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.

‘One Voice, One Lord’ fills church with song, unity

Sts. Teresa and Bridget choir member, Joyce Mason-Williams led the performance of a hymn entitled "He Blessed my Soul."  A concert for peace and unity entitled "One Voice, One Lord" was performed at Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish on North Grand.  The concert featured the choir from the Parish and choirs from St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Augustine, St. Raymond and The Voiced of Praise choir.

The music that filled Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church on July 24 moved people to stand, raise their arms, clap and sway.

It was a display of unity as people came together to hear joyous praise to God sung by choirs from the host parish in north St. Louis, St. Margaret of Scotland in south St. Louis, St. Augustine in north St. Louis, St. Raymond (Maronite) Parish in Downtown St. Louis and the Seventh Day Adventists' The Voices of Praise. Eugene Thomas, Sts. Teresa and Bridget music director, had a solo performance of his song, "Lord Be a Fence."

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