Talk on Holy Week – 17 & 24 Feb

holy weekDear friends

Fr. JJ Fenelon is giving a talk on Holy Week Spirituality. The focus is on the liturgy & suggestions for music appropriate to accompany the various celebrations in that period.

The sessions will be:
17 & 24 Feb @ Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

We’d be delighted to welcome you & your friends 🙂

Click on the link to register (as you go through the form, click on the “subscribe” button):

Hope to see you there. Do come & say “hi” to any of us 🙂


Feast of St. Cecilia – A Celebration of Choirs


The Feast day of our patron Saint Cecilia on the 22nd of November is fast approaching and this year, we are giving thanks to God through a pre-Mass concert of Sacred Music culminating with Mass in her honour.

Date: Saturday, 21st November 2015
Venue: St Francis Xavier Major Seminary, 199 Ponggol 17th Avenue, Singapore 829645

9-9.30am : Registration

9.45am to 10.45am : Repertoire
Featuring: The LMC Choir, Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni Choir, and guest organists.

11.15 am – 12.15pm : Mass
There will be a short run-through of the Order of Mass and Ordinaries before Mass begins.

For: ALL MEMBERS IN CHOIRS and music ministries

Please click REGISTER if you wish to attend. Attendance is necessary to help us cater enough for refreshments.

After Mass: please adjourn to the canteen below for a light refreshments and fellowship after Mass.

Let us come together for this year doing what we know best: sing praise to the Lord with the gifts and talents He has bestowed upon us!

May we continue to glorify the Lord by our lives in dedication in our ministries.

Looking forward to seeing each one of you in this diocesan celebration.

In the Gaze of the Beautiful

“Beauty in the Liturgy” and A Choral Workshop

Church of St. Ignatius
120 King’s Road, Singapore 268172
11 & 12 August 2015 (Session 1 & 2 for the General Public)
17 & 18 August 2015 (Session 3 & 4 for Choristers with practical exercises)
7:30pm – 9:30pm
$40 for 2 sessions, or $70 for 4 sessions

Limited to 150 participants only.

Speaker: Ms Audrey Seah

Audrey Seah is Singaporean pursuing a Liturgical Studies Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. Prior to her studies in the U.S., Audrey served in various Catholic ministries in Singapore as a volunteer, and worked as youth coordinator at the Church of St. Ignatius.

In the U.S., Audrey is active in various aspects of liturgy and liturgical music—her Mass setting entitled Mass of the Resurrection was awarded honorary mention in the 2010 international Sacred Music competition organized by the Foundation for Sacred Arts; she attended the 2011 Hymn Society conference as a Lovelace Scholar; she has worked as a camp leader, cantor coach, and chant director for the National Catholic Youth Choir, she has taught hymnology and theory at St. Paul Cathedral’s choir school in Minnesota, and will be the scholar-in-residence at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Duluth, Minnesota, this summer.

She holds a B.A. in music composition from Fresno State University, an M.A. in Theology (Liturgy) from Saint John’s School of Theology-Seminary, and a Th.M. from the same, where she studied Gregorian Chant under Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, and Pipe Organ from Dr. Kim Kasling. Her current research interests are postmodern sacramental theology and the 17th century Chinese liturgy.

More information on the sessions:

In the Gaze of the Beautiful: the Theological and Liturgical Aesthetics of the Roman Rite

“Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name as if she were the ornament of a bourgeois past — whether he admits it or not — can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love.”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord

Beauty is one of three transcendentals by which Christians throughout the ages have used to contemplate the mystery of God, and in doing so, render the infinite and invisible discernable to our finite natures. Beauty has a special place in the liturgy where the worldview of our Christian identity is expressed through ritual. When beauty is neglected in the liturgy, our rites no longer communicate the fullness of the Christian vision. How do we ensure that beauty is kept alive in our worship?

Join us to discover beauty through sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch in the liturgical traditions of the Roman Rite. Learn how Christians have interpreted beauty in the liturgy throughout the ages so that we, too, may stand in the gaze of the Beautiful and be converted by it.

This workshop is open to the public and highly recommended for clergy and those serving in liturgical ministries.

Dates: August 11 and 12
Venue: Saint Ignatius Church
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Beauty Ever Ancient, Beauty Ever New: A Choral Workshop

Reach into the church’s treasury of sacred music and uncover the many layers of beauty in sound. This two-day workshop supplements the history and theory of liturgical beauty proposed in the workshop, “In the Gaze of the Beautiful” with practical ideas for liturgical musicians. Come and discover creative beauty in the craft of liturgical music composition, rehearsal techniques, and diverse genres through choral repertoire, both old and new.

This workshop is recommended for those serving in music ministries.

Dates: August 17 and 18
Venue: Saint Ignatius Church
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m

Registration QR Code:


Sacred Music in the Liturgy Survey (Vatican)


Sacred Music Council.
Enquiry to Episcopal Conferences and Major Religious Institutes and Faculties of Theology.

Fifty years on from the Second Vatican Council, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for Culture are undertaking, with a pastoral perspective, an enquiry into the state of sacred music in all its aspects (liturgy, formation, pastoral activity, concerts) with the aim of reflecting on the developments in the field of music and the desire to offer a contribution to the ministry of musicians for the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.

The survey contains questions that individual choir heads might find difficult to answer. Do not worry, these will be answered by the LMC and other relevant parties. However we would like to solicit your input on as many of the questions as possible before we collate the responses and send it back to the Vatican. 

Online Survey

Letter from the LMC