with Cantores in Ecclesia

at 4:00 P.M.

A festive winter fundraiser in support of
Cantores in Ecclesia; advance tickets available

Aquinas Hall at Holy Rosary Church
375 NE Clackamas Street
Portland, OR

Please join us on Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 pm in Holy Rosary’s Aquinas Hall for a festive winter fundraiser in support of Cantores in Ecclesia. Admission includes wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres and seasonal desserts. Entertainment will be provided by the choir’s two ensembles of children and adults, who will also lead everyone in a special holiday singalong. Come at 4, and be sure to stop by the silent auction tables and fabulous wine wall! Tickets are $40 per person and available at or by calling 503-295-2811.


Dear friends,

I am grateful for your support this past year, which has enabled us to organize another successful Byrd Festival (now in its 21st year!), and continue our mission of preserving and promoting sacred polyphony and Gregorian Chant within its liturgical context. In addition to singing Dominican Rite masses at Holy Rosary, we have also sung for masses at St. Philip Neri, St. Rose of Lima, and St. Ignatius in our efforts to expose more people to traditional Catholic repertoire. If you know of a parish that might be interested in having Cantores sing for a mass, please let me know.

In addition to our liturgical responsibilities, we presented several concerts of sacred music including an unforgettable spring concert at Mt. Angel Abbey. Both the adult and youth choirs joined forces that afternoon to perform Duruflé’s Requiem with orchestra and Poulenc’s Mass in G. While it was gratifying to receive many positive comments from those who attended the concert, it was most meaningful to see the impact it had on our young singers. In fact, I have been struck by the poise, discipline and musicianship that the youth choir has shown over the past year.

Cantores in Ecclesia has relied heavily on the generosity of our supporters throughout its 35-year history, from the singers and parents of the youth choir for their continued commitment, to those of you who donate and attend our masses and concerts year after year. As we approach the beginning of Advent and the start to another liturgical year, I ask for your help in sustaining the choir’s mission, engaging the next generation with liturgical music, and bringing beauty into our community through music to counter the increasing divisiveness in our world.
In addition to our services for Advent, we will also sing for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve (preceded by a carols concert at 11:30 pm), and on Christmas morning at 11 am. I hope many of you will join us this Sunday for our Winter Wonderland fundraising event.

On behalf of the choir and board members, thank you for your loyalty and continued friendship. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed Advent.

Blake Applegate, director



Friday, December 7, 7:00 PM

Vigil Mass

Jean Langlais Missa in simplicitate
Gregorian Chant Proper

Holy Rosary Catholic Church
375 NE Clackamas Street
Portland, OR 

Sunday, December 16, 11:00 AM


Fauré Messe Basse
Gregorian Chant Proper

Holy Rosary Catholic Church
375 NE Clackamas Street
Portland, OR