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

Returning to Mass

The inability to come to Mass over recent months has been a challenge for many people.  We hope that you have been able to draw strength from your own prayer and hope from looking forward to us being able to gather once more as a faith community.

We look forward to being able to welcome back more music ministers to our Masses during July.  The next step in the easing of restrictions is making things easier for music ministers to return.  There is, however, some protocols we do still need to have in place.

Adult Music Ministers

Should ideally be pre-registered for Mass, but can register on arrival if needed, as ministers are counted separately (particularly if they will be in the choir gallery).  Individual music ministers or group leaders can email Robert with names, phone numbers and email addresses of those who will be serving.  Others coming with music ministers can be included in the same email, or can register for Mass at

Children and Youth Music Ministers

Similarly, children and youth music ministers and those coming with them need to be registered.  This will be particularly important as we need to register their parents and carers coming with them as parishioners if they are not singing as well.

Registering music ministers and those coming to Mass with them as far in advance as possible will help us to ensure that we can accommodate them within our church attendance capacity.


While We Have Been Away

During the church closure period, we have made progress on some projects that directly affect music ministers.

PowerPoint Catalogue Update

The PowerPoint Catalogue has been completely reformatted.  Two major improvements have been achieved through this process:
  • A simpler, easier-to-read slide format for the assembly
  • Changes to templates for Mass that will result in smaller file sizes; reducing the amount of space that files for Mass will take up on computers.

To Access Newly Formatted Slides

  • Download individually as required from the usual slide catalogue, or
  • Download the whole collection of slides as a zip file, also from the slide catalogue, or
  • Return your USB drive to the sacristy, labelled for Robert, who will then provide a copy of the files for you

To Access Newly Formatted Templates

  • Download individually each week as required from the usual template catalogue, as these are being upgraded progressively.
Access the Catalogue of PowerPoint Slides
Access the Catalogue of PowerPoint Templates

Hymn Book Storage in the Choir Gallery

To provide music for singers, and to assist with our compliance with copyright law, we have a collection of two hymn books for singers, namely:
  • Catholic Worship Book II
  • Music for Parish Worship, a folder containing music used in the parish that is not found in Catholic Worship Book II
The bookcase at the front of the choral seating area in the choir gallery has been tidied up and rearranged so that these books are now all stored there.  Please assist with ensuring that books are returned there after use and kept tidy so that our resources are cared for and serve us for many years to come.

Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The parish feast day will this year be celebrated on the weekend of 18 and 19 July.  As usual, this will be observed at all Sunday Masses.  As attendance restrictions will still be in place, however, there will not be a Principal Mass this year with combined music group. 

We ask each music group to lead the music for the feast day at their usual rostered Mass for the third Sunday of the month.

Nourish Your Own Faith and Ministry As We Return to Mass With These Resources

How to Encounter God More in the Liturgy of the Word

American theologian Dr Edward Sri offers a podcast series called All Things Catholic, where recently he produced an episode on the Liturgy of the Word at Mass.  Not only this is a worthwhile reflection for us all as participants in the Mass, but as musicians who reflect on God's word to prepare our music, and proclaim God's word particularly in the Responsorial Psalm, it is particularly worthwhile listening to.  What's more, it will take less than 20 minutes of your time.
Listen to Dr Edward Sri's Podcast on the Liturgy of the Word

A Cantor Master Class

As people have been unable to attend formation in recent months, American music publishers GIA Publications recently produced and shared online a Cantor Master Class with Diana Kodner Gökçe.  It accompanies the new Handbook for Cantors which she has written and GIA has published.  This hour-long virtual seminar could provide some guidance for those leading singing at Mass, and for those who train them.
View the Cantor Master Class from GIA Publications

Using the Music of David Haas

Recently in Catholic media, reports arose that allegations have been made of inappopriate conduct towards women by composer David Haas.  Publisher GIA Publications ceased their arrangements with him in January, and restrictions have been placed on his work in his home Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis.

We will continue to monitor this situation for further developments.  In the meantime, we advise music ministers to avoid the use of David Haas' music at Mass.  We ask this out of respect to those who have made allegations, and because we believe that such behaviour should not be tolerated, particularly in the Church. 

The music suggestions on our website can assist ministers in choosing alternative hymns.
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Robert

Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time.  We will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes.
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