Sacred Mass Choir at community carol sing

By June Norvila

The 19th edition of the Bentley Community Carol Night was staged Dec. 1 in the Bentley Community Church sanctuary amid a blast of the first real winter weather this fall.

Emcee for the first time was Rev. Ray Goodship of the Bentley/Blackfalds United Church.

For a second year, the Sylvan Lake Sacred Mass Choir again attended with almost 50 members including the narrators, the conductor, and the accompanist.

The choir comprises members from various choirs in the area including some people from the Bentley area who practice together solely to put on performances for the Christmas season.

They performed a cantata with a number of pieces, with narration and solo performances throughout, based on the traditional Christian story of the birth of Jesus. The audience gave them a standing ovation.

The choir started practicing for their special seasonal appearances in September and after a busy Christmas season with numerous performances in many different venues will disband for another year.

Rev. Goodship and his wife were joined by some other community individuals to open the evening’s program with Christmas songs and music.

Potluck refreshments and visiting were enjoyed in the decorated gymnasium afterwards.