Les Miserables Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical “LES MISÉRABLES”, with themes of forgiveness and redemption, comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre later this year as part of a new UK & Ireland tour. The show runs from 5 December 2018 - 12 January 2019. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. More info here.
St Patrick's Day Mass
Among the many special St Patrick's Day Masses will be one in Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 at 9.30 am. It will be enhanced by the University and Newman, Vocare choirs, the Carolan String Quartet along with uilleann pipes and flute. There will also be a special St Patrick's Day Mass at St Michael's Church Dun Laoghaire at 9.15 am. More info here.
YOUCAT Confession Book
The YOUCAT Confession book for young people is a practical guide created to take away undue anxiety about the Sacrament, and to show how it works. It came about as a collaboration between young people and clergy, including those responsible for "Nightfever", a popular program of prayer, Eucharistic adoration, and confession that started at World Youth Day in Cologne. The book includes the usual distinctive art work. It can be ordered from Veritas. There's a 'look inside' facility at CTS UK . Cost is €6.95 though there may be discounts for schools/bulk orders.
Mary Magdalene Film
A new biopic of Mary Magdalene, starring Hollywood actors Rooney Mara (Mary Magdalene) and Joaquin Phoenix (Jesus), opens in cinemas across Ireland and the UK on 16 March. Directed by Gareth Davis, the biblical drama is being promoted as “an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history”. Read more at Catholic Ireland. IMDB Entry here.
Seeing With New Eyes
Event at Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, 426 Clontarf Rd, Clontarf East, Dublin, Tuesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. Images and imagination were important to Ignatius of Loyola; he invited people to engage fully with Scripture scenes and drew throughout his life on strong personal inspirations. Colm Brophy draws on his training in Ignatian spirituality and as an art therapist in these evenings in helping participants to reflect on images that are important to them. If you are ready to take a fresh look at favourite images and how images reflect your inner experience and then go on to reflect on your images of God, these evenings may be of help.
You do not need the skills of an artist but simply a relationship with the visual. Although we communicate verbally, most of our inner life - like sacred mysteries - cannot be put into words. Details here: https://www.manresa.ie/programmes/seeing-new-eyes-0
Events Postponed Two events listed below have been postponed. The Emmanuel concert in the Helix Theatre DCU, scheduled for Wed 28th Feb has been postponed, as has the '7 Last Words' event in Newman University Church, which is rescheduled for 25 March, Palm Sunday, following the 6:15pm Sunday liturgy.
Saoires Ronan's new film, Lady Bird, opens Feb 23rd in Ireland. This coming of age film features a Catholic background and spiritual themes. The Catholic News Service Review is here, and a review by Bishop Robert Barron here. IMDB entry is here.
New film on Samson
'Samson' is a new film about the exploits of the Old Testament hero, with Taylor James in the title role. It has opened in US cinemas. Catholic News Service review here. Decent Films Review here.
Passion at NCH
At the National Concert Hall, Good Friday 3.30 pm - St John's Passion with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. One of the most magnificent and moving of all choral works, Bach’s St John Passion is a compelling re-telling of the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday. Operatic in its scale and intensity, it’s a bold, dramatic and emotional experience that speaks of human frailty and divine redemption with overwhelming honesty and is a devotional masterpiece of searing power. Preceded at 1.30pm by a performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 by RTE Contempo Quartet.
Note: FREE entry to 1.30pm performance with 3.30pm ticket. Info and booking here.
Contemporary Christian Group, the Rend Collective from Northern Ireland, will be in concert at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin 2 on Sun 20 May 7.30 pm. For more info see https://rendcollective.com/
Singer-songwriter Johnny Duhan, whose work is often features spiritual themes, has an Irish tour coming up Feb-May .. see poster for dates and venues.
Art Workshop at Knock Join artist Róisín de Buitléar as she shares the ideas, design process and development behind her commissioned work ‘Pilgrimage’ for Knock Basilica. The two glazed halls at the entrance to the Basilica were completed over a two year period in collaboration with the Shrine and award-winning Architects, A&D Wejcherts, Dublin. This will be on Sat 14 April at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo. More info here.
This year's Emmanuel concerts will take place Mon Feb 26th-Thurs March 1 st.- hundreds of secondary schools in Dublin diocese singing quality liturgical music. Venue as usual is the Helix Theatre at DCU. Adm is €12. Booking and more info here.
Of interest to RE teachers and teachers of all subjects Navan Education Centre is holding a 'YouTube Masterclass' on Thurs 22 Feb 5-7pm.
It will be a chance to learn a variety of tips and tricks for YouTube, along with many lesser known but very useful YouTube features. This will be a hands on course and topics will include embedding YouTube videos in Powerpoint presentations, recording clips from longer YouTube videos, the online safety features in YouTube, gathering YouTube videos in Blendspace, educational features in YouTube and much more. It's all free for teachers. Booking here.
The next Nightfever event in Dublin will take place on Sat 17 Feb after the 6 pm Mass in Clarendon St Church (off Grafton St).
There will be music, prayer, adoration, reconciliation and street outreach. More info here.
New Callanan CD
Due in March - Liturgical composer Ian Callanan has a new album on the way -As Night Time Falls - Hymns, Psalms, Prayers to end the day. See sample track here.
7 Last Words Concert There will be a performance of Haydn's 7 Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (Op 51) in Newman University Church on Fri 2nd March at 7.30 pm. This will be a free event but there will be a collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Performance will be by the Carolan String Quarter. Tickets can be reserved at https://www.facebook.com/NDNewmanCentre and at Eventbrite.
Dublin Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre is organising a Liturgy Seminar at Clonliffe College Jan 27 9:30 am – 1:15 pm. There will be a variety of workshops including one on the ‘Voice for Life’ Training Programme of the Royal School of Church Music, Resources for Lent, Resources for the World Meeting of Families. More info here.
World meeting of Families 2018 Among the initiatives for the World Meeting of Families is a family art exhibition, featuring a children's family album. Julieann Moran explains all in a video in the iCatholic.ie website. Click here for video.
Icon - World Meeting of Families
At all Christmas Day Masses people will be given a copy of the Holy Family Icon for their home.The Icon card includes the official World Meeting of Families Prayer. A large copy of the Icon will also be made available for display in each church. Fr Timothy Bartlett explains all about it in a video at iCatholic.ie - click here for video.
The film Mary's Land will run at the Savoy Cinema Dublin from Friday 27 Oct. The blurb is as follows: 'The Devil's Advocate receives a new mission: to fearlessly investigate those who still trust Heaven's formulas. Are they swindlers? Swindled? If he discovers that their beliefs are bogus, our lives will remain the same. But - what if they're not a fairy tale?' Booking here. Film's website here.
The Irish Catholic Bishops' website features a podcast series, Faithcast, which features a variety of interviews, including one with Ephrem Feely (Episode 21), the composer of ‘A Joy For All The Earth’, the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, about his inspiration for the hymn.
Trócaire has announced the Romero Award as part of the preparation for the World Meeting of Families. The Trócaire Romero Award highlights the efforts of people in Ireland and across the world to raise awareness of human rights violations and support people who are experiencing hardship. There's a section for school students. The competition is open to an arts based approach. This could involve producing a podcast, making a video, creative use of social media, editing a newsletter or any other innovative use of communications tools to highlight issues of global justice. All entries will receive a certificate of participation, while the most innovative and inspiring entries will win prizes for their school/youth group. Entries can be submitted from schools, classes or youth groups. We also welcome individual entries as we love to see young people taking the initiative to inspire and bring about change. The closing date for entries is 27 April 2018. Email email@example.com for further details. See also: https://www.trocaire.org/getinvolved/romeroaward
Public Speaking Competition
The Knights of Columbanus
organise an annual public speaking competition for second level schools. Schools have been circulated with the topics for 2017-2018, and this year one of the topics has an arts theme: 'The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation.’ – Pope Francis, Aug 2017. Teams participating in lasts year’s All Ireland Final can be viewed at https://www.icatholic.ie/kosc For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notre Dame–Newman Centre for Faith & Reason, based in Newman Church St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, will host a Taizé prayer and music night on Tuesdays at 6 pm, starting Tues 26th Sept. A new weekend liturgy has been added to the Newman University Church mass schedule, at 6:15pm on Sundays. Choir rehearsal takes place immediately proceeding the liturgy in Newman Church Choir Gallery at 5:00pm. A new choir has been formed to provide music at this mass, and voices are welcome! The Hospitality Group provides Tea, Coffee and biscuits after 11am Mass on the 1st Sunday of each month.
NUA is an initiative featuring short videos on faith matters aimed at young people in a school or parish context. This tour gives you the opportunity to see NUA for yourself in a venue close to you. Hear from the creators, meet the host and find out how NUA can be used in your context. On Thursday Sept 21st the team is launching NUA in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Culles, Cavan from 7:30pm - 9pm. This is a free event with refreshments. On Sept 28th the event will be in the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Cork from 7:30pm - 9pm also a free event with refreshments to enjoy. On Oct 3rd the final destination of this inaugural tour is in the Clayton Hotel, Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway, H91 D526 from 7:30pm - 9pm. Booking here.
Shekinah Shekinah is a training programme for adults who wish to facilitate youth retreats or other youth ministry programmes. The Shekinah course ethos is rooted in in scripture and the message of Jesus but with a profoundly practical interpretation to help Shekinah graduates reach new levels of awareness to engage better with the youth of today. Among the lecturers are - Ciaran Coll, who is very involved in the work of Music Ministry for young people and is a regular contributor at school/parish workshops and talks in the area of Liturgical Music and Youth Ministry; Michael Keenan, who has recorded 10 Gospel music cds, most of which he has written himself and is particularly interested in the use of music to promote mental health in young people; Fr Joe McGrath, who uses drama skills in trying to re-present the Good News of the Gospel in a rapidly changing youth culture. For more info click here.
New Catechetics Website
The Council for Catechetics has launched a new website, with news and resources for catechetics in parish, primary and secondary schools. There are policy documents relating to RE, and prayers for a variety of settings. See www.catechetics.ie .
The Pope and the Artists
Pope Francis' prayer intention for August is related to the importance of artists in our culture. In the minute-long video, the Pope says: “The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation. “When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love. “That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.” More info and a link to the video at Catholic Ireland.
Course on Book of Kells
The Loyola Institute in Trinity College is offering a short course module for Autumn 2017: 'The Book of Kells - A Theological Reading'. This course offers an opportunity to learn about the magnificent Book of Kells in the company of others. In particular - explore: • The iconography of the manuscript • The theological significance of the imagery • The manuscript tradition • Recent scholarship on the Book of Kells. Cost of module €150. More info here.
Religious Art Competition
In conjunction with the World meeting of Families there will be a religious art competition. Artists have been invited to submit religious art inspired by the theme of the World Meeting of Families – ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’, and Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia. The selected art pieces will be part of an exhibition in 2018. The competition is part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018, and organised by the Committee for Sacred Art and Architecture of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, in association with the National Centre for Liturgy. More info at Catholic Ireland, Competition details for download here.
Art Journalling Days 'The Gold of our Experiences' - An Autumn Art Journalling Day to reflect upon and celebrate the 'gold' hidden in our lives and to prepare for Winter's return. No previous experience or training in art is required. All materials are provided. Limited spaces. Registration at 9.30am. For further information email: email@example.comCost £35.00 includes course / Art Materials / Mid-day meal / teas and coffees.
Venue is the Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry, Co. Down. More info and booking here.
