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Mass of the Holy Spirit for Artists

The newly formed Catholic Artists Society will host an inaugural event and Mass of the Holy Spirit for Artists on Sunday May 15th at the Church of Our Saviour in New York City

Date: Sunday, May 15th

Time: Mass at 5:00 PM; Lecture at 6:30 PM

Location: The Church of Our Saviour, New York, NY (59 Park Avenue @ 38th Street)

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The Catholic Artists Society, an association for Catholics in the arts and media, will be hosting its inaugural event at Manhattan’s Church of Our Saviour on Sunday May 15th at 5pm. Artists, their families and friends are invited to participate.

Solemn Mass according to the Missale Romanum (1962) will be celebrated by Fr. George Rutler, pastor of Our Saviour’s. Fr. Michael Barone will be deacon and Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ will act as sub-deacon. Sacred music will be provided by the Schola Cantorum of St. Mary Church (Norwalk, CT), under the direction of David J. Hughes. Guest organist Herve Duteil will provide additional music.

Following the mass, the evening will continue with a lecture by Fr. Joseph Koterski on Ignatian prayer and the renewal of the artistic imagination. A reception with refreshments will follow. Several other lectures and events are planned for later this year.

The Catholic Artists Society was initiated in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Artists at the Sistine Chapel in November, 2009. Following the Holy Father’s call for artists to be “custodians of Beauty” and “heralds and witnesses of Hope for humanity” the society seeks to encourage the ongoing artistic and spiritual development of artists and media professionals, so that their work may more perfectly reflect God’s glory, enriching and ennobling men and women, our society and our culture.

Voi sapete, cari amici, che l’arte è per la fede, la carità, la speranza un’espressione privilegiata. L’arte autentica contribuisce a risvegliare la fede assopita. Apre il cuore al mistero dell’altro. Eleva l’animo di colui che è troppo deluso o troppo stanco per sperare ancora. L’artista che è cristiano ha quindi nella Chiesa, nel mondo, una vocazione alla scelta. Il suo linguaggio simbolico evoca la realtà che è “al di là delle cose” come a dire: “Dio non è lontano da ciascuno di noi”.

Pope John Paul II
Homily at the Mass for Artists (translation)
Brussels, May 20, 1985