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From Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost, in these 50 Days of Easter, we are celebrating Christ’s rising victorious from the grave. On the Day of Pentecost, May 19, we will celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ followers back in Jerusalem, empowering them to begin the work of spreading the Good News of Salvation all over the world. The work they began, and which continues to be part of the Church’s mission today, reached people in Poway, California some time ago. This year, on the Day of Pentecost, we will have several Baptisms and the conclusion of this spring’s Communion Class. Pentecost 2013 will be glorious and Spirit-filled at St. Bart’s! On Pentecost 2013, we will reaffirm the great Good News of the Earth-Maker, the Pain-Bearer, and the Life-Giver, the great Good News of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
In the Name of the One whom the darkness has not overcome.
A Los Angeles gang member named Pedro is 30 days into sobriety when his younger brother, still in the thrall of addictive demons, kills himself. Pedro talks to the local priest, Fr. Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit who runs Homeboy Industries through which at least some homies find a path to healthy, productive lives. He speaks to Fr. Boyle of a dream. “It’s a trip G. I had this dream last night. And you were in it.” Fr. Boyle, in his gripping book, Tattoos on the Heart, goes on to describe Pedro’s dream:
St. Bart's Concert Series Presents LYRA, the Russian Vocal Ensemble of St. Petersburg
LYRA, the Russian vocal ensemble of St. Petersburg, will be performing at our final concert series for this season on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm. This group consists of six voices all educated at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music as opera singers. Each has their own career, but come together to make and preserve the great Russian music heritage of the people and the Orthodox Church. The ensemble was started in 1994 and has established themselves throughout the world and has 6 CD's available. Listen to LYRA singing.
In 2001 LYRA was awarded the Montreux International Choral Festival Award. In 2005 the group was also the winner of The Coleraine International Choral Festival in Northern Ireland. Each of the members makes a living in the music field; some are choir conductors, opera singers, instrumentalists and music teachers. But each has a very deep love of choral music and especially to bring their own historical and cultural style to other parts of the world.
Tickets are available on-line click here, in the church office, on the church patio on Sundays or at the door the day of the performance. They are still only $10.00 each. A Russian theme reception will follow the concert in the Parish Hall.