A new faith related film, 'The Shack', based on the novel by William Paul Young, is now on release in Ireland (check cinemas and times here). It deals with the personal traumas of a young father whose daughter has been kidnapped and features an unusual portrayal of the Holy Trinity. The US Catholic Conference review is here. Decent Films review is here. Faitharts review of the book here.
Trócaire Poetry Awards Trócaire has published on its website the winning poems of the competition it ran in association with Poetry Ireland. The full booklet of all 18 poems is now available for download. This year’s theme, ‘Before the Storm’, explored disasters like flooding due to climate change, how people prepare for extreme weather and the helplessness that they feel when they know that a storm is coming. The competition was linked to Trócaire’s work in Honduras, where the aid agency helps vulnerable communities to plan for the next extreme weather event and minimise damage. The overall winner was published poet David Butler, with his poem ‘Before the Storm’. Read more at Catholic Ireland.
The newest title in the internationally best-selling -YOUCAT- series for youth and young adults, this Bible features the creative elements of the best-selling YOUCAT youth catechism and the DOCAT social teaching handbook. It's filled with engaging photos, clever and fun illustrations by YOUCAT's award-winning designer, insightful sidebar quotes from great thinkers, Catholic saints and leaders, past and present, and young people living their faith today. It includes helpful introductions to the books of the Bible and short, easy-to-understand commentaries by some of today's top Bible teachers.
[added 6/9/17 - this Bible is now available from Veritas, and you get a look insite at the CTS site.
Hymn for World Meeting of Familes
The official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018 was launched on 2nd June in Dublin at an event attended by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The hymn called A Joy For All The Earth was written by Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. A Joy For All The Earth was produced by Dr Sharon Lyons and recorded in Blackrock College Chapel. It features soloists Dr Sharon Lyons and Derek Malady. The adult choir performing on the recording of the hymn is WMOF Chorale and the Children’s Choir is Piccolo Lasso, directed by Dr Ite O’Donovan. More info here.
Let It Shine
'Let It Shine - Songs of Faith' is a new CD from the Christ the King Youth Choir, launching in Christ the King Church, Strathroy, Omagh on Palm Sunday, April 9th, 7.30 pm. More info on the group's Facebook Page
New CD from Sr Marie Dunne
Ripples of the Divine is a new CD from liturgical composer Sr Marie Dunne. The album features 14 instrumental versions or Sr Marie's favourite compositions, including 'Journey to Your Heart', 'Lúireach Phádraig', 'Mary's Magnificat' and 'Blessing of Hospitality'. Arrangements are by Mark Cahill. The album is available from Veritas bookshops, Knock Book Shop Knock, Co. Mayo, and Liturgical Centre, Newtownpark Ave, Blackrock, DublinMore info at mariedunnemusic.com
Nua Films In an ecumenical initiative for education, The Irish Scripture Union has launched a series of films that aims to help young people to more fully explore and engage with their Christian faith. The NUA film series consists of eight short films designed to be viewed over the same number of weeks by senior cycle secondary school pupils, or by university-based or parish-based youth groups. The topics dealt with in each film involve one or more of the big questions that Christians must ask themselves: How did we get here? What is the meaning of existence? How much of the Jesus story is fact? Why are so many Christians unlike Christ? In a world of so much pain, how can we say God is good? Has the Church caused more harm than good? More info at Catholic Ireland and at the Nua website.
Pilgrimage Film Pilgrimage is a new Irish film on the way, due for release in 2017. It was filmed in the West of Ireland in 2015 and features Tom Holland as Br. Diarmuid, a young monk leading a dangerous pilgrimage to Rome with a sacred relic. The soundtrack features the choir 'Crux' directed by Paul McGough. Read more at the IMDB Entry.
Mass of St Patrick
The Mass of St Patrick by Liam Lawton, was composed for the Octo Centenary Celebration of Ballintubber Abbey, Mayo, Ireland. It will be launched at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference at the Anaheim Convention Centre, L.A. on Friday Feb 24th. It is published by GIA Music.
Composed in melodic and accessible form for Choirs ( Soprano Alto and Men ) It includes piano accompaniment, guitar chords and notation for C Instrument and is arranged by Paul Tate who previously collaborated with Lawton on The Glendalough Mass.
It will be performed in the parish of St. Clare's Graiguecullen, Carlow on Thursday 16th March at 6.30 on the eve of St. Patrick's Day.
For Workshops on the new Mass setting please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org ... available nationwide soon.
( The Art work is taken from a Mosaic by Mark Rupnik SJ, which features St. Patrick and can be seen at the Irish College Chapel in Rome ).
New Book Love One Another As I Have Loved You is a book of prayers, meditations and reflections compiled by Gareth Byrne in response to the publication of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’. This collection includes reflective pieces on family, friendship and community and invites readers to take time in the healing presence of Jesus, opening themselves to the Spirit of God’s love at work in their lives and in their relationships. The book includes poetry and art work. More information from Veritas here.
The Silence Movie One of this year's most anticipated movies, Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese, got its world premier in the Vatican on Wed 30 November. The film, which has been 26 years in the making, tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution as evangelists in 17th century Japan. After reading the novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō in 1988, Scorsese, now aged 72, immediately bought the rights to the movie. Since 2004, he has been saying that Silence was the one film that he really wanted to complete, and in 2014 it was reported that Scorsese said he would make no other movie until his wish was fulfilled. (Read on at the Catholic Ireland website.) Also see report on Reuters TV. [Read Faitharts Review]
Liv On Album
Liv On is the title of a new album featuring Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and Amy Sky. The songs deal with themes like love, bereavement, personal pain, afterlife, grief, relationships and more. Among the tracks are a new version of Beth Nielsen Chapman's 'Sand and Water', a reflection on 'Grace and Gratitude', 'Don't Know What To Say' a song about reacting to the bereaved and a Christmas song 'There's Still My Joy'. Song samples and ordering at Amazon.
New John Michael Talbot Album The Inner Room is a new album from John Michael Talbot. It is his first recording in nearly seven years.
The album includes, The Beatitudes, The Light of the World, Revive Us, The Inner Room, Our Father with Doxology and My God, My God (Ps. 22). "THE INNER ROOM" features ten classic Talbot compositions integrating Middle Eastern sounds, Americana Roots music and contemporary styles masterfully orchestrated by long time Talbot arranger and producer Phil Perkins and Jim Gray (whose credits include Josh Groban, Amy Grant, Casting Crowns, and more). JMT is joined by three legendary figures: Multi-Grammy Award winner and Bluegrass Music legend Ricky Skaggs (Mandolin, Fiddle), Multi-Dove Award winning guitarist Phil Keaggy and mixdown consultant Bill Halverson, whose credits include Producer / Engineer for Crosby, Still & Nash, and Eric Clapton among countless others). Ordering and song samples available here. Also available at Amazon.
Another publication in the YOUCAT series for teens and young adults, DOCAT presents the social teaching of the Catholic Church in a new and creative way. It includes the now familiar cartoons that illustrate the various elements of the book. It is available here from Veritas. There's also an accompanying study guide.
Death of Elizabeth Wang Religious artist Elizabeth Wang passed away on 10th Sept. Her inspired religious art appears on her Radiat Light website, where there's now a tribute to her.
New Lawton Album
Coming this November - Liam Lawton's new album LUMINA Volume II in. It is an Instrumental Collection with arrangements by Mark Cahill, as a follow up to LUMINA Volume 1. It will include such tracks as ~ The Glendalough Theme, Benedictus, Journey of a Soul, Heal us Lord and Labyrinth and many more. It will be available Nationwide and on line.
New Johnston Album
Your Father in Heaven Knows is a new album of worship songs from Rónán and Joanne Johnston. Tracks include 'Father I believe', 'Patrick's Shield' and 'You Have Called Me'. Songs can be previewed and the album purchased here.s
The new Ben Hur film opens in Ireland on Sept 7th. As with the earlier version starring Charlton Heston Jesus makes an appearance, played by Rodrigo Santoro. For more on the background to the film and its source novel see this article in the Irish Catholic.
This is the name of an initiative of the Education Secretariat and the Liturgy Resource Centre in Dublin Diocese for Primary Schools. The idea has come from interested teachers who would like the liturgical music repertoire of primary schools to be reflected in the parish liturgy. A pilot project will take place in 2017 and will involve 20 schools from the north and south side of the city whose students will learn a programme of music which will be presented in a prayerful way during Catholic Schools Week (29 January – 4 February). Schools have been chosen and music in a range of styles has been selected.
The next event for Nightfever Dublin is on Sat 17 Sept
at the Church in Clarendon St off Grafton St. Prayer, music, reflection, reconcilation and street outreach in a candle lit atmosphere. 7.30 pm to 11 pm.
Book on Mercy
One of the books published by Veritas for the Year of Mercy is The Message of Mercy by Amalee Meehan. In The Message of Mercy, Amalee Meehan considers the subject of mercy, not only through a careful reading of relevant Scripture passages, but by exploring revealing extracts from literary classics and pertinent, sometimes surprising, examples from popular culture. More info and a chance to 'Look Inside' here.
Death of a Poet
The funeral has taken place of the renowned academic, author, poet and publisher, Mgr Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, who passed away after a short illness. A native Ballymore in Co Kerry, Mgr Ó Fiannachta, who was in his late 80s, had been a Professor of Irish in NUI Maynooth and was a famed linguist. He was also the founder of the third level institute in Dingle, An Díseart. Read more at Catholic Ireland website.
New Sheen Film
Martin Sheen stars as a priest in the new film The Vessel, due for release in September. The film has Terence Malick (Tree of Life) as Executive Producer and Julio Quintana is director. The storyline involves a community whose children have died in a tidal wave and focuses on how hope might come as people work through the grief. Official website here. More background info here.
Goretti Girls Album
Méabh Carlin and Hannah McCauley, known as the Goretti Girls have released an album I Will Wait. They discuss the launch of their first album and perform the track 'Here Am I' on iCatholic.
Eilidh Patterson in Concert Derry based singer-songwriter Eilidh Patterson, who often includes spiritual music in her repertoire will take part in a singer-songwriters' 'in the round' acoustic concert on Sunday 3rd July at 8.30 pm in the Bishop's Gate Hotel Derry. Paul Casey will also feature as will Karen Porter on cello.
Nano Nagle Novel
Presentation Sister Sr Noela Fox from Australia has written a novel about the life of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Sisters.
‘A Dream Unfolds’ is published by Columba Press and was launched at an event at the Nano Nagle Centre in Ballygriffin, Co Cork. Read more here. Order here.
Award for Gary Sinise At the end of May award winning actor Gary Sinise received the Saint Padre Pio Award. Sinise is well known for roles in Forrest Gump, Ransom and the CSI series. More info here.
The Life to the Full Book Club meets in St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield Luas) 7-8.30 pm. This is organised by the Dublin Office for Evangelisation and aimed at young adults.
More info here.
Graduation Music Resources The Liturgical Resource Centre for Dublin Diocese has provided a list of suggestion for music resources related to graduation ceremonies. It can be downloaded (as a Word document) by clicking this link.
New CD from Sr Marie Dunne The new CD from Sr Marie Dunne CHF, Journey to Your Heart features a variety of liturgical (Psalms) and inspirational music. It is hoped that it will be a source of nourishment on the journey of Faith that leads us to that deep and sacred place and space - the Heart. One of the tracks is a setting to Psalm 130 entitled WITH THE LORD THERE IS MERCY AND LOVE - an appropriate piece for this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The CD is available in a number of outlets including Veritas, Knock Book, Emmaus and at The Divine Master Liturgical Centre, Stillorgan.
