Lucan Chorale, an appreciation
Those who are regulars at the 11.00 am Sunday Mass in St. Mary’s will be familiar with the beautiful tones of The Lucan Chorale. Comprising over 60 members the group were founded in 2007 at the initiative of local woman, and current member – Bernie Martin. Bernie recognising the hidden talent in Lucan approached the then parish priest Fr. Joe Coyle with the idea and was given an enthusiastic green light. St. Mary’s was newly refurbished at that time and the sound of a new choir was just what was needed to bring life and energy to the Liturgy. Bernie approached local woman Eithne Donnelly who agreed to take on the musical directorship of the new group for six months…..twelve years later she’s still at the helm. Eithne was an inspired choice, she combines a deep love of music with a knowledge of the Liturgy and her infectious enthusiasm has been the driving force for the Chorale and the main reason for its success. Eithne is presently taking a break for health reasons and we wish her a speedy recovery and return. Thanks to Yvonne Gately who is a member of the group for stepping in to the breach.
The choir sing at one Sunday Mass per month in St. Mary’s and at special moments in the Liturgical year. They have done several concerts to raise money for worthy charities and have two CD’S to their name. They have performed in Prague in the Czech Republic and in Salzburg in Austria. Most recently they travelled to Krakow in Poland, former see of Pope St. John Paul II and gave two concerts there, one in St. Catherine’s Augustinian Abbey Church on Sat March 16th and on St. Patrick’s Day in the CK Solvay Cultural Centre. They have been invited by Archbishop Martin to sing at the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 27th April next in the newly refurbished Basilica.
Each Wednesday from 8.15pm to 9.30 pm the choir rehearses in St. Mary’s Parish Centre. If you would like to join the Chorale you should phone Bernie Martin on 087 2240606, new members are always welcome.
There are still place available on St. Mary’s Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
The Pilgrimage is from 27th to 31st May (4 Nights) with Marian Pilgrimages.
Accommodation is at the Hotel Croix des Bretagnes, which is close to the sanctuary.
Cost: €549 pps. Includes Flights, full board accommodation, services of a guide in Lourdes and transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.
Single room supplement €120.00
Spiritual Director: Fr. Philip Curran
Please contact Deirdre in the parish office 01-6217041 to make a booking.