WHEN 50 young people got together on September 22 for the second Beat music-training workshop by emmanuelworship, facilitator Patrick Keady aimed to assist them “learn the rhythm of liturgy and to fit into that”.
Five parishes were represented including youth from Loganholme, Beenleigh, Redcliffe City, The Gap and Darra-Jindalee with other individuals coming from interstate and independently.
Guest speaker James Garrahy, a teacher from St Augustine’s, Springfield, and experienced worship leader, spoke on the theme of “Mass Appeal” in the context of Church guidelines.
“James drew from texts from Vatican II and the teachings of the Church … highlighting the richness of the Mass as the ‘source and summit’ of our faith,” Patrick said.
“He encouraged all to understand that if we believe the Mass is the source and summit of our faith we will be inspired to give our best to it’s music.”
The workshop also focussed on the composition of original pieces with facilitators encouraging young people to use their creativity to write tunes for liturgy including “the psalm of the day”.
This idea was floated after many young people responded to the original tune composed for psalm at the AYD07 (Archdiocesan Youth Day) Mass by emmanuelworship.
“People were really struck by it … and we decided to show them that they can do it too for this essential part of the liturgy that is better sung than said,” Patrick continued.
Participants broke into groups to compose a tune to a psalm and then presented it to the larger group.
A vocal workshop was also offered for those so inclined.
“Basically we encouraged young people to move past the ‘four hymn sandwich’ of Mass and bring worship to life,” Patrick said.
The talented vocalist and pianist challenged the Church as a whole to encourage its young people musically and professionally.
“Guy Sebastian is encouraged by his Church … and especially following World Youth Day, as Catholics, we need to get behind young people so that they too can use their gifts in the Church and for outreach.”
Patrick also suggested that young people in parishes work collaboratively with clergy and others and “start where they are at to get a vision for the future”.
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