Read the Faitharts review here.
Nightfever returns to Clarendon St Church on Sat 20th Feb - a night of music, prayer, adoration, reconciliation and street outreach. 7.30pm-11 pm.
Spirit Radio Ireland's Christian radio celebrates 5th birthday by doubling its listenership figures in just two years. Spirit Radio is now reaching 540,000 adults each week and the station is most popular with young adults in the 25-34 age group. Read more here.
Trócaire/Poetry Ireland Competition
Ireland is renowned for its literary and cultural heritage, as well as for its generosity in supporting those in need around the world. Trócaire and Poetry Ireland's annual poetry competition brings these two elements together in a creative way, using the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. This competition is unique, because poets are invited to explore a different global development theme each year. The competition is also free to enter. Forced to Flee: "This is our exodus". The theme for this year's competition is Forced to Flee: "This is our exodus". A great human tragedy continues to unfold in Syria and in the wider Middle East. There are sections for students and for adults. Deadline 6th March. More info here.
New Duhan CD
Galway based singer-songwriter Johnny Duhan has released a new CD, Creation, which features many religious songs, including the title track, 'Advent 2013', 'The Cross' and 'Resurrection'. More info and ordering here.
New CD from Eilidh Patterson Derrysinger-songwriter Eilidh Patterson, recently seen in concert with Ian Callanan at St Paul's Dublin has released a new 6-track CD. Grown Up Need Lullabies Too features several spiritual songs including 'Your Love' and 'God Has A Plan'. The CD can be bought here using the 'Buy Now' button. On this web page there's also a special offer for December 2015 on her previous CDs.
New Animated Film
The world premiere of The Monster & The Saint will take place on Sunday, December 6 at the Community Hall in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare at 4pm. This animated film tells the story of St Senan and his battle with a sea monster. It is written and directed by Dermott Petty.
Celine Byrne Christmas Concert
Join internationally acclaimed Soprano Celine Byrne with her Orchestra for her Christmas Gala conducted by David Brophy. Programme include favourites from the world of Opera and Viennese Operetta such as Villia, Csardas from Die Fledermaus and The Blue Danube along with well known Christmas classics O Holy Night, The Holy City and I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas to name but a few. National Concert Hall Sun 6th December 8 pm. More info and booking here.
Culwick Choral Society Christmas Concert
Join the Culwick Choral Society, and very special guest, soprano Claudia Boyle, plus the Dublin Brass Ensemble, and the children of St Bridget's National School choir, for an unforgettable celebration of the season with music, songs and carols from across the ages, including the Irish premiere of the Christmas cantata, A Winter's Night, by the English composer, Cecelia McDowall. National Concert Hall Mon 7th Dec 8 pm. Info and booking here.
Handel's Messiah at the NCH
Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Proinnsias O Duinn and world class soloists present Handel’s Messiah at the National Concert Hall, Wed 9th Dec, Thurs 10th Dec and Fri 11th Dec. Info and booking here.
Night Fever in Cork
Nightfever takes place in Cork on Sat Dec 5th 8-11 pm at the Augustinian Church. During the evening teams of young people go out onto the nearby streets to invite passers-by into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful music and be in the loving presence of God. Please pray for the mission and spread the word by inviting others to come! Nightfever event also takes place in Clarendon St Dublin on the same night ... see below.
Dublin Gospel Choir Christmas Concert Dublin Gospel Choir return to the Civic Theatre Tallaght for their annual Christmas Celebration on Thursday December 8th with a seasonal repertoire. Booking and info here.
Christmas Variety Concert in aid of the Derry Diocesan World Youth Day Pilgrimage An evening of song, worship, poetry and festive cheer will take place in St Mary’s College, Northland Road, Derry on Sunday 6th December at 7pm. The evening will feature local choirs, a children’s chorus, special guests and local entertainers. Tickets are £5, £15 per family and £3 concession. For tickets contact Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre 04871264087 or pay at the door.
Fr Liam Lawton and The Priests will perform in a January concert to commemorate Garda Adrian Donohoe (above) at the Redemptorist church in Dundalk. The concert will mark the third anniversary of the death of a Garda who was murdered near Dundalk. Titled 'Remembering Adrian,' it will be held in St Joseph's Redemptorist Church which is where his funeral mass was held. It will take place on Friday 29 January, four days after the date of his death but three years exactly to the day that he was shot dead outside Lordship Credit Union in Louth, on the last Friday in January 2013. More info here.
The next Nightfever event in Dublin will be on Sat Dec 5th in Clarendon St Church
after the 6 pm Mass. This is a night of prayer, music, reflection, adoration and reconciliation.
Religious Christmas Stamps
This year both the Royal Mail and An Post
feature religious Christmas stamps. Full background info and images here.
Lawton Christmas Tour
This Dec 2015 Fr Liam Lawton embarks on an extensive Christmas tour. Details:
4TH – The Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal – Tickets: 086 2382751
6TH – Corhownagh Church, Sligo – Tickets: 086 8253531
10TH – Scoil Mhuire Clane Community School, Clane – Tickets: 085 1108614
13TH – St Patricks Church, Fermoy – Tickets: 087 4485743
15TH – St Lgnatius Church, Galway – Tickets: 086 6005926
17TH – St. Columbanus' Church, Ballivor – Tickets: 046 9546488
20TH - Armagh Cathedral (With Karl McGuckin & Fran Fee) - Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk
21ST – Church Of The Good Shepherd, Churchtown, Dublin – Tickets: 01 298 4642
Dublin Gospel Choir - Candlelight Mass
Dublin Gospel Choir will sing at a candle light Mass in St Mary of the Angel's, Church St, Dublin 7 on Sun 22nd November at 7 pm.
Learning Handel’s Messiah in 6 weeks and performing it at the start of Advent … an extra performance has also been added. This year the concert will celebrate the beginning of Year of Mercy as well as of Advent on Saturday night (28 November) in the well-known Carmelite Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Dublin’s Whitefriar Street. The second performance takes place on Sunday afternoon (29 November) in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Mourne Road, Drimnagh and all the profits of this will go to charity. More info here: http://www.catholicireland.net/project-messiah-add-performance-charity/
Dolls From Heaven
A new resource for teaching RE to the younger ones – dolls of saints as a teaching aid. Dolls from heaven are 18 inch Saint Dolls. They come with an outfit based on what the Saint wore during their life. They also come with a book that will inspire children to become saints. Our first Doll is Saint Therese of Lisieux.The plan is to introduce a series of saint dolls, whose story will encourage children to follow Jesus. Saints, like Saint John Paul II, Saint Bernadette, Saint Patrick, Saint Joan of Arc, and many more. http://www.dollsfromheaven.com/
Dublin Gospel Choir New Album
DGC is delighted to announce the release of a new album ‘Celebrate’ marking 20 years of gospel music in Ireland. The album was recorded by Andy Knightley of K Recording at Camelot Studios in Tyrellstown and represents some of their favourite tracks over the past 20 years. Available to purchase from Dublin Gospel Choir Shop or download on iTunes or Google Play.
Underground Films are making a documentary on Knock and are having a crowdfunding campaign to finance it. Among other things it will look at what Knock means to those who travel from abroad to the shrine. A new mosaic has been commissioned for the basilica and is being made near Venice. The film will feature behind the scenes footage of this work. For more info and details of the fundraising click here: http://www.catholicireland.net/documentary-knock-seeks-funding/
Films 'Little Boy' is a new film released in USA which features religious themes
in a positive way. Review from the US Catholic Conference here.
Also on the way, a new film, currently titled 'Apostle Paul', starring
Hugh Jackman and produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Info here.
Film on Pope Shades of Truth
is a new film on the life of Pope Pius XII, detailing his efforts to help
Jews escape the clutches of the Nazis during WorldWar II. In a film that
debuted early March in the Vatican, the protagonist, an Italian-American
investigative journalist and a Jew, had this same mentality—at first.
The movie shows David Milan’s journey as he was commissioned to do an
investigation on Pope Pius XII, which brought him from New York to Rome
to the Holy Land and other parts of Europe. More info here.
IMDB Entry here.
Padre Pio Film Godfather star Joe Mategna has announced that he intends to
make a film on the life of St. Padre Pio. Mategna also played the father
in the series Joan of Arcadia. More information here.
New Irish Christmas A
New Irish Christmas features the New Irish Choir and Orchestra in a selection
of Christmas standards like 'Joy to the World' and 'O Holy Night' along
with some newer material like 'Angelsong' by choir conductor Jonathan
Rea and 'Jesus Joy of the Highest Heaven' by Keith and Kristyn Getty.
They are also joined by the New Irish Youth Choir. The album can be purchased
from usual outlets or at New
Veritas Facebook Page
Veritas in Ireland has a launched a new Facebook page for RE Teachers.
It provides links to various useful resources, especially for the Post-Primary
RE teacher. Check it out here.
Children's Book on Pope Francis
Mid-August sees the publication of a new children's
book on Pope Francis, published by Veritas and written by Ailis Travers.
This fully-illustrated book tells the story of the life and work of Pope
is For Real
film 'Heaven is for Real' opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 13th June.
The storyline, based on real-life event and best selling book, features
the experiences of a young boy, Colton Burpo, who claims to have visited
Heaven during a near-death experience. For more information and views
see the following sources: News
item on the Catholic Ireland website, Catholic
News Service Review (USA).
of Passion and Resurrection 'Hymns
of Passion and Resurrection' is an album of hymns for Easter. Produced
by the Célí Dé Collective it sold very well leading
up to Easter 201, reaching no. 6 in the national charts and no. 1 in the
independent charts. The hymns tell the story of the Holy Week and Easter
events. The CD is available in music stores and online from itunes. From
it retails at €10.56, plus postage and packing (total €12.99). Proceeds
from sales go to the Dominican summer camp at Knockadoon, Co Cork. More
New Lawton Album Lumina,
the new album of orchestral music by Liam Lawton, arranged by Mark Cahill,
will be available in shops from April 18th and online at www.liamlawton.com
from April 14th. Track listing: I will be the Vine; Far Beyond; The Hermit
Song ; In the Quiet ; The Hiding Place ; Could It be; The Silence and
the Sorrow; There is a Place ; The Voice of an Angel; Allelu ; The Lord
is my Shepherd ; The Clouds' Veil.
CD from Ellie Holcomb Contemporary
Christian music singer-songwriter Ellie
Holcomb has released her first full length album As Sure as the
Sun. It's a mixture of reflective music, country rock, roots and folk.
The album can be previewed/purchased at the usual outlets - Amazon,
Commandments TV Series
Coming up on US TV later in 2014 - a TV drama series on the Ten Commandments.
Each episode is directed by a different director will put their own contemporary
spin on a particular commandment. Directors include Jim Sheridan, Wes
Craven, Michael Cera, Gus Van Sant and Lee Daniels. More info here.
The nuns who ran the mother and baby home portrayed
in the newly-released film ‘Philomena’ have described the biopic starring
Judi Dench, as “very misleading.” See the full story here.
Film Italian film director Liliana Cavani has announced
plans to make a film about the work of Pope Francis in saving hundreds
from the dictatorship in Argentina when he was Fr Bergoglio. The film
will be based on the book Bergoglio's List by Nello Scavo.
Alessandro CD for Christmas Friar
Alessandro from Italy has released a Christmas CD on Decca records. The
Franciscan Friar is a sanctuary guide in Assisi, Italy where he was born.
