Ministry through media: Homer Glen woman produces CD, videos
BY DENISE M. BARAN-UNLAND Correspondent October 17, 2013 2:06PM
Simonetta Pacek of Homer Glen produces and records a variety of Catholic entertainment. Her newest CD, "Ineffable," also features her four daughters. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:23AM
Reaching people who need to know that God loves them is the ministry behind the media outreach for Simonetta Pacek of Homer Glen.
Pacek, a Catholic recording artist and the previous troupe director of Little Flower Dance and Theatre Troupe of Homer Glen, recently launched two new projects.
One is “Ineffable,” a compact disc of polyphonic music Pacek recorded with her four daughters. They bill themselves as Simonetta and FourEver.
The other is “Hope’s Cafe,” a fictional, web-based video set in a coffee shop across the street from a Chicago Catholic church.
“This is ultimately about God,” Pacek said. “So many people out there are hungry for hope and love and they don’t know where to find it. The world throws junk at them. We want to throw an inspiring message.”
“Ineffable” had its inception from similar vocals that Pacek and her daughters — Anna, Simonetta Marie, Helen and Mary — have sung during Mass at Nativity BVM Parish in Chicago for the last seven years. Members occasionally asked when the women might offer the music on a CD.
Although some of the tracks resemble traditional Latin music, the composer for them — Kevin Allen — actually is quite modern, Pacek said.
“My daughters range in age from 16 to 25 and they really like Latin music,” Pacek said. “When they heard him singing this style of music at a convention, they fell in love with it and started singing it. They’re the ones that brought it to church on Sunday.”
“Ineffable” provides modern listeners the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and majesty of a musical style that disappeared from many churches once Masses no longer were offered in Latin. Pacek believes its sacredness will appeal to all people.
“The way it’s sung just glorifies God,” Pacek said.
“Hope’s Cafe” is a series of weekly five-minute skits about people who gather in the cafe, the problems they face and the faith-based decisions they make. Although certain story lines may induce tears, Pacek said the scripts contain plenty of comedy, too.
The result, however, is not merely light entertainment with a Catholic flavor.
“We want people to think,” Pacek said.
The cast includes 17 actors — teens and adults — all of whom created their own characters and then used improvisational techniques to create a skeletal script for Pacek to flesh out.
Pacek plays Hope, who is raising seven boys alone while her husband works in South America, and she embraces the cafe’s patrons as her extended family. (For a complete cast listing, visit lfpac8.wix.com/hopescafe.)
The point of the series, Pacek said, is to showcase virtues and to encourage people who feel lonely, discouraged, angry and void of hope.
“Maybe they’ll happen to find us and we can give them some encouragement,” Pacek said. “Maybe they’ll feel that someone out there really does care about them.”
“Hope’s Cafe” premiered Thursday on YouTube with a special 30-minute inaugural show. New episodes will be available each Thursday.
For more information on “Ineffable,” including how to order copies or book Simonetta and FourEver, visit www.FourEverMusic.com.