AUBURN — Maine singer and recording artist Louis Philippe, a favorite of Central Maine music fans, will grace the stage — the altar, that is — at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Way (off Western Avenue) in Auburn. The concert will benefit the Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund and the parish’s music program.

Philippe’s program will feature selections from his latest CD, “The Funeral Singer: Songs of Comfort and Healing During Life’s Transitions,” including traditional hymns, Catholic favorites, southern Gospel tunes and contemporary Christian songs of inspiration. 

It is not unusual for Philippe to lend his talents to support musical causes or encourage up-and-coming artists, which is why he is particularly excited about this event and the parish’s musical goals. 

Sister Elizabeth Platt, C.O.C., for whom the fund is named, currently serves as pastoral assistant. She is 84 and has dedicated almost 30 years of service to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in religious education and the RCIA Program.

Last fall, the parish procured a 1954 Casavant Opus 2277 pipe organ from the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio, when their chapel closed after 60 years. The pipe organ will replace Sacred Heart’s aging organ which is in need of repairs.

The Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund for Sacred Heart Church was established to highlight the richness and significance of the church’s liturgical celebrations through sacred music and to inspire active participation within the community. Contributions to the Pipe Organ Fund, as well as proceeds from the concert, will help defray expenses for the purchase, relocation and installation of the new instrument, as well as on-going maintenance and improvements. The fund is also designed to provide education and training programs to parish organists, choirs and cantors, as well as subsidized organ lessons for deserving and talented young people.

Tickets are $10, $8 per person for groups of five or more, and $5 for youth and can be purchased following all Masses at Sacred Heart and St. Philips churches, or can be obtained at the church office. Reservations can also be made by calling 207-782-8096. Tickets will also be sold at the door.


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