His hope as the first Franciscan Friar to be signed to a major record
label, is that his voice will have the ability to foster a stronger Catholic
presence in contemporary art & music. His enthusiasm for music since childhood
influenced him to study organ, musical composition, and operatic singing
at institutions and conservatories throughout Italy. However, his success
in music felt incomplete in the absence of a driven religious life. So
at the age of twenty-one, he entered as a postulant in the Order of the
Friars Minor of Umbria and would take his final vows some ten years later.
It was in fact the desire to join the Order which pushed him to complete
his qualification at the musical conservatory as it was considered a touchstone
for the seriousness of his commitment. At present he lives at the Porziuncola
Friary in Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi, where he welcomes pilgrims
to the Basilica. The album can be checked out here: at Amazon,
of Nazareth Mary
of Nazareth is a new film on the life of Mary, from Ignatius Press
and Carmel Communications. The dedicated website for the film includes
a trailer, several clips from the film, details of screenings and availablility
and other background information - www.maryfilm.com
Francis: Arts express beauty of Church's Faith Pope Francis, in an address to the “Patrons
of the Arts” in the Vatican Museums, the group which is dedicated to preserving
the vast and unique collection of art housed in the Vatican Museums, said,
“In every age the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to
the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur
of God’s creation, the dignity of human beings made in his image and likeness,
and the power of Christ’s death and resurrection to bring redemption and
rebirth to a world touched by the tragedy of sin and death.” Full text
of the address here.
The Maximilian Kolbe prayer group meets every Wednesday night at 7.30
pm, at the Franciscan
Friary in Wexford town - a prayer group which frequently features
musical elements .
Album from Audrey Assad Fortunate
Fall is the new album from US singer-songwriter
Songs are contemporary
in style and are written or co-written by Assad, while collaborators include
Matt Maher who performed recently at World Youth Day. Assad's song are
mostly piano driven and this album is primarily music for reflection and
worship. Each song is tagged as being suitable for particular contexts
- e.g. personal devotion, Mass, eucharistic adoration, praise
and worship. The album is available from Amazon
(Audio samples available), iTunes
(samples) and the singer's website.
series on film at the Manresa
Jesuit Centre 426 Clontarf Road, Dollymount, Dublin 3. For over a
hundred years now, innumerable stories have been told through the medium
of film. In Movies that Matter, participants will view a film together
each evening, following a short introduction. They will then be helped
to reflect, individually and together, on the issues and values raised
in the film, particularly through the eyes of faith. Programme Director:
Ms. Eileen O'Brien Cost: Donation at your discretion, No need to book.
Just come along! Time: 7.30pm to 10.00pm Dates: Wednesday Evenings; 11
and 25 September, 09 and 30 October, and 13 and 27 November.
At the Manresa
Jesuit Centre 426 Clontarf Road, Dollymount, Dublin 3 - Evenings of
prayer and music with Marie Dunne CHF Concluding the Year of Faith, this
series of four evenings presents an opportunity to spend some time with
composer Marie Dunne as she describes the faith story of some of her compositions.
She will invite participants to consider how the themes that have been
inspirational to her connect us all and can move us to a deeper understanding
of faith and scripture. These evenings promise to offer renewal and refreshment
through receiving the word of God in a setting of meaningful music. Dates
• Monday 4 November 2013 ? Before I formed you in the womb I knew you
• Monday 11 November 2013 ? I have come that you may have life • Monday
18 November 2013 ? In my Father's house there are many rooms • Monday
25 November 2013 ? I am the Way, the Truth and the Life Time 7:30 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m. Cost Donation at your discretion.
and Gospel Values Discovering Gospel values and the meaning
of life in film - the theme at Avila
Retreat Centre Donnybrook Dublin 4 - with Br. Noel O’Connor OCD. First
Saturday of each month at 7.30 p.m.
and Poetry Club
Reading for Inspiration - SHARE THE JOY OF READING WELL-LOVED BOOKS AND
POETRY WITH OTHERS with Fr Eugene McCaffrey OCD at Avila
Retreat Centre Donnybrook Dublin 4 FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH 7.30
RE Textbook: Seek and Find Seek
and Find, the new RE Text for Senior Cycle Religious Education, is
now available from Veritas. Written by Katherina Broderick, Elaine Costelloe
and Brendan O'Regan, and edited by Ailis Travers, it features lots of
arts resources, including film, music, visual art and poetry. Each section
is divided into lessons as opposed to chapters, making it very user friendly
- Each lesson has objectives and a summary to give a clear focus to the
content covered - In each lesson, students are given opportunities to
build their own responses to the material, thus ensuring they engage on
a personal level - Activities vary to challenge and encourage faith development
in students by helping them to relate to God in their own lives, in the
life of the Church and in the local community, as well as in the wider
world - Activities provide for differentiated, active and co-operative
learning by including a variety of methodologies and a wide range of different
exercises - Additional resources will be available online at www.seekandfind.ie
(coming soon). For further info and ordering details click here.
Top the Charts
Currently in USA's Billboard's
classical music charts (as on 22/8/13) no. 1 album is Mater Eucharistiae
by the Dominican Sisters Of Mary, and this is its first week on the chart!
Meanwhile, at position 9, after 15 weeks on the charts, including No.
1 position, is Angels And Saints At Ephesus by the Benedictines
Of Mary, Queen Of Apostles, and it is climbing again. Mater Eucharistiae
is also No. 2 on the Christian album chart.
Lawton Album Due
out soon - Liam Lawtion's new album Eternal. Publishers GIA Music
describe it as featuring 'expressive texts, soaring melodies and powerful
emotions'.The songs are scored and orchestrated by Chris de Silva.
Tracks: Holy Ground • Into the Quiet • In God We Live • Eternal Is Your
Love • To You Glory and Praise • The Lord Is My Shelter • Christ Has No
Body Now but Yours • Ave Maria • Bethlehem Sky • Holy Is God's Name •
How Good Is God • Breastplate. More info at Gia
[Faitharts review here, added Sept 4th 2013]
Sainthood? Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton UK
has announced his intention of advanccing the cause for sainthood of writer
G.K. Chesterton, author of the Father Brown stories recently dramatised
by the BBC, and many theological works.
Breda Coman is an experienced musician and singer and has launched (July
2013) a new website at www.bredacoman.com.
Breda has two spiritual CDs to her credit, and is now available to sing
and play at weddings and other events. Her website features some MP3 tracks
from the albums, a facilty to buy the CDs and contact details.
of the Month As
an initiative for the Year of Faith Veritas is highlighting a Film of
the Month online - click here.
Reviews and study guides are provided by Fr John-Paul Sheridan, and so
far the films covered are - The Mission, It's a Wonderful Life
CD From Belfast The
folk group of St Therese's In the Holy Family Parish in Belfast has released
a Christmas CD. Te album was recorded in various locations and includes
many Christmas classics. The album is for sale in Veritas shops and from
the Holy Family parish office, Newington Ave, Belfast, at 10 stg.
of Faith - Callanan Workshops Ian
Callanan, liturgical composer, is now taking bookings for music workshops
that will inspire active participation during the liturgy. The workshops
will awaken prayerful reflection and service to others and he will offer
resources to help you celebrate and share in the Year of Faith. Full day
and evening workshops are available. For more information contact Ian
at (086) 249 0779 or by e-mail email@example.com
Ian Callanan CD In
Beauty We Walk is the title of Ian Callanan's new collection of contemporary
sacred music which is now available from Veritas Shops and directly from
GIA Publications. It is a combination of real-world songs for worship
that implore us to become the body of Christ—to live together in unity
as “one holy people.” The songs are suitable for use throughout the liturgical
year and encompass a variety of musical genres infused with Celtic grace.
“Lord Heal the Darkness,” “Come and Eat This Bread,” and the title track,
“In Beauty We Walk,” all seek to encourage, embolden, and enliven the
spirit. A song of farewell, “The Warm Embrace,” offers courage and consolation
to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Callanan draws
us toward conversion and healing while inspiring us to live out the gospel
message every day of our lives. Samples and more info on the making of
the album are available at Ian
Callanan's website. Callanan is also available for school and parish
workshops - more info and contact details here.
story of Lourdes in music, prayer and reflection Music presented by Dublin
Lourdes Choir, Dublin Diocesan Music Group Soloists – Mihaela Loredana-Chirvase,
Rodrigue Marino Nguekam, Sharon Lyons, Mary Flynn and Paul Kenny Organist
– David Grealy, Harpist – Denise Kelly Director – Pat O' Donoghue. Available
from Veritas Shops and Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street Shop – €15. More
of Faith The
official hymn of the Year of Faith is called "Credo Domine"
and the sheet music can be downloaded from the official Year
of Faith Website. Resources and information about the Year of Faith
in Ireland are available here.
Lawton's Irish Mass Workshops
Irish Mass Setting - Fr Liam Lawton has written a new Irish Mass setting
for the revised missal. Following the success of the Glendalough Mass,
Liam has composed a Mass setting with a very Irish style, which highlights
the beauty of Irish melody and language. Written for soloist and choir,
it is also very suitable for Irish instruments as will appear on the recording.
Aifreann Muire na nGael (see below also) celebrates one of the
great Irish Saints, St. Brigid of Kildare – the 5th century saint affectionately
known as Mary of the Gael. I wanted to compose a Mass setting that celebrates
the life of one of our great saints but also to celebrate the beauty of
Irish music form. So the Mass setting has pathos, joy and melodic tones
that are unique to our beautiful and rich culture. Liam Lawton With musical
arrangements by Mark Cahill who has worked with Liam on a number of collaborations
the collection is very accessible and melodic. Along with arrangements
for Soloist, Choir and Instruments, participants will also receive a backing
track which will enable them to learn the Music with the help of the recorded
Irish instruments, which will be very useful in Church, school or other
settings. Workshops – Dates and Venues To help introduce the New Mass
setting to choirs and cantors- Fr Liam is hosting two workshops in Naas
and Graiguecullen. Tuesday November 13th 8:00p.m Parish Centre, Graiguecullen;
Wednesday Novmeber 14th 8:00p.m Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane
Naas. Cost of Workshop: €15 to include Music Book and CD There will also
be a limited number of CDs available with backing tracks Booking Booking
is essential: Contact Christine 059 9164084 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Restless Heart Restless Heart
is a new feature film on the life of
St Augustine. It is due for release this Autumn. Christian Duguay (Joan
of Arc) directed the film, and the cast includes Franco Nero, Johannes
Bandrup, Monica Guerritore and Alessandro Preziosi. Read more about the
film and see stills and clips here.
[added 15/9/12: Catholic News Service Review here.)
O'Carroll Masses Veritas
has published a new book of Masses: The Collected Masses of Fintan
P. O'Carroll revised by his son Kevin in line with the new translation
of the Roman Missal. The Masses featured are: - Mass of the Angels - Mass
in onoir Mhuire, Mathair De - Missa Salve Regina - Missal Salve Regina
(SATB) - Mass of the Immaculate Conception - Mass of the Annunciation
Costing 24.99 It also includes accompaniment parts for Trumpet, Trombone,
Timpani, Tuba and Bass Trombone. Available separately - an accompanying
CD. More info, ordering and a facility to preview many pages from the
Taizé CD A
new CD of mainly French language chants from the Taize community, O
Toi, l'au-delà de tout is now available for download, costing €9.99
for the full album or 99c per individual song. Song previews and downloads
in Art A
Renewal of Beauty in Art - a Catholic Understanding of Beauty in Art
is a new book by artist Fintan Tracey. It is a book of essays from Tracey's
time studying this topic at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. There
are illustrations from some of his own work which was displayed at the
International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, June 2012, as well as consideration
of the work of other artists. The book includes detailed notes and bibliography.
