The 2017 Music Ministry Together Summer School will take place at the Cistercian College, Roscrea, from 8 – 13 August. The five-day course welcomes youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes, schools and communities. The theme of this year’s summer school is ‘Holy is Your Name’.
Music Ministry Together is led by internationally known composer, teacher, and liturgical musician Ian Callanan and a dynamic team of adult directors and tutors (all volunteers). The program seeks to fulfill its mission of engaging and empowering young music ministers with a particular emphasis on contemporary Church music and liturgy. It is an experiential course, where the participants not only learn new music but are also introduced to various styles of Liturgy, the Eucharist, Sacraments and Catechesis.
During the course, there will be a number of music seminars led by guest composers, including Padraig Meredith and Father Liam Lawton, who will introduce his new Mass of St Patrick. There will also be a guest concert with Father Ray Kelly.
Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, will join the course on Wednesday 9 August to lead a catechetical session and will celebrate Mass on the day at 3.00pm. Father Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General for the 9th World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Ireland from 21 to 26 August 2018, will also join on Friday 11 August.
Introducing this year’s theme, Ian Callanan said, ‘Names are very important to us. The first question on almost every application form is “What is your name?” or when we meet people for the first time one of the first questions we ask is “What is your name?”
‘Solomon said, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1). How do we feel when our names are misused? If we have a good name we want people to speak of us in a honourable way.
‘God’s name is far more important than our own. God’s name expresses nature and character. How do we use God’s name? What meaning do we attach to God’s name? Do we know God well enough to use His name correctly? We live in a world and time that places little value on the name of God. So what might it mean to honour the holiness of God’s name? During MMT we will enter into an ancient sanctuary and cry, “Holy is your name!”’
Alongside learning new music and learning about the ministry of music, the course offers nightly entertainment and a range of afternoon activities including swimming and football to ensure all guests have an enjoyable few days.
There is no minimum age participants need to be to attend the course. However those wishing to bring a group under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised at all times by adults.
For more information on the summer school, please see www.musicministry.ie.