Back row (L to R): Chris Ruthven, Tony and Janet Rubino, Daniel Moody Front Row (L to R): Angela Rubino, Justin Richerzhagen, Doug Blanchard
You may have seen a T-shirt or two with the words "Absolute Presence" surrounded by a logo of the sun, moon and a dove or read a note in the bulletin calling for a rehearsal time. What does it mean? Well.....According to Webster's Dictionary, "absolute" means ,"perfect, complete" and "presence" means "being present" or "immediate surroundings". In short, "Absolute Presence" is a musical group.....a band. This band has devoted itself and their ministry to music shared in immediate surroundings, at Mass, to worship God, who is perfect and complete.
The name and logo were the inspiration of Angela Rubino, who is a vocalist with the group for the annual "Lock-In" in October, 2004, for the parish youth. A band has been part of the last four lock-in events appearing at 12:00 a.m. ( yes, that would be MIDNIGHT ) to introduce new music to the teens and the youth leaders that will be used during the year. It was during the 2004 event that the
The 2004 Youth Lock-In
musicians began to talk about doing this ministry on a more permanent basis. The band made their debut at the Lock-In 2005 ....at MIDNIGHT.... and now leads the music for the 10:00 a.m. Mass on the 4th Sunday each month at Saint Patrick.
Members of the band are: Doug Blanchard, vocals; Daniel Moody, acoustic guitar; Justin Richerzhagen, drums & percussion; Angela Rubino, vocals; Janet Rubino, piano and vocals; Tony Rubino, keyboard, vocals and harmonica; and Chris Ruthven, acoustic guitar.
Not pictured in the band photo are the newest additions to the group : Brandon Yow, vocals and Don Rohar, bass guitar. The band uses songs from many resources during worship and a has introduced several original songs from Janet Rubino's newly released CD, "Worthy Sparrow".
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