Louis Philippe Concert to Benefit Sacred Heart Organ Fund

April 2015Sister Elizabeth Platt, C.O.C.LP

Maine singer and recording artist Louis Philippe, a favorite entertainer to Central Maine music fans, will grace the stage—the altar, that is—of Sacred Heart Church in Auburn on Sunday, May 1st, for a concert that will benefit The Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund and the parish’s music program.

Louis Philippe’s program will feature selections from his latest CD, The Funeral Singer: Songs of Comfort and Healing During Life’s Transitions, including traditional hymns, Catholic favorites, southern Gospel tunes and contemporary Christian songs of inspiration.  Those in attendance will be invited to reflect on the messages of the lyrics or sing along in the peaceful, prayerful church setting.

It is not unusual for Louis Philippe to lend his talents to support musical causes or encourage up-and-coming artists, which is why he’s particularly excited about this event and the parish’s musical goals.  And with 40 years of Music Ministry experience he enjoys a reputation of organizing a plethora of diverse singers in lively, nourishing worship music.  “I can’t wait to meet Sister Elizabeth,” said the singer, “she sounds like an amazing woman.

Sister Elizabeth Platt, C.O.C., who currently serves as Pastoral Assistant, is 84 and has dedicated almost 30 years of service to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in religious education and the RCIA Program.  But a period of her life she often speaks about with great fondness is her years of ministry teaching children to sing the parts of the Mass.  She also worked with the Boys’ Choir in Boston before coming to Maine.

Last fall, the parish procured a 1954 Casavant Opus 2277 Pipe Organ from the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio when their chapel closed after 60 years.  The Pipe Organ will replace Sacred Heart’s aging organ which is in need of repairs.  The new organ will be professionally installed once some logistical improvements and interior modifications are made.

The Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund for Sacred Heart Church was established to highlight the richness and significant of the church’s liturgical celebrations through sacred music and inspire active participation within the community.  Contributions to the Pipe Organ Fund, as well as proceeds from the concert, will help defray expenses for the purchase, relocation, and installation of the new instrument as well as on-going maintenance and improvements.  The fund is also designed to provide education and training programs to parish organists, choirs and cantors, as well as subsidized organ lessons for deserving and talented young people.

The concert begins at 2 PM on Sunday, May 1st at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn, located at 8 Sacred Heart Place (off of Western Avenue).  Tickets are $10, $8 per person for groups of five or more, $5 for youth.  Tickets can be purchased for the next two weekends following all Masses at Sacred Heart and St. Philips Churches, or can be obtained at the church office.  Reservations can also be made by calling 207 782-8096, and tickets will also be sold at the door.

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