Sing with understanding

St. John the baptist cathedral to host church music day

On Cheesefare Saturday, Feb. 22, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, will host the inaugural Church Music Day for the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a meeting of all cantors and assistant cantors of the Archeparchy to work on ways to improve our practice of plain chant, and enliven our singing at divine services.

The Cathedral is located at 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, Pa. We will discuss needed resources, as well as what has worked or hasn’t worked in our parishes, and consider ways to foster fellowship and mutual support among cantors, and encourage and train new church singers.

If you are a cantor, your input is vitally needed for this meeting! In the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a presentation on our chant and choral music tradition by Deacon Jeff Mierzejewski. The lecture will describe the spirit of our church singing, and also introduce the first draft of a proposed 300-page hymnal for our church.

The hymns for Great Lent and Holy Week will be distributed and taught at this presentation, which will also cover the basics of singing in harmony. We hope to have copies of the full hymnal available for purchase at the presentation.

For more information, contact Deacon Jeff Mierzejewski at 412-735-1676 or