Holy Week, this stirring program is an invocation of Spring, calling forth hope from despair and light from darkness.  Purchase tickets at the website or at the door.
Looking further ahead, there are the moving services of Holy Week and Easter, a 7 pm Service of Eastertide Lessons and Carols on Ascension Day (Thursday, May 10) in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Ecumenical Office, and the patronal feasts of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Vincent Ferrer in April and May.  More information about all of these will be
forthcoming.  For now, I encourage you to continue to immerse yourself in the liturgical and musical life of this glorious
parish and to be in touch with me with any questions!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
James Wetzel
Director of Music and Organist.