Copies of the book are available from Fintan Tracey, 18 St Anthony's,
Laytown, Co. Meath for €10, including postage. Email contact: email@example.com.
Muire na nGael
Lawton has written a new Irish Mass setting for the revised missal. Following
the success of The Glendalough Mass, Liam has composed a Mass setting
in a very Irish style, which highlights the beauty of Irish melody and
language. Written for Soloist and Choir it is also very suitable for Irish
instruments as will appear on the recording. Aifreann Muire na nGael celebrates
one of the great Irish Saints, St. Brigid of Kildare, the 5th Century
saint affectionately known as Mary of the Gael. She is also the patron
saint of the Diocese of Kildare &Leighlin where Liam ministers. " I wanted
to compose a Mass setting that celebrates the life of one of our great
saints but also to celebrate the beauty of Irish music form. So the Mass
setting has pathos, joy and melodic tones that are unique to our beautiful
and rich culture." Along with arrangements for Soloist, Choir and Instruments,
participants will also receive a backing track which will enable them
to learn the Music with the help of the recorded Irish instruments, which
will be very useful in Church, school or other settings. The Mass will
be published in September and a number of Workshops throughout the country
are being arranged. Further details will be on www.liamlawton.com
Ministries - New Album Still
I Know is the second album from Elation Ministries, well known for
their parish retreat work around Ireland. These are self-penned songs
with scriptural themes by members of the group.The group will play in
the Youth Space for the International Eucharistic Congress in June (see
below). For more information including sample tracks and videos of performances
see their website www.elationministries.com
Jesse Box The
Jesse Box is a new initiative to help parents tell Bible Stories at home,
but could also be used with younger children at school. The method is
based on drama and imagination, using Bible figures that the children
help to make. Story kits are now available for the Nativity and Easter,
and there are support materials available online to those who purchase
the kit. For more details see video clip above or go to www.jessebox.com
Tour of the Sistine Chapel There's a 365 degree online
virtual tour of the artwork of Michaelangelo in the Sistine Chapel . Click
CD Your Face O
Lord is a new CD by Domican Sister Ann
McGovern. Sr Ann, a soprano, sings with Our Lady's Choral Society. Liturgical
composrer Ian Callanan was involved in the recording which is available
fromthe Dominican Sisters in Ireland.
Be Dragons Film There
Be Dragons is a new film by Roland Joffé (The Mission, The
Killing Fields), is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. There's an associated
with resources related to the film. In part it features some key moments
in the life of St Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. It aims to promote
a message of forgiveness, finding peace with the past and overcoming inner
IMDB Entry for the film is here.
Faitharts review of the film here.
CD from Redemptorist Choir A
Christmas Blessing is a new CD from the Redemptorist Choir at Mount
St Alphonsus in Limerick city. This is their first ever CD. The album
features the Redemptorist Church Orchestra , Tom Rozario on organ & piano
as well as solos from Eugene O' Connor and both Ellen & Conor O' Hara,
all under the direction of their conductor and musical director Brian
O' Regan. The 12 track album contains Christmas classics like "O
Holy Night", "Walking in the Air" and "Angels We Have
Heard on High" as well as more contemporary carols such as the "Shepherd's
Pipe Carol", "Candlelight Carol" and "A Christmas
Blessing". "A Christmas Blessing" is selling for €12 and is available
to buy at the Redemptorist Shop at Mount St Alphonsus on South Circular
Road. The choir will be singing at the Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick,
on Saturday the 10th of December from 11am - 1pm where the album will
also be for sale. For further details please call (061) 318352. The choir
normally sings at the 12 o'c Mass every Sunday (can be viewed by webcam
at www.novena.ie or
) and the CD will also be available at the Sunday Masses leading into
Christmas Albums Some Christmas
albums newly released: A Christmas Carole by Carole King (see mini-review
on blog) - familiar secular songs for the most part, with some originals
by Louise Goffin, King's daughter, and on the spiritual side "Do
You Hear What I Hear" and "Chanukah Prayer"; Libera:
The Christmas Album, spiritual and secular Christmas songs from this
popular boy-choir, including "Once In Royal David's City", "Oh
Holy Night" and "White Christmas"; Christmas by
Michael Bublé, secular songs primarily, but also with "Silent
Night" and "Ave Maria".
CD Christmas -
A Journey of Hope, is a new CD from a
group of priests and lay people in Limerick, including Fr Tony Mullins,
Diocesan Administrator and member of the Sagart priests group from the
1980's. The music will be performed in St John's Cathedral on Fri Ded
16th. The CD costs €15 from St John's and the Abbey Book Store. More
Post has launched a Christmas stamp featuring Joseph, Mary and the baby
Jesus on the way to Egypt. It's based on the painting "Flight into
Egypt" by Dutch painter Jan de Beer.
Book/CD from Lyric FM's Gloria Published
by Associated Editions, An Introduction to a Millennium of Sacred Music,
features art from Irish collections it also includes a CD of the finest
recordings of Christmas music from the Hyperion catalogue. This is a companion
book for Lyric FM's Gloria programme, broadcast for many years past on
Sunday mornings, and presented by Tim Thurston. The Book/CD package can
be ordered here.
At this link there are also links to podacasts and information on previous
Arts Group The Vatican is establishing a new commission for liturgical
art and sacred music linked to the Congregation for Divine Worship. The
body will study church architecture projects and look the music used at
Choir CD The
Portlaoise Contemporary Choir have released a CD ‘In Praise’ to mark the
occasion of their tenth anniversary. The choir is the Contemporary Choir
who sing at the 12.30pm Mass in St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.
The CD ‘In Praise’ is a culmination of 10 years Music Ministry in Portlaoise
and some favourite of the choir and congregations favourite tracks feature
on it – ‘Knowing You’, ‘You Are Mine’ and ‘Stand By Me’ to name but a
few. Their repertoire is mostly from contemporary liturgical composers
such as Liam Lawton, David Haas, Tom Kendzia and Graham Kendrick. The
CD costs 10 Euro and is availablr from Portlaoise Parish Centre. More
of Jessy Dixon Renowned gospel singer Jessy Dixon died on Monday 26 Sept 2011
at the age of 74. He was best known in secular circles for collaborations
with Paul Simon, but he had a huge career in gospel music. For a New York
Times article on his passing click here.
Film: Soul Surfer The
faith based film Soul Surfer, starring Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid,
opens in Irish cinemas on 23rd September. It tells the true story of a
young girl who rises to the top of her sport after a vicious shark attack.
Catholic News Service review has this to say about it: "Directed
by Sean McNamara ("Raise Your Voice"), 'Soul Surfer' is that Hollywood
rarity: a film that is not afraid to talk about God or to show a happy,
well-adjusted family that makes faith its foundation." Steven D.
Graydanus at Decent
Films writes: "Soul Surfer does nearly everything you
expect it to, but it does it more likably and satisfyingly than you might
think it would."
Speaks of Finding God in Art At a recent meeting with English speaking pilgrims in Rome
Pope Benedict had his to say: "Today we reflect on the need to draw
near to God through the experience and appreciation of artistic beauty.
Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and
it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God. Dear friends, I invite
you to be open to beauty and to allow it to move you to prayer and praise
of the Lord. May Almighty God bless all of you!"
Book from Sr Wendy Real
Presence - In Search of the First Icons, is a new book by Sr Wendy
Beckett, famous for her art programmes on BBC. This book looks at early
icons of Christ, including from a time in the Church's early history when
icons were frowned upon and even suppressed by some in the Church, especially
Byzantine Emperor Leo III who clashed with Pope Gregory who issued a document
in defence of icons. For a detailed review of the book click here.
CD from Trim Songs
of Praise @12.30 is a new CD from a group
of singers in Trim, Co. Meath. The non-profitable, limited-edition CD
features some of the town’s most recognised soloists who have recorded
hymns and spiritual anthems that have been heard at the Sunday 12.30pm
Mass since music was re-introduced to that Mass. The performers are Teresa
Carley, Gwen Bagnall, Sarah Canny, Sarah Heary, Clare Murphy and Frank
Foley. Songs include Stand by Me, Only in God, The Deer's
Cry, Voice of an Angel and more.
The CD is
on sale at Veritas from 25th July, and due for launch at the 12.30 Mass
in Trim on Sunday 24th July. [corrected 22/7/11]
Vessels: This site features the poetry of Fr Seamus Devitt CSSR, a poetic
priest of the Redemptorist Order. A wide variety of spiritual topics is
covered, and the site layout is attractively simple and uncluttered.
Artists Celebrate Pope's Anniversary 60
artists have donated mostly original works of art for the occasion of
the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Pope Benedict XVI. These include
composer Ennio Morricone.
Gods and Men on DVD Of
Gods and Men - the award winning French film about monks in Algeria
being harassed by local extremists is available on DVD/Blu-Ray from Mon
11 February. It was nominated for a BAFTA Award and won the Signis Award
Best European film of 2010 (SIGNIS
is the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media).
It includes many scenes suitable for Religious Education classes. For
the Faitharts review of the film click here.
John Michael Talbot Album
for release in June - Worship and Bow Down, Talbot's first studio
album in over 2 years, 17 tracks with rich, orchestral arrangements and
multi-layered choral background harmonies . Includes John Michael Talbot's
new Mass of Rebirth in a beautiful "Contemporary Chant" style (New Roman
Missal Translation!). The album can be pre-ordered here.
film: Cristiada Due
out later in 2011, Cristiada is a feature film about resistance
to the enforced secularisation of Mexico in the 1920's. Andy Garcia plays
one of the leaders of the resistance, while Peter O'Toole plays a pacifist
priest. The film is directed by Dean Wright who worked as visual effects
executive producer on the Lord of the Rings and Narnia series.
Music and the Young Sacred music has
a universal appeal, but a particular attraction for young people, according
to a monsignor promoting a concert series in Roman basilicas. Monsignor
Liberio Andreatta, who is vice president of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi,
and the commissioner of the artistic agency A Voce Sola, was speaking
about a music festival that will take place in St. John Lateran and the
Basilica of the Twelve Apostles on the last three Wednesdays of April.
For the full story see Zenit
newsagency article. Zenit also has a related
article on cris and hope in sacred music.
of the Cross for Our Time Kildare and Leighlin
Diocese has provided a Powerpoint and accompanying text of the Stations
of the Cross. The original art works of the Stations of the Cross that
accompany each written reflection are the work of Ken Cooke and are from
the Church of St. George the Martyr in Newbury. The
presentation is here
and the booklet here.
Sharing for Lent Kildare and Leighlin Diocese has launched
a "Scripture Sharing for Lent 2011" booklet. The accompanying
artwork is from the enamels of Irish artist Anne
Murphy. For more information and ordering click here.
Casts Out Fear is a new CD of sacred music from the Passionist order.
This initiative is in aid of their Building Fund for Crossgar Monastery
in Co. Down. A donation of £10 + £1.50 postage and packaging is suggested.
To request CD please contact Eilish at 028 44830242 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for "Of Gods and Men" The film Of Gods and Men (see
below) has won the SIGNIS Award for Best European film of 2010. SIGNIS
is the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media. Director
Xavier Beauvois' film tells the story of Cistercian monks under threat
from Islamist extremists in Algeria. For the Faitharts review of the film
click here. The film, as of early February
2011, is still running at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. More
info and booking here.
