to celebrate ministry
More than 15,000 years of music ministry service to the Catholic Church will be celebrated and recognized Feb. 11 at Catholic churches throughout Summit County.
More than 800 musicians, cantors and choir members will receive a certificate signed by Bishop Richard Lennon at the weekend liturgies.
At 3 p.m. Jan. 28, the music makers will meet for a prayer service and reception at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Cuyahoga Falls.
Specially honored at the service will be the 61 men and women who have 50-plus years of service, including three who have served more than 70 years in music ministry:
* 76 years -- Eleanore Kuehne, Nativity of the Lord Jesus, Akron;
* 73 years --Andrew Kaman, St. Augustine, Barberton; and
* 70 years -- Helen Hoffman, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cuyahoga Falls.
A team of 17 musicians have been planning the details since last September with the blessing of Bishop Martin Amos.
Coordinating the event is Marlene Dunford, who serves as the director of the NCCW Combined Choir. Team members include:
Judy Biros, Holy Family, Stow
J. D. Goddard and Lynn Frey, St. Sebastian, Akron
Madeleine Breen, St. Martha, Akron
Bob & Elissa Butler, St. Anthony, Akron
Patti Byrne, St. Matthew, Akron
Carol Felber, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron
Jeff Foulkes, St. Mary, Hudson
Mary Lou Grossman, St. Hilary, Fairlawn
Ron & Norene Jones, St. Eugene, Cuyahoga Falls
David Jordan, Annunciation, Cleveland
Jeff Mills, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cuyahoga Falls
Lorrie Wenmoth, St. Joseph, Akron
Jin Yu, St. Paul, Salem