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Local artists create books, CDs, videos

The following groups and individuals in the Diocese of Rochester have recently produced books, music CDs, DVDs or videos:

‚Ä¢ Nelson Acquilano of St. Joseph Church in Penfield published America’s Real Weapons of Mass Destruction — The Decimation of the Quality of Life in America, which examines U.S. social issues and how they destroy thousands of lives every day.

• Erin Schultz of St. Mary of the Lake Church in Ontario created a five-minute video to raise funds for and awareness of the genocide in Darfur.

‚Ä¢ Nick Varno of Blessed Trinity Parish in Tioga County released a CD titled “ABWUN,” which is Aramaic for “He who gives breath of life to the universe.” It was cowritten with Rob Spence.

‚Ä¢ Herbie J. Pilato of Rochester, who grew up in Ss. Peter and Paul, St. Augustine and St. Anthony of Padua parishes, released two books, The Bionic Book: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman Reconstructed and Life Story: The Book of Life Goes On, TV’s First and Best Family Show of Challenge, as well as his first-ever music CD,“Two.”

‚Ä¢ Donald Messina of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester released “Lessons and Music for Palm Sunday Afternoon ‚Ķ Love, Agony and Hope ‚Ķ an Overture to Holy Week.” The work, which includes various artists and is available on CD and DVD, is a series of 15 narrations taken from Scripture on the life and emotions of Jesus and Mary on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, each followed by an excerpt of classical music.

‚Ä¢ The Dady Brothers released a CD titled “Irish Folk Fest.” John Dady is a parishioner of Rochester’s Cathedral Community, and Joe Dady attends St. Matthew in Livonia.

‚Ä¢ William Campbell of Brockport’s Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish released a CD of piano music, titled “Music from the Oak Room.”

‚Ä¢ Angelo Mancuso of St. Thomas More Parish in Brighton has written, directed and produced “American Harvest,” a documentary about immigration and how it relates to agriculture.

‚Ä¢ Anita Sitarski of St. Bridget/St. Joseph Parish in East Bloomfield has written Cold Light: Creatures, Discoveries and Inventions that Glow, a nonfiction children’s book about light that is produced without heat.

• William Picket, former diocesan director of pastoral planning, has written A Concise Guide to Pastoral Planning.

• Kathlene Ann Haskins of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Greece has written Climbing The Mountain Barefoot With Jesus, which is about an art student who dreams about an encounter with the Risen Lord while unconscious from a car accident.

‚Ä¢ Tom Fogarty of St. Alphonsus Parish in Auburn has written two one-act plays. “A Breach” is about a daughter asking her father for a loan, and “God’s Poet: Francis Thompson” tells of the English poet’s struggle with substance abuse.

‚Ä¢ The Stella Muffins — Adam Bell, Alex Butler, Pat Giblin, Matt Vaughan and Charlie Whistler, all staff members at Camp Stella Maris in Livonia — produced “Living The Dream,” an album of historical and modern camp songs as a fundraiser for the camp’s Campership Fund.

‚Ä¢ The folk group at St. Matthew Church in Livonia produced a CD titled “Inspirations.” Group members are Mike Bunce, David Dussault, Doug Hawk, Lucy Kress, Nicki Miller, Erin Marozas and Joe Dady.

• Father Kevin McKenna, pastor of St. Cecilia Church in Irondequoit, has published The Battle for Rights in the United States Catholic Church, which concerns several 19th-century controversialists who struggle for reform in the U.S. church.

‚Ä¢ Frank L. Netti of St. Alphonsus Parish in Auburn had his play, “A Simple Life With Stewart,” chosen and performed by Auburn Players for its Short Play Festival in October. The play is about a married couple in their 60s struggling to make lifestyle changes after a job loss.

• Salvatore Parlato of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Irondequoit published poems and verse about his hearing loss in Having a Bad Hear Day.


• Vivian Vande Velde of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Greece has written Remember Raquel ,which chronicles the reactions of a community to the death of a 15-year-old girl.


‚Ä¢ Dominic Bryan Rice of St. Mary Parish in Canandaigua published Afflicted, which is about heavenly love’s power to touch even those who hate and kill.

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