This has become quite a week in Kilmovee Parish, with musicians and want-to-be musicians converging for days of sharing and learning tunes and musical instruments as well as singers singing and learning songs, not to mention dancers learning new steps.
I am sorry to be away for the opening Mass of this year’s Summer School but thankful to Fr Malachy Smyth and Fr Seán Coyle for celebrating this Sunday’s Mass in Kilmovee.
The sound of music and song will echo loud around the Community Centre during the day and in various pubs of the parish, as well as Cois Tine and the Community Centre in the evening time. It is a lovely and welcome sound and we can be happy that it is so promoted in this parish.
Were I to ask a favour (and I’m going to!!) it is that some of that music might make its way into our churches and our liturgies to enhance the work done by our parish choirs and those who, in fairness, struggle to keep a choir in place. There is such a wealth of musical talent in this parish. Many truly envy the ability of so many of you to pick up an instrument and make of it your own so quickly and so efficiently. Truly that would be a wonderful sound to include in parish life.
The same notes that make up every tune played and learned this week, are found in the most simple and elaborate hymns and church music. It would be such a blessing on our parish to have a few committed musicians and singers become more actively involved with all that is being so faithfully done.
Let’s think about it, talk about it and do something about it!!