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Renaissance angel playing luteFORTHCOMING EVENTS:

10th March - Society of St Gregory Spring Gathering - at Holy Ghost, Luton. 10am to 4pm .

  • Singing and music to accompany the assembly – for anyone singing or playing at Mass, this willbe a workshop full of practical tips and lots of practice! This workshop will be led by Paul Wellicome, a composer and Director of Music in his parish. Paul co-directs Birmingham diocesan choir for major events
  • Preparing the liturgy – what makes a good celebration? How do we prepare? This workshop will look at all aspects of planning and preparation, from musical choices to coordinating processions.This workshop will be led by Martin Barry, Choirmaster and Director of Music at Salford Cathedral. 
  • Exploring the texts – from the familiar words of the Gloria to Eucharistic Prayer IV, this will be an opportunity to examine the prayers we use at Mass in detail. This workshop will be led by Kevin McGinnell, a priest of Northampton Diocese, Secretary of the Spirituality Committee, Department of Christian Life and Worship, and Chairman of the Society of Saint Gregory.

All details of costs and booking arrangements here.  Promotional flyer here (image file)

13th March - Come Sing Compline - at St Gregory's, Northampton. 7-9om. Organised by the Royal Schools of Church Music. Poster image here. 

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Regular events are advertised via the parishes in the Diocese and in the monthly newsletter NORES NEWS, as well as through this website. Events marked  * are organised by members of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission.


VIDEO: “On Eagle’s Wings: Minnesota’s Sacred Music” (June 2015)

This one-hour documentary from Minnesota Public Television station KSMQ features music by Michael Joncas, David Haas, Marty Haugen, Delores Dufner, OSB and others. They explore the dramatic shift in sacred music written since the Second Vatican Council, as composers attempted to reach out to engage congregations. It is now available on YouTube here

Michael Joncas, (composer of the song On Eagle’s wings), has much to explain and teach about the Sacred Music from Minnesota. It is well worth setting aside an hour with members of your parish music ministry, to be inspired by the composers of many familiar songs. 

The Society of St Gregory and how it could help the music and liturgy in your parish

Society of St Gregory magazine cover

(June 2014) - A FREE COPY of the latest edition of "MUSIC AND LITURGY" has been sent by the SSG to every parish in Northampton Diocese. It contains a useful Liturgy Planner with commentaries on the readings and suggestions for music and the Prayer of the Faithful for principal celebrations of the Liturgical Year. Parishes are encouraged to take out a GROUP MEMBERSHIP, and receive a number of copies of the journal, three times a year. This is excellent value and benefits musicians, readers and all who plan the liturgy. There is a bit more detail about them on the Groups and Societies page, and you can download more info here. On the Past Events page is a report on their 2014 Summer School. 

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Musical settings - A statement from the Bishop's Conference released on 17th March 2014. 


It is now three years since the permission to begin celebrating with musical settings of the Roman Missal, 3rd edition was given. The Bishops’ Conference has decided that from Pentecost Sunday, 8 June 2014 only settings of the Ordinary of the Mass using the new translation are permitted to be sung at Mass. Settings using the previous translation or paraphrased texts may no longer be used in our parishes, schools and communities."

The full text of the statement is here.

The document "Singing the Mass: resources for Parishes and Schools" is available from the "Roman Missal" website here. 

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