Radio Launches Ireland's
first national Christian Radio station launched 27/1/11. Music plays a
prominent role in the schedule, and will include specificaly Christian
music as well as positive and uplifting secular music. Frequencies: On
FM in Dublin 89.9 - Limerick 89.8 - Galway 91.7 - Cork 90.9 - Waterford
90.1 and online.
There's an iPhone app, and It can also be found on Nokia Internet Radio
app (Download from OVI store).
13th Day on DVD The
13th Day - A Story of Hope, is a modern
film (2009) about the apparitions in Fatima and is now available on DVD.
Veritas has it available for €19.95, click here.
For the Faitharts review of this film (and a trailer) click here
and see entry for 17/2/10. One quote from that review: "One thing
the filmmakers have achieved is to present this timeless story to a modern
audience in an idiom they can understand and relate to". The review
suggests possibilities for school use. There's
also a detailed review at Decent
Films. More information
is available at the Internet Movie Database here,
while the film's official website is here.
Hymn for the Eucharistic Congress 2012 Preparations for the Eucharistic Congress
in Ireland in 2012 are well under way. The official hymn for the event,
Though We Are Many is now available. It's a specially commissioned
piece and was written by Bernard Sexton. Click here
to hear the song and to download the sheet music.
Poet Fr Martin Kelly from Belfast has released
a CD of original poems which deal with his life experiences. The Rhythm
of the Ordinary is available from Veritas.He discovered his love of writing in Portasferrry in 2004 and
is currently PP of Drumbo and Carryduff.
of God at the Globe Theatre In 2011 Shakespeare’s
Globe Theatre in London will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King
James Bible which was completed in 1611, and the enduring power of
dramatic language with a season entitled ‘The Word is God’. The theatre
season will commence with a cover-to-cover reading of The Bible and a
small-scale touring production of Hamlet, presenting a rare opportunity
to experience the two foundation stones of the modern English language
back-to-back. Around the Easter weekend a simple, unstaged recital of
The Bible – one of the greatest pieces of world literature – will only
be interrupted by performances of Hamlet – widely celebrated as
Shakespeare’s intellectual masterpiece – which opens at the Globe on Shakespeare’s
birthday, 23 April, before it takes to the road for a UK and European
tour. The season’s theme will be followed through with the first Globe
production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the greatest
tragedy in English before Shakespeare, which tells the tale of a man who
sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Later in August,
The Globe Mysteries will present a fresh perspective on The Mystery
Plays, using the Globe’s historically resonant auditorium to look anew
at the earliest form of English drama, which retells the story of the
bible, using street theatre and processional performance. More info here.
for World Youth Day The official hymn for World Youth Day
has been released. This is the Spanish version - English version should
be available soon. Called Firm in the Faith it is performed by
the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid and the Youth Choir of
the Escolanía de El Escorial. The accompanying video (left) features touching
scenes from previous World Youth Days, including a young adult Baptism.
Fr. Enrique Vázquez composed the music, while Msgr. César Franco, general
coordinator of WYD and auxiliary bishop of Madrid, composed the lyrics.
More information, other versions of the song, and sheet music is available
Familia On 10th Nov Pope Benedict celebrated
a Mass at the Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona, the famous Sagrada
Familia of architect Antoni Gaudi. In his homily he spoke of the element
of catechesis in Gaudi's marvellous artwork - He spoke of how Gaudí was
“filled with devotion to the Holy Family of Nazareth,” and “inspired by
the ardour of his Christian faith, succeeded in raising this sanctuary
as a hymn of praise to God carved in stone.” Benedict said that Gaudí
used his craft to “bring the Gospel to everyone.” “For this reason,” the
Pope explained, “he conceived of the three porticos of the exterior of
the church as a catechesis on the life of Jesus Christ, as a great rosary,
which is the prayer of ordinary people, a prayer in which are contemplated
the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of our Lord.”
Be Dragons Film There Be Dragons is a new film
by Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields), due for release
in 2011. A trailer is now available as is a website
with resources related to the film. In part it features some key moments
in the life of St Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. It aims to promote
a message of forgiveness, finding peace with the past and overcoming inner
Lawton Album and Tour Due
out on Dec 1st, a new album from Liam Lawton - Courage Can Cry. Here's
what the official
website has to say about it: "Courage Can Cry is album about
hope over adversity. It's about the triumph of the human spirit when we
can lay the ghosts of fear to rest, and dare to journey within, finding
the hidden reserves lying within each one of us". New tours dates
are also available for the Chrismas season: click here
for details and booking.
Album from The Priests Noel
is the title of a new album due out from The Priests. Release date is
the 6th December. Track list is as follows: 1.Ding Dong Merrily On High
2. First Nowell, The 3. Sussex Carol 4. Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth
5. Holly And The Ivy, The 6. Away In A Manger 7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
8. In The Bleak Midwinter 9. In Dulci Jubilo 10. Joy To The World 11.
Silent Night 12. O Come All Ye Faithful 13. What Child Is This 14. Hark
The Herald Angels Sing. More information and purchasing options at Amazon,
and at The Priests own website.
Album from Angela Hutchison Canadian
Gospel singer Angela Hutchison has released a new album - Unconquered
- which is available to order from her website
(click on the music page link) , or the album can be downloaded from iTunes
and from Amazon.
On these download sites track previews are available. All songs are original
except for the Rich Mullins song Quoting Deuteronomy.
Susan Boyle Christmas CD The
Gift is Susan Boyle's new Christmas CD, due out on 15th November.
Tracks include The First Noel, Do You Hear What I Hear, Away in a Manger
and Come All Ye Faithful, along with some non-seasonal songs
like Make Me A Channel of Your Peace. More information, including
pre-ordering and a video exclusive at Amazon's page for the album.
Chant CD Voices
- Chant from Avignon is a new CD due out in November. It features
the singing of a community of Benedictine nuns from near Avignon in France.
The nuns from Our Lady of the Annunciation Abbey were chosen out of a
selection of 70 convents worldwide. More information, including a video,
and purchasing options is available on Amazon's
page for this album.
Christmas CD Our Lady's Choral Society is set to launch
their Christmas CD in late November. This will include original arrangements
of traditional and new carols, and there will be orchestral accompaniment
with guest artists. More info from their website: www.olcs.ie
First Holy Communion Book My
First Holy Communion is the first publication from a new publishing
Press. It is written by Deirdre Mary Ascough and features colourful
artwork by Lisa E Brown. From the publisher: "this book takes young
readers, in the company of their parents and grandparents, into the mystery
of the Eucharist as they prepare for their First Holy Communion. This
fascinating presentation tells a bird’s eye version of God’s story of
love for his children that is found in the Bible and explains First Holy
Communion in the context of that great adventure". More information,
purchasing options and sample illustrations here.
Logos Review is a "journal of arts and ideas" in harmony with
the teaching of the church, produced by the Logos
Institute. The 9th Edition is now available free online here.
Back issues are also available.
Billion Stories Seth de Moor is
the creative force behind this website, onebillionstories.com
featuring videos of Catholic witnessing, telling their individual faith
stories, singing their spiritual songs. Many of the clips were filmed
by deMoor as he journeyed through the USA. Religious educators should
find lots of useful material here.
Imogen Stuart Award Sept 2010- Famous sculptor Imogen Stuart
has been honoured with the McAuley Medal for her contribution to the arts
in Ireland. The ceremony took place at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick
which gave Ms Stuart one of her first big commissions. Peadar Cremin,
the current president of the College praised her "remarkable fusion
of early Christian imagery, German Romanesque art and 20th Century expressionism.
Mater Special Offer Universal Music
has a special offer on the album "Alma Mater - Music from the Vatican".
Featuring an illustrated book with an account of the Pope's pilgrimage
private writings from His Holiness and all the lyrics from the album.
Neatly packaged with the book is the CD album and accompanying DVD featuring
a 22-minute documentary on the making of the album. It's €11.99.
Song For Papal Visit A
rap song has been chosen as youth anthem for the upcoming Papal Visit
to the UK. The song is Heart's Cry by Catholic trio Ooberfuse,
who are from London. Worldwide digital release date is 12th Sept, but
the song can be heard by clicking here.
The includes extracts from one of Pope Benedict's speeches, where he declare:
“evil will never reign in the hearts of men again.”
FOR PAPERS: Abstracts are invited for contemporary
art and Christianity conference on the 20th of November 2010 at the Avila
Centre for Spirituality, Dublin. The theme of the conference is The Baptised
Imagination. (Abstracts of 250 words for 20-30 minute presentations.)
The organisers are interested in submissions from across all artistic
disciplines as well as relevant theological papers. This is the third
in a series of conferences, primarily aimed at visual artists. An AGM
of the group will be held after the presentations. Further information
and submissions: Baptisedimagination@gmail.com
m: (+353) 87 4108165
for Janey Mary Dubliner
Paul Brady has won the Best Director
Award for his short film Janey Mary, at the Mirabile Dictu International
Catholic Film Festival in Rome. The film is based on a short story by
James Plunkett. This is 5th international award for the film. For more
info, trailers and a facility to buy the film check out the film's official
Jones Gospel Album The
next album from Welsh pop singer Tom Jones will be a gospel album! Praise
and Blame is due for release on July 26 and features many of the songs
Jones grew up singing in the Welsh valleys. There has been some controversy
about a leaked email in which the record company's Vice President is supposed
to have called the project "a sick joke", but others wonder
if this might be a marketing ploy by the company.
There's a video
about the making of the album at Amazon, along with track details.
Dream of Gerontius
To celebrate the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman Our Lady's
Choral Society will present the Dream of Gerontius (Text by Newman, Music
by Elgar) at the National Concert Hall, on Thursday 2nd Sept at 8 pm.
Also taking part are the RTE Concert Orchestra and the UCD Choral Scholars.
More info and booking here.
Emmaus Album Ronan
Johnston and Emmaus have released their new album "Let's not go back to
Egypt", a reflection on things economic and spiritual in Ireland for these
past couple of years. The album begins with the title track "Let's not
go back to Egypt", a romp through the American spiritual landscape recently
so successfully occupied by the Blind Boys of Alabama. Then an immediate
change of pace with the orchestral (and choral) "Arise Shine", lyrics
taken from Isaiah 60. From folk rock (All who are born of the Spirit)
to Rock rock (I Belong), from quiet meditation of "because of the Lord's
great love" to the wig out of "Hush (and listen)" this is Emmaus back
to their collective ideal of having a real wild mix on every album. More
Christian Artists The
International Society of Christian Artists is holding a conference
in September 2010, from 28th Sept until 2nd Oct. Location of the conference
will be the Abbey in the beautiful village of Schlierbach in Austria.
The aim of the conference is mainly to build on relationships and also
to provide the possibility of taking part in two workshops: leaded glass
and glass fusing.
New Liturgical CD Ancient
Promise is a new CD of liturgical music
arranged by Ronan McDonagh. At the recent launch in Maynooth it was presented
by music group Fuaimlaoi. The CD includes many musical settings, in Irish
and English. There is an accompanying book as well. Further details will
be available at the Fuaimlaoi
Hands, Weeping Stone Bleeding
Hands, Weeping Stone - True Stories of Divine Wonders, Miracles, and Messages.
This is the title of a new book by Elizabeth Ficocelli, aimed at teens
and adults. It is a compilation of extraordinary phenomena in the Catholic
Church - Eucharistic miracles, the stigmata, incorrupt bodies, apparitions,
amazing abilities of the saints, and weeping statues and artwork. See
website for more details. The book can be purchased from Amazon.
