It gives me great pleasure to invite the parishioners of the St. Joseph's Cathedral to a special screening of the 1959 blockbuster epic, Ben-Hur.
Starring Charlton Heston, you may remember the movie more for its spectacular chariot race and less for its Christian subplot of redemption.
Ben-Hur is a timeless classic, and won no less than 11 academy awards, including best actor, cinematography, director, movie, and screenplay adaptation.
Did you know that the movie is based on Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, an 1880 novel penned by American author, Lewis Wallace (1827-1905)?
The movie will be screened at the City Center on September 22, 2011.
Tickets are priced from $25 through $250 and are now on sale at the parish office. All proceeds from the screening will go toward paying for the renovation of our Cathedral's east wing, which as you are aware is badly in need of urgent repairs.
Donors will each receive a souvenir specially commissioned by the Cathedral to mark this screening of Ben-Hur.
We will also have in our presence, Mr. Heston himself, who has kindly accepted our invitation to attend the screening and interact with the audience.
Please tell your friends and acquaintances.
Because of the length of the movie, we advise against bringing children 10 years or younger.
Yours in Christ,