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Anonymous donor gives Baldwin Concert Grand piano to Hudson’s St. Thomas Aquinas Church

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PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Father Roland Demers takes a moment to tickle the ivories on the newly installed Baldwin Grand Concert piano in St. Thomas Aquinas church – an anonymous gift from a Hudson parishioner.

Call it a miracle, a prayer answered, or merely a very generous donation from a long-time parishioner who asks to remain anonymous.

But when Father Roland Demers, long-time priest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson spoke from the pulpit at a Mass service following the stirring, sold-out concert by the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir there August 1 during the recent Hudson Music Festival, he confesses that he had no idea what would happen next.

“We had rented a piano for the one-night performance,” he told Your Local Journal this week. “And I happened to mention that we now had to return it and how wonderful it would be if we had our very own piano here at the church for other possible concerts or for special occasions for the community.”

Barely hours later, Father Demers received a call from a parishioner saying that he had a Baldwin Concert Grand Piano that he would like to donate. And then delivered, all ready to play.

Said Father Demers, “It was so unexpected and so generous a gift on his part that will be enjoyed for families and generations to come here at our church in Hudson.”

Added Father Demers who, while modestly stating that he did not actually play piano, astounded my editor and I with a couple of moving renditions while the cover photo was being taken, “We are blessed that we have parishioners who give in various ways without seeking any publicity for themselves. But I would like them to know that their gifts are truly appreciated and will be treasured here at St. Thomas Aquinas Church for many, many years to come.”

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