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‘Festival of Forgiveness’ event on Feb. 7 - 8 begins Lenten season at St. Thomas Parish

By: Web Editor | Last Updated: 01/17/2008 18:18


FROM: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish * 1500 Brookdale Road * Naperville, IL 60563 * (630) 355-8980


FOR INFORMATION: Robert Frazier (630) 355-8980, ext. 112 * Julie Frazier (630) 355-8980 ext. 111

Editors, please note high resolution pix of John Angotti available at:

High resolution pix of Msgr. Ray East available and

‘Festival of Forgiveness’ event on Feb. 7 - 8 begins Lenten season at St. Thomas Parish

A nationally known preacher will team up with an award-winning Christian composer and recording artist to lead a dynamic early Lent event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville.

Nationally known preacher, storyteller and musician Monsignor Raymond East and gifted Catholic musician John Angotti, recognized nationally and internationally, will share the message of God’s forgiving love and the power of God’s truth in word and in song during the two-day “Festival of Forgiveness.”

Thursday’s theme will be forgiveness and Friday’s will be gratitude, united by the belief that the cloth of joy is woven with threads of forgiveness and gratitude. A reception will follow Friday's program.

Monsignor East, pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Parish in historic Anacostia in Washington, D.C., speaks with passion and clarity, fired by his love of music and social justice. He also has made presentations before the National Catholic Education Association and the National Catholic Youth Conference.

Project coordinator and chief editor for a hymnal for African American Catholics, Monsignor East also has collaborated on many liturgical CDs. His interests include urban development and interfaith work in the Washington, D.C., area. A member of the boards of Jobs Partnerships Great Washington and Food and Friends, he also serves on the board of St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Penn.

In 2005 Monsignor East received the Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Christi, a national Catholic peace movement. The grandson of Baptist missionaries to South Africa, he was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981.

Angotti, familiar in the area as a visiting artist at St. Thomas who has led liturgies and concerts at the parish since September 2006, is a man of faith and a gifted Catholic, Christian recording artist, composer, singer and pianist. Especially interested in reaching today’s youth, he also stresses the importance of prayer through music for all age groups.

Angotti has won several awards from the United Catholic Music and Video Association (UCMVA), including Male Vocalist of the Year in 2006. The association also named his album “Angotti Live: The Memphis Concert” Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, and “Here I Am” was named Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year. (UCMVA recognition may be considered the Catholic equivalent of Grammy Awards.)

Angotti’s music combines elements of Christian pop, praise and worship, blues, funk and a little country. His two-year commitment of five appearances a month at St. Thomas is funded through the courtesy of a group of parish families.

For information about “Festival of Forgiveness,” contact Robert Frazier, co-director of liturgy and music, at (630) 355-8980, ext. 112 or at, or Julie Frazier, also co-director of liturgy and music at St. Thomas, at ext. 111 or at Information also is available on the parish web site,

Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas faith community numbers more than 3,300 households of more than 11,000 people.


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