On the Amazon page it is possible to view the first few pages of the book.
Online Catholic.net has launched a new Bible search engine useful
to find quotes or full readings. The Bible can be searched by part, book,
chapter verse, phrase etc. It should be useful for teachers planning graduation
masses and other ceremonies. Quotes can be easily added to Facebook and
other social networking sites (You may have to temporarily allow pop-ups
to use this feature - e.g. by holding down the "Ctrl" button
when clicking the Facebook link). Try it here.
to Unite East and West May 21st: At a concert in the Vatican with Eastern Orthodox
representatives Pope Benedict reflected on the potential of music to bring
East and West closer together. Read the full story here.
The Russian Patriarch of Moscow sent a message to the Pope for the occasion
- "To Understand a People, It Is Necessary to Listen to Its Music", he
said. Read his address here.
Benedict on Music After a recent (late April) concert in the Vatican Pope Benedict
spoke of the value of music in education - ""The study of music has
high value in the educational process of the person, inasmuch as it produces
positive effects in the individual's development, fostering his harmonious
human and spiritual growth," he said. "We know that the formative value
of music, in its implications of expressive, creative, relational, social
and cultural nature, is commonly recognized." In relation to spirituality
in particular he said that music is "capable of opening minds and hearts
to the dimension of the spirit and of leading persons to raise their gaze
on High, to open to absolute Goodness and Beauty, which have their ultimate
source in God."
Congress CD A new CD of music
for the Eucharistic Congress (Dublin 2012) has been launched (April 2010).
Becoming the Body of Christ features music by the Dublin diocesan music
group directed by Fr Pat O'Donoghue. More info on liturgical music and
resources in Dublin Diocese here.
Connell Album Nothing
Left to Say is the new album from Nigel Connell. Connell has performed
with Liam Lawton, a features some of Lawton's songs on the album. Much
of the material is self written, and some of the songs have spiritual
themes. The album credits feature one "to God above for blessing
me with my talents". Sample tracks can be heard on the artist's website
and on Amazon.
There will a special event to celebrate the album on Mon April 19th in
The Old Darnley Lodge, Athboy. Read the Faitharts review
of the album here.
in Church Music at Maynooth Diploma in Arts (Church Music) is a part-time
course offered by the Department of Music, NUI Maynooth. It is conducted
in association with the National Centre for Liturgy. For further information
for access to the Department of Music, NUIM or contact Professor Gerard
Gillen, Department of Music, NUIM, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Contact information:
The Pontifical University Office, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co.
Kildare. Tel (01) 708 3600/708 3890 Fax (01) 708 3441
For Year of Evangelisation At the recent Emmanuel choirs event the
winning song in the competition for the Year of Evangelisation was performed
for the first time. Raise Your Voice was written by Padraig Meredith,
from Newbridge and Anna Keegan from Dun Laoghaire.The sheet music for the song can be downloaded
(piano) and here
Novels Carmen Marcoux
has been writing novels with a romantic flavour for Catholic young people,
which aim to promote Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body, and to
encourage good values relating to marriage and relationships. Arms
of Love and Surrender are the two novels published so far.
For more info click here.
of the Cross Resource
The Kildare and Loughlin website is currently offering a Stations of the
Cross resource - it can be downloaded as a pdf file or as a Powerpoint
presentation. The resource is a combination of art works and meditation
- art work is by Ken Cooke. The Resource can be downloaded here.
There's a Post Grad Diploma in Spirituality and Leadership in Education
organised by Marino Institute of Education. This one-year programme aims
to provide participants with the knowledge, values and skills in Catholic
educational leadership that will enable them to facilitate efficient and
effective leadership and administrative practices. For more information
contact: Aiveen Mullally Course Director Marino Institute of Education
Griffith Avenue Dublin 9 Ph: Email: email@example.com
More info here.
There Be Dragons There Be Dragons
is a new film by Roland Joffé (The Mission, The Killing Fields,
City of Joy), which deals with incidents in the life of St Josemaria
Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. Arising out of the horror of the Spanish
Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist
who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating
connection to the saint's life. A release date in 2010 is expected. IMDB
Official film website here.
Perfect Game Coming to cinemas in the USA in April
- The Perfect Game, the true story of young Mexican baseball players
finding dignity and success with the help of a dedicated coach and a helpful
priest. It is reported as having a strong faith element. No Irish release
dates planned yet. Check out the official
Beth Nielsen Chapman Album Back
to Love is the title of Beth Nielsen Chapman's new album (released January
2010). This doesn't seem to be as overtly religious as her Hymns
and Prism albums, but it looks like there are some general spiritual
and uplifting themes. Tracks include, Peace, Happiness, and The
Path of Love. Previews of the songs can be heard on Amazon.
Teachers' Group The Association
of Catholic Teachers is a new network, mostly of Primary Teachers, with
the aim of sourcing good RE resources for the primary classroom. They
produce a regular E-Bulletin with lots of such ideas including arts resources.
Some of the resources would also suit junior classes in secondary school.
Anyone interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Griffin Gospel Album Highly
regarded US roots singer Patty Griffin has released an album of gospel
songs. Downtown Church was produced by Buddy Miller, no stranger
to gospel, and features guests like Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris and gospel
group The Fairfiled Four. Songs include All Creatures of Our God and
King, Wade in the Water, Virgen de Gaudalupe, We Shall All Be United,
and House of Gold. Previews of the songs can be heard on Amazon.
on Stained Glass Windows Lumen Christi
- The Stained Glass Windows of Mount St Joseph Abbey by Laurence Walsh
OCSO is a new book from Cistercian Press. Mount St Joseph is in Roscrea
Co. Tipperary. There's a detailed review (by Raymond Gillespie of NUI
Maynooth) of the book in the Irish Times Weekend Review section for Jan
16 2010. Click here
to read the review.
Scholars Dublin choir, The
Lassus Scholars, provided the sacred music for an event in Rome to
mark the Year For Priests. Choir director Ite O'Donovan described the
concluding mass as one of the highlights of the trip. Ms O'Donovan's diary
of the event can be read here.
For forthcoming events featuring the Lassus Scholars
and Christmas Psalms
CD of Advent and Christmas Psalms: Catholic composer Brian J. Nelson has
released a new recording of Lectionary Psalms for organ, cantor and choir.
The music is deeply rooted in the chant tradition, reflecting both Brian's
classical training and immersion in the Liturgical life of the Catholic
Church. More info here.
and the Vatican Vatican Newspaper L'Osservatore Romano
has commented on the Simpsons, congratulating the show on its 20th Anniversary.
The show is praised for "realistic and intelligent writing", but there
is also a reference to "excessively crude language, the violence of certain
episodes or some extreme choices by the scriptwriters." More details here.
The Priests: New CD Harmony
is the new CD by the Priests. Their previous CD broke the Guinness world
record for the fastest selling classical debut album of all time. This
new album features well known songs like Amazing Grace, You'll Never
Walk Alone and How Great Thou Art, along with lesser known pieces
like When Thou Art Near, King of Kings and Lift Thine Eyes. There
are audio samples at the relevant page on Amazon,
along with a video of The Priests singing Amazing Grace live at
of the Magnificat Splendors of the
Magnificat is a beautiful art book and audio CD with 11 of the most inspiring
musical renditions of Mary's Magnificat. - 11 meditations on Mary's Magnificat
prayer of praise, along with 65 high-quality reproductions of sacred art
with commentaries - More than 1 hour of splendid music. More info and
Duff CD Recently
released CD from Irish singer Mary Duff features 13 INSPIRATIONAL SONGS,
FEATURING THE PRAGUE FILM HARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Track Listing: 1. Voice
Of An Angel 2. Be Still And Know I Am With You 3. Panis Angelicus 4. Ag
Criost An Siol 5. There Is A Place 6. Nearer My God To thee 7. Ave Maria
8. If I Can Help Somebody 9. Amazing Grace 10.O Holy Night 11.Let There
Be Peace On Earth 12.How Great Thou Art 13.Goin' Home
Boyle CD "I
Dreamed a Dream" is the new CD from Susan Boyle (Britain's Got Talent
star) which features some spiritual music, including Amazing Grace,
Silent Night and How Great Thou Art, along with some popular
secular material, like Daydream Believer, Cry Me a River and title
track I Dreamed a Dream. Audio samples are available here
at CD Universe.
Christmas at St. Michael's Abbey This CD features
the propers of the 3 Christmas Masses sung by the choir of priests and
seminarians at St. Michael's Abbey, in Silverado California. The chants
of the Norbertine Order are slightly different from the Roman versions
and add a richness to the patrimony of Church music. They are recorded
here by the fathers in the abbey church. More info and audio samples here
O'Donnell Gospel Album Daniel
O'Donnel's new album Peace In The Valley features 15 new recordings
of inspirational favourites, including "Peace In The Valley", "Mansion
Over The Hilltop", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and "I'll Fly Away",
all of which have been recorded by some of the most famous artists in
the Country/Gospel genre, including the title track which was made famous
by Elvis Presley. Tracks can be previewed at Amazon.
Song for a Winter's Night Tommy
Fleming's new album Song
for a Winter’s Night is available
from Friday 4th December 2009. Tracks: Walking in the Air, Bells are
Ringing, Angels We Have Heard on High, In the Bleak Mid Winter, Christmas
1915, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel, It Came upon a Midnight,
Who Comes This Night, Wexford Carol, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Song
for a Winter's Night. Also released is the DVD of the same title,
recorded live in Belleek Castle, Ballina, Co. Mayo in a unique intimate
setting with an invited audience of family and friends. The DVD features
20 tracks including many Christmas songs from the album "Song for a Winter
Night", along with some of Tommy's favorites including "The Orchard",
"Wait ‘till the Clouds roll by", "Old Clothes" and many more. The CD and
DVD are available from the usual outlets and from the artist's website.
Mater Album Released
anticipated album from Music From The Vatican, 'Alma Mater' featuring
the voice of Pope Benedict XVI is out now - Dec 09. You can order your
copy of this album now from Amazon, or buy in the usual oulets. At Amazon
you can also preview all eight pieces of the specially commissioned beautiful
blend of gregorian chants and contemporary classical melodies. At the
site of the album there are videos relating to the album including
a performance from the Vatican Choir.
for Christmas Competition Now
in its eleventh year, the established RTÉ lyric fm Choirs for Christmas
Competition invites choirs from all around to country to share their music
making with lyric listeners throughout the Christmas Season. Choirs from
all corners of Ireland competed in last year's celebration with some outstanding
entries coming from Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford, Limerick, Mayo and Wicklow.
Deadline for entry is Friday December 4th 2009. More info here.
of the Gift
Theology of the Body inspires beautiful music - Resonance of the Gift:
Musical Reflections on Theology of the Body. A set of 12 piano hymns
by Peter Gerard Baklinski, to soothe the heart and uplift the spirit,
celebrating the truth, meaning, and power of human love within the divine
plan. Available on CD or downloadable mp3. Listen to a sample or order
All orders shipped FREE until Christmas.
Christmas Albums New
Christmas albums for this year include: Christmas in the Heart,
by Bob Dylan (see left), My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli, A Cherry
Cherry Christmas by Neil Diamond, and The Irish Tenors Christmas.
There are also some Christmas songs, including
"Gabriel's Message" on Sting's new album If on a Winter's
Night, and Midwinter Graces by Tori Amos also features some
Christmas material, including "Coventry Carol". For more details,
including song samples go here
at CD Universe.
