The Catholic Foundation and the Bobbie Dean Little Trust recently awarded $89,703 in Pastoral Music & Fine Art grants to 30 parishes and schools in the Archdiocese. This is the third year of the grants program after establishing a Pastoral Music & Arts Endowment Fund six years ago. Each year of the program, the Bobbie Dean Little Trust has collaborated with the Foundation to fund the awards.
The Pastoral Music and Fine Arts Endowment Fund was established to promote and celebrate the performing and visual arts throughout the Archdiocese and the Grants Program was begun to make grants from the Fund in this specific field of interest. The parallel interest of the Little Trust with the music and arts emphasis of the program attracted the Trust to want to help fund the program. The Foundation’s Pastoral Music & Fine Art Grants Committee established criteria for grants to projects that would stimulate music and the arts at parishes and schools within the Archdiocese. A call for grant requests was begun last October with a deadline for application submissions on January 12, 2017.
Below is a list of Parishes/Schools, Towns and Grant Projects:
Blessed Sacrament Church, Lawton, Voice Lessons Scholarship FundChurch of the Epiphany of the Lord, OKC, Life Size Bronze Statues of Mary & MagiHoly Spirit Church, Mustang, Music Library & Instrumental ResourcesKorean Martyrs Church, OKC, Instrumentalists for MassesOur Lady of Guadalupe, Hollis, Sanctuary Sound SystemOur Lady of Sorrow Church, Chandler, Replacing out of date sound systemPrince of Peace (& St Helen), Altus, Children's Choirs: Completed Handbells & accessories, music binders, stands, rack, chairsSacred Heart, Hinton, Sound System for MusicSt. Francis Xavier, Sulphur, Digital Piano KeyboardSt. James the Greater Church, OKC, Choral ScholarshipSt. John Nepomuk, Yukon, Concert & Parish Mission-David HaasSt. Joseph Church, Buffalo, Roland Hpi-50e Piano for WorshipSt. Joseph Church, Norman, Growing Together: ImagesSt. Joseph Church, Union City, Antiphonal speakersSt. Joseph Old Cathedral, OKC, Collaboration with local University Music StudentsSt. Louis Church, Stroud, Crucifix replacement reimbursementSt. Mary Church, Clinton, Choir CampSt. Patrick Catholic Church, Anadarko, Update music equipment-keyboard, sound board etc.St. Rose of Lima, Perry, Microphones and stands for choir loftAll Saints Catholic School, OKC, Stations of the CrossBishop McGuinness High School, OKC, Updated Hymnals & Music AccompanimentsCristo Ray High School, OKC, Audio System-Chapel-Prayer & Praise thru MusicRosary School, OKC, Missoula Children's TheaterSt. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Edmond, Music TechnologySt Gregory's University, Shawnee, Third Annual Catholic Schools Fine Arts DayGood Shepherd Catholic School, OKC, First Steps in Music ProgramHoly Trinity Catholic School, Okarche, Instruments & MacBook for music & theaterSacred Heart Catholic School, OKC, Music Hymnals for MassSt. James the Greater School, OKC, School Performing Arts Academy InstrumentsSt. Philip Neri School, Midwest City, Instruments for Learning
The collaboration between Bob Little and the Catholic Foundation reaches back over 20 years. Beginning in 1997 Little funded Catholic Foundation scholarships for college music majors. The scholarships were awarded to deserving Catholic students throughout the Archdiocese and Bob showed great delight in seeing students study pastoral music at the college level. He knew these students would continue to contribute to the music liturgy at their parishes in their adult lives. Bob passed away on September 18, 2011 and his legacy has continued with the establishment of the Bobbie Dean Little Trust. The Trust funds pastoral music related grants and scholarships, including the Pastoral Music and Fine Art Grants at the Catholic Foundation.
BOB LITTLE’S LEGACY LIVES ON
Since 1997, Bob Little funded Catholic Foundation scholarships for college music majors. The scholarships were awarded to deserving Catholic students throughout the Archdiocese and Bob showed great delight in seeing students study pastoral music at the college level. He knew these students would continue to contribute to the music liturgy at their parishes in their adult lives. Bob passed away on September 18, 2011 and his legacy has continued with the establishment of the Bobbie Dean Little Trust. The Trust funds pastoral music related grants and scholarships, including the Pastoral Music and Fine Art Grants at the Catholic Foundation.
Bob Little taught music at Minneola, Kansas, Edmond, El Reno and Hinton schools. He was the Music and Religious Education Director at St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond and for many years was the Pastoral Music Director at St. Rose Church in Watonga. His vision and legacy continues with this annual support to many parish and school music programs.
In the photo to the right, Holy Spirit Pastor, Reverend Joseph Jacobi, accepts their 2015 grant check from Catholic Foundation Board Member Barbara Hatfield and Bobbie Dean Little Trustee James Avant in front of the new piano, while Foundation Grants Committee Member Tom Avant and Deacon Paul Lewis look on.
Reverend Joseph Jacobi, Pastor at Holy Spirit Church in Mustang said, “As the new church is built at Holy Spirit, the piano will bring dignity to the Eucharistic celebration and help to develop a more robust music ministry at the Parish. We are most appreciative to the Catholic Foundation and the Bobbie Dean Little Trust for their generosity in providing the funding for the piano. Additional funds from the Parish Altar Society and the Knights of Columbus Council at the Parish have contributed the balance of the funds necessary to purchase the baby grand piano."
The parishes and schools receiving 2016 grants include: Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, OKC (Mural for Classroom Hall), Holy Family Church, Lawton (Choral Music Education Books), Holy Name of Jesus Church, Chickasha (Expand existing music program - vocalists & instrumentalist), Holy Spirit Church, Mustang (Hymnal Acquisition), Our Lady of Sorrow Church, Chandler (Digital Piano), Prince of Peace Church, Altus (Children’s Choir, Handbells & Music), St. Ann Church, Elgin (Christmas Pageant – Costumes), St. Charles Borromeo, OKC (Instrumental Mass music), St. Joseph Church, Union City (Manual Artist Series Organ), St. Louis Church, Stroud (Clavinova Keyboard), St. Mary Church, Ardmore (Renovation of Music library and choir loft), Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School (Percussion instruments & choir attire), St. Eugene School, OKC (Hymnals for Young Catholics), Good Shepherd School, OKC (Peer Integration Program-Music & Fine Arts), Holy Trinity School, Okarche (Stage Light Installation), Rosary School, OKC (Orff Instrument & Choral Music Library), Sacred Heart School, OKC (World Drumming Set), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Edmond (Meet the Masters Art Curriculum), St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee (Fine Arts Day for Catholic Middle and High School students), and St. Mary School, Ponca City (Digital Piano).
For those parishes and schools interested in submitting a grant, the 2018 Pastoral Music & Fine Art Grant Application deadline is in early January 2018.
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