261 Cross Keys Road
Berlin, NJ 08009
Dear Friend of Sacred Music and Mater Ecclesiae,
This year on the Feast of the Assumption, we will celebrate our 16th Annual Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Reverend Robert C. Pasley, KCHS, Rector of Mater Ecclesiae, will be the Celebrant and Preacher.
The Solemn High Tridentine Mass will once again feature the Ars Laudis Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Our Cantor Mr. Nicholas Beck, a graduate of Westminster Choir College, will direct the singing of the Gregorian Propers. Dr. Timothy McDonnell will be the conductor for this Mass.
We celebrate this feast each year by the use of the great treasury of Sacred Music, especially the beautiful polyphonic Masses that are very infrequently prayed in their proper place; the Sacred Liturgy. We want to foster a greater love for the great works of our Catholic heritage. For notes on this year’s music from Dr. McDonnell, click here. For a detailed listing of the music click here.
In order to sponsor such grand music we cannot depend on our little parish of 500 families. We need the help of everyone in the Delaware Valley who wants to foster excellent sacred music as well as support professional musicians who have been blessed by God with magnificent talent. I, therefore, appeal to you for financial assistance. We need to raise at least $10,500.00. Any money that is raised over the amount needed will be put directly in the Sacred Music Fund.
If you wish to donate, please choose a category, write out a check to Mater Ecclesiae Chapel and fill in the name that you want printed on the donor list. When we receive the donation, we will send a letter acknowledging receipt that can be used for tax purposes. We will also put your name before the statue of Saint Jude, and specifically remember all the donors at our Novena to St. Jude on nine consecutive Wednesdays starting August 19th.
Parking at the Cathedral is available in the adjoining parking lot and at the underground garage at the Sheraton Hotel on 17th Street. A link to directions at the Cathedral’s website is here.