Music Ministry - Church Organ

The Organ:

A Dutch company called Messrs. Pels and Son built the organ in the church in 1955. They were a very reputable company at the time specialising in small neo-classical style organs. John Holmes designed the solid wax-polished, American oak case.

Although, a small organ of only sixteen full stops, equating to thirteen ranks, it still packs a punch. This is mainly due to the fact that the most expansive manual, the swell, can be fully coupled to itself at both 16ft and 4ft. In total, there are nine couplers apart from the ones already mentioned including swell to great, to pedals, to swell and great to pedals, giving it a rich and luscious sound, rather than a loud sound. The pistons and other electrical gadgetry now needs an overhaul after sixty years of use. The organ is currently maintained by Meates of Dublin. It is very suitable for playing a wide range of repertoire and accompanying choirs.

The dédication of the organ was given by Monsieur Jean Langlais of Saint Clothilde, Paris in 1955. Flor Peeters who was Director of Antwerp Conservatoire from 1952, said of it ‘the full organ is bold and virile in tone, the diapason is strong without being hard, the flutes have clarity and smoothness whilst the mixtures in their different compositions give the organ the necessary brilliance.’ All organists are welcome to play the organ and if interested should contact the organist.

Specification of the organ:

Great

  • Open diapason 8’
  • Bourdon 8’
  • Principal 4’
  • Fifteenth 2’
  • Plein-jeu
  • Swell to great couplers- 16’, 8’, 4’

Swell

  • Salicional 8’
  • Rohrflute 8’
  • Geigenprinicpal 4’
  • Stopped flute 4’
  • Flageolet 2’
  • Sesquialtera
  • Trumpet 8’
  • Swell to swell couplers- 16’, 4’

Pedal

  • Sub-bass 16’
  • Principal 8’
  • Gedackt 8’
  • Choralbass 4’
  • Great to pedals couplers 8’
  • Swell to pedals couplers 8’, 4’

Organists

 

1955-1972: Mr. John McElroy.

John who, although blind, was an amazing organist and friend of the aforementioned M. Langlais of Saint Clothilde.

1972-2015 Ms. Colette Aungier.

Prior to her appointment as organist in 1972, Colette played the organ for the late Canon Burke’s Boy’s Choir. Colette was an accomplished organist having studied in The Municipal School of Music (DIT) under Mr. W.S. Grieg who was Organist and Master of Choristers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. During her studies, she accompanied both instrumentalists and singers prior to their competitions and exams. She won many Feis Ceoil organ competitions including the Stanford Prize and Fitzgerald Trophy.

Colette played at all the major liturgical events in our Church. For many years she played at three Masses on Sundays, with the Children’s Choir and Adult Choir. At the request of the late P.P., Fr. Seán Bryne, Colette started the Ladies Club choir, some of whom sang with the Adult Choir for many years. She also deputised in St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough and Christ the King, Cabra, when time permitted. In 1991, Colette and the Adult Choir participated in the European City of Culture ‘Festival of Choirs in Parishes in Dublin’.  In 1999 she was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope John Paul II (now St. John Paul) - one of the highest papal honours in the Church, for her loyal dedication to liturgical, classical music in our Parish.

In January 2015, Colette died following a short illness- her music and the lady herself is sadly missed by the family, the choir members and the parishioners. A plaque is erected in the Gallery and can be viewed after Sunday Mass.

2015-present Mr. Conor Creagh.

Conor is currently studying organ in the DIT under teachers such as Mr. Colm Carey (Organist at the Tower of London), and currently Ms. Carole O’Connor (St Andrew’s of Westland Row) and Mr Simon Harden (DIT).  He studied piano under Ms. Fionnuala Doyle. He has an interest in jazz piano and performs in the odd impromptu concent when asked ! He was pianist with the Youth Choir in the church for three years prior to his appointment as organist. He won the W.S. Grieg Cup in DIT and the Royal College of Surgeon’s Music Bursary in 2015.

Choirs

The Adult Choir

They sing a mix of classical and contemporary music. They sing at every 11:30am Sunday mass and at the major liturgical events of the year. The choir is led by a cantor Mr. David Corr. The choir is greatly expanding at present and is always hoping for new members, both male and female, to join them. If you think you would like to join the choir, contact Conor on 085 2839660.

Mr. David Corr 2017-present

David Corr is a classically trained baritone, completing a BMus 2017 from DIT. David continues to study voice under the renowned tenor Emmanuel Lawler and repetiteur Aoife O'Sullivan. David won the gold medal for Baritone Solo at the ESB Feis Ceoil in 2017 and the silver medal for the Count John McCormack recital. He also won the Veronica Dunne Messiah Cup for Oratorio in 2014 and 2017. David loves liturgical music and has been singing in choirs from a very young age. As a boy, he was chorister with the Palestrina Choir and RTE’s Cor na nOg. More recently he was a member of the National Youth Choir and the RTE Concert Orchestra's chorus under the baton of John Wilson and David Brophy.

 

Events

Check the noticeboards and church newsletter.

 

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Funeral Ministry

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Over the past few years some parishoners have been trained to work with  the priests at the time of bereavement. This is a welcome development.

They are there to give support to the family, help with the liturgy at the reception of the body and also, to be of assistance at the funeral mass; and if necessary, leading the family in the prayers at the graveside or in the cremetorium.

Minsters of the word

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We as lay people are called by God through the Church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. The reader in any liturgical celebration proclaims the Word of God.

The reader's task is to proclaim those parts of the Word of God which make way for the Gospel, prepare for it and set the scene so that the Gospel can be heard and take root in the hearts of the community.

In practical terms the reader must prepare well to ensure that the Word is heard, understood and appreciated. Ministers of the Word are the instrument of the personal dialogue between God and His people. 
We are constantly looking for volunteers to read. If interested please contact the parish office on 8384418

 

Eucharistic ministers

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Lay people are called by God to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at all the masses in the Parish.  In addition, they also bring Holy Communion to those who are sick and housebound.

Some ministers from "The Church of the Most Precious Blood" distribute Holy Communion to the parish each week. 

The Eucharistic ministry works on a rota basis.

Training and support is given for these important ministries. There is also the occasional meeting/gathering, time to pray together and be renewed in our ministry. If interested please contact the parish office on 8384418.