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Concert connects with parish’s military history

Oakville High School band member Christina Meier, right, a parishioner at St. Bernadette Parish in south St. Louis County, performed at a special concert by the Oakville Band at the parish. St. Bernadette hosted the event, which included several parishioners among the band members, to support and help raise money for the band’s upcoming trip to France next year as part of the events marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces landings at Normandy for D-Day.

The young band members held their instruments and stood at attention as a color guard from the Missouri National Guard marched onto the ballfield at St. Bernadette Parish in south St. Louis County.

In the background, underneath a blue sky, were thousands of white grave markers in neat rows among green grass.

POPE’S MESSAGE | The ‘Our Father’ connects us with the Father through the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis spontaneously greeted student musicians from St. Louis University High School at his general audience March 14 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. From left to right, the SLUH students are: Sam Pottinger, senior; Emmanuel Parker, senior; Bobby Rizzo, freshman; Ezana Ephrem, senior. The pope listened to the band play “Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Some SLUH students were in Rome for spring break a part of the school’s bicentennial celebration.

VATICAN CITY — Forgiving another who has caused pain or offense isn't easy, Pope Francis said.

"It is a grace that we have to ask for," because the peace offered by Christ cannot take root in a heart that is incapable of living in fraternity with others and incapable of rebuilding those bonds after being wounded, the pope said at his weekly general audience March 14 at the Vatican.

The pope continued his series of talks on the Mass, focusing on the Communion rite, which begins with the assembly's recitation of the Lord's Prayer.

St. Gabriel School band members meet high expectations

Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, music teacher at St. Gabriel the Archangel School, has been teaching children music in an orchestral setting for about 50 years. Music, she noted, is a shared experience with others and a lifelong love.

The St. Gabriel School Concert Band members raised their instruments and played parts of a song.

They were at one of their twice-weekly practices in the basement of the former convent building across from the school, and the music, to the untrained ear, seemed to be on target.

However, Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, the band's conductor, gently and consistently reminded students of areas where they could improve.

"That's where my crescendo has to happen, right."

"It should be getting softer."

"The cymbal goes 'boom' and we're there."

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