Announcing a VBP First!

Following the warm reception of the splendid Missa Cantata for the patronal Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help which we were honored to facilitate at OLPH Parish in June, we were delighted with a surprise invitation: a generous donor would cover the cost of the music if VBP could facilitate a Requiem Mass! We are thankful for this opportunity and are pleased to be returning to Glenview on Wednesday, November 6th

Special thanks to Rev. Nicholas Kostyk of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for offering the Mass, and to Rev. Ervin Caliente and Rev. Matt Jamesson for serving as deacon and subdeacon, allowing for the full ceremonial of a Solemn High Mass with absolution at the catafalque, an empty coffin which is present within the church during a traditional Requiem as at a funeral.

Additional special thanks to our own chaplain, Rev. Charles Fanelli, for hearing confessions before Mass, and to the Anderson family for serving as acolytes. 

Giovanni Francesco Anerio’s Missa pro defunctis “Requiem” will be sung by eight singers directed by VBP’s long-time music director
and friend, Chad McCoy. 

Saturday, December 14th:
Rorate Caeli Mass by Candlelight

Back by popular demand! On Saturday, December 14th at 6AM, VBP will offer our third annual Rorate Caeli Mass, an Advent tradition in which the transition from darkness to light during the liturgy symbolizes the light of Christ to come at Christmas. 

This year’s Mass will take place at the beautiful and historic
St. Barbara's at 2859 S. Throop St
in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.

St. Barbara’s and St. Thérèse recently merged to become St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, and when our Mass at St. Thérèse , originally scheduled for September, had to be postponed, the combined parish’s kind pastor, Rev. Francis Li, suggested St. Barbara’s as a better fit due to its large parking lot. Thanks again to the parish and pastor for their generosity and flexibility. Come one, come all! 

Shown below: Our Rorate Caeli Low Mass
Coram Sanctissimo (with the Blessed Sacrament Exposed) in 2017
at Saint Mary of Perpetual Help, Chicago
Photo credit: Marc Monaghan
Summer 2019 Recap
2019 was a successful summer for VBP! We celebrated the Ember Saturday after Pentecost at the impressive National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown in Libertyville.

Thank you to all 160 people who came and filled the church, to the Conventual Franciscans at Marytown, and especially to its gracious rector,
Rev. Benedict LaVolpe, OFM Conv.
Photo credit: Lino Chatto
Later in June, 146 parishioners and friends joined for a heavenly High Mass for
the patronal Feast Day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview.

This was the first Traditional Latin Mass at the parish in fifty years!

Thank you to all who came out for this special occasion and made it such a memorable celebration! And thanks again for this opportunity
to OLPH’s associate, Rev. Nicholas Kostyk. 
Photo credit: Marybeth Agulo
Want a Traditional Latin Mass at Your Parish?
Does your parish have an upcoming patronal Feast, anniversary,
or other special occasion that you would be interested in celebrating
with a glorious Missa Cantata?

Please reach out to us at
and we would love to see if this could be possible!
How Can You Help? 
Do you appreciate VBP’s work? It takes a lot of time, energy and funds to make these Masses happen! Interested in how you could get involved? 

Volunteer: If you are interested in donating your time and talent in any way, please contact us at We could always use help with set-up/take-down, advertising, networking and fundraising! Have an idea? Let us know!

Donate: While your faithful VBP organizers, our wonderful chaplain, priests, and acolytes are all volunteers, these Masses still cost money! Costs include the outstanding professional singers, provisions for the festive receptions, and printing and technology expenses. You can donate to support this work here. Thank you for your generosity! 

VBP is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Illinois. Donations are not tax-deductible. 
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