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
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
Carmel Bulletin, 22 February 2015 Hopefully things look and feel a bit different at Mass this weekend than they did last weekend. The large banners have come down and the plants and flowers are all gone. There may be less music, and instruments should only be used to accompany singing, as opposed to being used for … Continue reading Reflecting the Penitential Nature of Lent
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
As we mentioned before, a new English translation of the Roman Missal is being prepared. This will be used in English speaking countries throughout the Catholic Church. To help us learn more about this new translation, we’re trying to answer some of the key questions here. Are the songs we sing at Mass going to … Continue reading 26/9/10 – Are the Songs We Sing at Mass Going to Change?