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Here's the latest information for music leaders in our parish

Upcoming Feast Days

Masses are cancelled this weekend and next, but if all goes according to plan, we will have returned to Mass in time for us to celebrate three significant feast days over July and August - that all fall on Sundays this year!

Please take note of the various feast days and arrangements, and take them into account when preparing music for the coming months.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The parish feast day will be celebrated at the Saturday evening Mass on 17 July and all Sunday Masses on 18 July.  In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we will not have a combined music group at the 10:00 am Mass - each music group will serve at its own Mass according to the usual music roster.

This year, our parish also celebrates its 75th anniversary.  Please do not prepare a thanksgiving hymn for after Communion, as we intend to have a reflection played to mark this special occasion.
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St Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop)

The solemnity of Australia's first canonised saint falls on Sunday 8 August, replacing the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  This is the first time we have celebrated the feast on a Sunday since St Mary's canonisation in 2010.

While it is not normally part of the core parish music repertoire, it would be appropriate to sing the hymn From Penola's Plains (Catholic Worship Book II, 437) at some time during the Mass, even as an Entrance, Thanksgiving or Recessional hymn.  If you choose to do this, please consider how you will familiarise the assembly with this tune in advance.  This could, for example, include playing the hymn as an instrumental or solo sung piece before Mass in the weeks leading up to the feast day.
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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The following Sunday, 15 August, is the solemnity of the Assumption, replacing the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  This is one of only two movable feast days in the Australian liturgical calendar that is a holy day of obligation; Christmas being the other (other feasts that were holy days have since been transferred to Sundays, eg Epiphany and the Body and Blood of Christ).

As a Carmelite parish, the singing of Flower of Carmel as a recessional hymn on this day is appropriate and strongly encouraged.
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If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Robert

Thank you for your support as we adapt to ensure our community's worship may continue.  We will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes.
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