Norwalk Saw Trio of Local Connections to Pope’s Visit
From Mary Lisa Boose, staff writer for The Norwalk Reflector:
Norwalk had three local connections to the recent visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States — music written by a St. Paul graduate was used in both New York City Masses and a former associate pastor at St. Paul was a con-celebrate of the service at St. Patrick Cathedral.(emphasis added)
For the Mass at Yankee Stadium, another SPH grad now a priest was chosen to be a Eucharistic minister.
Mike Hay, a 1971 graduate of St. Paul High School, was active in music ministry his entire life. He died in 1999, but his faith lives on in the many liturgical pieces he wrote over the years.
Grace Hay Whitehurst, his sister, said she was surprised when she found out Hay's composition called Trilingual Intercessions was used at services at St. Patrick Cathedral and Yankee Stadium. She said he wrote it in 1994 to be sung in English, Latin and Spanish.
It should be noted that commentators have almost universally praised the music in the NYC Masses.