Church on Fire concert series debuts Sunday – Buffalo Rising

This autumn, Church of the Blessed Sacrament re-launched its church reform series known as “Church on Fire: Stay With Us!” with an expanded format of conferences, concerts, events and services (as we have published here).

What better time to kick off the concert series than the holiday season when music is an integral part of the experience? And who better to kick it off than one of Buffalo’s best choirs and conductors?

This Sunday evening, Frank Scinta & Friends will present an Advent candlelight recital at 7:00 p.m. in the church located at 1029 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. Mr. Scinta is currently organist / choirmaster of St. Louis and assistant professor of fine arts at Canisius College. Prior to St. Louis, he was organist / choir director at Blessed Sacrament Church-Buffalo for 33 years.

This concert takes place in the context of the recent announcement by the Diocese of Buffalo for its intention to create a “parish family” for downtown churches. This reorganization is the result of the “Road to renewal»Restructuring program, which plans to create two dozen such families of churches throughout the diocese.

The downtown parish family will include these churches:

  • Saint Louis
  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral
  • Blessed Sacrament
  • Saint Anthony of Padua
  • Saint Michel
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help

As the co-founder of Buffalo Mass Mob (our next Mass crowd is this Sunday morning – look for an item soon) I had the opportunity to visit all of these downtown churches. Each of them has its own strengths and unique culture and traditions. This is fully on display during the Christmas season, when every church digs decorations that can date back decades. I hope the concept of the parish family will be about building on and sharing these uniqueness and strengths, not just triggering another round of church closures.

But you clicked here to check out the music, so here’s what happens:

The Blessed Sacrament Church Parish Pastoral Council is pleased to announce that the first program of the Deborah A. and Louis J. Cercone Concert Series of the Burning Church: Stay With Us! The program will be given on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Frank Scinta & Friends will present an Advent Candlelight Recital at 7:00 PM in the church located at 1029 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209.

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

The recital will present a series of Advent and Christmas carols from the 16th to the 20th century. The music will be performed by Mr. Scinta’s “Friends”, six sopranos: Lenore Brown, Pearl Brown, Mary Dylik, Asha Herle, Erin Peradotto and Emilie Tothero. These women are part of the soprano section of the Chœur Saint-Louis, conducted by choir director Frank Scinta.

The community, friends, family and neighbors, are invited to attend this free recital. Free off-street parking is available in the West Buffalo Catholic Academy parking lot, located behind the school. Access to the lot is at 1069 Delaware Avenue and Lexington Avenue. The lot can also be entered from Linwood Avenue. Voluntary offerings for the recital are appreciated.

The public is requested to reserve for this event. They can go online for or by contacting Michael Pitek: [email protected] or by calling 716-480-8313.

The Advent Candlelight Recital is one of many programs offered at Blessed Sacrament Church-Buffalo in 2021-2022. The series will offer an expanded format of lectures, concerts, events and services that will offer ten months of programming, appealing to a variety of ages, genres, ethnicities and spiritualities. The parish opens its doors to everyone: long-time parishioners, new parishioners, curious non-parishioners, friends and neighbors of the community… ALL!

Find more details on the series here.

For more on Blessed Sacrament Church, check out my article on the Buffalo Mass Mob 2019.

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