With the departure of our illustrious former choir director Emilie Bruno for graduate studies in Medieval musicology at the University of Ottawa, the Latin Mass was left in a bit of a lurch and we've been forced to do simple low Masses while I (the former MC) had to leave the altar to take over the choir.
Luckily, providence has provided us with a new Master of Ceremonies who will allow us to attain new heights of liturgical splendour! Grant Fitzpatrick, for 5 years MC at St. Clement's (the FSSP's parish in Ottawa), has now taken up residence in Kingston and will be heading up the service at the altar. This means our next Mass on November 7th should be a High Mass (Missa Cantata). I've already begun learning the sung Propers and our choir will be prepared with a sung Ordinary.
Also, Grant has previously instructed a priest in celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass, so this gives some hope of the possibility of a local priest learning the Old Rite and hopefully increasing the frequency of the Latin Mass here in Kingston.
We are currently actively searching for men to serve at the altar and for more people to sing in the choir. We'll be looking to set up practices for both. If you're interested in either, please contact me, Paul Griffiths, at email@example.com or (613) 985-3152. Your involvement would be deeply appreciated!
I've decided to start doing regular practices for the choir on Fridays at 5:30. For now, they will probably be at the Newman House (192 Frontenac St.) until I can secure use of the Cathedral again.
I promise to update this blog much more frequently from now on!