From the Vatican - Alma Mater This new album,
Alma Mater, is due out on 30th November 2009. It features a range
of music and includes the voice of Pope Benedict, who along with the Choir
of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome will be releasing recordings of eight
original pieces of modern classical music – proceeds from the album will
be used to provide music education for underprivileged children around
the world. More info, including the facility to pre-order the album, is
available on the official
website for the project.
Benedict on Music At a piano concert in the Vatican on
18th October 2009, Pope Benedict reflected on the power of music: "Music
is a part of all cultures and, we might say, accompanies every human experience,
from pain to pleasure, from hatred to love, from sadness to joy, from
death to life ... We see how, over the course of the centuries and millennia,
music has always been used to give a form to that which we are not able
to speak in words, because it awakens emotions that are difficult to communicate
otherwise". He also referred to the ability of music to become prayer:
"Music," he said, "great music, gives the spirit repose, awakens profound
sentiments and almost naturally invites us to lift up our mind and heart
to God in every situation, whether joyous or sad, of human existence.
Music can become prayer." Full text of the speech here.
Film on Fatima Due
for release in USA in October 2009, The 13th Day is a new film
about the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. There are no plans currently
to release it in Ireland, but the DVD can be pre-ordered from the film's
website - www.the13thdaymovie.com
where a trailer from the film can also be seen. The film is written and
directed by Ian And Dominic Higgins.
Film on Life of Mary Mary, Mother
of Christ is due for release to cinemas in April 2010. It will star,
among others, Al Pacino (Herod), Camilla Belle (Mary), Peter O'Toole (Simeon)
and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Gabriel and Lucifer!). The script was written
by Barbara Nicolosi (a Catholic and founder of ACT One–a screenwriting
school aiming to empower Christians in Hollywood) and The Passion of
the Christ co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald. More info here.
New Album Reported by Reuters
news agency: - A Muslim, a Catholic and an agnostic composer have contributed
music to an album called Alma Mater featuring Pope Benedict singing
and reciting prayers, which is due for release in November. Read more
CD from Louth The
Louth Contemporary Music
Society has released a new CD featuring many spiritual pieces. The
new disc is titled A Place Between, and features world première
recordings of works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, Alexander
Knaifel as well as pieces by Henryk Górecki and John Cage. All of these
composers have, in various ways, been deeply influenced by profound spiritual,
religious or cultural encounters. The CD intersperses beautiful works
for string quartet (Silvestrov's meditative “Ikon”, Tavener's deeply moving
“Ikon of Joy/Sorrow," Pärt's reflective “Da Pacem Domine”) with two solo
piano works (Pärt's uplifting “Hymn to a Great City," Cage’s melodic and
expressive “In a Landscape”). Górecki's memorial for Michael Vyner "Good
Night" and Knaifel’s mystical “O Heavenly King” both feature the haunting
voice of soprano Patricia Rozario. Silvestrov's 25.X.1893 lullaby is a
melancholic and lyrical piece for violin and piano.
Artists Quilty Artists
is new group for Catholics intersted in the arts, especially those who
pratice the arts. Their new website
is in blog/forum format and is in the early stages of development. There's
an opportunity to share personal stories of one's experiences with the
arts and faith, a chance to share song lyrics, a prayer section, and ideas
to inspire beautiful artists!
Award for Secret of Kells Film Tomm
Moore, Director of Cartoon Saloon's THE SECRET OF KELLS accepted the prestigious
audience award for best Feature film at the 33rd Annecy Animation festival
in France on Saturday June 13th. Moore received his Crystal award from
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Amelie and Alien 4. The
festival, one of the most respected events for animation film in the world,
screened 525 films including 27 feature films over a week. With over 120,000
tickets sold it is one of the largest film festivals in Europe. Henry
Selicks's feature CORALINE and Adam Elliots film MARY AND MAX shared the
Jury prize for best feature, with the audience choice going to THE SECRET
OF KELLS. Tomm Moore was not the only Kilkenny native to be honoured on
the night. David O'Reilly, who trained in Cartoon Saloon while a student
and also from Kilkenny received the Special Distinction Award for his
film Please say something, a film which won him a Golden Bear at
the Berlin festival earlier this year. THE SECRET OF KELLS is released
on DVD in Ireland August 7th 2009
Latest CD from the Hutchisons Songs
is the latest CD from Canadian group The Hutchisons- it's gospel folk,
acoustic style with great harmonies and subtle backing. Three songs from
the album can be played from their new
website, where there's also an option to buy the album and earlier
releases, including Angela Hutchison's solo albums. "Songs" has a particular
focus on heaven, and how the hope of eternity sustains us through earthly
This is a stained class workshop in Kerry that produces all sorts of stained
glass works, some of a spiritual nature. Check out the "Glance at
Glass" series on their blog.
One of the items on the page is a stained glass window featuring Our Lady,
which can be seen in Waterville Church Co. Kerry.
- A Song for all Seasons This CD by Emmanuel
Mc Stravick from Belfast will feature 10 catholic songs and a new song
dedicated to Our Lady that will be released as a single.This album will
help fund the Passionist Fathers in Ireland and also a major pro-life
organisation. Each song will be represent a particular saint from the
Catholic Church and features themes of hope and healing. It will be released
in September 2009.
Movie on Martyrs Renowned
director Martin Scorsese is reported to be working on a movie about the
Japanese Martyrs. Filming is due to begin in New Zealand in 2010. The
work will be based on a novel, Silence, by Catholic author Shusaku
Endo, which tells the story of a Portuguese missionary from the 17th Century
and the martyrdom of early Christians in Japan.
for Music Ministers The Diocese of
Kildare and Loughlin has produced a guide for music ministers. On their
website there is an introduction and extracts from the resource along
with a link for downloading the full resource. Click here.
New Album from Liam Lawton Healing
Song is the latest album from Liam Lawton, due to be released in May
2009. It is a new collection of liturgical music, featuring the orchestrations
of Mark Cahill, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the St Colman's
Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dominic Finn. Added 7/6/09: Hear clips from the album here. Added 31/10/09: Read review of album here.
Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
is the title of a new TV movie premiering on April 19th in USA. It tells
the story of Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker in Warsaw during
World War Two who risked her life to save Jewish children from the Nazis.
Anna Paquin stars in the title role, with Goran Visnjic co-starring. For
the official website of the film click here.
The site includes materials for teachers, including links for further
study, and a short video on the making of the film. Sendler died in 2008.
The Ireland's Own issue of March 6th 2009 features an article on
"Holy Hollywood", a wry and lively view of the relationship
between Hollywood and religion, by Tom McParland.
Secret of Kells
Secret of Kells is an animated film featuring a fictional story about
the writing of the Book of Kells currently showing in Irish cinemas. Music
is by Kila and Bruno Coulais (Les Choristes). The official website
for the film is impressive (www.thesecretofkells.com)
and includes related worksheets for primary and secondary schools. The
secondary version is here.
See also the blog entry for 24/3/09.
Joy: A Celebration of Christmas - another new Christmas album for
2008 - this time featuring Nóirín Ní Riain with her
sons Eoin and Micheál Ó Súilleabhain. Style ranges
from Sean Nós to Gregorian Chant, and tracks include: Coventry
Carol, Ave Maria, Salve Regina, The Holly and the Ivy, Song for Jerusalem
and The Beatitudes.
- And Winter Came
has released a seasonal album And Winter Came, which features some
Christmas music - including the standards O Come O Come Emmanuel
and a choral version of Oíche Chiúin (she released
a solo version a few years ago). Other tracks include Journey of the
Angels, Spirit of Christmas Past and White as the Winter's Night.
The lyrics are available here.
- Re-release for Christmas Chant
- Music for Paradise (Universal Music) an album of Gregorian
Chant recorded by a group of young
monks of Holy Cross, a Cistercian Abbey in Austria. was
released in May 2008, and has now been re-released in a 2-disc edition
for Christmas, with extra tracks for the season, including music
for Advent Vespers, Advent Mass, Christmas Lauds and Christmas Mass.
For more information
and reviews see the Amazon
Kilbane Christmas Album
gospel singer and former You're a Star finalist James Kilbane has
released (Nov 2008) his first Christmas album. The Christmas Collection
features many Christmas standards like Little Drummer Boy, When A Child
Is Born, Away In A Manger, One Holy Night and Mary's Boy Child, along
with some lesser known Christmas material. This is James' seventh album
- check out his other gospel material on his website.
All James Kilbane's music is available on download at iTunes,
Napster or CDBaby.
Priests Album Three
Northern Irish priests, Eugene O'Hagan, Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy
have a new album (Nov 2008) which is expected to do well in the Christmas
market. Released by Sony BMG, tracks include Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus,
Benedictus, Pie Jesu , Abide With Me, Ag Crióst an Síol and O Holy Night.
There's a full track listing, a video interview with the Priests and a
chance to buy at Amazon.
See The Priests singing here.
Mary Chapin Carpenter Christmas album
(Oct '08) new Christmas album by Mary Chapin Carpenter - called Come
Darkness Come Light - Twelve Songs of Christmas it features traditional
songs like Once in Royal David's City and Children Go Where
I send Thee, with new songs writen by the singer. Genre
spans country/acoustic rock/folk.
and Scholars Saints and Scholars, a CD of rare liturgical plain chant sung by
the group Schola Gregoriana from Maynooth is now available from Veritas
shops, the National Concert Hall music shop and St Patrick's College Maynooth.
- The Musical Vision is a musical re-telling the story
of Bernadette of Lourdes in a modern idiom, with rick, pop and jazz influences.
Written by Jonathan Smith and Dominic Hartley, and originally performed
in 2002, this year has seen performances in England, Nigeria and Lordes
itself. Check out the website
for more information, including upcoming performaces, a downloadable score
and a recording of the Lourdes event.
Priest's New Novel
William King, parish priest of Drumcondra, has published a new novel -
Leaving Ardglass. Set in 1950's Ireland it tells the story of two
brothers, one of whom becomes a priest and one a builder in England. This
is his third novel. More info here.
Bans Filming The Vatican has
banned the use of churches for the filming of Angels and Demons,
a new film based on one of Dan Brown's books, a prequel to the Da Vinci
Code story. Some scenes are set in the Vatican and other churches.
A Vatican spokesperson said that Brown has "turned the gospel upside
down to poison the faith".
Musical on Mary Mary of Nazareth,
a Story that Continues is a new musical
on the life of the Virgin Mary, which has Vatican support. Alma Menera,
a former Miss Italy plays the title role. The musical is also sponsored
by the Italian Senate. More details here.
Architect North by Northwest: The Life and Work of Liam McCormick is a new
book by Paul Larmour and Shane O'Toole about one of Ireland's most prominent
architects of modern church buildings. His best known churches include
Aengus' Church, Burt, Co. Donegal.
- Music for Paradise (Universal Music) is a new CD (released in May)
of Gregorian Chant recorded by a group
of young monks of Holy Cross, a Cistercian Abbey in Austria.
CD Lourdes Where Miracles
Happen is a new (Feb 08) 17 track
music CD launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the appearances at
Lourdes. It is dedicated to the people who have travelled to Lourdes with
those who are ill.
John Michael Talbot Alum Living
Water is John Michael Talbot's latest album, his 50th. There are samples
to listen to on his website,
and the album can also be ordered from there. It includes more songs for
worship - A Kyrie, Sanctus, Gloria and many other
the news section of the Catholic Music Network site there's an enjoyable
account of a presentation made to JMT on the occasion of this 50th album.
Read it here.