The Music of David Haas

Although parishioners often don't know who has written the music they sing at Mass, for many years we have sung a number of hymns by American composer, David Haas. Like many parishes in the English-speaking world, our repertoire has included several songs by the prolific writer. Earlier this year, media reports surfaced of allegations of … Continue reading The Music of David Haas

Resisting Temptation and Making Space

Carmel Bulletin, 17 March 2019 The Temptation in the Wilderness, c. 1898Briton Riviere (1840-1920)Guildhall Art Gallery, London The Sundays of Lent begin each year with an account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.  Temptations can be easy to come by, and hard to ignore! For liturgical musicians, one temptation can be to want … Continue reading Resisting Temptation and Making Space

Music and Hospitality

Carmel Bulletin, 14 August 2016 The Second Vatican Council’s instruction on music said: “One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song” (Musicam Sacram, no. 16).  That, of course, is easier said than done! While it may take effort to encourage … Continue reading Music and Hospitality

Parish Mass Settings Workshop

This morning, music ministers from our parish gathered together to learn more about some of the Mass settings that are available and recommended for use.  This is an integral part of the formation we're providing in our parish as we implement the new English translation of the Roman Missal. Our parish has generally been using … Continue reading Parish Mass Settings Workshop

2/1/11 – New Mass Settings

This is an important weekend.  Yes, we are celebrating the feast of the Epiphany (on the earliest date possible in the liturgical calendar).  It is also the first weekend of the New Year, 2011.  This means that in Australia, we can begin to take the first steps towards implementing the new English translation of the … Continue reading 2/1/11 – New Mass Settings