Occasionally one has experiences that lift the spirit, feed one's soul, and ya get 'warm fuzzies'. Yesterday's German Mass and Oktoberfest at St. Joseph's in Detroit was just such an occasion. Those magnificent old churches in the downtown area are trying valiantly to stay open to serve the faithful and minister to the surrounding (often blighted) communities. The priests and their tireless, little flocks are heroic.
Besides the ethereal beauty of the church, St. Joseph has marvelous acoustics. They take their strong German heritage seriously and when your archbishop is fluent in German, and your choir world class, you have an incredibly beautiful German Mass to kick off your Oktoberfest.
Our St. Augustine's Schola was invited to sing in the afternoon choral section of the Oktoberfest.
The younger kids and friends having Oktoberfest fun while the schola rehearsed. It's possible Dad was enjoying German beer over in the beer tent.
Here is Dr. Russell's note from this morning: