Two new music resources for the New Missal were launched at the 2011 summer school of the Irish Church Music Association in Maynooth.

Launch of Music resources for new Missal

The 42nd annual summer school of the Irish Church Music Association took place last week at Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth.

The 2011 theme was ‘The Mystery of Faith’ with a focus on the introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal on the first Sunday of Advent on 27 November this year and the celebration of Ireland hosting the International Eucharistic Congress in June 2012.

The summer school was opened by Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry and member of the Council for Liturgy of the Irish Episcopal Conference.  Bishop Kelly also serves as observer for the working group established by the Congregation for Divine Worship to review the translation of the new edition of An Leabhar Aifrinn that is currently being prepared.

Bishop Kelly launched Sing the Mass, an anthology of music for the new translation of the new edition of the Missal.  The anthology contains several new settings of the Mass as well as settings that have been in use but adapted to the new texts.  Sing the Mass is also the anthology of Mass settings that will be used at the International Eucharistic Congress next year in Dublin.

Also launched was Celebrating the Mass throughout the Year, a resource produced by the National Centre for Liturgy in preparation for the new edition of the Missal.


The guest director was Ms Órla Barry who returned to the summer school for the fourth time.  Órla is founder and director of Cantando, a chamber choir formed to explore the choral repertoire from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary works.  Órla was director of the Palestrina Choir at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin from 1996 to 2001.  She is a graduate of University College Dublin and the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she studied conducting.  Órla is head of music at St Raphaela’s Secondary School, Kilmacud, Dublin.

The usual range of tutorials took place:

  • parish and contemporary music (Fr Liam Lawton and Chris de Silva),
  • choral direction/conducting (Dominic Finn), cantor training (Sarah Waldron),
  • liturgical composition (Edward Holden),
  • organ (Eoin Tierney, Regina Deacy, Eanna McKenna and David Connolly),
  • special choir (Órla Barry),
  • schools (Monica Brown),
  • chant (Giovanna Feeley),
  • music by Irish composers for the new Missal translation (John O’Keeffe).

Irish Church Music Association

Irish Church Music Association was founded in November 1969 as an association of church musicians to respond to the needs and vision of the liturgy as set out in Sacrosanctum concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council.  About 250 people will attend this year’s summer school which is aimed at parish choir members and directors, organists and church musicians from throughout the country.