Representatives from Perth Archdiocesan parishes gathered for a two-hour liturgical music workshop organised by the Centre for Liturgy at Saint Aloysius Church, Shenton Park Parish, on 20 February.
Themed around the season of Lent, Holy Week and Easter (including Pentecost Sunday), participants were given plenty of new resources according to Catholic liturgical guidelines to grasp and implement in their parish communities.
About 10 participants from the parishes of Shenton Park, Yangebup and Thornlie joined Alessio Loiacono, Centre for Liturgy Music Field Officer, and Chris de Silva, Centre for Liturgy Music Coordinator and former Musical Director of the Julian Singers choir, to explore an array of hymns as part of their music liturgical preparation for the Holy season.
The hymns taught at the workshop included a Lenten piece titled Now is the Acceptable Time, written by Barbara Bridge, and an Easter song titled The Wondrous News from Dan Schutte’s new collection, Love and Grace.
The Reproaches, written for Good Friday and available in Catholic Worship Book II, is a resource provided by the National Liturgical Music Board for Australian Catholics, which seeks to display the richness of the Catholic tradition and contemporary compositions.
This is not the first time an informative music workshop has been run in the Archdiocese of Perth.
In October 2015, renowned American composer of Liturgical Music Marty Haugen facilitated a workshop at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle Campus and Infant Jesus Morley Parish centre, featuring music for the Year of Mercy based on Misericordiae Vultus.
Since then, the workshops have become an annual affair.