Isn’t there an expression out there that goes something like this: this isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile? I know I have heard those words before and if I am correct in the interpretation, to say this isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile pretty much means that the situation or experience, to which you are referring, is not what you think! The particular situation is, let’s just say, new, exciting, different, and captures your imagination. It is not your father’s Oldsmobile.
Last Sunday after the 5 p.m. Mass, I went up to the Irish American Heritage Center on the north side to offer the Invocation at a concert being hosted by The Keane Machine. Irish musician, Kathleen Keane and about 15 other wildly talented, world renowned musical artists put together one of the most creative, entertaining concerts I have heard in a long time. Though a Sunday night may not have been the best time to attract patrons (especially competing with the Oscars), the concert itself was the most beautiful blending of various cultural instruments and sounds. Let’s just say: it was not your typical concert of Irish music….it was better. Blending the Irish sounds of tin whistle, fiddle and flute with the likes of Latin jazz made for a great mix.
As we get closer to celebrating the patron feast of St. Patrick, I would really like to encourage you to consider attending our sixteenth annual Celtic Celebration Siamsa Na Ngael on Monday,
March 12 at Chicago’s Symphony Center. Not only is this one of our major events which supports the mission of Old St. Pat’s, but the approach to this celebration of Irish music and dance is not your father’s Oldsmobile. This year’s theme focuses around The Journey to Justice. You will not be disappointed. The moving blend of music, dance, and story centered around two great heroes of Justice: the Irish liberator Daniel O’Connell, and the former slave-turned-abolitionist hero Frederick Douglass. Hearing this great story of how these two figures intersected with each other in their own passionate pursuit of freedom and “righting the wrongs” of their worlds makes this a unique, not-so-typical, St. Patrick’s Day concert.
I am so grateful to Bill Fraher, Mary Evers, and the concert choir of Old St. Pat’s for all of the long hours of rehearsing they are doing to make this an extraordinary experience. It is events such as Siamsa Na Ngael that make the mission of Old St. Pat’s unique, vibrant, and creative. Especially if you have never had the occasion to attend this event, please make a special effort to join us. It will be a full week of celebrations in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. We would be honored to have you with us!
A blessed Lent to you all,
Fr. Tom Hurley