The God who Speaks through Song


10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Calling all parish musicians!
Please join us at St Chad’s Cathedral on Saturday 25 January for a day dedicated to The God Who Speaks Through Song.
All are welcome – singers, instrumentalists, organists, parish music directors and anyone with an interest in music and scripture. 
This is a great opportunity to learn new music, be encouraged and inspired in your own ministry and share ideas for the pastoral application of music.
Celebrating the words of scripture in song is a central part of our liturgical life, and The God Who Speaks Through Song, a training day for all those involved in parish music-making, explores the many ways open to us to sing God’s word.

Foremost among these is singing the psalms. They can be a hidden treasure, especially in a parish that doesn’t usually sing the Responsorial Psalm at Sunday Mass, and usually only sings hymns and songs based on other texts.

Admission is free! A simple lunch of soup and a roll will be provided, but do please feel free to bring something more to eat if you wish.  
The day will conclude with Mass in St Chad’s Cathedral celebrated by Bishop David McGough.

10.30                  Arrivals, Registration and tea/coffee (Grimshaw Room) 
10.45 – 11.00      Morning prayer
11.00 – 11.45      Talk on The Year of the Word and Music from David McLoughlin
11.45 – 12.45      Responsorial Psalms (Alan Smith)
1.00 – 1.45          Lunch
1.45 – 2.45          Psalms in place of Hymns (Martin Barry)
2.45 – 3.30          Preparation for Mass (1)
3.30 – 3.45          Tea
3.45 – 4.15          Preparation for Mass (2)
4.15 – 4.30          Comfort break and moving into the Cathedral
4.30                    Mass with Bishop David McGough

To book your place please contact Martin Barry on 01926 815058 or via email

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