By now, many of you will have heard that the well-known lay Catholic composer David Haas has been accused of predatory sexual behavior involving adult women. Some of these allegations go back many years. Although Mr. Haas continues to deny them, the allegations are credible and indeed the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – the archdiocese in which Mr. Haas resides – has declined his request for a letter of suitability. Additionally, church music publisher GIA has ended its long relationship with Mr. Haas.
In light of the above, and in solidarity with his victims, Loyola Parish is dissociating itself from David Haas and his music. We will no longer play or perform his compositions, including the Mass of Light that had become such an important part of our eucharistic celebrations. Our Music Director Jon Michael Sullivan is in the process of preparing suitable replacements.
Many of Mr. Haas’s compositions are beloved and have become standard parts of the Catholic repertoire. Regardless, we can live without them. Predatory and abusive behavior, whether on the part of clergy or laypersons, against children or adults, cannot be tolerated, either directly or indirectly.
Let us pray for healing for all victims of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse.
Now to happier news. As you may have noted from last week’s bulletin, we’re adjusting things a bit for our Sunday 10:00 am masses. That’s SUNDAY 10:00 AM ONLY. Beginning this coming weekend (“What is a ‘weekend?’”) (July 11-12) those with children 9 (NINE) (8+1) (NINE) (5+4) (NEIN) (NINE) years old and younger ALL OF WHOM LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD will be able to sit together in the same pew without social distancing. Everything else still applies: masks, hand-sanitizer, leaving when dismissed, refraining from singing (verses or refrains), et cetera. Please make your reservations with Kathy Murzyn as usual. OK? OK. Hoo. Ray.
Today’s Quiz: What character is famous for having posed the question, “What is a ‘weekend?’”
a. Eliza Doolittle
b. None of the above
c. Violet Crawley
d. Scooby Doo
e. Captain Kangaroo
f. Lieutenant Columbo
g. The Dowager Countess of Grantham
Answer: If you chose c or g or c and g, you’re cō-rect! Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding! If you chose any of the responses or all of them or none of them or if you skipped the whole silly quiz in disgust, you’re BĒLOVED! Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding!