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choir chrism mass 2018 007 900x600 AVocal de Cámara Platense, a visiting choir from Argentina, sings during the Chrism Mass on March 27 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. The choir will lead the congregation in song during the remaining Holy Week liturgies and activities at the cathedral. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)HARTFORD, – A visiting choir from Argentina, Vocal de Cámara Platense, will sing with the Cathedral Schola Cantorum and the Cathedral Youth Choir at all of the Masses during Holy Week at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave. See the Mass schedule below.

The combined choirs will lead the congregation in the singing of hymns, chants and songs, as well as provide prayerful reflection with the greatest sacred works of our Catholic heritage, featuring works by Lotti, Byrd, Elgar, Mozart, Thompson, Bach and Allegri. 

Vocal de Cámara Platense consists of 30 musicians who have been touring since the choir was created in 1999. Most of its members are part of renowned musical groups, some of them professional from La Plata or Buenos Aires; others are music teachers and conductors.

Conductor Fernando Tomé has led the choir since its inception.

Ezequiel Menéndez, director of music and organist at the cathedral, said he is thrilled to welcome the choir to Hartford, particularly because he is of Argentinian descent. Menéndez is also responsible for organizing the Sacred Sounds Concert Series at the cathedral.

On Good Friday, after the 3 p.m. solemn liturgy of the Lord's Passion, the choirs will share a Lenten supper.

Handicapped accessibility to the cathedral is available on the west side via an elevator located from the parking lot on Asylum Avenue.

Remaining Holy Week schedule at cathedral:

Holy Thursday, evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, March 29, 7 p.m.

Good Friday, solemn liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, March 30, 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter March 31, 8 p.m. 

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord April 1, 10 a.m.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.