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AUBURN CHURCH TO REPRISE POPULAR CABARET NIGHT

Posted in Hot Off The Press with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2018 by Ringer

February 2018

Back by popular demand, Sacred Heart Church in Auburn is bringing back CABARET NIGHT in celebration of its on-going parish-wide pipe organ fundraising campaign which is nearing its first milestone goal.

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Mark the date:  Saturday, February 3rd at 7 PM for the second annual fun-filled musical variety show for all ages, once again being hosted by guest entertainer Louis Philippe.

CABARET NIGHT is just one of many events the parish has undertaken as part of the overall fundraising drive launched in 2015 to help purchase, refurbish and install a 1954 Casavant Opus 2277 Pipe Organ which, through a donation to the parish, was acquired from the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio.

The secondary goal of the Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund for Sacred Heart Church is to provide education and training programs to parish organists, choirs and cantors, as well as subsidized organ lessons for deserving and talented young people.

Thanks to the generosity and enthusiastic support of parishioners, volunteers and the community at large, the parish is close to reaching its primary goal for the organ installation sometime this year, according to Carol DeRoy, Fundraising Committee Member and Cabaret Night Production Coordinator.

I believe that this endeavor has brought our community closer together in sharing a mutual dream,” DeRoy said, acknowledging the many gifts made in recognition of family and friends or in memory of loved ones.

Committee Member Roland Bergeron, in charge of Finance, agrees.  This project has lifted us up, and brought unity among our parishioners,” Bergeron stated, adding: “We are prayerfully grateful to be much closer to our goal in getting the pipe organ installed and creating beautiful sacred music for generations to come.”

At age 86, Sister Elizabeth Platt, C.O.C., currently serves as Pastoral Associate, and has dedicated over 30 years of service to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in religious education and the RCIA Program.  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.

Pam Vaillancourt, a familiar talent from the L-A area, began singing in the church choir since her elementary school days. She’s now Music Director at Sacred Heart Church (since 1994), a well-known advocate of music and ministry, and will once again serve as Stage Manager for this year’s event in addition to performing duets with Louis Philippe (Patsy Cline medley and a gospel medley).

“After our first Cabaret Night, there was so much positive feedback that we knew we had to do it again,” Vaillancourt noted.  “The cast and volunteers have worked really hard in bringing this show to our stage and much closer to our goal.  I hope that everyone who came to last year’s sell-out Cabaret Night will come back and see this one.”

This year’s line-up of diverse acts—guaranteed to entertain everyone— includes:  Ben Daigneault, Emma Daigneault, Rabbi Sruli Dredsner and his wife Lisa Mayer, The Noddin Boys (Lee and Bruce),  Philippian Troubadours (Dick Dubois, Bruce Geoffroy, Jim McConnell, Bob Morin and Conrad Vaillancourt), “Mr. Ray” (Ray Marchessault), Magician Mark Vaillancourt, Alana Gagnon and Pam Vaillancourt.

The Sacred Heart Parish Hall is in the basement of the church, located at the corner of Minot and Western Avenues in Auburn.  Tickets are $12/adults and $6/students.  FMI, contact the IHM office at 782-8096.

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Louis Philippe Concert to Benefit Sacred Heart Organ Fund

Posted in Recent Press Releases with tags , , , on April 19, 2016 by Ringer

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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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